Suspects apprehended thanks to the M3 System

The M3 Camera System's vehicle identification abilities drive a series of benefits for asset owners and managers, from deep reporting to automatic monitoring and even revenue enhancement (tiered parking). Recently, two sites have used the M3 System's license plate recognition to catch criminal suspects.

At Chadstone, the largest shopping mall in Australia, over AU$1,000 in counterfeit bills were used for a string of purchases. Mall security used recorded CCTV footage to track the suspects to their vehicle, which the M3 System identified by its license plate. With the plate number in hand police were able to locate and apprehend the suspects.

The parking facility at Liberty Place in Philadelphia, USA saw a short string of robberies within the garage. The security staff was able to identify the getaway vehicle's plate number, and the Monitoring Module was employed to automatically identify the suspects when they brazenly returned to park again. 

These cases illustrate one more very real way the M3 System empowers site managers, and truly raises the security level of parking!

The M3 System is developed by Park Assist, which develops sensing solutions for parking, and is a global leader in enhanced parking guidance systems. The Park Assist M3 System is the first and only system to use cameras and image processing software to monitor every space in a car park. Using license plate recognition algorithms, the M3 System is able to provide complex rules management, provide new revenue opportunities, and enhance revenue control. Drivers spend up to 50% less time searching for parking, and the enhanced utilization rates can lead to reductions in the number of spaces required for new construction. The unique "Find My Car" feature, a virtual parking valet, taps into the data derived from the sensor network to help drivers find their car.

How it works

The M3 System uses three different integrated systems. It uses a range of hardware, which generally consists of camera units, signage and installation equipment. Next to that, it uses computer vision algorithms to process the image that is captured by the CCTV cameras. When the data is processed, it's shown on the parking management platform. Here parking operators can find all the usable information. The parking management platform can be integrated with traditional revenue control systems and smartphones and can be used to create additional revenue opportunities and improved customer engagement.

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