For parking operators, security is important. People should be able to safely park their car without having to worry about theft of their car or of their personal belongings. This holds for all spectrums of parking: shopping center, airport, on-street, etc.
A concern that perhaps doesn’t strike us, users, as important (until we live it) is safety from explosives. Without trying to dampen the mood, explosives are in some areas a very real and relevant concern for parking operators. So what does a car park need to ensure the safety of drivers?
Under Vehicle Inspection Systems
Under Vehicle Inspection Systems or UVIS are cameras installed at the entrance of a car park. UVIS have cameras that can either record or take photographs (or both) as a car is driving through. The photographs and/or film provide the system with enough information to determine if the vehicle is holding any explosives under the car. Like I mentioned, some UVIS record while others take 3-D images. Some scan automatically while others need a person to begin the inspection.
While some of these scanners might be pricy, there are, of course, cheaper alternatives such as handheld cameras and mirrors that allow inspectors to check the undercarriage of the car. Both the automatic UVIS and the handheld versions are very common in border crossing areas.
What is your experience with UVIS?