The outdoor detection sensor (ODE) is unique among parking guidance products as it is the only camera sensor on the market to provide License Plate Recognition on each parked vehicle in non-enclosed parking lots.
Following the successful product launch at Intertraffic in Amsterdam in November 2018, demand for the outdoor sensor has been growing rapidly.
“The amount of interest we have received in the outdoor sensor has been incredible,” said Dale Fowler, President of INDECT USA. “In the five months since we announced the rooftop project at Atlanta Airport, there have been three additional sites installed in the USA.”
“Many of our clients have substantial rooftop areas or large adjoining lots that, up until now, have been missing out on the features of a camera-based parking guidance system,” said Fowler.
“Sometimes, as much as 20-30% of the entire available parking is situated outdoors. While those areas can be integrated into a parking guidance system with wireless sensors or by using zone counting, you don’t get the benefits of a camera-based system such as video security and vehicle location. INDECT has specifically designed the ODE to fill this gaping hole in the market.” he said.
It is well known in the parking guidance industry that loop counting is inherently inaccurate as small errors build up over time and can only be cleared manually. Until now, wireless sensors were the better option for outdoor lots as they are accurate but they have a high cost of ownership due to their limited battery life. These batteries are hard-wired into the sensor and cannot be removed, so when the battery fails the entire sensor has to be replaced.
According to Fowler, most wireless outdoor guidance systems have a lifespan of five years, after this 90% of the entire system needs to be removed and reinstalled. This is not only costly; the resulting waste is environmentally damaging. By contrast, the ODE is highly accurate, installed once and environmentally responsible.
To make the new sensor affordable to businesses of all sizes, the ODE comes in two configurations. The first version comprises a fish-eye camera sensor that can be used to monitor 100 spaces or more depending on the layout of the parking lot.
“This option is ideal for rooftop and outdoor lots where the owner has previously used zone counting or wireless sensors,” said Fowler. “The sensors can be easily installed on existing outdoor light fittings or custom designed poles.”
The second version offers the fish-eye camera sensor with additional LPR functionality. The ODE has the ability to zoom in and capture high-definition images of vehicle license plates in natural light. This makes it a perfect rooftop pairing to INDECT’s UPSOLUT camera-based system or it can be used as a stand-alone option for outdoor lots.
The LPR capability allows business owners to access all the benefits of an INDECT camera-based parking guidance system such as vehicle location, premium parking, and black/white lists, that were previously only available in covered areas.
“INDECT is the only parking guidance company that provides an LPR option across 100% of all garages and open-air lots,” Fowler said. said.