Cape Town International installs licence plate recognition system

2013-11-06 11:01
Cape Town  -  Airports Company South Africa has stepped up security measures at Cape Town International Airport (ACSA CTIA), announcing the installation of Licence Plate Recognition system that will keep a record of every car that enters the airport parking areas.

The security benefit is obvious, but for those visitors to the airport who are prone to misplacing their tickets can also take heart.

Acsa said in a statement it would also address the problem of unreadable tickets, which usually happens when the magnetic strip becomes deactivated when tickets are in contact with a cell phone magnet.

“When a user enters any of our parking areas, the system’s camera will take an image of the car registration plate.  As soon as the airport user pulls out the ticket from the ticket machine at the boom gate, the vehicle is registered on the airport system as well as the time of entry,” said Deborah Francis, acting Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport.

If a user has misplaced a parking ticket, the only information which they will have to provide will be their registration plate and a consultant will be able advice on how much they need to pay.

The new system also eliminated the need to walk to the parking office to report an unreadable ticket, as each parking payment machine cluster now has a machine which will assist with replacing unreadable tickets.  

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