Configuring prerequisites for multi-tenant parking using the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin - AutoVu™ Free-Flow 9.0

AutoVu™ Free-Flow Plugin Guide 9.0

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AutoVu™ Free-Flow 9.0
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AutoVu™ Free-Flow

Before configuring the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin, you must create the required permits, parking zones, and rules.

Before you begin

  • Contact your AutoVu™ representative to verify that cloud services have been enabled for your account.
  • Install compatible versions of Security Center and the Pay-by-Plate Sync plugin.

What you should know

The following diagram shows an example of a typical multi-tenant parking configuration. Two tenants lease spots in a parking lot and the remainder of the spots are used for hourly transient parking:
NOTE: If you are adding the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin to an existing AutoVu™ system, the required permits, restrictions, and rules might already be configured. Verify that your configuration follows the requirements for multi-tenant parking using the following instructions.


  1. For each tenant in the parking lot, create the required .csv, .txt, or .dat files for the whitelist.
    For more information, see Creating hotlists.
    IMPORTANT: If you use the Hotlist and permit editor to enter vehicle information, the system completes the Category field for each row. Do not modify this field as it must match the permit name.
  2. Create the required source and destination Security Center permits for each tenant in the parking lot.
    For more information on creating permits, see Creating permits.
    For more information on which permits you need to create, see Static and dynamic permits in the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin.
    Tip: Name the Security Center permits according to their use as source or destination permits. This can help you to avoid assigning the wrong Security Center permits when you link them in Pay-by-Plate Sync. If you assign the wrong permits, you might overwrite your source plate list.
  3. Configure the permit to be used with Pay-by-Plate Sync.
    • Pay attention to the instructions on configuring the attributes of the permit. The permits must either include four attributes (Category, PlateState, PlateNumber, and PermitID) or six attributes (Category, PlateState, PlateNumber, PermitID, EffectiveDate, and ExpiryDate)
    • If you include the EffectiveDate, and ExpiryDate attributes, the fields cannot be empty.

  4. For more information on which permits you need to link in Pay-by-Plate Sync, see Static and dynamic permits in the AutoVu™ Free-Flow plugin.
    For more information how to link permits in Pay-by-Plate Sync, see Configuring Pay-by-Plate Sync permit list.
    In this example of a grouped permit, a dynamic parking provider zone and a static permit are linked to the Combined Permit Security Center permit in Pay-by-Plate Sync:
  5. Create a permit restriction for the parking lot that includes the destination Security Center permits for all of the tenants in the parking lot.
  6. Configure the parking lot's permit restriction.
    IMPORTANT: The plugin ignores any time restrictions configured for the permit restriction. To avoid confusion, configure the time restrictions as follows:
    • Applicable days: Always
    • Applicable hours: All day
    • Validity: All year
  7. Create a parking rule.

    In this step, you enable Pay-by-Plate Sync and link the permit restriction.

  8. Create a parking zone.

    In this step, you associate cameras and a parking rule with the parking zone and you set the vehicle capacity.