Configuring AutoVu™ Free-Flow general settings - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

Applies to
Security Center 5.9
Last updated
2022-09-12
Content type
Guides > Administrator guides
Language
English (United States)
Product
Security Center
Version
5.9

To use AutoVu™ Free-Flow, you must configure general settings which define how the system handles license plate reads, and how AutoVu™ Free-Flow works with Pay-by-Plate Sync.

What you should know

  • IMPORTANT: Using the SharpV dual-lane monitoring feature reduces the ALPR performance of the camera. Do not configure the SharpV for dual-lane license plate detection if you are monitoring parking occupancy using AutoVu™ Free-Flow in Security Center.
  • To use AutoVu™ Free-Flow, you must also configure parking rules and parking zones.

Procedure

  1. From the Config Tool home page, click System > Roles.
  2. Select the ALPR Manager you want to configure, and then click the Properties tab.
  3. Select Free-Flow.
  4. Configure plate matching.
    Match tolerance threshold
    This value indicates the number of single-character differences between entry and exit plate reads that are still considered a match. Setting the value to 0 is equivalent to an exact match.
    IMPORTANT: Setting this value too high may cause plate reads to be associated with the wrong vehicle. The default value is 1.
  5. (Optional) Configure Pay-by-Plate Sync settings if you are using a third-party payment provider.
    Server
    Enter the IP address of the machine on which Pay-by-Plate Sync is installed.
    Port
    Enter the port number for the Pay-by-Plate Sync connection (default: 8787).
  6. (Optional) Configure XML export settings if you are sending plate reads to a third-party system.
    XML export folder
    Specify the export folder for AutoVu™ Free-Flow XML data.
    Include vehicle images with export
    By default, vehicle images are not included with exported XML files.
    NOTE: Including vehicle images increases the size of the XML export file.
    Export occupancy
    Export parking zone occupancy data to a separate XML file.
    NOTE: A single XML file is exported for all parking zones. This file is overwritten once per minute.
    The following is an example of an occupancy XML file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <OccupancyExport>
      <RoleId>8817e652-a9ca-4d06-81d7-8db93b5e3819</RoleId>
      <RoleName>ALPR Manager</RoleName>
      <ParkingOccupancies>
        <Occupancy>
          <Capacity>100</Capacity>
          <ParkingZoneId>293b9997-19ac-4fd9-99a4-c713fbbe1b96</ParkingZoneId>
          <ParkingZoneName>P1</ParkingZoneName>
          <TimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:15:00Z</TimestampUtc>
          <Vehicles>5</Vehicles>
          <Violations>1</Violations>
          <EnforcedVehicles>0</EnforcedVehicles>
        </Occupancy>
        <Occupancy>
          <Capacity>200</Capacity>
          <ParkingZoneId>9dab3ef5-197f-4a33-87ae-e85dfa01c0b2</ParkingZoneId>
          <ParkingZoneName>P2</ParkingZoneName>
          <TimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:15:00Z</TimestampUtc>
          <Vehicles>4</Vehicles>
          <Violations>0</Violations>
          <EnforcedVehicles>0</EnforcedVehicles>
        </Occupancy>
      </ParkingOccupancies>
    </OccupancyExport>
    Export violations
    When a vehicle is in violation, vehicle information is exported as a separate XML file.
    The following is an example of a violations XML file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <InLotViolation>
      <ParkingZoneName>P1</ParkingZoneName>
      <ParkingRuleName>Default parking rule</ParkingRuleName>
      <ParkingZoneId>293b9997-19ac-4fd9-99a4-c713fbbe1b96</ParkingZoneId>
      <SessionId>e6abdbb3-3b1a-e711-8b70-001018e35f7c</SessionId>
      <ParkingRuleId>09e29d39-83da-4cdc-81cc-0191833cb9a6</ParkingRuleId>
      <EntranceRead>
        <DeviceId>1775e575-af23-4387-9546-23ab6c67e619</DeviceId>
        <PlateNumber>L8NJI4</PlateNumber>
        <PlateState>DP</PlateState>
        <ReadId>e4063dad-8264-410b-a50a-c3fdc9375e5c</ReadId>
        <ReadTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:08:57.7919418Z</ReadTimestampUtc>
        <UnitId>95b71795-735e-497d-8955-5acc3a0c9388</UnitId>
      </EntranceRead>
      <ViolationReason>ConvenienceTimeExpired</ViolationReason>
      <TimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:09:57.7919418Z</TimestampUtc>
    </InLotViolation>
    Export completed sessions
    When a vehicle exits the parking lot, the parking session information is exported as a separate XML file.
    The following is an example of a completed sessions XML file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <ParkingSessionCompleted>
      <ParkingZoneName>P1</ParkingZoneName>
      <ParkingRuleName>Default parking rule</ParkingRuleName>
      <ParkingZoneId>293b9997-19ac-4fd9-99a4-c713fbbe1b96</ParkingZoneId>
      <SessionId>e6abdbb3-3b1a-e711-8b70-001018e35f7c</SessionId>
      <ParkingRuleId>09e29d39-83da-4cdc-81cc-0191833cb9a6</ParkingRuleId>
      <EntranceRead>
        <DeviceId>1775e575-af23-4387-9546-23ab6c67e619</DeviceId>
        <PlateNumber>L8NJI4</PlateNumber>
        <PlateState>DP</PlateState>
        <ReadId>e4063dad-8264-410b-a50a-c3fdc9375e5c</ReadId>
        <ReadTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:08:57.7919418Z</ReadTimestampUtc>
        <UnitId>95b71795-735e-497d-8955-5acc3a0c9388</UnitId>
      </EntranceRead>
      <ExitRead>
        <DeviceId>cefe75b2-7152-45a9-b657-07f10c2880cd</DeviceId>
        <PlateNumber>L8NJI4</PlateNumber>
        <PlateState>QC</PlateState>
        <ReadId>1670f981-7138-47e8-babd-d9e7ab631122</ReadId>
        <ReadTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:12:41.663817Z</ReadTimestampUtc>
        <UnitId>0b1a978f-8a45-45a3-9123-263a5f7004de</UnitId>
      </ExitRead>
      <StartTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:08:57.7919418Z</StartTimestampUtc>
      <ConvenienceTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:08:57.7919418Z</ConvenienceTimestampUtc>
      <ViolationTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:09:57.7919418Z</ViolationTimestampUtc>
      <CompletedTimestampUtc>2017-04-05T20:12:41.663817Z</CompletedTimestampUtc>
      <ConvenienceTimeDuration>00:01:00</ConvenienceTimeDuration>
      <GracePeriodDuration>00:00:00</GracePeriodDuration>
      <PaidDuration>00:00:00</PaidDuration>
      <ViolationDuration>00:02:43.8718752</ViolationDuration>
      <EnforcedDuration>00:00:00</EnforcedDuration>
      <TotalDuration>00:03:43.8718752</TotalDuration>
      <CompletedReason>VehicleExited</CompletedReason>
    </ParkingSessionCompleted>
  7. Configure event settings.
    Capacity threshold
    Specify the parking zone capacity threshold at which a capacity threshold reached event is generated.
  8. Click Apply.