Working with the Washington D.C. Department of Public Works, gtechna launched an ambitious research and development project that would ensure that the 30-day rule for registering new plates in Washington D.C. was enforceable well within the designated time limit. Quality Control Manager, Thinh Nguyen states “gtechna worked very closely to customize a system that was tailored to comply with the business rules.” A proposal was set forth using the Elsag ALPR cameras combined with gtechna Residential Out-of-state enforcement software to create an industry-leading solution to address the out-of-state problem.
Gtechna experts successfully developed a “value-added parking solution” resulting in a substantial improvement in enforcement operations. In 2009, $3,549,840 was generated in citation revenues with over 78,037 tickets issued. Every year citation revenue and issuance have steadily increased. Between 2008 and 2009 alone, citations increased by 25%. Exploring new frontiers in IT resulted in a novel solution that responded to all of the DPW Business Rules mandated by the District. gtechna performed an integral role, not only in the development but the deployment process. As active contributors in training sessions gtechna was committed to optimizing the Parking Control Officer’s (PCO) workflow on the field and management procedures at central command. Dan Rossiter, who worked one-on-one with PCOs to ensure a seamless transition, stated, “We have been able to provide a high level of support whether in person or remotely, saving time and money.”
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In most places the Elsag system is being used as a stand-alone system to identify wanted vehicles (stolen vehicles, scofflaws, tax evaders, etc.). In order to optimize the Elsag system for a parking enforcement environment, gtechna took the initiative to team up with Elsag to harness the power of the ALPR technology and seamlessly apply it to the unique business rules of the DPW. Thinh Nguyen attests, “gtechna has been an ambitious innovator. They were ready to customize and develop a unique solution that hadn’t been previously available in the industry. They were willing to step up to the plate and work with Elsag to commit to a bold R & D endeavor.”
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gtechna has been an ambitious innovator. They were ready to customize and develop a unique solution that hadn’t been previously available in the industry. They were willing to step up to the plate and work with Elsag to commit to a bold R & D endeavor.
“gtechna Residential Out-of-state enforcement software multiplies productivity by further automating the observation, warning and citations process, removing potential for human error,” says Thinh Nygyen, Quality Control Manager.
“The number of tickets has doubled, and the number of exemptions increased by 80% in 1 year. This indicates that the DPW has been enforcing successfully, making vehicle owners either register their plates or apply for exemption.” gtechna Residential Out-of-state enforcement software boasts a rock-solid proof-of-concept with plate scans exceeding over 362,571 in 2008 and 561,447 in 2009. As efficiency increases, so do the number of citations. From 2008 to 2009, the DPW maximized its resources increasing productivitiy exponentially.
The success of the DPW project has opened up new avenues to further exploit the potential in Automated License Plate Recognition, says gtechna’s Chief Technology Officer, Sergio Mastronardi. “I am proud that we’ve developed a solution that meets the government’s mandate to provide parking enforcement that factors in out-of-state plates and improves accountability to the public it serves.”