MCC’s first Licence Plate Recognition System launched at UTC Miri carpark

Yii (front, third right) cutting a ribbon to mark the official launching of the LPR system, as others look on.

By Tedong Rantayy

MIRI, Feb 1: The Licence Plate Recognition System (LPR) at Miri City Council’s (MCC) multi-storey UTC carpark was launched officially today (Feb 1).

According to Miri City Mayor Adam Yii at the launching, the system which is the first smart parking system under MCC was unofficially launched on May 1, 2023 as a trial.

“LPR is a type of computer vision technology that uses image recognition algorithms to read and identify licence plate numbers on vehicles. This technology captures an image, processes the image to extract the licence plate number, and then compares it against a database of authorised vehicles to determine entry and exit permissions,” Yii said.

LPR systems use cameras to capture images of licence plates as vehicles pass by. These images are then processed by software that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to read the alphanumeric characters on the plates. The software can then compare the characters against a database of known licence plates to determine if the vehicle is authorised to pass.

“LPR systems offer many advantages over traditional methods in terms of accuracy, efficiency, security, cost-effectiveness, and user experience. It is a powerful technology that has many applications in law enforcement, toll collection, parking management and security, it will continue to be an important tool for improving public safety and traffic flow,” Yii added.

UTC Miri carpark is the first to use the LPR system.

LPR technology offers a more efficient, accurate and secure solution for parking facilities.

“With increased efficiency, improved security and better user experience, LPR systems are becoming the preferred choice and way forward for parking management,” Yii emphased.

“We have successfully implemented our industrial grade LPR solution with 99 per cent LPR recognition accuracy using customised high-quality cameras and cutting-edge controllers at Miri City Council multi-storey UTC carpark with very good and encouraging feedback. Our LPR system is integrated with our own BorneoPark Miri parking app which allows Miri motorists entering any off-street carpark facilities in Miri using our LPR system with auto credit deduction from their BorneoPark Miri app making it hassle free and very convenient as they exit the carpark,” he disclosed.

The LPR system also accepts many other payment modes, including credit/debit card, e-wallets (Sarawak Pay, Grab Pay, Touch n Go, Apple Pay, UnionPay, Boost, Alipay, WeChat Pay, Cash and MAE), and ATM cards. With faster entry/exit times and improved accuracy, the LPR system provides a better overall experience for drivers using parking facilities.

Also present at the launching was Deputy Mayor Cr Ariffin Mohammad and Miri Police chief ACP Alexson Naga Chabu. — DayakDaily