The license plates of parked cars are scanned by the Scan car at normal driving speed within several paid or restricted parking areas within the Zwolle municipal area. The vehicle is recognizable as a Scan car from the outside. Within the fully electric Renault ZOE, equipped with a so-called ‘scan top-box’, the driver has no need to worry about the handling and operation of the scanning system. With voice prompts, the driver is kept informed of the status of the system, which scans up to 1500 license plates per hour.

Follow-up after automated inquiry of valid parking rights

Scans are sent from the Scan car itself to the SCANaCAR Control Center via a secure, encrypted 4G connection. Cars with no valid parking right are subsequently sent to Sigmax CityControl and enriched with vehicle data from the RDW database. On-street parking enforcers receive assignments on their CityControl handhelds automatically, for follow-up of vehicles without valid parking rights. Violators will be charged with a fine or a warning.

“The Scan car allows acceleration of the enforcement process by having enforcers only carry out the follow-up on suspected offenders. Where previously all cars were scanned manually with handhelds, the preselection is now performed by using the Scan car,” says Hans Schoolderman, Advisor at the Municipality of Zwolle. “The residents of Zwolle may notice that offenders are caught more often and that the willingness to pay will increase. Our aim is to increase the quality of life in Zwolle, as well as increasing accessibility and street safety for both residents and visitors of Zwolle. In time, we will investigate whether the acquired data from the Scan car also usable in road surface control and CO2 measurements. ”

Privacy-first approach

Schoolderman adds: “Privacy is an important aspect of this project. Only the license plates are visible the photos. The rest of the environment has been made unrecognizable. The storage period of the pictures is adjustable and is therefore only saved for the necessary period. Afterwards, the content will be removed. In the case of an additional tax (fine), the photo is kept for three months, with the aim of handling a possible objection.”