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      02-25-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Free airport long-stay parking (maybe)

At my local airport, long-stay park-and-ride is basically unmanned. You pay on-line, tell them your reg and when you turn up a camera reads your number-plate and lets you in. On the way out the same thing happens. If you have stayed to long you put in your credit-card to open the barrier.

The park-and-ride buses drive in and out all day because the camera recognizes their number-plates and opens the barriers.

Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking?
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      02-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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I have a feeling the camera will clock your plate regardless. Also, saying the those registration recognition systems do have a tendency to not recognise the square plates, or plates that aren't in the correct format/spacing/text. If you go to your local waste disposal centre they will clock your plate so you don't use it too often or if your plate is a trade vehicle. Down here the plates pop up on the screen as you drive in and the last few times I've been with one of our business vehicles it hasn't worked to the the strange plates.

Just my 2p
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      02-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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You're thinking about taking the bus!! Sod that!
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      02-26-2013, 04:22 AM   #4
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tailgating the bus?
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      02-26-2013, 05:57 AM   #5
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Taking the reg of a bus and attaching to your car?
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Taking the reg of a bus and attaching to your car?
Yes.
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      02-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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LOL WTF.
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      02-26-2013, 11:48 AM   #8
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Taking the reg of a bus and attaching to your car?
Try it.

But If I was planning an ANPR system I'd be looking to silhouette the thing with the plate too.

"That 3 series is sure one funny looking Enviromax 400"

But who knows.
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ps. A local town center carpark where I park from time to time has a chip coin system. The coin is magnetized when you stick in in the pay machine and that's how you get back out at the bottom of the ramp.

Only, its magnetized as soon as you put it in the machine, because there's only one place for it to drop out.

And there's a cancel button on the machine.

Saved me quite a few when I've left it there overnight for example



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I get the impression I missed the point here!

Worth a shot with regards to registration - seems a cheap ass way out though!
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Try it.

But If I was planning an ANPR system I'd be looking to silhouette the thing with the plate too.

"That 3 series is sure one funny looking Enviromax 400"

But who knows.
And it being a camera, I am sure they can just pull the video of you turning up.

Wouldn't take them long to figure out I would not have thought...
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But why would they ever notice? They have a database of photos with thousands of cars and hundreds of buses. There is nothing to arouse any suspicions. My main concern is if they do rumble me there is a 50:50 chance they will have my car at the time.
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I was going to say that actually - if they do sus it out your car may well be behind the barrier!
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But why would they ever notice? They have a database of photos with thousands of cars and hundreds of buses. There is nothing to arouse any suspicions. My main concern is if they do rumble me there is a 50:50 chance they will have my car at the time.
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At my local airport, long-stay park-and-ride is basically unmanned. You pay on-line, tell them your reg and when you turn up a camera reads your number-plate and lets you in. On the way out the same thing happens. If you have stayed to long you put in your credit-card to open the barrier.

The park-and-ride buses drive in and out all day because the camera recognizes their number-plates and opens the barriers.

Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking?
It might work, but you also might end up on YouTube

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It might work, but you also might end up on YouTube

I love how the bollards are so over engineered that they can lift a car into the air. Shame the roads aren't done to the same standards.
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Are you sure they dont have some sort of remote control or transponder on the bus ?
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Yes, I'd have thought there was a transponder present.
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They might but in my experience when you have a system in place which opens a barrier when it recognises a vehicle, it's a very hard sell to install a system which opens a barrier when it recognises a vehicle.
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They might but in my experience when you have a system in place which opens a barrier when it recognises a vehicle, it's a very hard sell to install a system which opens a barrier when it recognises a vehicle.
The system doesn't recognise the vehicle,but the 'tag' that's installed in the vehicle.

It's no different to the 'Tags' that open the barriers at the Dartford Tunnel.
I have a 'Tag' that sits in the windscreen,when the car approaches the barrier,the barrier opens.
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Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I know how transponders work. What I meant was, given they already have a system which works with buses and cars (the ANPR system) it isn't going to be easy to persuade whoever pays the bills to install a second system (transponders) which only works with buses.
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ps. A local town center carpark where I park from time to time has a chip coin system. The coin is magnetized when you stick in in the pay machine and that's how you get back out at the bottom of the ramp.

Only, its magnetized as soon as you put it in the machine, because there's only one place for it to drop out.

And there's a cancel button on the machine.

Saved me quite a few when I've left it there overnight for example



*cough*
Your talking about St Georges Harrow car park right? LOL
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At my local airport, long-stay park-and-ride is basically unmanned. You pay on-line, tell them your reg and when you turn up a camera reads your number-plate and lets you in. On the way out the same thing happens. If you have stayed to long you put in your credit-card to open the barrier.

The park-and-ride buses drive in and out all day because the camera recognizes their number-plates and opens the barriers.

Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking?


I like my car too much to leave it in an airport park and ride. I'd rather pay the bucks and use a taxi or limo service....
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