Parking lot control system

  • US 5,745,052 A
  • Filed: 06/18/1996
  • Issued: 04/28/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/23/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A parking lot control system comprising:

  • means provided at an entrance of a parking lot for picking an image of a number plate of a car to enter the parking lot;

    means provided at the entrance of the parking lot for recognizing a car number of the entering car;

    means provided at the entrance of the parking lot for dispensing a parking ticket;

    a central processing unit provided in a control room for storing the car number of the entering car, the number of the parking ticket and a time of entry of the car into the parking lot;

    a parking encoder provided at a service department of a parking lot-containing facility for reading the parking ticket and a shopping receipt to obtain data therefrom;

    means provided at said service department of said parking lot-containing facility for effecting an intermediate fee adjustment processing or a discount processing in accordance with the data of the receipt obtained by said parking encoder, results of said fee adjustment processing and said discount processing being stored in said central processing unit;

    means provided at an exit of the parking lot, for picking up the image of the number plate of the car to depart from the parking lot;

    means provided at the exit of the parking lot, for recognizing the car number of the departing car; and

    means provided at the exit of the parking lot, for automatically effecting a final parking fee adjustment in accordance with the data from said center processing unit.

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