Automobile parking verification system (APVS)

  • US 6,832,206 B1
  • Filed: 02/01/2000
  • Issued: 12/14/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for checking and verifying the status of automobiles parked in a parking facility comprising:

  • a host computer having a master database, said master database further including pertinent information relating to each vehicle parked in the parking facility, said pertinent information including the type and characteristics of the vehicle, and a parking spot assigned to each vehicle approved to park in the facility;

    said master database having a billing database, said billing database having information including information about the type of vehicle, the operator of a vehicle, said billing information further including a plurality of fee structures for a corresponding plurality of long term periods, said long term periods comprising weekly, monthly, and yearly periods, said billing information capable of confirming that fees are paid and that a vehicle is permitted to park on premises;

    said host having a first means for transferring and receiving information in said master database;

    said master database comprising a sub-database configured for positioning in at least one of the host computer or separate computer, said sub-database having information, the information including the characteristics of the vehicle, the characteristics including the type of vehicle, said information including the parking spot assigned to each vehicle approved to park in the facility and corresponding billing to confirm the category of vehicle, said information including billing information which consists of an indicator of whether the authorization for the vehicle is active or delinquent regarding a weekly, monthly, or yearly parking term;

    the means for transferring being configured to communicate with a verification database;

    the sub-database functioning as a verification database;

    identification means to be affixed to the automobiles parked in the parking facility;

    at least one portable unit for checking the parking facility, wherein said portable unit is configured for;

    (a) comparing and relating the information on said identification means with the pertinent information in said first database; and

    (b) determining whether the vehicle is the same category of vehicle that is authorized to park in the facility, including determining if the vehicle is parked in the authorized spot, and determining whether the billing status for the vehicle is accurate regarding the type of vehicle, and determining whether the authorization for the vehicle is active or delinquent regarding a weekly, monthly or yearly parking term by confirmation from the billing database and of the approval status;

    said portable means having a second means for transferring and receiving information.

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