Parking environment management system and method

  • US 7,950,570 B2
  • Filed: 03/31/2006
  • Issued: 05/31/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/2004
  • Status: Expired
First Claim
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1. A parking management system comprising:

  • a detection module for detecting scofflaw violations, the detection module receiving data from a remote computer system and capturing a unique identifier associated with a parked vehicle, the detection module analyzing the data and the unique identifier in order to determine if a scofflaw violation is occurring and for issuing at least one enforcement action based upon the scofflaw violation;

    an enforcement module for executing the at least one enforcement action, the at least one enforcement action including immobilization of the parked vehicle via placement of a locking boot utilizing a boot release code on a tire of a vehicle; and

    a resolution module for facilitating performance of remedial measures, the resolution module including a payment module for receiving payment of a fine associated with the at least one enforcement action by an operator of the vehicle, a release module for communicating the boot release code to the operator for releasing the parked vehicle from immobilization upon payment of the fine and a return module for communicating instructions to the operator for return of the locking boot,wherein the fine associated with the at least one enforcement action further comprises a deposit amount, returnable to the operator, upon successful removal and return by the operator, of the locking boot, to the parking management system.

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