LPR Technology comes to IUPUI

IUPUI Parking & Transportation Services continually searches for opportunities to enhance customer experience, create efficiencies, and adopt new solutions available in the industry.  As part of our long-term strategic plan, we are implementing License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology on campus beginning Spring 2021.

How does this work?

When a vehicle is parked on campus, the rear license plate is captured by readers mounted on Parking & Transportation Services vehicles.  LPR works like a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode.  When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify proper parking privileges for the parking location. 

When will this happen?

LPR program implementation is expected to progress through multiple phases over the next 3 – 5 years. Each phase will be measured and assessed to ensure the program provides a positive parking experience on campus and meets our goals. In Phase 1, beginning in the spring of 2021, the impact to your day-to-day parking experience will be minimal. You will continue to display your valid parking permit in your vehicle and park in the same areas as allowed by your current permit. With each new phase, we will communicate information and make updates to this page.



Phase 1:

Test and evaluate LPR in surface lots and install readers in one garage to count open parking spaces. Evaluate the ability of LPR to recognize license plates to operate entry and exit gate arms.

In Progress


Phase 2:

Introduce and test LPR in additional garages to test the ability of LPR to operate garage entry and exit gates using a vehicle's license plate.



Phase 3:

Keep gates up in student garages for testing parking permissions and begin using license plate virtual permits instead of physical hangtag permits for students. Install and test visitor pay kiosk and implement visitor pay-by-phone App in one garage.


Phase 4:

Install LPR readers at remaining garage entry and exits. License plates may become virtual permits for all student and employee parking options. Explore development of a new App or other technologies to report available parking spaces in surface lots and garages on campus.


Phase 5:

Final implementation may include: no physical hangtag permits for visitors or event attendees, removal of all garage entry and exit gates, pay-by-phone option in visitor garages and an App or other technologies announcing open parking spaces throughout campus.