CitySync ANPR System Replaces Card Access System at U.K. Hospital

The Wales NHS Trust Singleton Hospital in Swansea, U.K., is using a new ANPR barrier control system to manage the parking problems in its staff parking area.

Previously, the hospital used a swipe card system to allow staff free parking. Unfortunately, the system was being abused with people lending their swipe card to friends to give them access to free parking. The expense and difficulty to locate and enforce fines on target vehicles were causing major problems to the management.

Insight Intelligent Vision Ltd implemented a CitySync (part of Image Sensing Systems) ANPR system with FAAC barriers on all entry and exit points to the staff parking area. Insight installed JetCam Bollards and JetBase ANPR software to manage and control staff access rights.

The existing permit database was then imported into the ANPR system. This allows permitted vehicles access to the site automatically, eliminating the need for access cards and parking permits. The centralized database currently holds more than 2,500 records and is due to be integrated with five other hospitals in the Wales NHS Trust.

The existing intercom system was retained and manual overrides were included to allow manual operation of the barrier system.

“Installing the ANPR system has made it so much easier to manage the parking at Singleton Hospital,” said John O’Connell of Insight Intelligent Vision. “The head of security is very impressed with the new system.”

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