RFID Technology System Is Installed in Parking Lots of Washington University

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Nancy   2018/01/29

RFID technology is used to manage the access of vehicles in all the parking garages at the Danforth University Center (DUC) garage at Washington University.

On 25 January, the parking garages started carrying out this new system. This system based on RFID technology, using wirelss radio to interact the circuit embedded inside the parking pass placed on the car windshield. It replaced the old system of swiping ID cards.

Drivers with annual permit can enter every parking gate and their parking passes have been scanned by the system automatically. Parking and Transportation service department noted that some glasses can’t be passed by wireless radio and the parking passes have to be scanned by being held from window.

At present, students can buy the parking passes in four areas, including a Lofts parking lot, South 40 parking lots, a West Campus parking lot and any yellow space after 3:30 p.m.

All the parking garages will be installed this new system to allow drivers can enter night parking lots after 3:30p.m. Drivers with any of parking passes of four areas will be allowed to enter after 5 p.m. and on the weekend. When the gate arm still in the dectreasing place, system can’t charge between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Travelers without parking passes still can park cars in parking lot. They just need to pull a ticket at the entrance and pay the fee. They also can park cars in South 40 parking lots and north parking lot, and they can pay by the hour with the Passport Parking app.

Parking and Transportation services will also be holding town hall meetings on Feb. 8 from 12-1 p.m. and on Feb. 9 from 10-11 p.m. Each meeting will be livestreamed and Parking and Transportation Services website will offer a recording of the meeting at a later date.

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