Creating parking facility inventories

You can add and reconcile MLPI license plate reads from an offload file to a parking facility inventory, using the Inventory management task.

Before you begin

Before adding the data from an offload files to an inventory, you can remove unreconciled plate reads from the offload, using the Inventory Report task.

What you should know

You must know the following about creating inventories:

To create a parking facility inventory:

  1. From the home page, open the Inventory management task.
    NOTE: The Offloads panel only contains information if an offload file has been duplicated and stored in the LPR Manager database.
    The Offloads panel includes the following information:
    • Genetec Patroller™: Click to hide description
      Name of the Genetec Patroller™ unit that performed the offload.
      NOTE: A single ghost patroller, called XML import, is displayed for reads that were taken by a handheld device, because they were imported to the LPR Manager database using the XML import module.
    • First seen: Click to hide description
      Timestamp of the first read in the offload.
    • Last seen: Click to hide description
      Timestamp of last read in the offload.
    • Read count: Click to hide description
      Number of reads in the offload.
  2. From the Parking facility drop-down list, select the parking facility you want to add the inventory to.
  3. Click Create inventory.
  4. In the Create inventory dialog box, type the name of inventory, and the end time.
  5. If you want to create a partial inventory, select Partial.
  6. Click Create.

    The plate reads are reconciled and the plate read data is added to the parking facility inventory.

  7. If there is a conflict while the reads are being reconciled (for example, a license plate appears in two locations), then the Plate confirmation dialog box opens, and you must verify that the license plate in the context image is the same as the plate image and OCR read as follows:
    TIP: You should only compare the LPR image and the OCR read, because the plate in the context image might be difficult to see.
    1. If the OCR reading is incorrect, type the correct license plate number in the OCR reading box.
      NOTE: This plate read is tagged as Edited in the Inventory report task.
    2. If the OCR reading is correct, but the plate state is different, enter the state name in the State box.

      You can enter the state abbreviation or full name.

    3. Click Confirm.

      The data from the offload is added to the parking facility inventory.

  8. If a conflict is detected during the inventory process (for example, a license plate appears in two locations), then a dialog box opens that displays the plate read in the current parking facility inventory (Current read), and the possible plate match (Possible matches) in the data it is trying to reconcile to that inventory.
    Select one of the following:
    • Different car: Click to hide description
      Select if the plate numbers are the same, but the plate state and the vehicle are different from the vehicle in the current inventory. The vehicle displayed under Possible matches is added as a new vehicle in parking facility inventory.
    • Same car: Click to hide description
      Select if the plate numbers, state, vehicle are the same, but the vehicle has moved locations since the last inventory was taken.
    • Cancel: Click to hide description
      Cancel the reconciliation. If the conflicts are not reconciled, a new plate read is created which says that a new vehicle arrived (as opposed to marking the same vehicle down for an additional day), and it is considered a Different car.

    A message appears warning you that the operation was cancelled. Click OK.

    The inventory you cancelled appears in red under Existing inventories, but the offload data remains in the Offload folder until it is added or removed from the parking facility.

  9. If there are any cancelled inventories, you must delete them before you can create another inventory as follows:
    1. In the Existing inventories panel, select the cancelled inventory (in red).
    2. Under the Existing inventories panel, click Delete ().