License Plate Recognition

LPR Technology comes to IU Indianapolis

IU Indianapolis 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, a phased implementation of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology began in the Spring of 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.  With each new phase, we will communicate information and make updates to this page. 

After the successful completion of Phase 1 of LPR technology, Phase 2 of the program will begin on the IU Indianapolis campus in the Fall of 2022.  As with Phase 1, there will be little impact on your daily parking experience.  You must continue to display your parking permit, and it is very important that you park so that your license plate faces the drive lane.  This means no backing in or pulling through a parking space if your vehicle does not have a state-issued front license plate or you have purchased and affixed a campus-issued LPR plate to your front bumper. The campus-issued LPR plate can be purchased in the IU Indianapolis Parking & Transporation office for $14.50 each.



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.



Phase 2:

Test ability of LPR scanners to operate entry and exit gate arms.  Install LPR readers at entry and exit of a student garage to pilot capabilities of LPR to recognize parking permissions associated with vehicle license plates when gates are up.  Implement new rule and regulation requiring license plates to face drive lane.


In Progress


Phase 3:

Keep gates up in all student garages by using LPR to verify parking permissions.  Move to virtual parking permits for students where their license plate will serve as their parking permit. 


Phase 4:

Install LPR readers at remaining garage entry and exits. Move to virtual permits for employees.


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.