Posts Tagged ‘parking control officer’

Our SFMTA Doesn’t Know How to Run MUNI, But: Presenting “SkyCop” Mobile License Plate Recognition Technology!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Hey, SFMTA! Is this your new set of wheels? Oh it is? Well then, what are those attachment things on the roof detecting? Are they detecting a whole bunch of license plates? Well, good for you, SFMTA, good for you.

On McAllister Street during last night’s evening drive:

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OMG, it’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition in the 415! And these things are not just sitting fixed by the ballpark during the World Series, oh no, they’s everywhere.

If only MUNI and the streetcars worked as good as these Blue Crush SkyCop-type contraptions:

Anyway, last I saw, this white Chevrolet Uplander minivan was headed into the Fillmore to catch violators.

Hurray!

“Freaking trash! I wonder how much they owe? Most of them are on the run, not even using their social security numbers. If there was only a way to make them pay…”

All right, Repo Man, that’s enough,

O.K., all the deets. I hope our meter maids have all the features shown here:

License Plate Reader

SkyCop® – Mobile License Plate Recognition & Video Surveillance System Pan & Tilt LPR Unit with Thermal Imaging Camera and High Resolution Day / Night Camera Hideaway Touchscreen Radio System

The SkyCop ® Mobile License Plate Recognition & Video Surveillance System (MLPRV) is a complete License Plate Recognition System packaged in a platform to provide mobile, on the fly, license plate reading, video surveillance and analysis. The most advanced of its kind, the MLPRV system incorporates all of today’s advanced technologies to provide on board storage, and remote access for database updates, data offload, and video records retrieval. This technology allows officers to instantly check license plate information as they drive through their patrol areas. Information such as:

  • Improper Registration
  • People driving on revoked licenses
  • Stolen plates and/or stolen vehicles
  • stolen renewal decals
  • Outstanding Warrants
  • Actual vehicle registration info
  • Sex Offenders
  • Known Gangsters

All of this information is provided instantly to the officer while they operate their vehicle, without any user action.

Designed for use in Law Enforcement type vehicles the MLPRV system can also be used with SkyCop® Trailer units and other types of vehicles to increase access protection on a temporary basis for special events. All MLPRV systems provide advanced user friendly features such as the dash mount Touch Screen Control / View Panel with “quick touch” keys for preset positioning of the License Plate Reader and Video Cameras.

Complete with full Pan and Tilt capabilities users can position the License Plate Reader Module in any position desired for precision read areas. Five (5) preset positions are available for frequent positioning. In addition to control functions the dash mounted Touch Screen provides real-time read display and live video display information to the user. “Hot List(s)” information can be entered or imported into the on board computer system to provide flag and alert information to the operator for License Plates that have been designated as plates of interest through local and national databases. Other advanced options and features allow for full integration into other SkyCop® products such as Thermal Imaging Cameras and High Resolution Day / Night Cameras that can be mounted on the Pan & Tilt device. The MLPRV System can also monitor and control other citywide deployments of SkyCop Camera systems for advanced monitoring of a scene. Command Center can also display the MLPRV System while in operation.

Technical Information:

The MLPRV is a vehicle-mounted system for license plate image capture and video processing permitting autonomous operation (requiring no direct action of a user) to read license plates and match against various hot list of wanted vehicles.

The Mobile Video Surveillance Platform will record video and audio using H.264 compression and have the ability to
record up to eight (8) analog cameras for on board video and audio storage with remote streaming to a command center. The system will include a 7” In-Dash Touchscreen for control and monitoring. The License Plate Recognition System (LPR) will use dual-camera imaging (high-resolution cameras for license plate reading, secondary cameras for evidence gathering), GPS (with or without) moving map display, back-end evidence and reporting software, and a wireless communication capability for transferring data between the back-end and each mobile unit. The LPR and Video Surveillance system is mounted on a Pan & Tilt drive system and can be installed on the center light bar or other preferred areas. The LPR and Surveillance Cameras can be automatically positioned on all sides of the vehicle while in operation.

Parking Ticket Bacchanalia: Remembering the Day Everybody Got a Cited

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Here’s Fulton betwixt Larkin and Hyde, on the day one productive San Francisco PCO issued 80 citations in a single morning.

That probably paid for three weeks of her salary, benefits and pension.

Who says PCO’s don’t “make money?”

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Transit First, baby!

You cite Cadillacs, Lincolns too/
Mercurys and Subaru

A Few Pithy Comments About This SFMTA DPT PCO Meter Maid on a Bicycle in the Fiananch

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The whole ensemble kind of has a cop look, so that’s got to be good when dealing with all those ex-cons out there.

Probably good for the rain, but the blank tickets might get wet tho.

A Cannondale with a suspension fork and disc brakes? Probably be better off without those two features but oh well.

Town and County tires from Continental – I don’t know, they don’t make those like they used to, moved the factory to Indonesia or someplace. Suggest updating Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26. (As the Euros say, “17 000 KM MEME PAS MORT!”)

And Presta valves? Wow, probably causes  the PCOs to scratch their heads when they want to top off their tires. Or maybe they’re told not to touch anything on the bike. (Note gear selection – smallest cog up front to match the smallest cog out back. Nicht gut.)

Anyway, the whole point of using bikes is to sneak up on them trucks to start handing out the tickets more better. And in that sense, this is probably a successful program.

Harsh: “Crappy People, Crappy Jobs” Campaign Mocks MUNI’s “Good People, Tough Jobs” PR

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.

“The bottom of the sticker reads: “ASSAULTING A PARKING CONTROL OFFICER IS A CRIME. SO DON’T GET CAUGHT.”- WACKO 1

As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

Beware! The Unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking is Now Fully Operational

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Via Streetsblog SF (which is having a fun-raiser party January 21st, bring money if you want) comes news of the new, unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking blog.

Read the cheery welcoming message from the Commissioner of Concrete. See? He’s gunning for you, sidewalk parkers.

The DSP operates in District 11, but you can find examples of sidewalk parking all over town. As seen in District 5 on Ashbury Street:

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NB: When this self-appointed “commissioner” talks of getting an offending vehicle  “removed” he means towed away - towed away with extreme prejudice. Anybody who calls in a tow on a sidewalked-parked car on his or her own street should be prepared for possible blowback. (Those who live in or rent out illegal in-law apartments might very well get ratted out by an irate sidewalk parker, just saying.) Anonymity recommended.

Is it my hobby to ferret out sidewalk parkers and then call DPT at (415) 553-1200 for the ticket /towaway patrol? No.

On the other hand, do I support homeowners who think they own the sidewalk in front of their homes? No.

Can one person change the culture of sidewalk parking in one section of San Francisco via a persistent campaign? Yes, it’s possible.

Bon Courage,  San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking!

Parking Tickets – Does FedEx Make Money Delivering in the Financial District?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I mean, sure, Fed-Ex makes money on deliveries in San Francisco, but what if you subtract out the amount of dough they pay daily to the DPT? Too bad delivery vehicles don’t have a place to park or something.

This aging Ford van got pwned with two parking tickets in one day down in the Financial District:

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Poor FedEx!

How Many Parking Tickets Does UPS Get Each Day in San Francisco? Lots and Lots

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene in the Financial District – why does the UPS driver double park instead of using the space near the curb? Double parking can get you a ticket, right? The orange cone is a nice touch, however….

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Uh oh, this doesn’t look good. Do UPS drivers really try to fool the DPT ticket issuers with the old I-already-got-a-ticket routine? Apparently

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Oh well, that’s another $78 down the drain. Did this truck get two tickets yesterday?

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That’s what you might conclude after checking the DPT website for online ticketing information.

Does UPS currently owe thousands of dollars to S.F. for illegal parking? Yes.

But if it’s only $2000 a day or so, well that’s just the cost of doing business in the big city, right?

San Francisco Parking Control Officers – “Good People” with “Tough Jobs”?

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

That’s what the bumper stickers on the little carts say. And here’s the subtitle:

“Assaulting a parking control officer is a crime we will prosecute.”

MUNI Fare Inspectors similarly are also Good People with Tough Jobs, apparently.

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Good to know.

How Not to Park Your Chevy Impala SS on the Sidewalks of San Francisco

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Of course you all already know about the 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS General Monkeybusiness B-Body. This one here impresses not with the size of the wheels fitted underneath, but with the sheer parking audacity of completely blocking a fairly wide sidewalk in broad daylight.

What’s stopping somebody from calling 415-553-1200 (dispatch - blocked driveways, sidewalks, etc.) or 311? Nothing, that’s why this parking strategy isn’t sustainable, that’s why drivers generally don’t make a habit of doing this kind of thing. (Personally, it’s not my style to dial, but for some people, it is - see below)

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I would agree that it’s probably no picnic trying to park an 18-foot-long vehicle at night on the Streets of San Francisco, but your ride will eventaully get vandalized, ticketed, towed, whatever, depending on the neighborhood. For example, the evening dog walkers of Specific Whites Pacific Heights all have DPT’s phone numbers preprogrammed into their cellies. They’re simply waiting to see something like this blocking their path.

Just saying.

The Efficient Parking Control Officers of San Francisco

Friday, March 20th, 2009

One thing’s for sure - if you leave your car parked on the side of the street in San Francisco during the hours when street sweeping is scheduled, you WILL get a $50 ticket.

DPT’s 99%+ success rate at meting out justice compares favorably with your chances of paying the price for committing other similar crimes, such as shoplifting or murder.  

Look at ‘em go!

Some areas of the City are getting less street sweeping these days. Too bad! Other areas of the country make do with tickets that cost just $30 - how do they manage that?

If only all parking spaces in San Francisco were like these two