The City of Monterey Parking Division's technology for parking enforcement has recently been upgraded. Three parking enforcement scooters now use an Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) instead of chalking your car's tires. In short: don't be looking for chalk marks on your tires anymore.
The ALPR system, managed by Vigilant Solutions, uses “digital chalking," which works by integrating License Plate Recognition technology to capture and analyze digital license plate information with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for a complete and accurate vehicle parking enforcement system.
Equipped with ALPR technology, a Parking Enforcement Officer patrols their assigned route in a scooter. As the officer drives down the street, an ALPR camera on the scooter notes the position of each parked vehicle and its image, location, time/date, and license plate number. When the Officer returns to the location an alarm will notify the Officer when a parking violation is detected based on time/location data using the ALPR and GPS systems. The ALPR system does not identify any individual or access personal information during the license place review process, in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.
The ALPR system greatly reduces the potential for industrial injuries that are associated with chalking tires by hand. and has the capability to help the City locate stolen vehicles and parking scofflaws.