The cost to implement a mobile License Plate Recognition (LPR) system on an existing enforcement vehicle can range from $50,000 to $65,000.

City of Traverse City, Michigan investigated parking management systems.

September 2017
United States

Summary Information

The City of Traverse City, Michigan hired a contractor to review documentation, facilitate meetings and discussion groups, and conduct surveys to gain the insights of people most directly engaged with a downtown parking system, and the mobility resources and options shaping the intensity and patterns of downtown parking demand. They looked at cities across the county to find best practices for evening metering, performance-monitoring, resident permit parking, and license plate recognition (LPR) technologies.

Researchers found parking enforcement vehicles equipped with LPR technology can provide highly efficient time limit monitoring, parking-meter payment status, and residential permit parking (RPP) enforcement, while also providing a stream of data on vehicle occupancies that can be used to monitor utilization/availability conditions across the downtown area. LPR was also able to provide visual evidence of when infractions occurred and when citations were issued to support adjudication.


The cost to implement LPR technology on an existing enforcement vehicle was estimated to range from $50,000 to $65,000 and included the following:
  • Training and infrastructure needs
  • Installation of the cameras on the outside of the vehicle
  • Wheel-imaging camera
  • Processing unit in trunk
  • In-vehicle laptop computer and navigator set-up in the front seat.

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Transportation Demand Management Study: TDM Plan Appendices - City of Traverse City

Published By: City of Traverse City

Prepared by Nelson NYGAARD for the City of Traverse City

Source Date: September 2017


System Cost

LPR for Parking Enforcement: $50K-$65K per vehicle.


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Cost ID: 2020-00456