LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The UA Transit and Parking Department is implementing license plate recognition hardware and software (“LPR”) for parking and access control. The University’s LPR use is subject to and in compliance with the Arkansas License Plate Reader System Act, Ark Code Ann. §§ 12-12-1801 to 1808.
LPR data is collected in parking garages and lots, on streets, drives and other roadways where parking is controlled by the University. This includes the main academic campus (generally bounded by Cleveland Street to the north, Martin Luther King Blvd. to the south, West Avenue to the east and Eastern Avenue to the west) and certain remote locations including, but not limited to, Baum Stadium parking lots, Beechwood Parking lots, Uptown Campus, the Arkansas Research and Technology Park, and the Cato Springs Research Center. LPR data is collected at each entrance and exit of certain University parking garages. These fixed camera locations are active 24 hours daily, seven days per week. Additionally, Transit and Parking utilizes a number of mobile vehicle-mounted systems which are driven by trained personnel in parking locations throughout the university.
The LPR system captures two photos of observed vehicles: (1) a context photo of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings and (2) a photo of the license plate. Typically, these photos are taken from the rear of the vehicle, although there are occasions where a photo is taken from the front. The photos are not of a resolution that allows identification of the vehicle occupants. Along with the photographic data, the system also records the global positioning system coordinates and date/time information of the observation. Further software processing of the license plate image generates an alphanumeric version of the license plate number which is also stored with the record.
Use of Data
The intended use of data collected by the LPR system is primarily for parking access control, parking enforcement and secondarily for law enforcement investigations. LPR data is used to determine a vehicle’s access and parking permissions in a given parking area and support the issuance of a parking citation or booting or towing if needed. The data is also used by the University Police Department (UAPD) in conducting or assisting with ongoing criminal investigations and complaints. Data will not be sold, traded, or exchanged unless part of an ongoing criminal investigation involving other law enforcement agencies.
Data collected by the LPR system not resulting in parking enforcement action or not part of an ongoing law enforcement investigation is retained for 150 days. Data resulting in parking enforcement action is retained with the citation records according to established University records retention policy, Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 218.0. Data associated with an ongoing law enforcement investigation is retained until the investigation is completed or as directed by investigators or courts.
Transit and Parking will compile the following statistical data as provided for under Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-1805(a)(1) and (b). The data will be compiled every six (6) months into a format sufficient to allow the public to review the compiled data, and will be preserved for eighteen (18) months.
The preserved data shall include:
(1) The number of license plates scanned;
(2) The names of the lists against which captured plate data were checked;
(3) For each check of captured plate data against a list:
(A) The number of confirmed matches;
(B) The number of matches that upon further investigation did not correlate to an alert; and
(C) The number of matches that resulted in arrest and prosecution;
Access to Records
Access to records created and maintained by the LPR system is restricted to trained Transit and Parking personnel performing their duties and a limited number of trained law enforcement personnel at UAPD. All personnel with access to the system use unique identifiers and passwords to access records and all login, record additions, and other activity is logged. Access to the system by others is prohibited.
Determining what data we have about you
Anyone who receives a parking citation or purchases a virtual permit may view information we have about his or her vehicles at any time at https://myparkingaccount.uark.edu.