What is AVI?

As you delve into the world of automatic vehicle identification (AVI) technology, it can feel begin to feel increasingly overwhelming and complex. There are a wide variety of AVI technologies available, and there are many features to consider when searching for the right solution for an AVI project. Our team of subject matter experts is here to break down the basics.

Let’s review AVI and the ways it provides frictionless and hands-free access, and then we’ll take a closer look at the two main technologies used in AVI applications: RFID and LPR.

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AVI: Hands-Free Vehicle Access Control

The principal goal of automatic vehicle identification (AVI) is to increase safety, security and oversight, while preserving the comfort and convenience of hands-free access for drivers entering or exiting a facility or parking area.

AVI is a hands-free access solution; it verifies a vehicle’s credentials automatically, meaning drivers don’t have to fumble for any identification cards or roll down their windows to interact with a guard.

In addition to enabling convenient and frictionless vehicle access, AVI also enables cost efficient and reliable vehicle and traffic management. With AVI, credential validation happens quickly and requires no human intervention. This results in fewer errors and greater reliability, and helps you maximize your return on investment.

Another significant advantage of AVI is the increased security it provides. An AVI solution can support the ability to automatically deny access to unauthorized vehicles. And AVI also increases security by enabling increased visibility. With AVI, it’s easy for operators and parking managers to maintain knowledge and information about the vehicles coming and going from a location.

In short, AVI is ideal for heightening security and streamlining operations, while at the same time preserving the comfort, ease and expediency of hands-free vehicle access.

There are two main technologies that are used in AVI applications: radiofrequency identification (RFID) and license plate recognition (LPR).

  • RFID involves a transponder or tag mounted onto a vehicle, and an RFID reader with an integrated antenna that detects the tag’s signal and forwards the tag’s ID information to an access or revenue system.
  • LPR uses a vehicle’s license plate as its access credential. LPR involves an intelligent camera that captures an image of a vehicle’s plate. The camera then uses the image to process the license plate characters, and forwards the license plate ID to an access or revenue system.

Select the links below for a more in-depth look at these two technologies.