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Car Counting Systems – The OpenSpace System

Update your parking revenue control system to touchless and contactless.

Talk to Parcsafe today to discover your options.

Understand how drivers are using your carpark facility

Car counting systems are designed to count vehicles as they enter and exit an off-street carpark. There are two types of car counting

  • Individual bay counting (such as the BayPod system)
  • Zone based counting (the OpenSpace system) for open spaces within a carpark

OpenSpace is a highly innovative system that uses the latest magnetometer technology and remote connectivity to deliver highly accurate real-time occupancy counts, by calculating vehicles that enter and exit.

This data is sent to the cloud where it can be viewed on an interactive dashboard, used in reports, or even sent to apps or websites through an Open API. Data can also be sent to dynamic wayfinding signage, whether it be local or remote.

It’s a “set and forget” system featuring simple installation, with no maintenance required.

How do car counting systems work?

The OpenSpace system works through unique and specialised technologies. Vehicle counts are collected by magnetometer sensors, which are mounted in recycled rubber speed bumps. This offers a number of benefits:

  • Accuracy levels of over 99.9% 
  • Long-life battery of 3-5 years
  • No set up required: just bolt down and walk away
  • Can be mounted in the entry and exit lanes of the carpark to collect all vehicle ingress/egress numbers
  • Can be unidirectional or bidirectional

Data collected by the sponsors is sent to a repeater or nearby sign via Bluetooth, which acts as a gateway and stores information in the cloud. This data can be viewed via the interactive dashboard accessed via a webpage.

The system offers:

  • This includes printing over 19 standard reports + custom options
  • Real-time viewing of carpark occupancy
  • Can view multiple sites at once, particularly useful for councils or universities
  • Can receive and set alerts and alarms (lost communications, full carpark, etc).
  • Configure signs to automatically adjust to custom messages when carpark reaches certain occupancy
  • Set up APIs and webhooks

Which facilities can benefit from a car counting system?

The OpenSpace system is ideal for:

  • Off-street council carparks
  • University carparks
  • Large shopping centre carparks
  • Hospital and airport carparks
  • National parks and remote carpark facilities

Car counting systems are ideal for understanding the data of your carpark. They help guide drivers in larger carparks, where individual bay monitoring can be cost prohibitive

Why choose a car counting system?

OpenSpace is an off-grid solution, with no need for power or local data services. This means it can be installed anywhere on any road surface. Note that large wayfinding signs (if installed) may require power. 

The sensor technology uses highly reliable magnetometers with long-life batteries. This means that, unlike other technologies such as loop detectors, cameras, or overhead lane sensors, they will not be affected by weather, passing heavy vehicles, or power outages.

    • Extremely fast installation, generally in just a matter of hours
    • Service-free with no ongoing maintenance. Note there is a data hosting cost
    • Open API that can connect to future systems  
    • Future proof for a smart parking world

The benefits of car counting systems for carpark operators

When you install an OpenSpace car counting system in your carpark, you’ll benefit from:

  • Instant knowledge and credible data of carpark occupancy – no more need for guesswork!
  • Reports for decision making, such as if you need additional facilities for Easter or Christmas parking
  • Raises awareness of carpark spaces for drivers thanks to connection with apps and websites
  • Lowers complaints from drivers about lack of parking
  • Decreases emissions, as people spend less time looking for parking
  • Increased safety, less congestion

The benefits of car counting systems for drivers

With an OpenSpace car counting system in your carpark, drivers will enjoy:

  • Reduced time spent looking for parking, and easier navigation
  • Less frustration and stress
  • Increased knowledge of your parking, both before leaving home and before entering your facility
  • Reduced traffic congestion

Car counting system components

  • Inserted into 100% recycled rubber speed bumps for additional safety
  • 3-5 years long life battery
  • Simple installation, bolt down or pin-down
  • Can be installed to any surface
  • Extremely hard wearing – IP69K
  • Communicates via Bluetooth to sign or repeater
  • Acts as gateway for data to store on the cloud
  • Portable
  • Solar powered
  • Can be set up in minutes
  • Needs to be within 15 metres of sensors
  • Can double as a repeater if close to sensors
  • Solar powered (large signs require constant AC power)
  • Completely customisable face livery to client requirements
  • Real-time dynamic occupancy or can display custom messages such as FULL, OPEN, CLOSED, HELLO, etc.
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  • Website portal that can be accessed from anywhere
  • Instant viewing of carpark occupancy
  • Great for multiple carparks, including adding on additional lots in the future
  • Provides reports and alerts
  • Settings for carparks, operations of signs and custom messages

Find out more about car counting systems for your carpark

Contact Parcsafe to arrange a new online or face-to-face consultation. We will show how we can increase your revenue and provide improved reporting, all while meeting the demands of today’s touchless requirements