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Car Counting Systems – The BayPod System

Update your parking revenue control system to touchless and contactless.

Talk to Parcsafe today to discover your options.

The perfect tool for smart parking and smart cities

Car counting systems are designed to count vehicles in on-street or off-street carparks. There are two types of car counting:

  • Zone based counting (the OpenSpace system) for counting available spaces within a specified area such as an off-street car park.
  • Individual bay counting (such as the BayPod system), which is designed to primarily count individual bays with a specialised sensor mounted on the ground.

Sensor based systems have been around for a number of years, but recently their popularity has declined thanks to poor performance and high failure rates. By contrast, BayPod’s sensors have been refined and redeveloped for over 10 years to produce some of the most effective results for detection accuracy, integration possibilities, design, battery life, and reliability.

Manufactured in the UK, and used extensively around the world, the BayPod system monitors each individual bay, provides guidance via signs or wayfinding app, and provides real-time reporting and online dashboards for the operator. It comes with its own management, navigation and parking inspector software, but can also be integrated into all kinds of other parking software.

BayPod can be connected to remote wayfinding signage, or used with new innovations such as the ability to count off-street car parks and Secure Driver Identification (or SDI). This innovation uses Bluetooth to identify particular vehicles to give approval or notify an inspector if the wrong person parks in a reserved bay such as EV charging or DDA compliant.

BayPod is the perfect tool for smart parking and smart cities.

Which facilities can benefit from a BayPod car counting system?

The BayPod system is ideal for:

  • Councils and large car park operators (such as hospitals, airports, and universities)
  • Monitoring and guiding vehicles for on-street car parking
  • For areas of high non-compliance. Inspectors can be directed to the exact parking infringement (either via the software or a third party solution). 
  • For on-street payment requirements, BayPod can be integrated into parking meters and payment solutions
  • For monitoring special bays, such as DDA (Disabled Accessible), EV, parent parking or Click and Collect bays
  • Logistics areas
  • Small setup applications, such as lane monitoring for retail drive-through venues

How do BayPod car counting systems work?

BayPod’s sensors detect vehicles as they park on top. The system then uses three unique technologies to accurately identify that a vehicle has parked, before communicating the data via the LoRaWan network to a gateway – which can be over 3 kilometres away. This extreme ranges has no impact on reliability or accuracy, and reduces the infrastructure required for the system.

The parking data is then stored and recorded on Cloud, and sent to signs or apps via API connections.

Why choose a BayPod car counting system?

  • High detection accuracy – over 99.7% 
  • Long battery life – between 9 to 10 years based on 20 parking sessions per day
  • Long range – up to 3km from gateway base station
  • Fast detection time – 7 seconds average
  • Designed for use in all conditions – high clearance vehicles, bad weather, with EVs etc
  • Can be surface mount or flush mount
  • Very thin, compact profile for surface mounted option – just 20mm thick
  • Unique innovations such as Secure Driver Identification (SDI) and lane counting
  • Open API can integrate with multiple different parking software solutions
  • Uses either an app or Bluetooth tag to transmit data to the sensors
  • SDI: permit management for special category users 
    • VIP
    • EVs 
    • DDA 
    • Parents etc
    • Space reservations
    • Contactless, ‘windows up’ payment

BayPod car counting system components

  • Sensors
  • Gateways
  • Nwave Cloud (Online management dashboard)
  • Signs
  • Software solutions

Benefits of BayPod car counting systems for car park operators

When you install a BayPod car counting system in your car park, you’ll benefit from:

  • High understanding of parking behaviours and concerns via analytics 
  • Wayfinding for drivers, with less congestion and fewer complaints
  • Lower infrastructure costs associated with setup
  • The opportunity to connect parking with smart city concepts and future parking methods
  • Higher compliance and turnover of vehicles
  • Lowers emissions from parking – it’s estimated over 30% of vehicles in a CBD are simply looking for parking 

Benefits of BayPod car counting systems for drivers

  • With a BayPod car counting system in your car park, drivers will enjoy: The ability to find a car park faster
  • An understanding of parking prior to leaving home – allowing them to better plan their trip 
  • Fewer frustrations and complaints

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a Car Park Counting System work?

Car park counting systems utilise advanced sensors and software to monitor and record the number of vehicles entering and exiting a parking facility. This data is then processed to provide real-time availability information, helping to manage parking spaces efficiently and improving the parking experience for users.

Can the system be integrated with existing parking infrastructure?

Absolutely. Our BayPod systems are designed to be versatile and can seamlessly integrate with your existing parking infrastructure, including infringement platforms, car park management systems and wayfinding apps to enhance overall functionality and user experience.

Is the system suitable for both indoor and outdoor car parks?

Our systems are engineered to perform reliably in indoor and outdoor environments. They are equipped with durable sensors that withstand various weather conditions, ensuring accurate counting and reporting in any setting.

How accurate is the vehicle counting?

Our systems boast a high accuracy rate, thanks to the precision of our sensors and the sophistication of our software algorithms. This accuracy ensures that the information provided to managers and parkers is reliable, fostering trust in the system’s effectiveness.

Can the system provide data for analysis and reporting?

Yes, the system can generate detailed data and reports on parking usage patterns, peak times, and occupancy rates. This information is invaluable for making informed decisions on parking management, pricing strategies, and future infrastructure development.

What kind of support and maintenance does the system require?

We offer comprehensive support and maintenance packages to ensure your system continues to operate efficiently. Our team is available for regular check-ups, software updates, and any necessary repairs.

Find out more about our parking guidance system at Parcsafe

We will show how we can increase your revenue and provide improved reporting, all while meeting the demands of today’s touchless requirements. Call the Parcsafe team today on 1300 987 645 or contact us online