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Parking guidance systems

Smart parking helps increase revenue and maximise carpark usage

Parking guidance systems gather data from smart parking sensors to keep track of how many spots are available in a parking lot or facility. They then display dynamic information to drivers via signs, apps, or websites to guide them to available parking.

Using a parking guidance system (also called smart parking, car counting systems or parking management systems) to guide more drivers into available spots using real time data helps to enhance the parking experience for potential customers, as well as benefiting your bottom line. 

What’s more, with the data you gain from a guidance system, you can tailor your business’s parking offer to make the most of revenue opportunities that may currently be slipping away. 

Depending on the type of parking guidance system you opt for, and the level of reporting you want to achieve, a parking guidance system can readily be integrated with your existing parking infrastructure.

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How a parking guidance system can improve your revenue

Ensuring user-friendly car parking is crucial, since potential customers are more likely to patronise businesses that have car parking readily and visibly available. 

Look for a parking guidance system that provides you with accurate management and reporting data that allows you to make accurate business decisions. For example, you can use this data to determine when your peak periods are, and how full your carpark is at different times of the day – with 99.9% accuracy.

With this accurate data, you can offer your customers flexible payment options or parking offers such as early bird rates and after hours parking offers – all with an eye on increasing revenue for your business. 

Perhaps the data reveals that you have full parking in the morning and empty in the afternoon. In this case, dynamic pricing that offers discounted rates in the afternoon could result in a more consistent flow of customers and therefore increase your overall daily revenue intake.

Parking guidance system data is particularly useful if you don’t yet have a PARC system installed at your carpark. It can provide you with the necessary customer data to decide whether there’s a business case for installing a revenue control and boom gate system.

Parking guidance systems offer revenue opportunities for retail

It’s quite common for retail carparks to have non-customer vehicles present for large portions of the day. With a parking guidance system installed, you’ll have access to reliable data such as how many people from other commercial environments use your car parking; how many vehicles are present after your retail closes, and more. 

On the other hand, if you offer your own customers 3 hours of free parking and the data shows limited usage beyond this, then there may be no business case for installing a revenue control system.

In either scenario, data from a parking guidance system allows you to make informed decisions about incorporating a PARC system to control your parking and gain additional revenue.

The three types of parking guidance system

 

Sensor based

A s its name suggests, a sensor based parking guidance system uses individual car bay sensors that coordinate with red & green lighting system to show drivers available parks. 

On the plus side, a sensor based system provides information at-a-glance to drivers – provided that the sensors are accurate and reliable. The downside of sensor based systems is their relatively high cost per bay.

Camera based

A more accurate system than sensor based, a camera based guidance system provides better data because it reads vehicles’ registration plates. It also has the opportunity to interface with LPR on incoming entry lanes.

Although it offers a minimal upgrade in reliability over a sensor based system, reliability is based on the quality and accuracy of the camera engaged – and it is a very expensive system.

OpenSpace TM 

Instead of working in individual bays, an open space system works on the overall carpark area. OpenSpace TM guidance systems show drivers the number of spaces available in each aisle, level, or separate carpark depending on your site.  

OpenSpace TM systems offer many advantages. They guarantee 99.9% accuracy, and are extremely cost-effective at about 30%-40% of the cost of a camera or sensor based system. Very quick to install, they require no integrated infrastructure, and can easily be retro-fitted in an existing carpark. 

Depending on size of your carpark, PARCsafe could help you have an OpenSpace TM guidance system up and running in about 6 hours.

We believe it’s the most cost-effective and reliable parking guidance system available. PARCsafe have partnered with Parking Logix to provide OpenSpaceTM Parking Guidance to the Australian market.

How does the OpenSpace parking guidance system work?

Most parking counting systems require sensors to be installed in every parking spot, which means complicated installation and prohibitive costs. 

By contrast, OpenSpace uses sensors only at the carpark entry and exit points. It offers you a parking management system that costs significantly less – without compromising on accuracy.

With over 99.9% accuracy, the OpenSpace parking system has proven to be the most accurate, simple to install, and cost-effective smart parking management system available. 

Using wireless parking sensors embedded into speed humps, variable messaging signs providing real-time data, and analytical software, OpenSpace is the smart parking guidance solution that will fill your open spaces. It can also easily provide you with the data you need to measure how full your carparking asset is. This allows you to make more accurate management decisions in the future.

It’s as easy as CCC: Count – Communicate – Control.

Count

Smart sensors embedded into speed humps or directly into the road surface detect and count each vehicle that enters or exits your carpark. The sensors communicate wirelessly to data collectors and signs to display real time occupancy to parkers.

Features:

  • Completely customisable 
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Road surface installation
  • Made of 100% recycled rubber
  • Simple installation 
  • 3-5 year battery life
  • Easy sensor replacement

 

Communicate

The OpenSpace Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) communicates wirelessly with OpenSpace using our data collector to display real-time occupancy to drivers in single, multi-level and multi-lot parking facilities. 

Features:

  • Wireless connectivity
  • Energy efficient
  • Durable and long lasting 
  • Theft protection
  • Remote control
  • Quick and easy sign management
  • Brilliant visibility 

Control

OpenSpace Cloud stores all your parking data in the cloud so that you – or anyone looking for a parking spot – can access it. Operators can manage system settings, view up-to-the-minute statistics, and generate detailed reports via the OpenSpace cloud with zero dependence on local IT infrastructure.

The OpenSpace Pro software package allows you to set times of sign operation, reset or adjust the counter, and get statistics related to carpark occupancy. OpenSpace Pro comes pre-loaded on a Windows tablet or laptop that connects directly to the OpenSpace VMS via Bluetooth.

Features:

  • Comprehensive reporting
  • Cloud based 
  • User friendly
  • Real-time data
  • At-a-glance updates
  • API integration

Options:

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 or later
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Communication interface: Bluetooth (class 1 adapter supplied)