A lot of establishments during the 1950s provided parking spaces for their customers and allowed them more freedom to park wherever they choose. It is becoming harder, nowadays, to even find a parking space for you to park in. There needs to be a more systematic approach to these problems from modern parking lots. People needed to search quite a while, from a few minutes to even an hour, just to find an empty spot to park their car. For a lot of drivers, this is often annoying especially in a huge parking lot.
Parking guidance and information systems use sensors, light indicators and zone controllers in order to create an integrated information and control platform for the parking lot. Parking guidance systems are created to facilitate the search for a vacant space to park. Unoccupied spaces are identified and the system directs drivers to these locations. This aids in the lessening of search time for drivers and reduces the number of cars on the road. They also benefit the environment in reducing air pollution by decreasing the time vehicles need to run and get into a parking space.
Using the parking guidance system, parked cars tracked via ultrasonic parking sensors The data of areas where there are and are no parked vehicles are then sent to a central control system. These free parking spaces are then provided indicators that the space is available. The driver can then be able to find the free parking area through the use of parking signs. LED indicators are one of the most widely used of these which helps the driver navigate to the location through visible lights.
The parking guidance system has different components. The types of detectors can be camera-based or ultrasonic. Detectors can quickly track spaces or parking zones that are not currently occupied. The data from the detectors are then transmitted to a central control station.
Installed every stall in the parking lot will be LED indicators. The color of the lights from the LED will turn green if the space is available for parking or will turn red if the space is currently occupied by another vehicle. These indicators are really hard to miss which makes spotting available stalls by drivers much faster and easier.
The parking guidance system is managed, overall, by a central controller. It is the central controllers job to collect, process and manage the parking information. Sensory feedback proceed to the central controller where it is processed and then sent to LED indicators. All of these processes work instantaneously creating smooth, efficient and occurs in real time management of the parking lot.
The use of smart parking solutions will greatly improve the parking experience of customers.