Many years ago, customers where provided huge parking space by establishments to park their cars. There were establishments created specifically to cater to the automobile craze in the era like parking diners and parking theaters, but now people can hardly find a place to park in a mall. Modern parking lots may require more systematic approach to guide their customers in parking. 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.
A parking guidance and information system is formed from sensors, light indicators and zone controllers, which gathers and processes the parking lots data. They enable the easier search for vacant spaces for drivers to park. Drivers are directed to areas in the parking lot where there are little or no cars currently occupying. This reduces search time and decongests the driving way. 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 Data about the areas, both parked and non-parked, are sent to a central control system. Indicators are then projected in areas where there is free space for parking. Drivers can then locate the area to park via parking signage. 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 is composed of different constituents. The types of detectors can be camera-based or ultrasonic. It is the detectors job to quickly locate and track parking zones that re no currently occupied by a car. The data from the detectors are then transmitted to a central control station.
LED indicators are installed above every stall. Green lights indicate that a space is available for parking while red lights often mean a space is currently occupied. These indicators are easy to see making the driver spot available stalls much quicker.
The central controller is the one that manages the whole of the parking guidance system. It is the central controllers job to collect, process and manage the parking information. Feedback by the sensors are passed to a central controller which then projects information of whether or not parking space is available through LED displays. This system creates a smooth, efficient and real-time data management for the whole parking zone.
Since people often want convenience, especially when it comes to getting their cars parked, smart parking guidance solutions are the best way for parking management.