We have all taken a poorly judged turn into a dark and dingy underground car park that threatens to leave us without any wheels, not to mention a few pennies poorer. Multi-storey or underground car parks are an absolute necessity in urban areas where space is at a premium, but that doesn't mean they should be unpleasant, claustrophobic or - most crucially - unsafe. There is a growing consumer demand for a higher level of service in this area.

Operators are increasingly recognising the revenue gains to be achieved through ongoing analysis of automated, dynamic systems that unify multiple services or functions. Indeed, one of the British Parking Association’s (BPA) 5-year strategic aims is to encourage invention and public acceptance of innovation in parking technology.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is already widely deployed to speed up entry, help users back to their space and to better understand visitor behaviour. But there is a wealth of innovation on the market designed to both help maximise revenues for car park operators and create better user experiences?

  • Smart lighting solutions: poor quality, non-responsive lighting is no longer either acceptable or even cost effective in our digital age and the advantages of new, energy efficient and dynamically sensor-controlled lighting more often than not far outweighs the investment costs.
  • Daylight harvesting: save energy by maximising daylight, take advantage of times of zero or low occupancy and of course still create a professional, well lit environment whenever there are users.
  • Dynamic environments: using a meshed network of sensors, operators can connect elements such as lighting or lift services to provide a more convenient amd responsive environment for users while saving energy for example by automatically calling lifts to the car park level when required or lighting areas as and when required rather than 24/7.
  • Way-finding solutions: increase efficiency by directing users to available spaces using clearly visible intelligent directional indicators that can even, for added safety, show when a car is currently parking or preparing to leave (as well as standard issue full or empty space indication).
  • Space indication: dynamic and intelligent indicators can be used to show disables, mother and child or even corporate spaces.

All of these things can not only make a much more customer-centric experience, but can also save energy, increase revenue and keep users safer. IGS' Intelligent Grid is capable of supporting all of the above solutions, and many more, in a flexible, modular and easily adaptable platform.

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About the author

James Means

I am a cyclist and enjoy taking my mountain bike out along the many tow paths of the Basingstoke or Kennet and Avon Canal. I play tennis at my local club and am full of endeavour and enthusiasm to make up for the lack of talent, usually washed down with a few beers to undo the good work. I absolutely love cars but in a clear rush of blood have just purchased a rather dull electric car. Currently growing chilli’s to go in the spicy curries I love making. I try to feed my spiritual side with a bit of meditation or mindfulness when possible.