Streamlining traffic flow in real time: While improving the parking experience.
A typical city has numerous garages and lots spread out across its jurisdiction. Diverse systems, including Parking Access & Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) and other revenue management technology, also exist across this network of facilities. All of which makes the communication of real-time parking availability a distinct challenge.
At Park Assist®, our ability to provide a cohesive cloud-based solution for citywide guidance is a major advantage for any sizable metropolis. Each tailored solution is a robust and flexible platform that aggregates real-time occupancy data from a variety of disparate systems and sources.
Using the aggregated data, our platform simultaneously broadcasts citywide parking availability through a variety of real-time information touchpoints. These include digital signage on highways, roads and garage entrances throughout the city. This information can also be communicated via a city’s official website, or through a mobile app using our open application programming interface (API).
Complete parking guidance solutions:
Tailored to each city’s needs.
When municipal garages are underutilized, it results in overtaxed street parking and extra traffic congestion. It can also lead to premature expansion/construction to compensate for the parking system’s overall inefficiency. With our solution-oriented approach, Park Assist can craft a customized fit-for-purpose system by synthesizing multiple types of technologies into a single, unified platform. The key elements we deploy, based on a city’s current technology, include:
Cloud-based data aggregation.
Our cloud-based platform can be synchronized with existing PARCS equipment to pull parking counts from individual sites. The aggregated real-time data from these multiple systems is processed via a central server, then transmitted to the city’s website, digital signage and mobile apps.
For garages and lots that lack vehicle-counting equipment, Park Assist can install a loop system. Providing availability data by garage, lot and parking level, this loop system also feeds the central server that connects with the city’s digital signage, website and mobile apps.
For surface lots, we can also install wireless sensors, which are embedded in the asphalt of each parking space. These sensors can report data down to the space-by-space level, for scenarios that call for a greater degree of granularity.
Yet another option is Park Assist’s revolutionary M4 smart-sensor. This “sensor with a brain” is able to stream a wealth of images, video and rich data to the core system server. This valuable information – including data for unique vehicle visits and evolving frequency trends – is used to track behaviors and usage patterns across a garage or a portfolio of facilities, while providing unprecedented system-wide control.