Car parking equipment must be robustly designed and reliable to maintain, but ultimately all such devices are there to serve the paying customer.
Car parking systems have developed in recent years and are now highly sophisticated pieces of equipment which not only control how motorists interact with a parking facility but offer landowners exceptional levels of adaptability. At Advance Systems Access Control Solutions, the equipment on offer is built to rigorous standards for high levels of reliability.
By using the latest technological advancements, it is also possible to continue to offer flexibility with any automatic car park system so that the equipment continues to be fit for purpose though parking requirements may change.
Read on to find out more about the range of traffic and parking control systems on offer today.
Automatic Car Park Barriers
Widely used to prevent an unauthorised vehicle exiting a parking facility, automated barriers use a variety of hi-tech systems that means no operator is required. Car park barriers can be offered with a bent arm configuration if height is an issue, for example within a basement car park. Indeed, they are equally suited to controlling access as they are departure.
In public car parks, for instance, they can be used with licence plate recognition technology to ensure drivers have left within their paid for period. Equally, in private car parks, they can be set up only to allow access to authorised employees and delivery drivers.
It is worth bearing in mind that automated barrier systems are not simply there to ensure authorised access and exit is allowed. They are safety devices in their own right and can be used to control traffic flows. A typical scenario would be where two or three parking exit lanes need to filter down to one before the public road is accessed. By allowing automated technology to control drivers, so accidental damage to the parking facility is minimised, thereby generating considerable onward savings.
Car Park Payment Systems
In many retail environments, such as malls, the car park payment system must be quick and efficient or shoppers will choose not to return. Likewise, a car park payment system must offer plenty of transaction options, especially if it is in a location like an airport where motorists won’t necessarily be familiar with UK coinage.
These days, high-quality payment terminals will offer multiple languages to be selected and a variety of payment options. Yes, cash is still favoured by many customers, but credit and debit cards are now just as popular. As such, payment equipment needs to offer fast electronic transactions which are verified by a suitable connection as well as providing a vandal-proof ability to store bank notes and coins for payments made in cash.
Of course, in situations where payment authorises a vehicle to exit, the systems also needs to integrate seamlessly with any automatic barrier which might also be installed. To motorists, these two technologies are part of the same parking system and they must operate as if they were a single unit, even if they are hundreds of metres apart.