Car park operators and drivers have one thing in common: they want parking operations to be easy, secure, and efficient. However, in practice it can be tricky to find a free space after entering a car park. As many drivers will know, this is very frustrating!
Hikvision offers a way to guide drivers to a free space quickly, with products that can be easily combined and integrated for a simple and efficient solution. Streamlining parking, both at a entrances/exits and through the car park, makes operations much more efficient, speeding up the process and potentially freeing up spaces more quickly for further occupation. This means maximizing profits on spaces. It also provides extra layers of security, giving peace of mind to drivers and operators alike.
There’s a wide range of options to cater for the requirements of any modern car park.
Indoor Parking Guidance Cameras/ Outdoor Parking Guidance Camera detects a vehicle in a space and shows its availability status automatically by colored lights, so drivers can easily see where to park. For example, it turns red for occupied and green for free. Different colors can also be used to categorize spaces, for instance for disabled parking.
The number of available spaces can be displayed, for example at the entrance to a car park on an LED Display. This uses count information using ANPR data from entrance/exit cameras or Indoor Parking Guidance Cameras/Outdoor Parking Guidance Camera, and updates immediately when a space fills, or becomes free. It informs a driver right from the start if there’s space inside the car park.
With larger, more complex car parks, drivers need more guidance to find a free space quickly. Parking Guidance takes data from entrance/exit ANPR cameras and Parking Guidance Cameras, and displays it on screens around the car park. The screens display arrows alongside the count, showing how many spaces in a certain area. They give drivers further direction on how to get to free spaces, making navigating large car parks less stressful.
Parking Inquiry Machines can be placed at pedestrian entrances to the garage so drivers can find their car if they forget where they parked. They only need to enter their license plate number, and they can see the space, and directions to it, on a map on the screen. The machine picks up their license plate number from the ANPR data through the Parking Guidance Camera, coordinated by HikCentral.
Operators can search for license plates in the HikCentral VMS using ANPR data from the Parking Guidance Camera, increasing security and providing a useful feature if an incident occurs. For example, a ‘hit and run’ accident could be investigated. This data is also used by a Parking Inquiry Machine (see below).
Controlling access to the garage with an Access Control Barrier Gate means only vehicles registered, or paid, can enter, increasing efficiency. A Capture Trigger Radar registers a vehicle as it enters, using ANPR, and raises the barrier if the vehicle is ‘cleared’. This reduces human resources, since there’s no need for a guard on the entrance, for example. It can also be configured to calculate a fee based on parking time as a car goes in and out.
Operators can maximize their efficiency, and returns, using management statistics from the system, like detailed entry and exit records indicating occupancy. HikCentral Enterprise VMS and HikCentral All-In-One Server is a powerful tool to make this intuitive and can provide a wealth of information in reports to help business decision making.