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Monthly Archives: April 2017

FULL COURT PRESS: Lessons from the Media Rush on Virginia Tech

While the murders themselves and the after-crush of media and visitors were impossible to foresee, Tech’s management urges fellow parking and transportation professionals to be ready. “For all the readers out there,” says Steve Mouras, “I hope they never have to go through it, but somebody will, unfortunately.”Continue reading

Free Webinar on Parking Guidance Systems (PGS)

If your parking garage is big enough to get lost in, you may be interested in learning more about PGS at a free webinar, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20.

This presentation focuses on the implementation of PGS at airports. Yet many of the same decision points for airports apply to other high-volume parking facilities, such as medical centers, sports arenas and shopping centers.

If you’re contemplating a PGS for your facility or you just want to know more about the concept, this seminar will help clarify the benefits and considerations involved. The event is co-sponsored by Airport Improvement Magazine and Park Assist, a PGS solutions provider.

What is a Parking Guidance System?

A PGS is designed to quickly and conveniently route a customer to the nearest available parking space. Each parking space is monitored by a sensor, which detects whether a vehicle is present or not. Sensor technologies vary and include ultrasonic detection, infrared projection, magnetic induction and camera-based video imaging.

The status of each space is then relayed to a central computer. However, the type of sensor arrayed will dictate what other data can be transmitted beyond simply whether a space is empty or available. This additional data might…Continue reading

Taking Parking Out of the Pigeonhole

With the advent of the centralized Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) in high-volume facilities like airports, the days of the pigeonhole have long since passed. (Note: that the pigeonhole system is still deployed sensibly around the world in non-automated locations that are ungated or too small to justify a full-blown PARCS.)Continue reading

Navigating Change in Mobility Management Technology

Since technology is based on cold, hard logic, you would think that changing from your present set of ones and zeroes to another would be a breeze. But most of us who have survived technology changes in our respective organizations might liken it to more of a hurricane.Continue reading
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