How can I keep drivers from parking for too long?


Real estate is a valuable resource, especially in urban centers and busy places like airports and shopping centers. Facility managers need to know how many people are using this valuable asset.

  • Displaying available parking spots creates a welcoming atmosphere beneficial for drivers and shop owners alike.
  • Since parking fees represent an important portion of a city's annual revenue, it is important to encourage a high turnover rate and discourage drivers from exceeding parking time.


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  1. Regulation: Some parking areas set specific time limits for parking. Dense urban areas, for example, often allow cars to park for no more than an hour.
  2. Economic: The longer you stay, the more you pay. Some cities and airports implement a dynamic pricing policy based on parking duration: rates gradually increase over time, and the parking fee for the first hour is usually much cheaper than that of the following ones. Some companies also organize dynamic parking fees based on the parking area or the arrival time (e.g. peak hours).

Automatic real-time alerts when a vehicle overstays its welcome


Unfortunately not all drivers follow the rules. They exceed the maximum parking duration, or remain parked for longer than they have paid for. Facility managers need to be able to identify these vehicles.

Manual technique. In the past, facility managers hired parking enforcement officers who patrolled the entire parking area and manually checked each vehicle for overstaying. This was done by verifying parking duration tickets behind the windscreen or by checking number plates.

Real-time alerts. Today more and more facility managers are turning to smart parking solutions that produce real-time alerts when a vehicle overstays. These alerts can be sent directly to facility managers or parking enforcement officers by email, SMS or push notification. Real-time alerts can be sent when parking spots are monitored with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as ground sensors or cameras. Once a parking enforcement officer receives a real-time alert, he or she can head straight to the vehicle’s location without delay.

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