How many vehicles are parked in my parking lot?


Real estate is a valuable resource, especially in dense areas like cities and busy places like airports and shopping centers. Facility managers need oversight of their assets. They need to know how many people are using their real estate, especially when the manager is not directly on site of the parking area (for example a shopping center chain facility manager). They want to know:

  • How much of my parking lot capacity is being used?
  • How often is my parking lot being used?


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Manually checking parking area usage is difficult, even when the facility manager works in or near the parking lot. Peak hours, turnover, occupancy during non-working hours or occupancy of specific areas (parking spots reserved for trucks, staff, electric vehicles, etc.) are among the many reasons why it is hard to monitor a parking area without the help of a smart parking solution.

A smart parking solution gives the facility manager real-time results on general occupancy and availability, structured analytics on specific areas, and historical statistics on any duration for any parking area in the entire lot. Some smart parking solutions even provide specific modules that warn facility managers when the parking lot is never used or close to full.

There are a number of different smart parking solutions that provide these kinds of structured analytics, from infra-red sensors to magnetic ground sensors and cameras.

Automatic real-time alerts when the parking area is nearly full


Some smart parking solution providers offer additional features. For example, facility managers can receive automatic alerts when a specific parking area within the parking lot is:

  • empty;
  • full (e.g. the parking zone closest to an airport terminal);
  • occupied to a predefined percentage.

This information has multiple uses. For example:

  • Dynamic parking guidance system: A parking manager who knows in real-time that one of her parking zones is full, can automatically change the on-site dynamic guidance panels to direct drivers to less occupied areas. This avoids unnecessary congestion and helps provide a better, more relaxed customer experience.
  • Optimize real estate use: Based on structured analytics on the occupancy of his parking lot, a parking manager can optimize his real estate assets. For example, knowledge of a certain parking area being underutilized can be the foundation for deciding to convert the property for commercial use and create a retailing mix.

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