We are often asked about the technology that lies behind the Robotic Parking System. Each automated garage is a ballet of automation and IT orchestration. Sophisticated software controls the platforms, lifts, motors, sensors and other mechanical gear that transport vehicles to an open slot in a multi-story steel shelving system.
All Robotic Parking Systems include a full diagnostic system including early warning indicators and alarms that can be automatically sent to operator beepers or cell phones. Robotic Parking System’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) is one of the most sophisticated diagnostics systems in the industry. Its patented high level warning systems provide alerts well in advance of any failures to help maintain a high level of uptime. The HMI records every rotation of any wheel, bearing, gearbox and motor. All moving parts are recorded in real time, and any needed maintenance is immediately reported online to the service department. And, the most important “backbone” is the Stratus ftServer system with true redundancy and an uptime of 99.999% uptime.
The automation software that runs the garage is powered by GE’s Cimplicity intelligent platform, which is used worldwide in processes with high complexity and numbers of users. Cimplicity software runs automobile assembly lines such as GM and Ford, as well as container handling in seaports around the world where thousands of movements are performed on a 24/7 basis.
Robotic Parking Systems also provide true redundancy with multiple elements controlling the same process to provide alternatives in case of failure. All major components have at least one backup system. Every machine has built-in redundant components. In addition, at least two of each type of machine is installed in the automated parking facility. Both machines can perform the same tasks at the same time. Therefore, if one machine needs maintenance or repair, there is always a backup machine to keep the cars moving into and out of the garage. True redundancy translates into a greater level of reliability and ensures uninterrupted operations. No single failure will ever result in the system being inoperable. Uptime of the system is unprecedented.