The July 2012 issue of Parking Today focuses on lighting in conventional parking garages. In an article entitled Maximizing Your Parking Facility’s Lighting Efficiency, Barret Gorman states “As anyone in the parking garage business will attest, lighting is one of their greatest concerns for both cost of operation and safety…. because lighting is required 24/7, 365 days a year. The cost of lighting is one of their greatest expenses, followed by the cost of fixture maintenance.”
“Equally important is pedestrian safety. Poor quality illumination and inoperable fixtures are generally the causes of preventable vehicular and pedestrian accidents and personal assaults. Studies have shown that poor lighting has a direct effect on revenue, and report that drivers will select a well-lighted, bright parking facility before they enter a dark one.
A Robotic Parking System can significantly reduce the the lighting requirements in a parking garage while providing maximum security for users.
The public using an automated parking facility are limited to ONLY the well-lighted Entry/ Exit terminals and Lobby level. While cars can be stored above- or under- ground, users of the garage never travel beyond street level terminals located in a central area that is easy to monitor and secure.
The photos below show an example of the Entry/ Exit terminals during the day as well as at night. It’s easy to see that the terminal is free of intruders before you get out of your car.
Additionally, only minimal lighting, sufficient for maintenance personnel, is needed on the inside of the garage.The reduced lighting requirement of robotic parking adds up to significant savings for developers and operators of parking facilities. And, the public enjoys a greater level of safety.