Robotic Parking Systems Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed the rigorous audit process and is now ISO 9001:2015 Certified for the Design and Installation of Robotic Parking Systems.
Whether planner, developer, owner, operator or driver — a Robotic Parking System offers decisive advantages for everyone:
For planners, architects, developers and owners:
The Façade of a Robotic Parking System Fits Harmoniously within the Environment
Architects and developers have complete freedom in designing the external appearance of a robotic parking facility – imagination is the only limit.
Any type of façade (brick, living wall, concrete, aluminum or glass) can hang onto the clean outside structural support system of a Robotic Parking garage. All of the machinery, lifts and automation components are installed inside the supporting structure and never interfere with the façade.
This ensures that the garage can fit harmoniously into any project or neighborhood. Entry / exit terminals can also be integrated into the façade environment, while observing both visual as well as functional criteria.
The Robotic Parking System can be constructed in every form — above ground, underground, on roofs or inside a building complex.
Here are a few examples of project designs that incorporate robotic parking.
Issue 27 of ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter is available online.
In this issue we cover:
How do you get a premium Robotic Parking System for less than a conventional concrete garage? Guaranteed lower development costs. Learn more.
Robotic Parking Systems ranked as the third most luxurious garage in the world. Learn more.
New representatives are expanding Robotic Parking Systems throughout the world. Find a representative in your area.
Interchangeable parking and container storage space. Find out more.
Contact us to learn more and to see how a custom designed automated parking facility can save money on your project.
The International Parking Institute (IPI) recently recognized seven of the industry’s most outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2012 Awards of Excellence, citing innovation, efficiency, sustainability and user-friendliness as key factors in the selection.
“The 2012 winners exemplify the fact that our industry is no longer just about parking cars; it’s about being part of transportation solutions, relieving traffic congestion, taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and so much more,” said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We have a responsibility to encourage and support the use of alternative forms of transportation, from bicycles and light rail to electric vehicles, and each of our winners demonstrates that commitment. They all combine sustainability, aesthetics, and efficient technology and support the concept that ‘getting from here to there’ should be a good experience.”
Winners were selected by a panel of judges representing architects, parking corporations, and city, airport, and university officials.
Architectural Achievement: GEICO Garage, Orlando, Fl. (at Amway Center, home of Orlando Magic)
Best Design of a Parking Facility with Fewer than 800 Spaces: Intermodal Transit Facility, City of Hillsboro, Ore.
Best Design of a Parking Facility with More than 800 Spaces: Duke University Research Drive Parking Garage, Durham, N.C. Duke University
Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot: 573 Gerrard Street East with Zhong Hua Men Archway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Parking Authority
Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program and Sustainable Parking/Transportation Program or Operation: University of Minnesota’s Bike Center and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Program, Minneapolis, Minn.
Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration: Corcoran Parking Garage Restoration, Durham, N.C.
Sustainable Parking and Transportation (Design): Canopy Airport Parking, Denver, Colo.
Automated parking garages contribute significantly toward reducing carbon footprint, pollution and greenhouse gases. Additionally, Robotic Parking Systems can contribute between 10 and 17 LEED points toward certification for any project.
The parkade. Ugly, cramped, threatening gray monsters, parking complexes are, as a rule, pretty far removed from anyone’s concept of luxury. That being said, there are exceptions to every rule, including a few architectural works of art that prove that even parking can be luxurious…
In metropolises where space is scant and valuable – New York or Tokyo for example – parking space is crammed into every last crevice: automatic parkades stack cars on top of each other. The largest of these is found (despite ample space, ironically) in Dubai. The Robotic Car Park in the Ibn Battuta Mall (the world’s largest theme park/shopping center/recreational facility) offers space for 765 vehicles and can rearrange 250 of them within an hour – an automatic parkomat in New York can’t even claim a tenth of this capacity. The only problem (and by Dubai standards it’s a very real problem) is that the machine can only handle vehicles up to 6 meters in length.
Other luxuries included in The World’s Luxury Guide are the John Travolta estate in Ocala, Florida; The Versailles in Orlando (both about 100 miles from Robotic Parking’s headquarters in Clearwater, Florida); Oprah Winfrey’s and Will Smith’s estates along with Hearst Castle and others in the US.
(The following article appeared in Baseline Magazine.)
Technology that benefits the human condition—while also making good business sense—is the ultimate achievement at Robotic Parking Systems.
When someone says parking garage, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Ten years ago, my response would have been something like this: gray concrete ramps, squealing tires, circling cars, polluting emissions, glaring lights and a cement monolith. Today, a new crop of descriptors come to mind: energy-efficient, safe, secure, user friendly and simple to navigate.
This fall marks the 10-year anniversary of the first automated parking system in the United States. In October 2002, Robotic Parking Systems, in collaboration with the Hoboken, N.J., Parking Authority, announced the opening of the Hoboken Garden Street Garage Automated Parking System (now under the control of the City of Hoboken), which alleviated some of the parking headaches faced by the area’s 40,000 residents. The relatively small parking structure (56 feet high on a 100-square-foot lot) held 312 spaces.
To put that in perspective, when the garage debuted, the National Parking Association claimed a surface lot of that size could normally accommodate 25 to 30 automobiles. Our newest facility, the Ibn Battuta Gate car park in Dubai, U.A.E., is a seven-level, 57-foot high facility with 765 spaces within a 276-foot by 98-foot space.
All our garages, no matter how big or small, feature the same parking system. A driver pulls up to a street-level terminal, shuts off and exits the car, and swipes an access card. The system automatically parks the car with the help of platforms, lifts, sensors, motors and other mechanical gear that transport it to an open slot.
This design requires 50 percent less land than standard garages, while accommodating a variety of car sizes. When ready to leave, the driver inserts the access card in the kiosk, and the car appears at the exit terminal facing in the correct direction.
There are always challenges in new designs, and for us the biggest one we face is allowing so much control to be placed in the technology, rather than in the hands of a person. In a worst-case scenario, the system would go down, and car retrieval would become impossible.
To eliminate this possibility, we deployed GE Fanuc Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY automation software, which lets operators view every movement and car location on display terminals in real time and perform supervisory system tasks as needed. The software’s data store takes input from tens of thousands of control points, making information about needed maintenance or repairs immediately available online to the service department.
The software runs on two different Stratus Technologies ftServer systems, which are designed to prevent failures from occurring. Instead of dealing with the fallout of a system failure, we can avoid it from the start. With this scenario, there is no system failover or data loss, which translates into no trapped cars.
Our automated parking system also has eco-friendly advantages that go well beyond eliminating pollutants from cars and the need to circle endlessly in search of a parking space. Our Dubai facility reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 100 tons per year, with comparable reductions of other pollutants and greenhouse gases, because automatically parking cars saved about 9,000 gallons of gas annually.
These parking facilities also adhere to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building construction and operation metrics, making a significant contribution in qualification points for “green” certification.
Technology that benefits the human condition—while also making good business sense—is the ultimate achievement.