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.
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.
In President Clinton’s 2000 State of the Union Address, he stated “You ask anybody that lives in an unlivable community, and they’ll tell you. They want their kids to grow up next to parks, not parking lots …”
Most adults in the United States drive cars, and that means having places to park those cars. No one realistically expects that to change. However, that doesn’t mean that every open lot should be paved for parking. For beautiful and livable communities, we need green space.
The parking industry has technologies that can help cities dramatically increase green space. Automated parking technologies may cost more in the short-term than just paving over an open piece of land, but the benefits to projects and communities far outweigh the cost.
A Robotic Parking Systems’ garage offers a solution for safe, convenient parking that creates space that could be used for pedestrians, bicycles, green space and parks. An automated parking garage can fit the same number of cars in half the space of a conventional parking garage, or use a fraction of the space required for the same number of cars in a parking lot. The better space utilization for parking allows architects, developers and urban planners more freedom to design and create greener and more livable communities.
Just image a community where parks and green space replaced 50% to 75% of every parking garage or parking lot. This is achievable by using automated parking technology. How could your city use this space?
In the New York Times article Paved, but Still Alive, Michael Kimmelman stated:
There are said to be at least 105 million and maybe as many as 2 billion parking spaces in the United States.
A third of them are in parking lots, those asphalt deserts that we claim to hate but that proliferate for our convenience.
In “Rethinking a Lot,” a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.”
Land is one of the most valuable resources of any city. And, green spaces and common areas in which people can interact are essential to creating cities that are beautiful, livable, safe and desirable to businesses, tourists and residents.
While the number of cars and resulting parking spaces keep growing, many architects and developers are looking at automated, robotic parking garages as a strategy for better space utilization for parking needs.
Automated parking facilities use 50% less space than a conventional ramp-style parking garage and only a fraction of the space taken up by large, sprawling parking lots. The Robotic Parking Systems’ technology greatly increases the speed and efficiency of parking so that even the largest garage or parking lot can be made much smaller.
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Robotic Parking Systems offer solutions for urban environments that create more green space, less parking space and make better use of the city’s land resources.
The basic layout of the Robotic Parking System design is a modular base of 2.4 m x 6 m and requires a typical concrete slab / mat foundation (that is the preferable solution due to the low required soil pressure of 30 to 50 PSI), a steel structure (or in some cases concrete support ) and the automation machinery riding on the provided supporting set of beams and columns.
The steel structure is a kind of erector set with the needed amount of levels (not floors because there are no ceilings – it is an open rack structure). It is composed of columns and beams with sufficient bracing to meet all loads resulting from external impacts like wind, snow and earthquake as well as internal loads. This steel structure can also support the horizontal and vertical loads of the roof and the facade. Therefore, the roof and facade do not need separate super structures and can be attached to the actual steel structure with vibration and sound absorbing anchor elements.
In the case of a mixed use development, there are two possibilities. Either a concrete structure can be utilized as the supporting system for the automated parking machinery, or the supporting structures for the building and the parking facility can be separated which will eliminate any special requirements to avoid the transfer of sound or vibration into the actual building structure whether it’s an office, apartment / condo, retail or entertainment space.
Since the system provides for a closed facade and roof to architecturally blend into the neighborhood, and to protect and shelter the vehicles; there is a practical need for a fire fighting system such as a sprinkler system. (See NFPA 88A for the full requirements for such automated parking facilities.) Lighting can be eliminated and ventilation requirements are much reduced to 2 ACH (air changes per hour) which can be achieved in most cases through natural ventilation.
Per existing national codes, no other special provisions need to be met for permitting purposes since the building is treated like a conventional storage building. It may however be necessary to adjust the zoning codes as several municipalities have done in the past to accommodate for the reduced sizes of the parking spaces of 7 x 19 feet – no need for turning radii, slope for ramps and width of drive aisles as there are none.