US Congressman Charlie Crist Visits Robotic Parking Systems

Congressman Charlie Crist Visits Robotic Parking Systems

US Congressman Charlie Crist recently visited the Robotic Parking Systems Inc manufacturing facility in Clearwater, FL where he received a demonstration of the company’s innovative automated parking technology.

Congressman Charlie Crist Views Robotic Parking Systems Technology

Congressman Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers Pinellas County where the company is located. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, he strongly supports entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Robotic Parking Systems Inc manufacturers high-speed automated parking facilities from hundreds to thousands of parking spaces in half the space of conventional garages. The company’s product creates space, offers greater security for people and their cars, reduces pollutants and is uniquely positioned to work with emerging transportation technologies such as autonomous driving cars.

Robotic Parking Systems Adopts a Mile of the Pinellas Trail

Pinellas Trail

The St. Petersburg – Clearwater area in Pinellas County, Florida is a beautiful place to live and work. Its beaches, lakes, parks and trails make it ideal for outdoor activities.

One unique place is the Pinellas Trail which is a linear park and recreation trail extending 38.2 miles from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, Florida. This multi-use trail is used by thousands every day for walking, jogging, skating and biking in a protected green space. Robotic Parking Systems volunteered to adopt a one mile stretch of the Pinellas Trail that our staff help to keep clean of trash and other debris. It’s very evident by the number of “thank you’s” that we receive that everyone who uses the trail appreciates the effort.

Robotic Parking Systems' staff cleans Pinellas Trail.

 

Parking Day 2013

It’s that time again. Friday, September 20, is PARK(ing) Day.

PARK(ing)Day is a worldwide event where community members turn metered parking spots into temporary public oases. Local organizers collaborate to design and create an open space that matches the needs of their community. Makeovers range from urban farms and art installations, to parks and bike repair shops.

Parking Day
source: Rebar

PARK(ing) Day is the creation of San Francisco based art and design studio Rebar, who in 2005 converted a single metered parking spot into a park. The initiative represents a growing desire to transform urban spaces into public areas that benefit the community.

Innovative Parking Solution with Premium Advantages

Robotic Parking Systems

Whether planner, developer, owner, operator or driver — a Robotic Parking System offers decisive advantages for everyone:

For users:

  • Increases individual safety and reduces the risk of injury.
  • Premium valet service without the tip.
  • Virtually eliminates dings and dents as well as theft and vandalism.
  • Protects cars from the elements.
  • Average time for storing or retrieving the car is 150 seconds.
  • Cars are transported free of touch on separate pallets.
  • Easy to use. Drive forward to enter and forward to exit the facility.

For planners, architects, developers and owners:

  • Creates more space for design and development.
  • Can be constructed in every form — above ground, underground, on roofs or inside a building complex — in steel or concrete.
  • Increases return on investment.
  • Space gained can be used for green space and open areas to meet LEED standards.
  • Modular and flexible capacity for hundreds to thousands of cars.
  • Can be designed for every level of traffic density.
  • Lower development costs. 
  • More than 4 times the parking capacity on the same land.
  • Ideal solution where space is limited or land cost is at a premium.
  • Reduces operating costs — less personnel, less ventilation and lighting, etc.
  • Flexible design and façade allows the robotic parking garage to fit into any neighborhood or project.
  • Reduces liability. No public enter the area where cars are stored.
  • Not dependent on a single retrieval mechanism.
  • Full redundancy and fail-safes. No single failure will ever result in the system being inoperable. If a single robot fails another identical machine takes over.
  • Lower insurance costs.

For everyone:

  • No exhaust fumes.
  • No noise.
  • Reduces CO2 emissions, other pollutants and greenhouse gases.
  • Reduces carbon footprint.
  • Eliminates tons of highly toxic tire and brake dust every year.
  • Relieves traffic congestion.
  • Valet ease, but you keep the keys.

We believe man deserves better …

  • Better parking experience – premium valet without the tip.
  • Better safety and security for individuals and their cars.
  • Better environment – more green space – less pollution. 
  • Less congestion.
  • Better use of land and development space.
  • Better revenues and profits.

These are the driving principles behind Robotic Parking Systems’ patented, high-speed automatic parking facilities.

The premium valet service of robotic parking reduces the risk of personal injury. Just pull into the entry terminal, keep the keys and let automation park the car. No walking to and from the car through a parking garage. And, since no public are allowed inside the facility, dings, dents, theft and vandalism of cars are virtually eliminated.

Robotic Parking Systems' happy and satisfied users.

The need for a better parking solution is acute. Studies (1) report that up to 50% of traffic congestion is generated by drivers searching for parking. This unnecessary cruising contributes substantially to pollution and increases carbon footprint. The cost of congestion in the US is estimated to be $133 billion dollars by 2015 (2). Networked Urban Environment states that “traffic congestion-related expenses represent between 1 percent and 3 percent of most cities’ GDP.”

Robotic Parking reduces parking jams.

A Robotic Parking System is a space saving and cost-effective alternative to conventional parking facilities. The technology offers a better use of development space that results in more revenues and profits.

(1) Studies by DOT, Boston College, MIT and others
(2) Texas Transportation Institute

Robotic Parking Systems Offer Several Advantages That Contribute to Green Parking

Robotic Parking Systems offer architects and developers interested in building “green parking” facilities several advantages over more conventional garages.

One “green” advantage of a Robotic Parking System is the conservation of space. Since drivers do not have to walk within the structure, the clearance only needs to accommodate vehicles. The densely stacked automated solution takes a parking to a new level as it allows the Robotic Parking System to use 50% less space to park the same number of cars as a conventional parking garage. The amount of land used affects sustainability issues such as development density and maximizing open space.


Another “green” advantage is that by using electromechanical automated parking machinery to move cars into parking spaces, Robotic Parking Systems reduce pollution inside a garage . No cars run inside the garage, and there is no driving up and down ramps and through aisles in search of a space. This significantly reduces the emissions of harmful gases, reduces the carbon footprint, increases carbon credits and ensures an environmentally clean parking facility.

Did you know that tire and brake dust pollutants are more toxic than all the exhaust related emissions? In a 750 space Robotic Parking System 37 tons of tire dust and 3.7 tons of brake dust pollutants are eliminated by using electro-mechanical machinery to move cars inside the garage.

Personal vehicles are inevitable despite attempts to promote ride-share, public transportation and other means. Using a Robotic Parking System is a step toward greater efficiency and green parking.

Learn more.

Parking Design Competition Winners Announced

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.

See photos and get more information on these parking facilities.

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.

Robotic Parking Systems Eliminate Tons of Tire and Brake Dust Pollutants

Using a Robotic Parking System contributes significantly to “green” parking solutions. The automatic parking system eliminates literally tons of tire and brake dust every year from the environment in addition to other toxic pollutants.

Robotic Parking System - Green Parking

In a 748 space automated garage, for example, 37 tons of tire dust pollutants and 3.7 tons of brake dust pollutants are eliminated every year because vehicles are moved by electromechanical machinery in the parking garage rather than being driven through aisles and up and down ramps.

Learn more.

Robotic Parking Systems: Saving Money and the Environment

(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.

Robotic Parking | Automated Parking | Automatic Parking

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.

(sources: Baseline, Stratus and Robotic Parking Systems)

More Livable Communities – Parks and Green Space, Not Parking Lots

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?