Integrated, Automated Car Wash Available for Robotic Parking Systems

Would you like the convenience of an integrated, automatic car wash while your car is parked? This is an option that some owners and developers have chosen to add to their automated parking garage.

Robotic Parking Systems use leading brush-less car wash manufacturers for integration into our fully automated parking system. One such product is the MARK VII brush-less portal with auto drying system.

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The car wash is integrated into the automated parking system and performs the wash procedure through software embedded commands. To achieve full LEED certification, Robotic Parking Systems recommends implementing the car wash together with a full water recycling system that only uses five liters of fresh water per one car wash. The remaining water needed will be used from fully recycled water that is stored in nearby tanks.

Robotic Parking Systems offer premier valet parking plus the added convenience of a car wash!

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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.

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ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ Newsletter Issue 27 Online

Issue 27 of ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter is available online.

ParkSmart – Robotic Parking Systems’ Newsletter Issue 27

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.

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Contact us to learn more and to see how a custom designed automated parking facility can save money on your project.

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.

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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.

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Robotic Parking Systems Reduce Toxic Pollutants

There are no cars running inside a Robotic Parking System. The cars are moved into their parking spaces using electromechanical automated machinery. This eliminates the toxic emissions within the automated garage and ensures an environmentally clean parking facility.

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Toxic pollutants eliminated by using a Robotic Parking System for a 2500 space garage:
• 5,003 lbs of Hydrocarbons (HC)
• 38,656 lbs of Carbon Monoxide (CO)
• 2,577 lbs of Nitrogen Oxide (Nox)
• 344 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
• 34,375 gal of gasoline
• 134.41 tons of tire and brake dust emissions

Additionally, the Robotic Parking System contributes between 10 to 17 points toward LEED® certification (out of 35 needed for platinum certification)  and can help urban areas become more green.

Learn more about green parking solutions.

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.

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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)