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!

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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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.

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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)

You’ll never have to scour the lot again

“In5Minutes, News and events – visually” describes the Robotic Parking System in pictures.

Robotic Parking Systems (graphic Canoe.ca)

You’ll never have to scour the lot looking for a parking spot again.

Automated parking lots have been working in Tokyo, London and New York, recently built in Vancouver and one is soon to built in Toronto.

Robotic Parking systems are ecofriendly and use 50% less space to park the same amount of cars.

They also reduce traffic and the amount of time people are driving around looking for a space to park.

(source Canoe.ca and Robotic Parking Systems, Inc.)

Robotic Parking Systems Video – How Automated Parking Works at the Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai

Robotic Parking Systems use space more intelligently and efficiently than a regular parking garage. The automated parking garage reduces the space needed for parking by up to 50%. 

Take a look at the video to see how the world’s largest (765 spaces) operating robotic parking system works at the Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai.


Some of the many benefits to the Robotic Parking System are:
– more intelligent use of space for parking
more green space
less pollution
– lower overall operating costs
higher security for individuals
better care and safety of vehicles
– the convenience of valet parking without the valet
– complete flexibility in the design of the facade – can blend with any neighborhood or project

Learn more at www.roboticparking.com.

Architects Surveyed Voted Green Materials and Technology as the Most Exciting Technology Trend

In a Robotic Parking Systems survey of architects across the United States, we asked  the question, “What are the most exciting technology trends coming to architecture and building?” (Multiple answers were given to the question.)

60 % of the architects surveyed stated “green materials and technology” as the most exciting trend.

45 % of those survey voted for “Building Information Management (BIM).”

20 % stated “3D drafting and design software.”

Robotic Parking Systems technology is eco-friendly and cost effective. Electro-mechanical automatic parking reduces CO2 emissions and other pollutants and greenhouse gases. No cars are run inside the garage so there are no car emissions to ventilate. Also, since cars are not circling the block looking for a parking space, there is less pollution and less traffic congestion. Drivers get off the street faster!

Robotic Parking Systems Featured in Parking Brazil Magazine

Robotic Parking Systems is featured in the latest issue of Parking Brazil magazine.

The article is in Portuguese so I’ve provided an excerpt of the article in English below. Click to see the full article in Portuguese.

The garage of the future is fully automated

It already exists. The garage of the future has been present for more than 50 years in countries where the demand for parking is old. Italy, Germany and Japan were the pioneers in developing systems where cars are not driven into the spaces, but driven by machines controlled by computers to boxes much more compact than the conventional places.

The frustration of not finding parking spaces in certain areas or times, in major cities and even in smaller centers, has become an ever-present reality in the lives of Brazilians.

After all, the vehicle fleet has grown much greater than the number of jobs. In Europe and Asia, this is not new. The Old Continent still has as an aggravating factor – the fact that many shopping centers maintain the structure of narrow streets and medieval labyrinth, and are settled on ancient historical structures, that impede the construction of underground garages. These difficulties have led Europeans – especially Germans and Italians – and Japanese to be the pioneers in developing automated garages. Hundreds of them were built in these countries from the mid-1950 until late 1980. “Today there are thousands of automated garages in Europe and there is almost one on every corner in Japan,” says the editor of Parking Today American, John Van Horn. …

Responsible for the first fully automated parking garage in the United States, Robotic Parking Systems is also the first to the Middle East. “We have the largest automated parking garage in the world, operating in Dubai, with 765 spaces,” boasts the company’s administrative director, Mary Lou DeWynGaert, referring to the impressive parking project at Ibn Battuta Gate. Soon, the company beat its own record. It designed and fabricated the machinery for another incredible automated garage in Dubai, with no less than 1200 spaces, still under construction!

The garage future in Brazil

Robotic Parking Systems has no projects in Brazil, but according to Mary Lou, the company is excited about the growth and the opportunities in the country. “We are working with some developers on several Brazilian proposals,” she adds. …

Advantages

• No ramps and requiring a lower height between floors, automated garages ensure a significant reduction in the need of building area.  To get an idea, they need only 50% of the space that a conventional ramp garage used for the same number of spaces. Less space, more profits!

• Accepting any kind of façade they are adaptable to any design or architectural style of the place where they are installed.

• No cars or people walking around inside requires less lighting and ventilation.

• Emissions of CO2 and other pollutants are reduced making them sustainable garages. The very economy of space, especially in urban areas contribute to this. The land saved can be used in many cases, to create green areas or open areas.

• Once the user access is limited to the terminal for arrivals and removal of the car, risk of vandalism and injury to persons and vehicles are virtually eliminated. Likewise, it eliminates the risk of theft of items left inside the cars. All this dramatically reduces the cost of insurance.

• Personnel costs fall significantly, since the number of staff needed for this type of operation is minimal. When fully automated, it does not require employees to be operated.

• Users gain in comfort with a service equivalent to that of a valet. Just drop the car at the front desk and wait for it in the output.

Click here for more information on Robotic Parking Systems and our patented design.

(Translation courtesy of Google Translate)