It became official in 2018. For the second time a Robotic Parking Systems’ facility was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Largest Automated Parking Facility in the world – 2,314 spaces.
Robotic Parking Systems was contracted for the design, manufacture of the machinery and automation, installation, start up of operations and maintenance for a 2,314 space automated parking facility for the Al Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait. M A Kharafi was the general contractor on this project for Amiri Diwan of Kuwait – the office of the Amir of Kuwait.
This facility was designed as a combination of 684 concrete ramp parking spaces with 2314 automated spaces on top. The Robotic Parking System provides almost 3.5 times the number of parking spaces in approximately the same volume.
Robotic Parking Systems Inc., a Pinellas Park, Florida based company, announced the successful throughput testing of its recently completed 2,350 capacity Al Jahra Court Automatic Parking System in Kuwait. TÜV Nord certified a peak traffic throughput capacity of 425 cars per hour. Throughput capacity is the total number of cars per hour that can be handled in a combination of inbound and outbound vehicle traffic. Additionally, the average retrieval time for a single vehicle was verified as 177 seconds.
“The peak traffic throughput measurement is much more critical in the day to day operations of an automated garage than a single vehicle retrieval time. No other manufacturer in the automatic parking industry has this level of performance verification by an independent third party. We met and exceeded the contractual performance requirements of 400 cars per hour throughput and single retrieval time of 220 seconds,” said Royce Monteverdi, CEO of Robotic Parking Systems Inc.
With this record, Robotic Parking Systems has positioned itself not only as the largest automatic parking facility in the world but also as the manufacturer with the highest peak traffic capacity worldwide. The Al Jahra Court facility surpasses the Emirates Financial Tower garage in Dubai (designed and manufactured by Robotic Parking Systems) that achieved the Guinness World Record as the largest automatic garage with 1,200 parking spaces in 2011.
Juergen Bauer, Chairman of Robotic Parking Systems Inc., emphasized “Robotic Parking Systems has demonstrated the viability of its patented lift-and-run system over and over again. Today, with more than 5,000 units built, the company is the strongest market participant in the Western Hemisphere and perfectly positioned for the North American market. With its latest adaptation to emerging technologies – CASE: Connectivity, Autonomous Driving, Sharing and Services and Electrification – Robotic Parking Systems is well aligned with Smart City applications.”
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 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 is pleased to announce the promotion of Ramanathan (“Ram”) Ramasubbu to the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Ramasubbu holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked for the company for eleven years. In his prior positions as Senior Mechanical Engineer and Technical Manager, Ramasubbu rapidly gained experience in all phases of the production and operation of Robotic Parking Systems’ automated parking garages. He was involved in the design and build of the 765 space and 1200 space parking facilities in Dubai as well as instrumental in the design, installation and start-up of the 2350 space facility in Kuwait. Ramasubbu also lead the team implementing the processes and procedures required to pass the rigorous audit for the company to be ISO 9001:2015 Certified for the Design and Installation of Robotic Parking Systems.
In his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Ramasubbu assumes responsibility for design, engineering, manufacturing, software development, installation, operations and quality control of the company’s acclaimed high-capacity automatic parking garages. His past achievements and the wealth of experience gained are invaluable to the growth and continued success of the company.
US Congressman David Jolly recently toured Robotic Parking Systems‘ manufacturing facility in Clearwater, FL where he received a demonstration of the company’s innovative automated parking technology.
Congressman Jolly represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers Pinellas County where the company is located. As a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, he understands transportation issues and how more efficient and space-saving parking can assist urban development projects.
Robotic Parking Systems‘ robust, durable and safety-compliant industrial lifts transport cars from one level to another in our automated parking garage. We call these industrial lifts (composed of a deck, a drive and counterweights) Vertical Lift Conveyors (VLC) .
“These industrial lifts are a purely electromechanical design with long lasting chain drive and variable frequency drives that allow speed adjustments,” stated Royce Monteverdi, CEO. “They are also equipped with safety locks and other electronics that allow safe operation in a fully automated parking application,” he added.
Once the frames for VLC components are fabricated, they are primed and painted with high-quality, long-lasting industrial paints.
In early April 2014 we began issuing the purchase orders for the tens of thousands of components and materials required to build the machinery for the 2350 space robotic parking garage. Many of the parts have normal lead times of 4 to 6+ months. Fortunately, we have some great vendors who were able to expedite our orders to help us meet some very tight delivery deadlines.
While waiting for the mechanical and electrical parts to begin arriving, steel was ordered; and the fabrication teams began building the frames for the Robotic Parking System Vertical Lift Conveyor (VLC) machines and counterweights.
VLC machines are used to lift and lower cars from one level of the parking facility to another, similar to an elevator.
NBC New York reports that a Manhattan parking garage attendant plunged several floors down an elevator shaft in the Audi he was driving.
The attendant working at the Central Parking Garage fell from the fifth floor and landed between the first and second floor. He was able to climb out of the car before FDNY arrived on scene and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This sort of personal injury cannot happen with a Robotic Parking System. Electo-mechanical machinery moves the cars into and out of ground floor entry / exit terminals without human intervention. This is an added level of safety for both the public and parking attendants.
Airports around the country are reporting increased revenues from the convenience of valet parking services. For example, valet parking revenue at the Cleveland airport is growing on average about 37 percent a year according to Associated Press.
Valet parking is a labor intensive activity, and if the actual parking location is distant from the drop-off location, the time it takes to park each car adds up quickly. With careful planning, Robotic Parking Systems built close to terminals or drop off locations could significantly increase revenues and lower costs.
Users of an automated facility just pull into a ground level entry / exit bay and drop off their cars for the robotic machinery to park. They get the convenience of premium valet parking with no tips required. Airports can charge more for this type of parking and increase revenue without costs associated with the numerous staff required to move the cars.
Even if some staff continue to transport cars from the airport terminal door to the robotic garage, having the compact Robotic Parking System close by the drop off location decreases the time it takes to park each vehicle. Less staff could handle the same number of cars resulting in reduced costs.
I would much rather drop off and pick up my own car at a ground level enty / exit bay close to the airport terminal. I get the benefit of valet service, but don’t have to worry about anyone else driving my car. And, I don’t have to drag my luggage around rows of parked cars. It’s safer and more convenient.
“Federal statistics show that 80% of criminal acts reported to police at shopping centers and business offices occur in parking lots,” reported Parking Today in the March 2013 issue.
Additional statistics show that 25% of rapes occur in parking garages and open areas, and 40% of sexual assaults occur in garages.
“We believe that people deserve better and offer parking solutions that can help reduce the overwhelming amount of crime associated with parking,” said Royce Monteverdi, CEO of Robotic Parking Systems.
“Robotic Parking Systems are designed to provide the highest degree of safety and security for the individual and their property,” he added.
Increase Personal Safety
When using a Robotic Parking System, there is no need to walk through rows of cars or levels of parking decks. A person can just drive into a well-lit entry terminal of the automated parking garage and leave the car to be picked up by robotic machinery. When they’re ready to leave, the car is delivered in minutes to a ground floor exit terminal. Eliminating places where criminals can hide reduces the chance of assault and injury.
Increase Security of Belongings
Cars in the Robotic Parking System are stored in a fully enclosed structure and are 100% secure from access by others. Since no one is allowed inside of the garage, a criminal has no opportunity for theft or vandalism. Additionally, typical car park damage, such as dents, dings on paint and bodywork damages are also eliminated.
Using automated parking systems with these types of design features can significantly reduce crimes in parking lots and garages.