What happens when you apply twenty first century technology to parking?Take a look at the Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter, ParkSmart Issue 35, which is available online.
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.
In just nine (9) months, Robotic Parking Systems manufactured, tested and shipped a record setting 210 machines for a new 2350 space automated parking facility.
This is the first of a multi-part series that will take you through the entire process of fabricating, assembling, testing, shipping and installing the machinery, automation components and electronics for this robotic parking garage.
Beginning in April 2014 with a bill of material consisting of about 2500 individual items, tens of thousands of parts and materials were ordered and began flooding into our manufacturing plant. Our vendors worked closely with us and were vital to our meeting an incredibly tight production schedule despite normally long lead times.
Royce Monteverdi, CEO, stated, “Precision milling is critical in the fabrication of Robotic Parking Systems’ machinery. The fabrication teams must hold to very tight tolerances that are required for the assembly of the machines.”
Shipments began in September 2014 and by early January 2015 about 1300 tons of machinery, electronics and materials were shipped out in 98 ocean freight containers.
The installation crew began arriving on site in November 2014 to oversee the off loading of the machinery and electronics. Installation is in progress, and we’ll announce details about the project as we near the completion and opening of the facility.
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.
Whether planner, developer, owner, operator or driver — a Robotic Parking System offers decisive advantages for everyone:
- 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.
- 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.
The parking garage at Disneyland (Anaheim, California) is the
largest parking garage in the US. It’s reported to have 10,000 parking
spaces. (Source: IPI)
Abeselom Hailemariam has pleaded guilty for his participation in a conspiracy to steal approximately $1.4 million of visitor parking fees at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Hailemariam was the location manager for Parking Management Inc., (PMI), the company contracted to manage the 2,000-vehicle parking lot at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Hailemariam supervised the PMI booth attendants at the location, accounted for revenues from visitor vehicles that entered the parking lot, and submitted operations reports to PMI and the Smithsonian.
Over a period of three years, Hailemariam and several booth attendants stole approximately $1.4 million in museum parking fees paid for at least 92,213 visitor vehicles.
Booth attendants withheld parking ticket stubs from paying customers and unplugged electronic vehicle counters in the entrance booths. At the end of each shift, these attendants would submit a false shift summary report to Hailemariam that under-reported the number of vehicles which had entered the parking lot. Hailemariam then compiled the fraudulent data and submitted falsified reports to PMI, which were provided to the Smithsonian.
Attendants paid Hailemariam a share of the stolen revenues at the end of the day by bundling unreported cash with the shift summary reports.
Two other former PMI employees were also convicted and have been sentenced for their roles in the thefts.
The investigation was initiated by the Smithsonian Office of the Inspector General and jointly investigated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Parking Today magazine had a very good point – where was PMI when all of this was going on? Apparently a simple audit by the Smithsonian conducted by counting the cars that pulled in and reconciling that to the cash totals for the day was enough to highlight the problem.
The loss of parking fees is not an isolated incident and occurs in facilities throughout the world.
Robotic Parking Systems Inc ensures that 100 % of parking revenues go directly to the owner’s bank account without loss due to theft of cash. We offer multiple options for cash-less payment and parking garage access. We work directly with developers and owners to design the most workable system for their project.
Sources: FBI / Parking Today