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.
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.
The Idaho State Journal reports that officials in Boise are investigating a recent series of small fires set in stairwells at the Lincoln Parking Garage at Boise State University.
Firefighters found eight fires, six in stairwells and two in plastic garbage cans that melted.
Similar fires were set in October 2012.
This type of crime is very dangerous for individuals, particularly through impeding stairwells.
Such incidents can’t happen in a Robotic Parking System. In our automated parking system, the public is only allowed access to the ground level entry / exit bays and lobby – public are not allowed inside the actual parking facility where cars are stored. This protects individuals and property from crime and vandalism.
“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.
The Robotic Parking System designed and manufactured for Ibn Battuta Gate officially opened in August 2009. The 276 ft x 98 ft x 57 ft high facility holds 765 spaces in seven levels – more than double the number of spaces of a conventional garage the same size.
Since that time, the company has worked closely with the owner, Seven Tides, and the property manager, Asteco Property Management on the operation of the facility.
When asked about operations and the level of service, Anne Marie Shein the Senior Property Manager for Ibn Battuta Gate replied, “Since the automated car park opened three and a half years ago, you and your staff have provided excellent operations service and ensured that the automated car park is well-maintained and running flawlessly.
“However, the real measure of success comes from the users of the facility. In my experience, the users are exceptionally pleased with the staff, the speed and convenience of the robotic car park as well as the safety and security for themselves, their cars and belongings,” she added.
We asked the users of the Dubai robotic car park to rate their experience with the Robotic Parking System. Surveys show approval ratings for the automated garage are high:
86% feel very good to exceptional about their personal safety when entering and exiting the garage.
100% rate the security of their cars and belongings as very good to exceptional.
100% rate the ease of use very good to exceptional.
100% rate the convenience of the Robotic Parking System as very good to exceptional.
100% feel very good to exceptional about their overall experience with the robotic car park.
About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These low-speed collisions are rarely serious, but they can be costly.
Regularly parking in a conventional lot or garage almost always results in dings and dents in a car. Parking spaces are small in an attempt to accommodate more cars, and there always seems to be someone who can’t park straight. Plus, distracted people smash their door into the sides of vehicles, etc. This is particularly true during the holidays.
According to maxTrax Driver Safety Blog, “Parking space showdowns, deserted shopping carts, and renegade vehicles are turning America’s parking lots into the Wild West at high noon. For some unknown reason, many motorists don’t always display the same etiquette in parking lots that they do on the open road.”
However, in a fully automated Robotic Parking System, no one can touch the car after it’s parked in the spacious entry / exit terminal. In fact, the automated parking facility itself contains only machinery and vehicles – no humans allowed. Therefore, no more dings and dents from distracted drivers and reduced risk of parking lot accidents.