Staff and students at the University of Oklahoma use IoT sensors to get their parking spot-on.
A new parking guidance system has been deployed at the University of Oklahoma’s Jenkins Garage, used by staff, student and visitors to the campus.
The sensor technology was installed by Parking Guidance Systems (PGS) using Indect’s parking software. The camera-based parking guidance system offers real-time vehicle monitoring, license plate recognition and customizable audio alerts.
It differs from traditional camera-based parking guidance systems that provide only one light for a group of spaces. This can be confusing for drivers as they are directed to an area with a vacancy rather than to a specific space.
Indect said its single-space guidance system has one light for every space and offer a simpler and more intuitive parking guidance experience by guiding drivers directly to an open space.
Normally, it takes university staff and students up to 30 minutes to find parking. The installation of the Indect parking guidance system has reduced search times significantly and it now takes an average of just 10 minutes to find a space.
The software also helps with the university’s existing sustainable parking initiatives by allowing drivers to easily identify LEFE (Low-Emission, Fuel Efficient) spaces. Only vehicles that have a green score of 45 and above and are listed on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) may park in these spaces. It also enables the university to designate different parking areas for students, faculty, and guests according to changing needs.
Dale Fowler, Director of Indect USA, said this type of system has “never been done before”.
“Most organizations are willing to sacrifice single-space illumination for the features of a camera-based system but OU was different. The University had a clear vision of what parking guidance should be and insisted that the system provide ultimate benefits to parkers. That’s what makes this installation unique,” he said.
Following the successful installation of parking guidance at Jenkins Garage, The University of Oklahoma will be installing additional Indect systems in four more garages over the next 12 months.
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