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Parking Services proposal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015083D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a program that would help reduce parking congestion and is most appropriate in large parking structures. It will provide information on vacant parking stalls in advance and help streamline parking flow. It includes a future phase that users to reserve a parking stall.

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Parking Services proposal

Disclosed is a program that would help reduce parking congestion and is most appropriate in large parking structures. It will provide information on vacant parking stalls in advance and help streamline parking flow. It includes a future phase that users to reserve a parking stall.

Abstract: This proposal is designed to reduce the existing parking congestion and promote efficiency and convenience to the consumers. The aim to obtain real time information that assists in predicting vacant parking stalls in a parking structure.

Business Targets: This proposal can be implemented and altered accordingly in any sizeable parking structure or lot. Ideal targets would be international airports, hospitals/medical centers, amusement parks, stadiums, convention centers, casinos etc.

Proposal Details: When people usually drive to their destination, they are oblivious to the number of vacant stalls and are seen circling parking lots to find a vacant stall. The idea here is to predict in advance and/or reserve a stall prior to reaching the destination. The primary design can be split in two phases that can be developed in an incremental approach. The first phase will consist of two LCD's that will guide users to vacant stalls. The second phase will contain a Parking Reservation System (PRS) that will be installed in vehicles and will enable users to reserve a parking stall in the vicinity of the destination.

Functionality: LCD 1

* The first LCD will be displayed at a predetermined distance away from the destination; for instance, off the freeway ramp.

* The LCD will also have a solar powered mechanism to minimize energy costs.

* The LCD will contain a scrolling list of parking lots and the number of vacant stalls that are available in that lot.

* The LCD can be activated for any period of time. This is upon the discretion of the administrative staff in charge of the facility.

* The LCD communicates with a central controller that provides real time information on the stalls that are vacant.

The LCD will also display the current time to reflect the real time information.

Functionality: LCD 2
* The second LCD will be displayed at various places within the parking lot.
* This LCD will guide users to the vacant stalls.
* This will also contain a solar powered mechanism to save energy.
* The LCD can be activated for any period of time. For instance it can be deactivated if the lot is 50 percent empty.

* Each stall in the parking lot will be numbered and will be equipped with sensors. These sensors will detect and indicate whether a stall is occupied or vacant.

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* It will contain 3 primary features: name of the vacant stall, directions to the stall, and indicator for handicap parking.

* It is essential to have at minimum the name field. The rest are optional and can be disabled depending on the need of the parking lot.

* As and when a stall gets vacated or occupied, the sensors communicate with the central controller...