System for parking reservation/navigation/billing
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-13
The IP.com Prior Art Database
QR code based system for parking reservation/navigation/billing
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System for parking reservation /navigation/billing
Here is disclosed a system for efficient management of private parking spaces, often associated to malls or other commercial activities. A great importance must be given to the fact of not annoying potential customers: because the greater the difficulty of finding a free slot, returning to the car, paying the fee is, the greater the possibility of losing a future customer.
Parking is currently managed in the following ways:
"Knowing that there are free slots" is achieved through electronic displays with counters.
"Communicating where free slot are" is achieved through electronic displays with arrows or green/red LEDs on each slot.
"Returning to the car" is achieved through visual aids and targets (e.g. different colors for different zones and numeric codes for each slot).
"Paying the fee" is achieved through automatic machines, based on paper tickets and coins or cards.
Some problems are still unsolved. For example, if three slots are empty, three cars are permitted to enter, but each of them will race to the most visible slot, so two of them will have to continue searching after seeing the first slot just taken by the first car. This is annoying and not healthy (engines running in underground spaces with poor ventilation). Returning to the car is not easy in big parking spaces; smartphone applications with "find my car" functionality are often useless in underground conditions (no GPS signal). Useless walking can annoy customers carrying heavy boxes or other objects. Billing is an operation involving paper tickets, which can be easily lost.
An innovative system can be designed by smartly interfacing the central management system with private smartphones of visitors. The basic idea is to have two-way communication by using QR codes. A smartphone can both acquire QR codes (with the camera) and emit QR codes (with the display). In this way, slot reservation can be achieved on entering, slot stealing can be prevented, ticket lost can be prevented, fee payment can be made easier.
On entry, the central parking management system chooses a slot for the visitor and shows a custom QR...