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Parking space optimization solution. Disclosure Number: IPCOM000221593D
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-13
Document File: 9 page(s) / 266K

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This article describes a new approach of organizing parking in the space limited areas or increase capacity of regular parking areas. Solution is based on modern cell phones with GPS and internet access capabilities.

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Parking space optimization solution.

Disclosed is a solution to organize parking in the space limited areas or increase capacity of regular parking areas using new approach which is based on modern cell phones with GPS and internet access capabilities.

The number of cars significantly grew up, especially in a big cities, and makes a real parking problem. Sometimes someone could lock the already parked car if there is no parking place near. Many people don't care of that and don't leave any contact information. Some people leave a note with their cell phone number to unlock the car shortly after the call. But even this doesn't work well because the locked car owner needs to wait after the call or even can't reach the owner, which is inappropriate in urgent cases. The system could be based on a modern cell phones equipped with the GPS and connected to internet. Each car owner can register his/her car with car identification information (like the color, model, plate number etc.) If someone leaves a car and there are some place for another car, the system allows to specify leave date/time. When another person approaches a location, the system could be used to look for this information to find the parking opportunities with the description when the car need to be moved away.

Advantages: Generally this system allows reducing the conflicts between the car owners and optimize the parking space usage. The system will notify the car owner to free the space beforehand. If someone needs to leave promptly, the system could be used to find and notify the owner of the blocking car.

Parking of commercial motors like trucks at customs terminals and warehouses or cars at car sales centers can be organized in a smarter way using this solution. Time of leave and other car specific information required for the system operation can be automatically set using information from bill of lading. Also this solution could be extended to be used to warn the car owners in emergency situations when the area must be urgently cleared from parked cars.

The system is a client-server application. The server part is responsible for storing the car and the owner contact information. When parking and if the system is activated the server stores GPS location (which is provided by the cell phone) and the date/time of leave. The client part allows to fill the required car/owner information, set/change the time to leave as well as contact the blocking or the locked car owner. It also suggests the possible closest parking places.

Problem illustration and the explanation of the solution:

1. Currently a typical fully occupied parking area near the building looks as shown on the Fig. 1. There are enough room for each car to leave its place.


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Figure 1. Typical fully occupied parking area.

2. Unfortunately the parking place is limited and not enough to meet people parking needs. This situation is demonstrated on Fig. 2. When the parking capacity is exhausted people...