Parking systems are things we have all had contact with at some time or another. As drivers, we want them to be as efficient and easy to use as they possibly can be. No one enjoys being forced to use a parking system that slows them down or makes their life more difficult than it needs to be. There are lots of new and up to date parking management systems that can be put in place, and it’s a good idea to get to grips with all of them.

It’s positive for drivers and people working with parking management systems to understand all the options and types of system that are out there. Access control and how people pay for the use of parking spaces are the things that matter most. The first matters because car park owners don’t want people to use car parks without paying to do so.

Automatic Pay Stations and Barriers

Automatic pay stations are very simple. They can function in a couple of ways, but when they are designed correctly, they offer control and simplicity to drivers, which has to be a good thing for them. You just pull up and park your car. In some cases, you will be given a ticket when you pass through the barrier. This means that everyone who enters the car park will be given a blank ticket.

This ticket can register how much the driver has to pay when it comes to exiting the car park. They just put the ticket into the machine before they leave, and they can then pay for the length of the stay. Then when they pass back through the barrier, the ticket can be returned, confirming that they have paid for their stay and can leave through the exit.

Auto Pay Parking System

 It’s no surprise that Auto Pay parking systems are becoming more popular than ever before right now. It all comes down to the fact that these systems make it very easy for customers to use them. On top of all that, they are very simple and cheap to put in place for people who own car parks. That means they work well for just about everyone who is involved in this process.

It simply records when a vehicle enters and leaves a parking area. It can do this by tracking the car via its registration plates. It makes the whole process smooth and quick, and people always value their time, so it’s obvious that they would find these parking systems useful and preferable to many of the alternatives.

Active RFID Parking System

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, and it can be used in parking systems. They offer a quick and easy way for customers to use parking spaces because they allow drivers to scan their card and park up. They are particularly useful for permit holders. RFID has a long range detection mechanism that can be very useful when measuring how many cars are in a car park at one time.

They are not used commonly just yet, but there is more of them now than there was a few years ago. It’s a relatively new form of technology, so it’s still finding its way in the car parking market at the moment. Another good thing about them is that there is no computer monitor needed at all for them to be used by drivers. That makes things cheaper for car park owners too.

Robotic Parking Systems

Robotic parking systems are very new, and there are not many of them about just yet. But they are based on a very interesting premise, and they could definitely become more popular in the future as people look for new ways to maximise space and making parking more advanced than they are right now. When you get there you just pull up and park your car in a parking terminal. So far, so conventional, right?

Well, what happens next is the car is moved to a garage slot. They can be anywhere in a stacked area of car garages. This means that they can be moved around and the driver is simply given a ticket. When the driver comes back, they hand over their ticket, and their car can be retrieved for them. It’s a process that is completely computerised, and it results in a service that is slick and easy.

There are many types of parking system out there, and they each have their benefits. It will be interesting to see what the car parks of the future look like.