Just like in most historical city centers, in the Belgium city of Gent it is hard for drivers to find an available parking space near their destination. To offer an excellent service, the Sandton Hotel informs guests about the available parking spaces in their underground parking facility. Thanks to Parking Project Solutions’ implementation of Nedap’s parking sensors, the hotel is now able to accurately inform the guests about the number of available parking spaces at all-time.
Parking In Historical City Centres
The Belgium city of Ghent is a compact city in which all of the sights are within walking distance of each other. The medieval city consits of two districts which seamlessly flow into each other: the historic city centre and the museum quarter. Just like in most historical city centers, finding an available parking space is not an easy job for motorists. Plus most parts of the city centre are pedestrian zones, which means no cars are allowed in those areas.
Even though tourists do not need their car while they visit Ghent, a lot of tourists that visit Ghent do arrive by car. To offer these tourists an superior service, the Sandton Hotel features an underground parking facility. Besides the hotel guests, the local residents also use this parking facility.
Excellent Parking Service
To be able to offer guests an excellent parking service, the front office employees of the hotel needed to know at all-time how many parking spaces are available in the underground parking location. That way employees can correctly inform guests about the availability in the parking lot. Because checking to see if there are parking bays available is very labor-intensive, a real-time parking solution was required.
By implementing Nedap’s parking sensor system SENSIT, Parking Project Solutions (PPS) was able to offer the Sandton Hotel exactly what was required. Nedap’s SENSIT consists of wireless parking sensors that detect in real-time whether or not the individual parking bays in the parking facility of the hotel are occupied and how long they have been occupied.
Accurately Informing Guests
“We now can see at all time when our parking lot reaches the end of its capacity. Accurately informing our guests about the availability is a much better service rather than sending them into the parking facility when there are no more parking bays available at that moment. We can guide the guests to our lot or advise them to go for the nearest public parking lot. The sensor system had to be easy to remove and extend, because from time to time we are able to hire extra parking bay’s from other owners for a certain period. That integration process must be smoothly and is now easy to be done,” states Koen Scheire of the Sandton Hotel.
Matching The Customer Demand
“Parking Project Solutions was pleased to deliver an efficient car park occupancy system that matches as closely as possible to the customer demand. The easy installation without any wiring of the SENSIT Surface Mount detector is a big benefit to obtain an flexible & adaptable system with a fast deployment. The real-time information of the available parking spaces improves the service and customer satisfaction. Unnecessary driving into the parking and the and the search for a free place are a thing of the past,” says Erik Demets of PPS.
Nedap is the leading specialist in systems for vehicle identification, vehicle detection and vehicle access control. Readers, sensors and controllers optimize, monitor and control vehicle flows. With SENSIT, Nedap helps cities to become smart about their mobility. Nedap Identification Systems, part of Nedap N.V., is headquartered in the Netherlands and has offices in Europe, US, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Nedap designs and develops intelligent, sustainable technological solutions for themes that are relevant to the modern society. It is Nedap’s ambition to offer ‘Technology that Matters’.