You’ve got tickets for the big game. Like the 25,000 other spectators, you’ve successfully navigated your way through the host city’s traffic and, with just over half an hour left before kick-off, the last thing you want is to lose time finding a parking spot before you find your seats.
Thankfully help is at hand, in the form of a parking guidance system that takes the frustration out of parking. With Schick electronic’s Signal-Park system, an ultrasonic sensor detects whether a spot is vacant or occupied. Dynamic LED arrows indicate the way to go, as soon as the customer is faced with a choice of deciding which level, zone, or lane to take.
“The whole system brings a significant benefit by lowering the operating costs and by providing a bigger profit to parking owners. It results also a gain in customer loyalty,” says Philippe Schick, Director of Schick electronic. The system also incorporates a special device, indicating cars that have overstayed with a special orange LED.
After establishing itself through 35 years of experience in the European market, Schick electronic went on to install its system in the Middle East and in North America. “All this has led us to enter the very interesting and fast moving Latin American market,” says Schick. “After several installations in Chile, we installed our first parking in Colombia, a shopping centre in Bogotá. It was a very interesting and motivating project in cooperation with our agent in Colombia.”
Schick electronic’s products are imported to Brazil by its agent Bra-tec, a company located in Fortaleza. “We are really getting to know the amazing Brazilian market. Regarding the major events coming to Brazil, the system is a perfect fit for big structures like airports and stadia.”
In order to keep the system at the cutting edge of technology, Schick electronic continues to develop the system according to feedback from clients. A web service was top of the list of recent customer demands, so the company devised a remote control option compatible with all smartphones available on the market for more comfortable and practical use for managers of all car parking facilities. It is compatible with TCP/IP, BACnet protocol and SQL server.
Another request was for both outdoor surface type and indoor parking guidance system. Because Signal-Park is compatible with other systems, Schick electronic is able to fulfil this by collaborating with partners – while the client only has to deal with one company.
A survey by the Global Parking Association Leaders found that employing a parking guidance system appears to have the “greatest potential to improve sustainability”.
“These days, users appreciate spending less time parking and more time in venues. This is why the parking guidance system industry is moving very fast to ease this experience worldwide,” says Schick. A new detection and signalling technology using the latest innovations has been developed within the company and will be publicly launched soon.
With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Schick electronic handles 450,000 car places in projects around the world, from small installations in city centres to the largest shopping malls and most demanding customers, such as airports, stadiums with 25,000 parking spaces.