Federal APD, Inc.: Manufacturer of Advanced Parking, Access and Revenue Control Systems

Parking is a key element in passenger transportation and an important asset of urban quality. Congested roadways and traffic build-ups create "parking problems" in and around major business districts. Parking remains a critical factor to city centers to stabilize or revitalize downtown developments.

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42775 Nine Mile Rd.,
Novi, Michigan 48375
Tel.: (248) 374-9600
Fax: (248) 374-9610

Regional Offices in:

California, Florida, New Jersey,
Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Texas,
Washington, Hong Kong, Brazil

Company Info

Federal APD has achieved sales leadership in its marketplace by satisfying customers with well-built and innovative products since 1953. The company has ten regional sales offices, including offices in Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, Brazil, that service hundreds of qualified distributors. This distribution network has been strengthened with comprehensive training programs that improve product knowledge and service techniques.

Federal APD is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation. Established in 1901, Federal Signal has become one of the 1000 largest Corporations in the United States and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FSS). The company is managed on a decentralized basis and is comprised of four major operating groups: Safety, Sign, Tool, and Vehicle. Federal APD is a member of the Safety Group.

At Federal APD, where the first "self-park" concept was patented, the first microprocessor-based barrier gate was invented, and where the first completely integrated facility management system software was introduced to the parking industry, insights translate today’s answers into tomorrow’s successes. Federal APD takes pride in offering the finest products available and supporting those products with immediate delivery, complete project management, guaranteed product reliability, documentation, and service; everything needed to make an installation efficient and trouble-free.
Large commercial complexes, such as airports, hospitals, shopping centers, and universities are self-sufficient and have created new markets for parking structures. High labor costs have stimulated parking automation, thrusting new technologies and products into the marketplace.

Federal APD, Inc., the foremost North American manufacturer of parking control products, is leading the industry with automated solutions for car parks of all sizes; from surface lots and parking garages, to city-wide ground transportation networks.
As a systems integrator, Federal APD focuses on supplying complete turnkey solutions that work together to deliver a true systems approach to parking. These reliable products have been field-tested throughout the world.

The company manufactures a wide range of products, including: ticket dispensers, barrier gates, count control systems, vehicle recognition systems, card access readers, manual and automated fee computers to collect parking revenues, and central management system software to program, track and report on all the activities in a parking facility.


avi.jpgWhat is AVI?
In the parking industry, AVI means being able to automatically identify a vehicle when it enters a parking facility, so it can be authorized and permitted to enter and exit. Using an advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, you are able to identify a vehicle as it approaches the gate, allowing the parking system to authorize entry and open the gate, without the driver ever having to stop or open their window. This not only improves traffic flow in peek periods, but also provides the customer with a safe and convenient way to enter the garage. The customer won't have to spend time taking tickets or stopping at a booth, they simply drive in. The AVI System takes care of the rest.
For the operator, AVI saves time and money and allows operators to concentrate on running their daily business operation.

Technical Features
The AVI RFID System provides true hands-free vehicle access and tracking. The systems utilizes a 2.45Ghz frequency band, which is highly resistant to electrical interference, making it ideal for use outdoors and inside parking structures. The high frequency is also very directional, which allows the readers to be postitioned so that only vehicles in the lande are identified.
Each reader can be easily configured to one of 100 available channels. A vehicle detection loop can also be connected to the reader, ensuring only vehicles on the loop can be detached. All of the above features can be individually configured on-site using a laptop PC, making installation quick and simple. The readers use low powered output levels, which removes the need for site licensing and allows the reader to be installed anywher in the USA and around the world.


fed_sst.jpgAutomatic Cashiering
The SST Automatic Pay Station offers you an innovative ticket handling system for your central cashiering parking operation. This robust pay-on-foot station is designed to improve your cash management with ATM-type technology,
lower your labor and operational expenses, and improve your customer service with around the clock, 24 hour operation.

The SST Automatic Pay Station offers you a wide range of payment options. Short term tickets, special parking passes and bank cards of all types may be processed through the single transport slot. The pay station accepts payment in coins, paper currency, parking pass, or bank card, and delivers change in either coins or paper currency, or both.

Pay-In-Line Device
The Pay-In-Line Device offers you a convenient way to operate your parking facility without an attendant. Each model in unmanned and provedes Exit Cashiering or Pre-Pay entry. At exit, the Pay-In_line processes the fee automatically and displays it on the LCD window. Many payments options are available with easy to find graphics. Change is issued in coins and a receipt is either provided on demand or can be programed to issue automatically.


ScanNet offers a new world of central management solutions for parking installations of all sizes, from modest surface lots to wide-area networking systems. Federal APD offers a complete, turnkey package for any parking operation - starting with product specifications that can be easily downloaded from our web site, to complete project management and on-site supervision.
Federal APD has embedded the most advanced and adaptive technology into ScanNet, enabling complete compatibility across the Information Services enterprise. What's more, Federal APD has clearly positioned ScanNet for the future of distributed computing, no matter what evolutionary turns the industry may take.

The new technology designed into ScanNet's architecture challenges traditional thinking for central management systems. Parking, access, and revenue controls are no
longer separated in different modules - but are bundled together as one seamless enterprise system.
Information generated from all the devices in the system, from barrier gates to fee computers, is accessible by ScanNet's Event Control System (ECS).
Through the ECS, specific information coming into the ScanNet System is targeted as an "event". Action steps, from incrementing a counter to sending programming to a device, may be specified based on the desired action,
giving you unlimited flexibility in providing control solutions across your enterprise.

Since 1986, the ScanNet Central Management System has provided a complete solution for managing thousands of parking, access, and revenue control operations throughout the world. Unique to the industry, ScanNet represents both a new product strategy and a prodigious
technical achievement.
Other Parking Products

Federal APD offers also a wide rang of parking products:

  • Parking Barrier Gate
  • Lee Displayers
  • License Plate Inventory
  • License Plate Recognition
  • Exit Verifiers
  • Ticket Spitter
  • Value Cards
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