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SC Outdoor Smart Parking Guidance System by Quercus Technologies

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A global parking solution is not complete if it does not cover all areas of a parking facility with parking control. The latest solution for outdoor parking is SC Outdoor, a guidance system that uses computer vision technology to detect available parking spaces at parking lots and rooftops. Real-time parking space guidance is possible because occupancy information is centralized and displayed on digital parking signs that help parkers find empty parking spaces.

This solution is managed and powered by BirdWatch parking software platform, a single and global suite that centralizes and integrates all data obtained from the devices that make up Quercus Technologies' global parking solution. This useful data is used for Business Intelligence. Reports and statistics can be exported to identify use trends and predict future patterns. Complete data that leads to efficient global parking control and improved security.

The SC Outdoor parking solution counts on:

  • Smart Parking Analysis and Dwell times with a user-friendly interface.
  • A high 99% accuracy detecting available parking spaces.
  • Fully integrated with LED parking displays.
  • Up to 100 parking spaces per camera.
  • Available for every outdoor parking design and type.
  • Non-intrusive low infrastructure system - installation & maintenance.

Outdoor Parking Guidance System Benefits

In order to get an overview of all the parking facilities, the parking solution must integrate indoor and outdoor guidance systems, LED displays, LPR cameras, CCTV and all elements must communicate with the parking system in a clear, organized way. This is only possible with a parking management platform that does so. It is really convenient for those in control of the parking facility to have complete info about them.

However, what are the real benefits of featuring indoor and outdoor solutions on the same platform? Here are some examples:

1. All Parking Lot Information Is Available on a Single Parking Management Software

Having all parking data available requires the latest parking management technology, such as the BirdWatch parking suite, and devices that can be 100 percent integrated with the platform. A user-friendly platform making it possible to jointly interpret the information from all devices in real time and make strategic decisions, and which can also be used for marketing to parking lot users, is essential.

LPR at each parking space, which SC Indoor guidance system offers, provides an added value that non-camera-based parking sensors do not. The information on which parking space is chosen, how long a vehicle spends in the parking lot and the movements it makes is very valuable data. Overall, it is very important to know the situation in the parking lot at any time: the statistics for each parking space, access, occupancy, rotation, stay times... and much more!

2. An Overall Parking Solution for All Areas with a Consistent Parking System

This data obtained by parking sensors indoors and cameras outdoors – as well as data from video surveillance cameras and license plate readers at entrances and exits – must be managed and stored in a consistent parking system with enough capacity for the optimal operation and use of the parking system software.

Quercus Technologies' SC Indoor sensors are All-in-One, which means any system failure outside the parking solution would not affect the availability indications of the camera-based sensors, and the user experience would not be affected. This is because they can detect vehicles and change their color autonomously.

3. Detailed Security in Each Indoor Parking Space

For a smooth, comfortable user experience, the parking lot facilities must be equipped with maximum-security measures. CCTV cameras recording the aisles inside the parking lot are not enough for this purpose, as the viewpoint can make it difficult to detect incidents and crime in some cases. With Quercus Technologies' global parking solution, all movements occurring in and around each parking space are recorded on video, with several spaces monitored by each sensor's side camera.

This detailed video surveillance makes it possible to identify violations, incidents, attempted theft, false claims, etc. in detail. In this way, it is also possible to monitor parking spaces and time-restricted areas and to detect overstaying in certain areas or spaces. Image capture every two spaces is much more specific than if we placed a CCTV camera at the beginning of the aisle. The video recording of each parking space guarantees security both for the operator and for drivers accessing the facilities.

4. Zonal or Overall Parking Statistics in All Areas of the Facilities

If it is possible to extract statistics and reports from an indoor area using the parking management platform, an overall parking lot solution must also include the extraction of reports from the outdoor areas. That is why BirdWatch makes it possible to centralize information from all areas of the parking lot – indoors and outdoors – and to generate overall and absolute statistics for it: valuable information for taking into account the use drivers make of the facilities as a whole.

BirdWatch can generate reports on outside parking areas including the average occupancy of the facilities, peak occupancy, stays by time of entry or type of exit, turnover, and turnover and occupancy maps.

This data, combined with the data extracted from inside the parking lot and the access and exit lanes, allows complete synchronization of parking lot information. This centralization makes it possible to achieve dynamic pricing, implement marketing strategies for certain customers, users or subscribers, allow automatic access, etc.

5. Expansion of Existing Facilities Possible with Outdoor Guidance Systems

Another benefit is the scalability of the system: the fact that existing parking facilities can be expanded with the SC Outdoor guidance system. If an indoor parking guidance system is already in place, it is essential that the outdoor parking solution be fully complementary to it. With this system, it is not necessary to start from scratch and install new indoor and outdoor solutions from the company. It is part of a scalable product you can always come back to.

About Quercus Technologies

Quercus LogoQuercus Technologies offers optimal solutions for any type of parking facility, maximizing efficiency in its management, and improving the customer's parking experience. The company develops and manufactures highly technological products that aim to improve mobility and security in parking facilities and it is known worldwide for its highly reliable license plate recognition (LPR) technology. Quercus' solutions include All-in-one LPR units, parking guidance, and LPR-based spot monitoring units, light per space systems, LED displays, kiosks, and the innovative software parking suite, BirdWatch, that relies on all these smart technologies and provides total control of parking facilities.

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