Construction phases of an Automated Parking System

One of the most significant benefits of an automated parking system over a conventional car park is an easier and more cost-effective construction process. Thanks to the use of automation to park cars, less space is required to accommodate the needs of people, resulting in a smaller building volume. In addition, pre-fabricated building materials can be put together in record time, greatly simplifying the construction process and saving money at the same time. Learn more about the different construction advantages offered by APS here.

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Customer Comments about Skyline Parking APS

What do customers have to say about Skyline Parking and its products? One customer, Remo B. Managing Director at auto züri west (azw), has plenty to say. azw is a car dealership in the Zurich area that had an Automated Parking System (APS) from Skyline Parking installed in 2013. Besides discussing his Skyline APS, Remo B. explains some of the remarkable financial and operational benefits that the APS has provided his car dealership. Here are a few excerpts from an interview with him about his experience with Skyline Parking…

"The exhibition tower [Skyline APS] gives customers a truly unique experience when they collect their vehicles."

"…the main benefit of the Skyline tower is SPACE! We can fit 128 cars – and it’s a very small area. The higher number of on-site vehicles for customers to browse has resulted in an increase in sales."
"The tower also has an impact on our image/reputation. It has become a symbol of azw and is instantly recognizable!"

"Needless to say, the tower has also led to the optimization of working processes. Everything is much quicker now – vehicle handling times have been reduced enormously. Now everybody has more time for sales."

“The integration of the wash system is another economic benefit, as it saves on personnel costs.”

"I am really pleased with it. The tower has become a reliable working tool for us. Even at the very low temperatures we experienced this winter and in over 30 degree heat, it has worked perfectly."

"…I wouldn’t hesitate to place my trust in another Skyline product."

In the rest of the interview, Remo B. goes into more detail about the APS product itself, support from Skyline Parking, any future integration plans and much more.

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Planning for Better Hospital Parking

Hospitals and medical centers all over the world struggle to cope with the ever-increasing demand for their services and the accompanying increase in demand for parking. Urban hospitals, in particular, often have to choose between using the scarce land available to add additional floor space for services and parking areas. Fortunately, there are possible solutions that make parking much more space efficient, thus allowing hospitals to enhance both their services and parking supply at the same time.

The High Cost of Inferior Hospital Parking
For a hospital to run efficiently, it’s essential that patients, staff and visitors are able to come and go easily. When hospital parking is in short supply, problems may occur:
  • Delayed or missed treatments
  • Increased backlogs due to rescheduled appointments
  • Loss of productivity and income
  • Heightened anxiety and stress among patients, staff and visitors
  • Declining patient satisfaction and reputation
When hospital expansion planners allow medical services to take precedence over parking, the result can include significantly increasing parking costs, wasting valuable land, aggravating surrounding communities and inconveniencing or endangering patients and staff.

More Hospital Parking in Less Space
Automated parking systems or APS make it possible for hospitals to use land more efficiently in order to meet the growing demand for services and parking. By removing people from the parking process, APS can more than double the number parking spaces offered by multi-story car parks (no driving lanes, no ramps, no walkways, stairwells or elevators). APS can provide parking in small or irregularly shaped areas that are unsuitable for conventional parking solutions. This is ideal for creating parking spaces in the unusual areas left over after numerous hospital expansions. Moreover, APS are inherently safer, more secure and easier for people with disabilities to access than conventional parking facilities such as standard car parks.

Planning Is Key to Better Parking
Hospitals that include car parking at the earliest stages of expansion planning are likely to end up making best possible use of the land. This is especially true when the scarcity of land requires a highly space-efficient parking solution. In order to achieve maximum land savings by opting for a flexible and very compact APS solution, it’s best to plan for this at the concept stage.
If your hospital or medical center needs to expand its parking facilities, talk tothe experts at Skyline Parking to learn more about the different high-density parking options available.

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Minimum parking requirements - problem and alternatives

What are minimum parking requirements?
Minimum parking requirements (MPR) are laws requiring new buildings to include a fixed number of off-street parking spaces based on an assumed demand for parking generated by the buildings' use. This dates back to the early 1950s with its rapid urban and suburban development, resulting in an explosion in the number of cars worldwide and a shortage of parking. Some cities went so far as to use MPR to define the number of parking spaces for small businesses such as car washes or fruit stands, but they were more commonly assigned to bedrooms, classrooms or retail spaces. However, as urban spaces have become ever more crowded, many cities around the world are reconsidering the MPR concept.

The problem with minimum parking requirements
One of the biggest concerns with MPR is that they waste a great deal of space by applying a "one size fits all" solution to a complex and evolving situation.
In one European country, for example, theatres and cinemas were required to provide one parking space for every three seats. This is a waste of valuable land, as these venues are rarely fully occupied, plus a lot of visitors will walk, cycle or take public transport instead, meaning at least half of the parking spaces go constantly unused. City planners and developers can often identify countless examples of wasted urban land due to MPR.

Alternatives to minimum parking requirements
Increasing urban populations are demanding more living space and MPR has led to the creation of excess, poorly-distributed and under-utilized parking facilities in many European cities. Some of these have taken steps to repurpose this valuable land, e.g. Zurich and Hamburg were leaders in the revolution against minimum parking requirements. Both have frozen the number of parking spaces in their city centers, eliminating one on-street parking space for each new off-street parking space.
The Netherlands started addressing MPR in 1989 by classifying cities according to the following three criteria: 
  • Excellent transit access and poor car access.
  • Good transit access and good car access.
  • Good car access and poor transit access.
This made it easier for Dutch cities to allocate land for parking versus other uses.
Other parking initiatives in European cities include:
  • Government schemes for utilizing private parking areas for public use.
  • Adjusting parking prices to manage or redistribute parking.
  • Mandatory bicycle lanes and parking spaces.
  • Avoiding large, centralized parking structures in favor of smaller, more space-efficient parking facilities.

Efficiency is the answer
The demand for driving and parking will continue to be a challenge for decades to come and the focus of all MPR alternatives is the more efficient use of land. An example of this is by integrating parking solutions into less valuable or otherwise unusable areas. Automated parking systems like those from Skyline Parking are the key to space-efficient parking and an ideal way to solve the issue of minimum parking requirements in Europe. 


Automated Parking Systems & Electric Vehicle Recharging

A world in which the roads are dominated by all-electric vehicles (or EVs) is a dream still faced by many challenges. EVs are still a long way away from being able to offer the convenience and journey longevity of gasoline-powered cars due to the limitations of their batteries and the need for recharging. Skyline Parking has taken a leading position in overcoming one challenge: recharging EVs in a space-efficient manner.

The Recharging Challenge
In order for electric vehicles to gain wider acceptance, it must become more convenient and efficient to recharge EV batteries. In practical terms, this means EV battery recharging needs to be automatic (requiring no physical effort) and much faster that it currently is. Today's manual battery recharging process requires drivers to park at available recharging stations and physically connect their EV to a large electrical cable. Once plugged-in, the recharging process can take hours to complete.

The Solution to Recharging EVs
Parking spaces of the future will require the capability to recharge EVs automatically. Skyline Parking has determined that the future of EV recharging technology will be focused on what’s known as "inductive" or "wireless" recharging. This is the same technology that is currently used in charging pads for smartphones and electric toothbrushes, but on a much larger scale. The first major benefit of inductive recharging is the fact that it is wireless, meaning no mechanical connection is required and it’s much easier to use. Secondly, it has the potential to shorten recharging times.
Skyline continues to exchange expertise with EV OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and automotive industry experts to be informed first-hand of any developments surrounding the standardization of wireless automatic recharging systems for EVs. It’s anticipated that inductive recharging systems will be sufficiently standardized to be put to commercial use within the next few years.

Automated Parking and Automated Recharging
In addition to making EV recharging more convenient and efficient, the issue remains as to where and how tens of thousands of EVs should be parked. Conventional parking spaces are not the answer. The relatively long period required to recharge EVs and the need for recharging equipment create new paradigms for parking and parking facilities. Once EVs become commonplace, the challenge will become how to park and recharge EVs in a space-efficient manner.
As a leading provider of Automated Parking Systems (APS), Skyline Parking is developing a solution for integrating wireless automatic EV recharging facilities into the most space-efficient parking available anywhere. Whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an existing project, the Skyline APS with automatic EV recharging is the parking solution for a world filled with electric vehicles.

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