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April 26, 2016

The Basics of Automated Parking Systems

Automatic parking systems are the future made present. These structures improve space allocation for a variety of locations, save costs and maximize returns, are environmentally sound, and much more. Most of us understand the general purpose and function of automated parking. But, how does it work?

There are several different automated parking formations available, with varying combinations of mechanics that carry out similar operations. CityLift systems, for example, use racks, rails, chains, and motors. Some others utilize concrete and robotics. With these mechanics, vehicles are lifted and shifted—vertically or horizontally—and rotated into parking spaces that are laid out more efficiently than standard parking structures. The technological and mechanical components allow the system to recognize your car with the help of an individualized fob; when you use it, the system identifies your car and it is carried to your personal space within the structure.­ Here are two examples of the systems that CityLift offers:

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The Puzzle: With this system, the driver uses his or her access fob and parks the car in the lift, on a steel pallet. Once the driver has left and the gate is closed, the car is lifted or lowered, and shifted to make space for the next car. Each driver has an assigned space, and when he or she returns, and swipes the fob (or clicks it like a garage door opener, in some cases) against the operator panel, the car is retrieved and the driver can exit.

The Tower: This formation consists of one or more bays (entrances) at the base of a tower, which can have up to 20 levels. To begin, the driver parks the car on the lift, which is located at the bottom center of the structure. Once the driver has exited the base, the car is shifted on a pallet into the central lift, rotated, and then lifted to an empty space in the tower, into which it is shifted and deposited. The same basic principle applies when the car is retrieved. An aisle design works similarly, except the building layout is horizontal with fewer levels, therefore, the car is shifted further down the level’s aisles to an open space.

Automated parking is a highly efficient addition to any major parking structure. The technology allows industries, owners, and patrons a safe, more personalized parking experience, the benefits of which are numerous.

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