Summary:

  • Parking access control involves the management and restriction of access to parking and can be manual or automated. 
  • There are many problems faced with manual parking access control. 
  • Last mile automation softwares can alleviate these problems. 

When it comes to the management of car lots, automation is the way forward. 

Manually allocating, monitoring and controlling your office car space facilities can create a whole bunch of issues. 

They include

  • Allocating the limited number of parking spaces fairly to all employees who need it. 
  • Knowing whether reserved parking slots will not be used for the day, so you can temporarily re-assign them. 
  • Finding the best way to manage parking access control and ensure only authorized vehicles enter the car park. 
  • Complaints from employees and interpersonal conflicts that arise from parking issues.
  • Time spent on car space management. 

Many leading employers globally have recognised this and they have started using last mile automation software. 

One of the most impressive applications of this technology comes in the form of parking access control. 

As you can imagine, this is a huge deal to many of the world’s biggest brands, who want to ensure that only the vehicles that have been granted access to their car parks are in them. 

Parking access control affects the security of an organization, especially if there is an entrance to the workplace area from the parking lot. 

How Does Last Mile Automation Work for Parking Access Control

Last mile automation solves this issue by combining the uses of parking management tools, license plate recognition (LPR) / automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), cameras and a physical boom barrier. 

It can often be integrated into existing facilities and is more cost-effective than introducing each one of these elements individually. 

The benefits of introducing last mile automation for you parking access control include: 

  • full automation.
  • better security.
  • convenient admin and user experience.
  • easy collection of fees (if any). 

How Did Integrating Last Mile Automation For Parking Access Control System Work Out For Leading Employers? 

Here are a few examples… 

Alstom

Car spacing issues got so bad for Alstom, a leader in sustainable mobility, that they even went as far as temporarily closing some of their car parks

Their car park had 60 spaces located in two lots – one surface level park and larger underground area. Assigned parking slots were given to key employees, while remaining spaces were on a first-come, first-served basis. 

When the assigned slots were not used by the employees to which they are assigned to, this led to unoccupied spaces that couldn’t be used by other employees.

Julie Winter, Officer Manager for Alstom ANZ, would spend hours just helping people find a place to park. Finally, after all the headaches caused by their parking problems, they decided to go with our software

With the use of Wayleadr’s availability and allocation features, Alstom was able to automate and optimize employee parking, maintaining the practice of having assigned parking slots, while making them part of the available spaces that other employees can use when they will not be used for the day. 

For a truly hands-free parking management system, Alstom integrated Wayleadr with their access gate, successfully handling all aspects of employee parking via the app. 

Results: 

  • 100% occupancy for their parking lots with zero manual intervention
  • Increased employee satisfaction
  • Hundreds of saved hours in parking management

Version 1 

Across the globe, Version 1, a software delivery company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, wanted to address three employee parking management challenges

  • They were moving to a new office location with less parking spaces
  • Flexible work schedule meant less predictability on which employees will be needing parking slots for the day
  • Concerns about the company’s carbon footprint, with roughly 70 staff driving to work everyday despite good public transportation options

We worked with Version 1 for an all-in-one solution to their problems:

  • First, Version 1 identified employees who will be guaranteed with a parking space: those with mobility and health issues. The ParkOffice algorithm then allocated the remaining parking spaces to other employees to ensure fair distribution.
  • ParkOffice data was integrated with their physical barrier system to ensure that only those with relevant bookings were allowed entry. 
  • To try to minimize the carbon footprint and make a strong contribution toward sustainability, a daily charge was imposed on users of the parking facility. Profits were then donated to local charities (we love this idea!). 

Overall, using ParkOffice helped Version 1 reduce car commuting by over 50% and saved 8 hours per week of employee parking administration. 

We love success stories and we’re happy to see how leading employers got the most out of their parking facilities with our last mile automation solution. 

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