Colorado university uses automated parking guidance system

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TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) has announced that the Colorado School of Mines has chosen its parking solutions to enhance the overall parking experience on a campus garage with 871 parking spaces.

At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on applied science and engineering.

“As we see available land shrinking on college campuses across North America, the need for parking guidance to maximize overall availability is becoming essential,” said Jeff Sparrow, Director of Sales, North America at TKH Security.

“Our technology not only maximizes parking efficiency but also offers enhanced security features, creating a safer environment.

“To the benefit of students, faculty and staff, campus security will be able to better monitor each parking space.”

Automated parking

According to the company, its camera-based M5 smart-sensor is the core of its automated parking guidance system (APGS).

With two CMOS digital cameras on either side, the M5 smart-sensors were installed above the driving lane to monitor up to six parking spaces each, three on each side.

Exhibiting a more than 99% accuracy rate, TKH Security says that the M5 has a full spectrum RGB (LED) indicator that can be configured to display thousands of colors to indicate occupancy and parking space type.

Most commonly, green indicates available, blue indicates handicapped, purple indicates EV, while red indicates occupied.

Reducing time to park by up to 63%, the automated parking system has not only facilitated a smoother traffic flow inside the parking garage but also reduced congestion in the surrounding areas.

Enhanced security

Additionally, TKH Security says that Park Alerts of its automated parking system will send proactive notifications upon the arrival of important or banned persons, if someone overstays their limited-time space or if someone parks in a restricted space.

Park Surveillance will also deliver comprehensive monitoring of each parking space, in and between spaces, by capturing HD streaming video when motion is detected or continuously, allowing security to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in a more efficient way than before.

“Mines selected us based on our leadership in camera-based APGS and our extensive experience in successful parking guidance installations,” added Sparrow.

“With installation beginning in Q1 2024, I look forward to working closely with Mines on this project.”

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