Rush Hour is When?
Unlike in a corporate environment where there’s a predictable morning and evening rush, university campuses can have veritable “rush hour” multiple times every day. With classes starting and ending throughout the day and varied schedules for different students, campus parking lots can be challenging to manage. Is the search for parking putting a damper on your students’ campus experience? Here are 3 simple ways to improve the parking process.
Way 1: Parking Counting
Students don’t know where parking is available. Do you? OpenSpace smart parking sensors keep track of exactly where parking is available at any given time. Parking availability data helps you assess if your campus has enough parking or needs more. On many campuses, students complain that there aren’t enough spots. Once sensors keep track of available parking, universities are often surprised at what they find. Much of their parking resources may actually be underutilized as more popular areas are scouted again and again.
Way 2: Display Parking Data
Show students where parking is available so they know where to look for spots, and which areas to avoid. Electronic signs display parking data to students. They are automatically updated in real-time. You can choose to install signs wherever you’d like students to see them. You can display data right when students enter the campus with an overview of spots available in each lot. Outside each lot, you can display how many spots are available or when the lot is full. (To learn more about when you should display full even if your lot isn’t, see this video.)
Way 3: Integrate Student Parking Data
Parking usage stats give you data whenever you need it. Parking availability signage helps improve the student parking experience. But where are students most likely to look for parking data? And how about if they want to know where they can park or how full lots are before they head out? OpenSpace offers integration with your website so you can display parking data right on your site. API integration lets you integrate parking data right into your school’s app or the parking apps of your choice. Help students park faster and smarter with OpenSpace parking guidance.