At traditional workplaces, there’s a rush to get in between 8 and 9 and to get out between 5 and 6. At universities, the parking rush can ebb and flow throughout the day. Peak parking times can occur several times every day depending on student schedules. Events on campus can make parking even more difficult.
Actually, parking availability is one of the key complaints that colleges hear about. Without parking guidance, especially on larger university campuses, it can be almost impossible for students to find empty spots when they need them.
Some schools do sell parking permits. However, without parking guidance data, they may not know how many to sell. Also, simply having a parking permit doesn’t guarantee students that they will find a parking space when they need one.
A parking counting system like OpenSpace keeps track of available spots and then guides students to where they can find them. Students can see parking data on LED signs, on apps, or on your school website. If they get to a lot that’s at or near capacity, they can see that instantly and go to another lot. Your sign can even tell them the closest lot that has open parking spaces. When students know where to avoid looking and where they can find parking, you eliminate the wasted time searching and get them to class quicker and calmer.
OpenSpace signs can display data for multi levels or multiple lot or garages. A sign at your campus entrance can even list availability at each lot. When students approach a lot that’s nearly full, your signs can guide them to park somewhere with more parking spots.
Oftentimes, college campuses think they don’t have enough spots while certain areas or lots are actually underused. With a parking guidance system like OpenSpace, you gain access to parking availability data so that you can guide students to empty spots. You also can see if your parking is indeed insufficient and use that data to create a better parking plan for your college campus.