Class Schedule…check. Textbooks…Check. Laptop…Check. Parking Guidance…check!
Adam starts class at 10:20, has a 2 hour break at 2, and has class at 6 pm every other day. Professor Hinting teaches every Tuesday and Thursday but is available in her office on Wednesday evenings. Steven just sat in traffic for 15 minutes and needs parking immediately or he’ll lose grade points for lateness. With students and faculty coming and going around the clock, academic parking environments can be challenging to manage.
Here are a few great reasons to put parking guidance on the top of your back to school list for 2015.
1. A New Audit Trail for Event Parking
Auditing event revenues is a difficult task as counting devices are rarely available be used to match against ticket sales. With new wireless counting technologies, ingress can be tracked in real time. This allows your event team to match ingress numbers against cash tickets sales for accurate auditing. OpenSpace wireless technologies can even be set up the day of the event to be used to broadcast space availability via signs and apps to help manage traffic flow right before the event.
2. Who’s paying and where?
Many universities, especially in the U.S., have large portfolios of parking assets that are moving towards gateless facilities in an effort to save on capital costs and labor associated with controlled parking assets. The question is, how many people at your lot are paying vs non-paying? Wireless counting technologies can stream real time occupancy data from gateless facilities that can be matched with revenue reports from self-pay terminals. This helps you to identify the percentage of paying customers over total customers. Using that data over a portfolio of assets can enable personnel to enforce areas in most need, and also provide base metrics for payment performance among your assets.
3. Go Green.
With more focus on environmental studies and students leading the way in how we manage our relationship with our planet, simple parking counting and guidance technologies are an ideal solution as they significantly reduce emissions released by cars circling as they search for spots. Whether through digital signage or through app integration, providing occupancy data to faculty and students also benefits the environment.
4. Students Deserve Service.
Last year, according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out- of- state residents attending public universities. With such high costs, don’t students deserve assistance in knowing where to park and when so they aren’t late for class? With the increasingly large debt loads that students take on to study at institutions of higher education, it makes sense to treat them as the customers that they are, and provide them with the service they deserve.
Effective parking management is not just a perk for university parking environments, it’s a vital service that can help students and professors be on time to their classes and arrive in the calm frame of mind conducive to academic success. If it’s not already on your school’s agenda for this academic year, add it now and see the difference that parking guidance can make. Contact us to Get Started today!