The Best Parking System Benefits For Educational Institution
- Reduced traffic congestion to the minimum
- Better parking organization and easier flow
- Secured parking space for employees and students
- Digital key sharing via free mobile application (Parklio™ Connect)
- Special parking space for parents with small children
6 Educational Institution Parking Problems and Solutions
- Unauthorized parking access
- Designated parking spots for employees
- Designated parking spots for students (universities)
- Traffic congestion
- Drop-off locations for parents with small children
- Designated parking spot for delivery vehicles
Unauthorized parking access
Unauthorized parking is a common problem at educational institutions that do not have appropriate parking protection. This implies that drivers who are not associated with the educational institution (either as an employee or a student), park in designated parking spaces without authorization. These parking places are usually marked with a reserved parking sign, although this isn't always enough to keep unwanted vehicles away. Luckily for you, this problem can be fixed easily!
Installing smart parking protection on your private parking space will keep away unwanted vehicles that do not have the authority to park there. On the other hand, you can always easily send digital keys to whomever you want. The person will then be able to control Parklio™ products with a simple tap in the free Parklio™ Connect app!
Designated parking spots for employees
When going to work, school employees frequently face nerve-racking scenarios, such as finding parking near the school, dealing with paid parking, and finding a vacant place that isn't already occupied. Some schools even encourage their employees to carpool or ride their bikes to work to save money on transportation. In theory, this is a better option, but not everyone has the flexibility to go to work by bike. That is why it is necessary to provide staff with their own parking spaces.
To ensure parking spaces for your employees, you can use Parklio™ Gate, Parklio™ Chain (for larger parking lots), or Parklio™ Smart Parking Barrier (for individual parking spaces), and Parklio™ ANPR system that will allow automatic opening/lowering of the products. Just insert the list of license plates you want to give access to in Parklio™ PMS and that’s it!
Designated parking spots for students (universities)
Finding a parking spot can often be a frustrating task, especially for students. One way to solve this issue would be to have dedicated parking spots for students. This would allow the students to have a specific location that they know is always available for them to park at, and it would also ensure that students will no longer have any trouble finding a spot when they are running late to class. Students should also have access to their dedicated parking spots 24/7, so it's easier for them to come in at odd hours if there’s a need (to study, practice, etc.)
You can simply arrange a designated parking area for students with Parklio™ smart parking solutions. Access will be easy and quick thanks to digital keys that may be provided to students' email accounts. Parklio™ Gate will automatically close once a vehicle passes, eliminating the possibility of unauthorized entrance.
The main reason for traffic congestion are parking problems, which may be caused by a high demand for parking spaces. Improving the efficiency of traffic flow relies on optimizing the number of available parking spots and their location. This issue is mostly ongoing for elementary schools and kindergartens, especially when parents come to pick up or drop off their children. This usually causes a jam in the proximity of the school entrance because the parents always try to stop their car as close as possible, assuming all parking spots are already taken.
The combination of Parklio™ Detect and Parklio™ Display will help solve the problem of traffic congestion around the education facilities. Parklio™ Detect is software that counts the number of parked vehicles in real-time and Parklio™ Display shows the current number of taken and available parking spots.
Drop-off locations for parents with small children
Using the drop-off zone is one of the easiest ways to pick up and drop off your children at school. The drop-off zone is usually found near the main entrance of the school or it can be inside the parking lot, depending on its position. The drop-off zone is not only convenient but also safe for both students and parents. It provides a designated area for parents to safely leave their kids while they go to work or go home.
Secure parking spots in the proximity of school or kindergarten entrance for parents with small children who are in a hurry or for some reason need to be as close as possible to the entrance. These special parking spots can be shared and controlled with digital keys sent to the parents via the Parklio™ Connect app. For example, you can specify a maximum stay time of 5 minutes.
Designated parking spot for delivery vehicles
If you own or manage an educational institution, you know how challenging it can be to accommodate the parking needs of students, faculty, and staff while also ensuring that delivery vehicles have a safe and convenient place to drop off materials. Providing a special parking area for delivery trucks has a number of benefits. First, it makes deliveries more efficient and convenient. Second, it can help reduce parking congestion. At the same time, this will reduce the amount of clutter found on pathways and lawns. It's also good to design this area in advance and provide enough space for vehicles to easily move through and park.
Delivery drivers will be allowed to lower the barrier (or open the gate) and park in the designated parking places since they will have a digital key on their mobile devices. The user will be directed to the smart parking barrier's exact position. It is possible to raise and lower barriers from the office or the information desk with Gateway and PMS, whereas the ANPR system will automatically lower the parking barrier based on the read license plate.
Customized Educational Institution Parking Solution with Added Value
- Monetization of facilities when “out of season”
- Campus parking monetization for events
- Designated parking spots for visitors (parents, visiting professors, or similar type of visitors)
Monetization of facilities when “out of season”
During the summer, student dorms are empty, and many dorms convert their rooms into hostels. Apart from that, because there are no students to use the parking space, dorms may monetize their parking lots. We propose implementing Parklio™ Terminal and Parklio™ Gate for the parking invoicing system to increase income and prevent unauthorized parking. For example, if people are utilizing the facilities, parking can be provided for free. The guests will be given a Parklio™ QR code to scan at the parking exit.
With this combination of Parklio products, any company or business can integrate a parking billing system into their own existing system. This way dorms can include Parklio QR code in receipts which guests could then scan upon exiting the parking lot for a free parking space.
Campus parking monetization for events
The majority of the time in any institution, parking is free. However, there are times when parking can become a monetized event, such as when a stadium hosts a concert or a large-scale sporting event. In those cases, it's often necessary to pay for the privilege of parking at the venue — and many people will choose to do so, as they don't want to deal with the hassle of finding somewhere else to park their vehicle. Some events are so large that they require shuttle buses from “satellite” parking lots to get patrons from their cars to the venue. In this case, a university campus parking lot can be a solution for accommodating visitors of the events. On top of that, you can always leave a certain percentage of parking spaces for professors and students available, thanks to the Parklio™ Detect and Parklio™ ANPR system.
Designated parking spots for visitors (parents, visiting professors, or similar type of visitors)
If schools don't have enough spots available, it's going to be difficult to accommodate all teachers, students, and parents. That's why it's a good idea to set up a parking management plan that solves most of the problems. The first thing you should do is find out how many cars are going to be parked on campus on a regular basis. Once you know this info it will be easy to determine how many parking spaces will be needed in the future. Visitors are usually searching for parking spots in front of the school, which causes congestion. Designated parking spaces will reduce the amount of traffic on campus and stress that is involved with trying to find a parking spot on campus.
We recommend reserving dedicated parking spaces for guests to your educational institution to minimize unwanted parking searches. This allows you to simply give digital keys or temporary weblinks to anybody you want while always knowing the current state of the products (e.g. if the Gate is open or closed).
Frequently Asked Questions About Education Institution Parking Issues
To effectively protect any parking space, you need to have at least one entry and exit point (the best solution for this is Parklio™ Gate) on the parking lots. For additional protection and better parking management, we recommend Parklio™ Parking Management System and Parklio™ Detect. You will always have real-time data and insights in parking lot occupancy and states of your protection products (e.g. if Parklio™ Gate is open or close). Furthermore, by adding Parklio™ ANPR camera to Parklio™ Gate you can get additional automatization of parking protection.
In order to solve school parking problems, we have to think about it from different aspects. If you are going to build a new campus, you need to plan enough parking lots for teachers and students. It is also recommended to build a few parking lots near the school gate so that parents can drive their children to school without making unnecessary traffic congestion. Make sure to install proper lighting so that all parking spots are always properly illuminated for additional security.
When it comes to kindergartens, primary schools, and high schools, it is recommended to provide at least one parking place for every three faculty members and one parking space for every other three full-time employees. As for the college/university, there should also be one parking spot for every 10 students.
Here are some tips on how to increase parking revenue from educational institutions:
- Charge a flat fee for guests and visitors (e.g. offer a daily parking ticket)
- Charge more for different areas of the campus – charge more for spots that are in close proximity to the main building entrance
- Offer free parking for a limited time (e.g. parking is free for the first two hours, then it is charged)
For better parking revenue, we recommend a combination of Parklio™ Terminal, Parklio™ Gate, and Parklio™ Parking Management System.