How to Know if You Need Parking Management System?
If you’ve traveled to an event or destination in a densely populated area in the last few years, most likely, you’ve experienced the advancements in technology as it applies to parking systems. Mostly gone are the days of rummaging around at the last minute for loose change for a few hours at a parking meter to have dinner with friends downtown, or fumbling through your wallet looking for a $20 to hand the parking attendant as the line backs up behind you as you all prepare to go see your favorite band.
The truth is, errors in operations cost the venue money, the longer people wait outside the less time at the event consuming higher margin items like food and alcohol. Generally speaking, bad parking is also a PR issue for events and venues. A very word of mouth hit a business can take is that it is hard to access or not worth the trouble to drive there.
Advances in technology impact nearly every part of our lives now, and parking structures and lots are certainly within that realm of impact despite being every day structures you don’t really think about. If you’re in charge of any events such as county fairs, concerts, school functions, festivals and the like, perhaps exploring adding in a parking management system is the next best step for you.
Once you realize what your land or parking spaces are worth you may be interested in adding different revenue streams to your lot as soon as you can track more information about it. Let’s take a look at some options for everyone:
Smart and automated parking meters, along with passes and stations are some of the most common options organizations and companies are integrating into their parking areas and processes. Sensors, parking meters, parking passes and pay stations are more readily available and able to automatically handle a larger volume of paying customers on a wider scale. Sensors can indicate whether a spot is empty or occupied, and it’s easier to validate checks and balances with so many of the other pieces automated if the entrances and exits aren’t monitored.
Having no attendants available might be the best option for some, which could include a few more key pieces of the parking management system. If you’re working and planning on an event or business that has a parking lot or space that needs a controlled and comprehensive parking management system, perhaps this is an avenue worth researching.
Good old-fashioned and personable parking attendants. Perhaps you’re not in need of, or in a place to invest upfront in technological infrastructure on a grand scale, but hiring some parking attendants to work your parking lot needs is a very viable option. Whether on an infrequent or recurring basis, hiring people to direct traffic and take money for the parking fees as cars enter. Having people on-site providing top notch customer service to your attendees and customers adds an extra touch of hospitality and security to your parking lot.
Parking management systems with parking attendants provide a layer of visibility and security, where a technological infrastructure may simply automate the parking and paying process. Depending on your scale, budget and frequency of needs, either of these options, or a blend of them could be your best approach to the bookends of the experience you’re providing to customers, clients and visitors.
Making parking an easy, smooth and safe experience is one of the best ways to create a welcoming and enjoyable environment, no matter your size of operation. When lots run smoothly, they can have more value too. Depending on your location you can charge more for private parking spaces when the lots are organized and automated.
Having a troublesome and stressful parking situation to start or end an experience with a sports event or even your daily office parking is never good. Making the unpleasant experiences in life into pleasant ones is good for everyone.