Stockland centre’s ‘smart’ parking system

StocklandStockland Baulkham Hills has installed a smart parking system, which detects the occupancy status of every parking space within the shopping centre’s car park.

The shopping centre has 831 car parking spaces and had 826 vehicle detection sensors inserted into individual bays – both undercover and surface level.

Each sensor is linked to an overhead indicator, which lights green or red, depending on whether that particular space is occupied, with additional blue lights indicating mobility bays and magenta lights highlighting vehicles in contravention.

This is complemented by 50 variable message signs, which display the number of available bays alongside the number of free mobility bays down every aisle, at every driver decision point.

“Stockland Baulkham Hills is a convenience based shopping centre with the majority of customers spending less than three hours at the centre. The installation of SmartGuide has improved the centre carpark making it an even more convenient destination for the community,” said Amanda Whittle, centre manager.

“With less time spent searching for a parking space, visitors have more time for everything else,” she said.

Whittle stated the new system allows for quick and easy identification of available parking bays, which in turn has reduced customer’s time to wait for a space.

“This has also assisted in the flow of traffic to enter the carpark, reducing traffic on the surrounding roads. The new Smart Parking system also complements the Centre’s recent introduction of new LED eco efficient lighting and the installation of two electric vehicle charging bays,” she said.

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