The parking sensors project aims at achieveing optimum usage of the parking spaces as well as better efficiency in enforcement. Currently in the pilot stage, these sensors will span out to almost all parking lots in Dubai where it is required to monitor and maintain the effective usage of parking spaces.
Upon completion, there will be one sensor on each parking bay, with its unique ID matching the bay number. Once configured, these sensors will constantly send usage data to the central monitoring system via the slave device installed in each lot.
The user can key in the bay number on the parking machine and purchase a ticket that is unique for his or her vehicle. If the vehicle overstays, a message will be sent to the inspector automatically which will alert him on the status of the vehicle. This negates the need for inspectors to constantly patrol the parking lot searching for violating vehicles, and also ensures that all violators are fined.
These sensors are rugged, and built to withstand a wide range of environmental extremes and high pressures. They are solar powered and once charged, can run with very little ambient light for long periods of time. They can be remotely configured and maintained easily. Unlike other similar products in the market, our sensors are environmentally friendly and fully remote controlled.
The solution also uses state-of-the-art technologies to handle parking permits. The permits are solar powered, GPS enabled cards with accelerometers and radio transmitters to communicate with the backend. Tariffs can be remotely changed on a per-device basis and dynamic tariff tables can be used.
The parking control project was initiated in Dubai in the year 1995, with as little as 40 machines in a small sector of the city. Today, Energy International supplies and maintains over 5500 high-tech machines all over the U.A.E. that centrally monitored and controlled over GPRS by the real - time monitoring software 'PCMS' - Parking Central Management System.
Over the years, an extensive amount of research and development has gone into designing the machines to make them more durable, easy to operate and eco-friendly. With an optical coin checker and a sturdy all - weather body, today's parking machines are fully solar powered can operate and retain data for months with minimum ambient sunlight. Extensive testing has been carried out on the machines including humidity cycle testing, high heat (70 Cº) testing, corrosion resistance testing, vibration testing, Water testing, Sand & Dust testing etc.
Our Park & Display machines have been fully integrated into the Unified Autmated Fare Collection system, enabling the use of the 'Nol' contactless Mifare Desfire cards to be used to buy parking tickets. This enables users to use one card for travel via metro, bus, waterbus and buy parking tickets. Newer models, such as the ones used in Abu Dhabi, also include hybrid card readers to accept Magnetic Stripe credit cards and prepaid chip cards
The parking control project further expanded to other Emirates as well, encompassing Sharjah, Ajman and Abu Dhabi.