When you require a new Parking management systems for your parking lot, you should consider:
The type of operation and End Users using the parking system. Do you have transient parkers who park only for the day or do you have monthly parkers who pay in advance for the month? How do you want each group to pay? How much do you want them to pay? Where do they pay? Do they pay a person or renew a machines.
As far as the actual parking system goes, there is typically a way of entrance. If there are parking lot gates then the vehicle driver will need to do something to access. Typically this involves taking a ticket. For more advanced parking systems, there is a loop in the ground that will detect the metal in a vehicle. Once present, that loop or device is considered to be active, which means that then machine is then operable and an action may be taken. This action may be pressing a button or presenting a pass or a credential, which will then cause the gate to open. At that point a vehicle may enter through the gate. Once the car is past the loop under the gate arm, this will signal that it is safe for the gate arm to close, thus controlling access to the parking area.
For payment of parking, this can happen at walk up machines or in the exit lane. Parking charges may be a flat rate or a fee based on the time parked in the lot. Sometimes there are special events or discounts for parking from area vendors, such as if you buy dinner at a restaurant then they validate your parking. Payment for parking can be by credit card, bills or coins. Some locations even offer debit. Other locations may have tokens. As mentioned, many locations also have coupons or discounts to pay for parking. Some parking areas accept payment at an automated pay station, while other areas may have a person who is attending the payment collection.
For monthly card holders or pass purchaser, these may sometimes be purchased at a machine or from a person. Renewal options at machines also vary. For example a monthly card holder may be able to purchase a month or three month or 6-month purchase, it all depends on what the parking operator wants to offer to patrons.
To account for all of these transactions there must be a software in place to track all transactions as well as to know how each was paid for, to track cash collections and to have audit trails in place. Reporting is also an important part of any parking management system. You should be able to run reports by date range for transactions, credit card reports to match the merchant account and occupancy reports to know/understand how many people are parking in the lot for each time of day and day of the week.
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