Parking Lot

Making Operating a Parking Lot More Efficient, and Providing Better Services

Operating a parking lot often begins as a way of effectively using vacant land, and many of the contracts are renewed after two years. So there is a need for simple construction work for the easy installation and removal of parking lot equipment. Loop coil sensors that are buried in the ground are currently the main type of sensors used for managing the entry and exit of vehicles at unmanned parking areas. A loop coil sensor has electrical wires looped around it, and this type of sensor uses the signal changes from the metal parts in the vehicle to detect the presence of a vehicle, issue a parking area ticket, open and close the gate bar, and signal if the parking area is full or has spaces available. Loop coil sensors need to be installed underground, which requires the ground to be dug up. So it is quite a lot of construction work to pave the asphalt and do the necessary wiring work for installation. Moreover, if the sensors are incorrectly installed or the electrical wires snap due to pressure from the vehicles, the ground needs to be dug up again to repair the sensors; so loop coil sensors also require a lot of time and money for maintenance. Subsequently, in recent years there has been a growing movement to prohibit loop coil sensors being buried in underground parking lots of commercial facilities and other buildings.
Optex vehicle detection sensors do not need to be buried underground. Our sensors can be attached to a pole, which roughly halves the usual construction time and saves on the labor required for installation. Optex vehicle detection sensors can also reliably detect cars that use carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is expected to become more widespread from hereon. Optex sensors make it possible to operate a parking lot for all vehicle types. Optex vehicle detection sensors will likely change the face of coin-paid parking lots, parking meters (above ground parking lots) and parking lots in commercial facilities.