Car parking barriers are essential elements of a modern car park. They are not only needed to keep unwanted intruders from invading your properly but they are also essential to maintain proper traffic flow as well as pedestrian safety within your premises.
Carp parks are important because our vehicles are important. No matter what type of institution you have, whether it’s a shopping centre, hospital, event venue, sports grounds, local government building or another large organisation where you need to provide controlled access, car parking barriers are an important part of the overall safety and traffic flow of your car park.
Parking barriers are essential in today’s climate to prevent unwanted intruders from accessing your facility. At the same time, though, such barriers must also be easy to use for patrons who will always live within the rules. A well-designed carpark will, therefore, make your carpark safer and more appealing to patrons on a variety of levels.
Proper Planning is Key
Knowing what types of access you want is a key starting point. Entrance points are a prime consideration. Automatic car park systems are the initial barrier that most people see when entering your facility. You have a variety of options that will make access easier for you and safer for your patrons.
Choosing your car park access machine is crucial because these devices work 24 hours each day seven days a week which means they must be sturdy to withstand years of use. These automated systems eliminate the need to hire attendants for entry and exit booths, allowing you to save money in the long run while still allowing paying customers to access your facility. Reliability is essential as a malfunctioning machine will leave drivers unable to access your car park, and ultimately your facility.
Types of access machines include the following:
- VT Ticket Terminals ensure that patrons pay before their vehicles leave the premises. These machines come with a variety of customisations to fit your needs. Barcode technology and coding systems offer drivers options as well as validation of payments. The easy-to-read display also gives customers the option of speaking to live personnel when required.
- APTM Pay Stations are ideal for shopping malls. Users can easily use different payment methods such as cash, debit or credit cards. This system includes a secure way to store banknotes and coins until your organisation collects them.
- APTL Pay Stations also allow users to pay for parking through various methods to make unattended parking fee payment quick and easy. These units can accept as many as six types of coins and have advanced vandalism protection along with battery backups in the event of a power interruption.
Incorporating Parking Access and Exit Barriers
Automated car park payment systems also need barriers that prevent unauthorized entry or exit. The latter is especially important so that you are assured that patrons provide payment. In situations where minimal security is needed, barriers that don’t require manual operation are often sufficient. You can also customize these barriers for height restrictions or to include cameras for license plate recognition in the event that a vehicle leaves the premises without paying.
Some situations call for high-security barriers to prevent unwanted intrusion. These barriers are designed for installation in industrial parks, sporting venues, special event locations and similar applications. They can also be used with car parking ticketing and pay systems to provide extra security.
High-security barriers have additional features to withstand dangerous situations. These include:
- Flameproof enclosures
- Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) enforcement
- Protection from Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attacks
- Built-in battery keeps units working during power failure
- Ability to withstand high-force impacts
Using Bollards Inside a Car Park
Even with when car parking barriers in place, mishaps, whether accidental or intentional, can still occur within car parks. Temporary or permanent bollards can reduce the risk of accidents while further increasing the safety of your patrons. When bollards are in place in your car park, drivers can easily see which areas are accessible to them. Bollards are an effective way to prevent high-force impacts in sensitive areas.
Temporary bollards are also a sensible solution to improve traffic flow for special events and other situations where ingress and egress routes require alteration. Temporary bollards can be removed from their location when not in use and then easily reinstalled when required.
Bollards come in a variety of materials and can even serve a decorative purpose while also helping to protect pedestrians and control vehicle traffic inside your car park:
- Rubber/plastic. Often used for temporary installations, these inexpensive barriers are ideal for low- to medium-security situations
- Concrete. Bollards of this type are commonly used for decorative purposes and to disguise high-security areas
- Iron/Steel. Available in a variety of sizes for either permanent or temporary use.
The better your car park design, the safer your facility will be. By combining several different safety devices, you can ensure the safety of your patrons along with your building, institution or other operation.