Every business wants to make money and to have happy customers. You may not view your car park as a business that makes people happy necessarily, although it is useful and allows people to go about their business more easily. However, a badly run car park can vex and exasperate the customers who use it, and you most definitely want to avoid that. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to tweak a few bits of equipment to make both you and the people who use your car park delighted.
So What Use Are Car Park Barriers?
There are many reasons to use automated car park barriers:
• Lower staff costs.
• Speed of entering and exiting.
And who doesn’t want all of those for a smoothly run car park experience?
Only having essential staff on site for queries and to sort out the occasional problem means your staff costs are kept low, while the security of the barriers means you can guarantee that only the customers that are supposed to be in the car park can enter. From the customer’s point of view, the convenience and speed of being able to enter a car park without queuing is paramount, and it all adds up to a smooth and happy experience.
If you are looking to update your car park by using quality automatic car park barriers then you need to know what your options are.
Types and Size of Car Park Barriers
There are a few size considerations when choosing automatic barriers. You can choose from a range of barriers to fit the width of your lanes, but you must also take into consideration the restricted height of some car parks. For instance, the AZN automatic barrier comes with an arm length of up to 3.5 metres, but also has the option of a folding arm if the height of your car park is limited.
Additionally, for safety purposes and increased security, there are a number of potential extra features, including LED stripes and flashers, and camera control. As an added security consideration, all Advance Access’s barriers are anchored firmly in the ground prepared for any eventuality.
The automated car park barriers at the entrance generally dispense tickets which are then paid for on return to the car park. In order to benefit your customers you will need to provision for a sufficient number so that they do not suffer from long queues when trying to pay.
Advance Access’s ticketing systems include a ticket admission system that can read all types of barcode or RFID tickets and has an optional touch screen housed in a vandal-proof housing.
Additionally, if you have many regulars in the form of local residents or business workers, you could issue them with a fee card which runs on a monthly fee. That way they have the option not to have to queue at the ticket barriers each day. Another way to ensure that your regular customers keep on coming back.
A feature of their car parking control systems is a vehicle sensor system which is connected to a light above each parking bay in your car park. The light will show green if there is a space beneath it, and red if the space is occupied. That way, when a driver enters your car park, it is clear immediately where there is a space. This ensures a faster flow of traffic through all areas of a car park and makes for very happy customers.
This also has the ability to connect to a board outside that informs potential customers of the spaces left inside. This also eliminates queues at the entrance and stacked up traffic within the car park.