Install a Smart Parking System in your Paid Public Parking Lot

Published May 10, 2020( 5 min read )

Public Parking lot management is currently expensive with costly parking meters and ticketing machines. Payment systems are not up-to-date in several parking lots. Locating a parking lot in a busy city and checking availability of parking and parking fees prior to driving to that parking lot is not universally available yet. WifiSecureAccess provides a very inexpensive and, yet, a vey smart and advanced parking system to manage paid parking lots, providing most of the advanced needed features.

In this blog, we will learn how we can install WifiSecireAccess smart parking systems in paid public parking lots, and how the smart devices can be installed at the entry and exit gates and how they can be configured. Lets get started :

We provide special installation support for those who want to install our paid parking system. Contact us by clicking the 'Contact' button on the top menu bar of this page.

Things we need

  1. WifiSecure Access Smart device - One unit at every gate
  2. Connecting cables and screw drivers
WiFiSecureAccess smart device can be purchased from eBay or Amazon.

Fig 1: WiFi Secure Access Smart Device

Step 1

Install Smart device at every entry and exit gate of the parking lot. These devices do not have to be exposed to the motorists and, therefore, they can be installed at a convenient safe location near the gate where WiFi is available. The smart device has two outputs - the solid state switch P0 and a relay output connector. Depending on the specification of the boomgate controller, either of these can be connected to it. In most of the boom gates, there will be a manual push button to open it, and there will be two terminals to connect external manual push buttons. Connect the relay terminals COM and NO of the smart device to those push button terminals. If the boomgate controller has any other type of interface to open it by applying a 12VDC, you can connect P0 and VDD of the smart device to that, and connect 12V to VDD. Details of this solid state switch P0 are available in our documentation. It is assumed that the boomgate controller will close the boom gate automatically after opening.

Fig 2: Cabling External 12V loads to Smart device

Fig 2A: Cabling Boom gate to Smart device

Fig 2B: Cabling Smart device to Boom Gate/Shutter Door

Depending on what is conveniently available at this location, connect either 12V DC power or 240/110V AC power to the appropriate connectors of the device as marked in Fig 2B above. Make sure to put the power selector jumper on PJ1 depending on whether you have connected 12V power or 240/110 AC power to the device. These steps are also explained in section 2.2 of the Access Control documentation.

Once the cabling is completed successfully, power on the device. Then, follow the steps given in Section 2.0 (Installation) of the Access Control documentation to set its WiFi and to assign its ownership.

Do the above steps of installation for all the gates (entry as well as exit) of this parking lot. There should be one device at every entry gate and one device at every exit gate.

Step 2

Once the installation of the device at every gate is completed, we need to fix a QR code label or NFC Tags at every gate. Few QR code labels come with the device when you purchase these devices. Every device has its own unique QR code. You should not mix them up. If you need additional QR Code labels, you can print them. To print additional QR Code labels, click on 'Show QRCode Label' under Device Admin in the sidebar menu in the Dashboard. Then select the device. It will show that device's QRCode label. Save that image to your computer and then print that to the size you like. With appropriate printer, you can print them on any type of paper or material or laminate them.

If you are interested in using NFC Tags instead of QRCodes, refer to section i3.9 of the Access Control documentation.

Fix these QR Code labels or NFC Tags at every gate at a convenient location that can be accessed by motorists at the gate. If this location is outside and is exposed to rain, make sure to print QRCode on waterproof materials before installing. The drivers will be scanning this QRCode to open the boom gate or shutter door.

Step 3

Next steps are to configure parking lots and to configure devices. These steps are explained in setion 5 (Public Access Places and Public Parking Lots) of the Access Control documentation.

Once the configuration is successdully completed, the parking system is ready to be commissioned. Motorists can look for an available parking space in your parking lot by opening the WiFiSecureAccess app on their mobile phone and clicking the 'Show All Parking Lots on Map'. They will be able to see your parking lot on the google map and by clicking the marker on that parking lot, they can see current availability of parking space. They can, then, either book a parking, hold a parking spot, or get directions to drive to your parking lot. At the entry gate, they scan the QR code or NFC Tag. Once they park, they can monitor their parking status on their smart phone. They can extend parking from remote, if that is allowed. And, when they exit the parking lot by scanning the QR code or NFC Tag at the exit gate, they are prompted to enter their credit card information, if Stripe does not have that already. Billing is done automatically, and the amount is charged to their credit card. The amount minus the Stripe's fees is credited to the account of the owner of the parking lot immediately.

WifiSecureAccess provides several features that will help the parking lot owner as well as the motorists to conveniently manage their parking. Most of these are explained in section 5.12 the Access Control documentation.

WifiSecureaccess keeps records of parking for 30 days and the owner of the parking lot can see that online by clicking 'Parking records' button in Parking lot admin page. Section 10.4 of the documentaion also provides a way for the owner of the parking lot to copy parking records to their local machine for keeping records for longer time as well as for any detailed analysis with their dedicated software.

We provide special installation support for those who want to install our paid parking system. Contact us by clicking the 'Contact' button on the top menu bar of this page.