Automated Parking Systems: Basic vs. Full-Featured
Automated parking systems can quickly jump in price from a Flat-Rate automated parking system to a Full-Featured System. In the Flat-Rate configuration, only one parking fee may be charged – for 10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days. This means there is no Entry BOXX (ticket machine) and no option to charge by the hour. Flat-Rate payment may be made at entry or exit. Different rates may be charged at different times and days. For example, there may be a $10 weekday rate and a $5 weekend rate.
For many parking lots & garages, this flat rate fee structure is sufficient. Or at least sufficient to start … particularly for new Owners/Operators who aren’t yet sure of the revenue that will be generated from the system. One great feature about the Flat-Rate System is that it may be upgraded to a Full-Featured System at any time. If the cost-benefit analysis of charging for parking based on “time in the lot”, rather than a “flat-fee” makes sense, then the initial investment in a Flat-Rate system won’t be lost.
How the System Works:
- If payment at entry, the exit lane will have a free out gate.
- If the payment is at exit, then the entry lane will have a free in gate.
Because there is less hardware involved in this automated parking system, the Flat-Rate Parking System price is lower than a Full-Featured System.
To learn more about how an automated parking system makes sense for your parking lot or parking garage, contact Parking BOXX to speak with one of our knowledgeable experts!