Parking & Mobility, July 2021

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Payment Sign

Lane Open/Closed Sign

Wayfinding Sign

Level Count APGS Monument Sign

Examples of PARCS/APGS Signage

Level Count APGS Monument Sign PHOTOS COURTESY OF SIGNAL-TEC, DAKTRONICS, AND INDECT

Parking Technology Solutions Most parking technology solutions have features requiring usage of some form of digital signage. This may be as simple as an open/closed sign at the entry station of a PARCS or at the two ends of a reversible lane; it may be a moderately complex signage system in an APGS showing counts by level, area or space; it could be a complex network of digital signs in a city-wide or campus-wide wayfinding system. Above are some specific examples and pictures in each category of system:

PARCS: ■  Lane Open/Lane Closed Signs. ■  Traffic Control Signs for reversible lanes or type of transaction,

such as monthly parkers only. ■  Lot Full or Facility-level Spaces Available Signs. ■  Rate/Fee Displays.

APGS: ■  Facility Spaces Available Signs. ■  Level Spaces Available Signs. ■  Sub-zone or Parking Bay Spaces Available Signs.

Wayfinding: ■  Roadway Signs showing directions and spaces available for

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■  Intersection or Sub-Zone signs directions and spaces available

for smaller areas. ■  Informational or Traffic Advisory Signs.

Of course, some parking systems may have a mixture of two or all three categories of signs, depending on the extent and complexity of the city, campus, airport, healthcare facility, or sports and entertainment venue.

Traditional Digit and Message Signs Traditional digital signs offer the ability to show either a fixed message (such as OPEN) or a variable message (such as a count of spaces available) using LEDs arranged in either a fixed pattern or a seven-segment calculator style pattern, usually with only one or two colors. This class of signs is known for its simplicity of control and relatively low cost. However, the tradeoff is that these signs are very limited in their flexibility to show variable or flexible content. For example, the sign may be able to form digits or very simple letters but may not be able to form arrows or special characters such as an ADA symbol. The simplified letters may not offer all 26 letters of the alphabet. These traditional signs may be completely acceptable for certain applications, but owners and operators should be aware of their limitations and think ahead to how signs might be used in the future: ■  Special parking spaces such as ADA, EV, Clear Air Vehicle,