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Canberra Centre Parking System installation

By puggle - 22 November 2009 22

At the Canberra Centre today, workers were installing a parking sensor system in the carpark closest to Big W.

Basically, when a carpark was occupied, a red light appeared above it on the roof, and when the space was free, the light was green.

Looked like  a great idea to me!

(sorry, no photos)

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Canberra Centre Parking System installation
eh_steve 1:56 pm 23 Nov 09

Simo the point of having them as LEDs is that you can see them from right down the other end of the row and they use very little energy, if you’re close enough to see an X or an O, you’re close enough to see if a space is occupied the good old fashioned way.

Given that most drivers have to distinguish between red and green on a daily basis (traffic lights, bus lanes/bike lanes) I think the red/green system is probably the best fit.

The ones in Doncaster are fantastic, you can look 360 degrees around you and go straight to the end of a row or skip a few lanes, works a treat. My understanding of the ones at the Canberra Centre is that certain sectors haven’t had their sensors activate yet, which is why they are staying green.

niftydog 9:38 am 23 Nov 09

Apparently the toilets that wipe your bum for you are still being installed.

Simo 9:05 am 23 Nov 09

Are the lights just green and red circles? I can’t tell the difference between green and red (colour blind). They should have symbols like X = taken and O = available.

OzChick 11:46 pm 22 Nov 09

Yeah, I saw them last week. At first I thought they were Christmas lights as they are green and red. I think it’s a great idea if is works correctly. I did also see some filled carparking spaces that still had a green light.

Aeek 10:58 pm 22 Nov 09

what annoys me is you can’t see the parking cast until your are at the top of the entry ramp = too late

sepi 9:37 pm 22 Nov 09

i hope they are solar powered or something.

Fiona 9:22 pm 22 Nov 09

there were a few green lights on full spaces today, but hopefully bugs will iron out before the crush hits.

Liked how it told you where there were parks and no parks with the arrows 🙂

my Happy Snaps of the setup:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/phonakins/4123727839/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/phonakins/4123726793/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/phonakins/4123725385/

On the parking costs – as I was leaving today it crossed my mind that maybe it was no longer $2 for the whole day brief panic, put ticket in. $2, all was well. (life’s full of big issues)

JC 8:26 pm 22 Nov 09

The system is great as it saves you having to drive around and around looking for free spaces. Just follow the signs (I hope Canberra centre are putting these in too) to point to the right floor and row.

Holden Caulfield 7:22 pm 22 Nov 09

Never let it be said that Canberra is anything but a hive of activity!

Dork 4:24 pm 22 Nov 09

Saw it today when i was there,
Did not seem to be working very well.
Good in theory though.

benita_449 3:27 pm 22 Nov 09

Yes, it’s definetly got the potential to be one of those ‘handy’ additions. Not sure if it justifies the cost of the parking tho. The flat rate of $2 on Sundays and Public Holidays at Canberra Centre means a quick trip into the supermarket and parking for just 30 minutes means you are hit with a fee of $2! And during the week the cost is out of control. Regardless, the new parking lights might still need some adjusting yet – the rows of car parks I entered yesterday showed half a dozen green lights (indicating an available park) yet all were occupied….odd but might just be a temporary bug.

TAD 2:52 pm 22 Nov 09

Oh, so the reason it’s f’ing impossible to get a car park at the mall near Xmas is not because there are not enough spaces, just that I can’t see them.

Sgt.Bungers 11:18 am 22 Nov 09

Nice. Saw this system in action in Portsmouth, England a few years back. Very handy as it’s possible to simply glance down an isle to see if a space is spare.

seanneko 9:54 am 22 Nov 09

I’ve seen this at Doncaster in Melbourne.

The one there also has signs telling you the exact number of spots in a certain row/section of the carpark, so you don’t need to drive in when it’s already full.

It’s a very good system 🙂

midlife 9:48 am 22 Nov 09

They have that in Westfield Parramatta. I am not sure of the value of it as it only tells you when the carpark is actually vacant not when it is about to be.

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