15 July 2017

New Coles at Amaroo gets smart with parking

| Ian Bushnell
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Underground parking bays

Overhead lights will guide drivers to available parks at Amaroo. Photo: Smart Parking.

Coles’ Amaroo supermarket is one of four new sites in the country to now have an electronic guidance system to make parking easier and prevent congestion

Coles selected global company Smart Parking to install its innovative guidance technology at Amaroo, where it will help direct drivers to available car parking spaces quickly and easily.

Smart Parking said in-ground vehicle detection sensors had been inserted in more than 800 parking bays across the four sites.

This allowed real-time monitoring of parking space availability, including disability bays, which is displayed on variable message signs at decision points to direct drivers, it said.

Amaroo will also feature Smart Parking’s overhead guidance technology in the basement car park, with clear green or red lights indicating whether a space is available or not. Blue lights will indicate disability bays.

Smart Parking CEO Paul Gillespie said car parking was a customer’s first point of contact with a retailer, so it was important that the process was quick and convenient.

“By working with Smart Parking, Coles has the latest in car parking technology at four new supermarkets that will help deliver a better customer experience before shoppers even enter the store. We hope to work with Coles to roll it out to more stores in future.”

The other sites are Drysdale, Geelong, Victoria; Aurora Village, Epping North, Victoria; and Kedron, Brisbane, Queensland.

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