MHI and MHI Parking Develop "Smart Parking System" Contributing to Safe and
Convenient Operation of Multi-Story Garages
Applications Increasing in Condominium Parking Facilities
Tokyo, Aug 7, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Parking Co.,
Ltd. (MHI Parking), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI),
has developed and launched marketing of the "Smart Parking System," a
support tool to promote safe and convenient operation of multi-story mechanical
parking garages. The system features a human-friendly universal design
incorporating three core components: portable remote-control units with a
user-recognition feature to prevent operation by a third party; an interactive,
easy-to-see, easy-to-operate control panel; and a large display panel to show
relevant information. MHI Parking is looking to attract demand for both new
installations and equipment upgrades especially in condominium parking garages,
to prevent accidents in multi-story parking facilities and enhance overall
The Smart Parking System was developed jointly by MHI Parking and MHI.
Development focused on designing an ergonomically superlative product equipped
with user interfaces to enable easy operation by all users, with special
attention paid to achieving harmony with the latest automobile and building
designs. The result is a significant reduction in the "mechanical"
feeling inherent with conventional parking system operations.
The new system's portable remote-control units, dubbed "Smart
Authenticators," are about the same size as standard car remotes and
feature a curved shape for easy handling. Using the smart remote, the driver
can operate the parking system's control panel without getting down from
the vehicle. During activation, operation by a third party is automatically
blocked. The new remote units also eliminate the need to memorize a code
The touch-operated control panel operates interactively, displaying the
necessary buttons and operations as they become needed. This feature enables
safer and simpler operation, reducing the burden on the user. The panel
features a specially devised angular design that prevents light reflections and
other detractions that would otherwise impede user recognition.
The large display panel shows information concerning vehicle entry and exit,
cautionary messages, etc. The panel can also be programmed to display the
overall operating status of the parking garage or even advertisements. Together
these features boost the user's safety when using the parking garage and
provide the user with useful information concerning waiting time.
In the past few years, the market for multi-story mechanical parking garages
has shifted away from primarily pay-by-the-hour parking lots to garages used by
condominium residents or business tenants, a market now undergoing rapid
expansion. Elevator type systems are also being adopted increasingly in
high-rise condominiums. As more families and other residents come to use
multi-story parking garages, effective safety measures are now being called
MHI Parking is currently focusing on next-generation multi-story parking
facilities engineered to save energy and protect the environment. In October
2011, for example, the company commenced marketing of "Smart Lift
Park," an elevator type multi-story parking garage enabling near 30
percent reductions in both waiting time and power usage through the
incorporation of innovations such as the industry's first optimal speed
control system and a proprietary regenerative electric power reutilization
system. The new Smart Parking System integrates these innovations, further
enhancing MHI Parking's ability to propose multi-story parking garages
friendly to both humans and the environment in the years ahead.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion for the year ended March 31, 2012. MHI's diverse
lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants,
chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and
general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For
more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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