For many visitors, the parking lot is a place of anxiety, confusion and maybe even a little comedy. So much so that Seinfeld once spent an entire episode watching the world of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer spiral sideways as they struggle to cope with the uneasy feeling of being lost in a massive parking lot – in this case a covered parking garage in a New Jersey shopping center.
We can all relate. Parking lots are massive, and there is very little to help you distinguish between ” Section Blue, Aisle 7” and “Section Yellow, Aisle 7”. What Jerry & Co. needed was some sort of indoor positioning system to save their parking spot on arrival and help them to easily navigate back again at the end of their trip…
Achieving positioning in an enclosed parking lot goes beyond the regular challenges of indoor spaces. Not only do the regular difficulties of finding indoor location need to be considered, but a parking lot is a much larger space that does not have any pathways (a user can walk almost everywhere). Often, there is no cellular signal coverage, and of course GPS doesn’t work either.
Take the Mall at Short Hills as an example. In addition to an outdoor parking lot, there is a multi-floor enclosed parking garage. The parking complex is much larger than the mall itself, has connecting hallways, and an open-air top floor that can use GPS signals for location. SPREO has been able to efficiently use Bluetooth SMART Low Energy beacon signals and adapted the location technology for a smooth transition between Shopping Center and Parking Lot. Visitors of the mall will be able to save their parking spot, shop, dine and return to their car without any fuss.
SPREO sees a big future for the use of location in parking complexes. Soon, upon arrival to your crowded venue destination, your mobile app will detect and notify you which parking spots are free. allowing for a stress-free parking experience. The future awaits.
Meanwhile, here’s Jerry and the Crew in the classic epiosde: