Navy Pier is the Midwest’s number one tourist attraction with over 8 million visitors each year. Since its construction in 1916, the iconic cultural and entertainment landmark has been the heartbeat of the city, providing visitors with a unique space to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves. With over 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants and attractions, it’s no surprise that the parking garages are routinely operating at maximum capacity.
“We are excited to be involved in such an iconic project in the heart of Chicago with our local partner RevCon Technology Group.” said Dale Fowler, President of INDECT USA. “RevCon is a great company to work with, they are technically innovative and always thinking of new ways to leverage our products to enhance the parking operations of their customers.”
As part of Navy Pier’s Centennial Vision, 200 UPSOLUT sensors are being installed in both parking garages to monitor a total of 964 spaces. Wayfinding signs will be placed at each decision point to quickly guide drivers to the nearest available space.
The parking guidance system will also feature license plate recognition (LPR), detailed reports and vehicle location functionality.
“The Find My Car kiosk was a key part of the system design,” said Fowler. “After a full day of excitement and activity, it is not uncommon for people to forget where they parked their car. Navy Pier wanted to provide visitors with a simple method of locating their vehicle without the need to contact a garage attendant.”
When a vehicle parks in a space, the UPSOLUT sensor will use its inbuilt camera and LPR software to capture the license plate information and store it with the location of the vehicle in the database. When a person searches for their license plate at the Find My Car Kiosk, the system will display a map of the relevant garage on the screen and highlight the location of their vehicle.
According to Fowler, the system will also store 90 second video footage of vehicles entering andleaving the garage to assist with any potential damage claims.
The UPSOLUT differs from other camera-based systems on the market because it is fully automated and doesn’t require human intervention for accuracy. It is also the only IP67 compliant sensor on the market, meaning it will continue to function even if totally immersed in water and is completely dustproof.
The installation is due to be completed by the end of the first quarter.
INDECT is the leading provider of parking guidance systems. INDECT’s systems combine the most advanced parking space sensors with industry-leading data management technology to offer drivers a safer, more convenient parking experience while helping parking owners operate their parking assets more efficiently and profitably. INDECT USA can be found online at www.indect.com
RevCon Technology Group, Inc. has over 40 years of industry experience in management, design, engineering and field support in the parking industry. Specializing in the design, sales, installation and maintenance of parking and revenue control systems in the greater Chicago area, RevCon strives to be the industry leader in customer satisfaction. RevCon can be found online at www.RevCon.net
Navy Pier is Chicago’s lakefront public recreation and entertainment focal point. Built in 1916, Navy Pier welcomes more than 8 million visitors each year, making it the most popular tourist destination in the Midwest. Situated on 50 acres, Navy Pier offers diverse shopping, numerous restaurants, parks and family attractions such as the Ferris Wheel, IMAX Cinema, Children’s Museum and Shakespeare Theater. Navy Pier can be found online at www.navypier.org