Rupesh Patel, Owner
Vehicle parking was no easy feat in Colgate-Palmolive’s technology campus in Piscataway, NJ, due to suboptimal utilization of space by the 1400-odd workforce. Oftentimes, slots in the parking area were fully occupied even before a significant number of employees turned up. The situation culminated on the company’s 25th anniversary, when employees and visitors were forced to park their cars on the driving lanes, which inevitably caused accidents. Parking became a point of contention when staff members from another location were consolidated at the Piscataway location. As Colgate began to look for solutions, Kyosis—a pioneer of designing and installing state-of-art parking solutions, proved to be the perfect choice for bailing the company out of the problem.
When brought on board, Kyosis analyzed the situation at the parking area and proposed a hybrid solution that guides vehicles to the vacant space at each level. Kyosis’ synergistic partnerships with electronic manufacturers and installation contractors made implementation simple. Completely wire-free ultrasonic sensors were installed above each parking slot to constantly collect occupancy data.
“The sensor data was used to monitor and indicate the vacant slots in the parking area, using LED space availability displays installed at the entrance of each level,” says Rupesh Patel, Owner, Kyosis.
The entire parking area was illuminated aesthetically with an energy efficient LED lighting system. Wireless green and red alternating LED lights, managed by a parking management software, were installed above driving lanes to alert drivers to where the scattered open spaces are. The software also assists security personnel with real-time monitoring of the parking area. The optimal usage of space simplified the task of finding vacant slots. Further, the wire-free sensors saved Colgate-Palmolive the labor and material costs that they would have otherwise incurred with a hardwired network of sensors.
The sensor data was
used to monitor and
indicate the vacant
slots in the parking
area, using LED space
installed at the
entrance of each level
Kyosis provides a more budget-friendly option called the “Level Guidance System,” which counts total cars entering and exiting each level against the total parking slots on each level. The difference is that each parking slot is not individually monitored to guide drivers to exact open spaces. There are parking situations where this simpler system fits great. Magnetic loops are installed in-ground at the ramps where cars enter and exit each level. The count is then displayed in real-time on corresponding signs above the entrance to each ramp up and the sign outside the entrance to the parking garage. Kyosis also offers an intelligent vehicle locating system to help people who forget where they parked locate their vehicles within large parking garages. The system uses camera sensors to capture license plates of vehicles when they park which allows customers to locate their vehicles by entering their license plate numbers at a kiosk.
Simplicity is the hallmark of Kyosis’ solutions and customer satisfaction is indeed a precept that Patel follows strictly. He tailors the solutions to meet each customer’s niche requirements, such as dedicated parking spaces for doctors in hospitals, or even airports where spaces reserved for the staff are not displayed for general visitors. By utilizing his experience in designing and implementing complex systems, he’s able to innovate bespoke, highly efficient solutions for enterprises, campuses, hospitals and airports.
As a value proposition, “Kyosis offers a five-year warranty on all solutions to ensure long-term peace of mind for our customers,” says Patel.
Kyosis’ future entails reaching out to more customers in the government, besides the corporate sector. The company is also working towards improving the vehicle tracking system to enable a single camera sensor track the license plates of four cars simultaneously. Patel concludes by mentioning that covering a greater portion of the garage with smarter camera sensors will make the solution more lucrative and cost effective for customers.