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An Overview of Multilevel Parking Systems and Their Types


May 05, 2021

The ever-growing population of India has created many difficulties – one of the challenging ones being car parking which we confront almost every day. Besides the problem of space for cars moving on the road, greater is the problem of space for the cars that remain parked for most of their time. Roads are being built for mobility, but do we have enough space to park the cars? While residential projects are still designed with keeping in mind the parking requirements, the real problem lies with commercial spaces – many a time which is solved by parking on the road or taking up extra open spaces.

Multilevel Parking systems, for some time, have provided relief since they come with a number of advantages – maximum utilization of the available space, lower maintenance and operational costs, reliable and environment-friendly nature, comfortable for end-users, etc.

Multilevel parking systems are normally installed in commercial establishments, complexes, malls, multiplex, residential apartments, hospitals, hotels wherever there is a critical shortage of parking space. The suitable parking system type and dimensions need to be analyzed in the planning stage of the building. Proper planning combined with the best feasible solutions can work wonders for the buildings which have a huge footfall, and thus scarcity of parking spaces.

Even though multilevel parking systems are gaining momentum in Indian cities, it is expected that it will take some time for people to absorb the technology and understand the advantages. There are various types of parking systems and users are going through a learning process to find out the best possible systems. Here are some of the broad categories:

Stack Parking Systems:

Stack parking systems are multilevel parking systems that stack one or more vehicles one above the other. The stack parking systems stacks cars above or below the ground or combination of both in a parking space. This allows proper utilization of vertical space in parking areas that would normally go unused and park two or more cars in a space that would normally fit only one car. Stack parking systems achieve this with moving platforms that can be raised or lowered. Cars can be parked on the platforms and continue to be stored on them safely as operators lift them to make space for more cars to park below. Stack parking systems can be further divided into – dependent and independent stack parking systems.

Puzzle Parking Systems (Semi-automatic Parking Systems):

Semi-automatic or puzzle parking systems are multilevel parking systems where access to any platform is at ground level by default. Users have to park a car manually on a platform. Once the car is settled, the system checks that it has been properly parked with the help of sensors. The platforms are raised/lowered and moved horizontally to transport the vehicle at desired position. Puzzle parking systems often come in many variations of size, capacity, and type.

Fully-automatic Parking Systems:

Fully-automatic parking systems are multilevel parking systems that do not need any manual help to park a car within them first before activating. The user only needs to interact with the system through operator panel located at the parking area’s entry room. From there, the system takes over, moving the car and finding a suitable spot for it. Fully-automatic parking systems come in various types such as Tower Parking Systems, Multilevel Circulation, Lift & Shuttle System, Quad Vario (Chess) System, and many more.

KLAUS Multiparking specializes in designing, manufacturing, and installing high-quality stack parking systems, puzzle parking systems, and fully-automatic parking systems with a variety of options for architects and builders to choose from. KLAUS Multiparking has introduced many state-of-the-art multilevel parking systems in major cities across India, which is enabling drivers to ease the task of parking. KLAUS multilevel parking systems take less retrieval time, are affordable and environment-friendly since they fit more cars in the footprint of one car. Other advantages include a shorter construction time and a 24x7x365 servicing facility.

In India, the concept of multilevel parking is still restricted to large cities. However, we at KLAUS Multiparking are striving towards making multilevel parking systems a common parking solution in suburban areas which are facing parking challenges as they grow.

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