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We Waste Up to 5 Working Days A Year Looking for A Place to Park

Skanska January 24, 2020  |  Text by Advertorial Text by Advertorial

The Praga Studios administrative building in the Karlín district of Prague is now equipped with the most state-of-the-art parking system in the Czech Republic. The solution for the Skanska project, which has been named the second greenest office building in Europe, was developed in collaboration with Skanska by Sharry Europe.

The system comprising a mobile application, smart cameras and large screens has been designed to direct each driver to a specific parking space, thus minimising needless driving around the car park in search of a spot. Smart parking thus improves user convenience, is environmentally friendly and also saves on costs.

According to the British Parking Association, employees who commute to work by car spend an average of 10 minutes a day looking for a place to park. This equates to around five working days per year. Although companies do frequently offer parking in office buildings, they usually do so in an inefficient manner. The driver must enter the garage “blind” and look for a free space. If there is nowhere to park, the driver then has to leave the garage and drive around the neighbouring streets. This could also significantly complicate the flow of traffic there. One solution to this could be smart parking systems, precisely like the one in the Praga Studios office building.

Digital signage shows the number of free spaces for individual tenants and it guides every driver to his/her spot.

Thanks to this system, among other things, up-to-date information is displayed for drivers in the mobile application and on the screen at the entrance to the building about the number of free spaces for individual tenants. By minimising needless driving around by drivers looking for a parking space, the system also reduces the amount of exhaust fumes emitted by cars in city centres.

Parking spaces are allocated flexibly

“In our buildings, we create such environment, in which the drivers can experience high level facilities and, at the same time, minimise the impact of car usage to the cities. Besides the smart parking system, we also placed all parking places underground, which prevents the creation of heat islands. Furthermore, we support alternative means of transportation. The building is equipped with premium biking facility including a repair station and free towel service.” says Alexandra Tomášková, Managing Director of Skanska Property Czech Republic.

Praga Studios offers a total of 115 parking spaces over two underground floors which are divided into three zones: one for specific users, one for visitors and one for other people. The smart camera at the entrance automatically recognises car’s number plate. Users can also report their arrival by placing a mobile phone with a digital access card loaded onto it against the reader. The screens suspended from the ceiling then show the driver which place to park in. Other smart cameras are located inside the car park (see photo above) signalising occupancy of individual spaces with the aid of green and red diodes. In the near future, Skanska and Sharry plans to add prediction of how the car park will be occupied at various times on the basis of analyses and statistics.

“The smart software is also visitor-friendly, allowing visitors to enter their car’s number plate into the system by remote. The moment they enter the garage, the person they are visiting will receive a notification on their mobile phone.” Petra Machartová, Marketing and Communication Coordinator in Skanska Property Czech Republic, explaining other benefits of the smart parking system.

The smart parking system fits the overall concept of the Praga Studios project, which was named the second greenest office building in Europe in November, this being in line with international LEED certification. The office project was also praised by the panel of the Best of Realty 2019 competition, among other things, for its emphasis on sustainability and also for its unprecedented use of state-of-the-art technologies.

Up-to-date information about public transport are available on the large-screen located in the building atrium, as Matej Pokorny from Sharry demonstrates.

Public transport and facilities for cyclists

The building also fully supports alternative means of transport. Cyclists will for example find a fully-equipped changing room here with showers and an area for bike maintenance. The Connected by Skanska operating system, which connects all of the technologies in the building, also offers up-to-date information about public transport in the surrounding area, available for example via the application of the same name, or directly on the large-screen located in the building atrium.

Users from the neighbouring PRAGA Rezidence residential project will also be added to the parking system in 2020. They will use the same entrance to the garage. “We are considering a shared parking model, the likes of which does not yet exist anywhere in the Czech Republic. During the day spaces will be used by company employees; in the evening and at the weekend, by flat owners. In doing so, we would ensure maximum occupancy of all parking spaces and in addition to this, drivers would only pay for the time they actively use the space,” adds Matěj Pokorný, Key Account Manager at Sharry.

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