Automated parking on its way

BIG 5: Robotic system could boost the amount of space in a parking area by around 50%, according to iI-Park.

Finding parking space in Dubai is like looking for a needle in a haystack, says Joseph. He has a solution.
Finding parking space in Dubai is like looking for a needle in a haystack, says Joseph. He has a solution.

With space becoming a premium in Dubai, innovative approaches to space saving present not only a logistical solution but a financial one as well.

And the recent regulation by Dubai Municipality stating that any new tower built on Sheikh Zayed Road must provide adequate parking space for its tenants, is also placing further pressure on clients.

A new technology - popular in the Far East of parking cars automatically - could well find its way over to Dubai.

According to Alwin Joseph, divisional co-ordinator, i-Park, an automated car parking system may well be seen for the first time in the UAE.

Employing such a system, which sees cars parked and retrieved automatically by robots, could increase the amount of space in a car parking area by up to 50%.

"Right now, nobody really knows of this technology here and it could be very useful in a place like Dubai, where finding parking space is like looking for a needle in a haystack," explained Joseph.

Such a system would dispense of the need for driveways and ramps in the car-parking bay, thereby allowing the floor area and volume of the parking station to be utilised more effectively.

Joseph added that Dubai Municipality gave written approval for the technology to be used in the emirate this month, which has enabled the company to pursue contracts with developers who could benefit from this technology.

"We are speaking to a famous client about a tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, which will be a 20-30 storey tower, but won't be able to reveal who until the next couple of months."

This could be the first 'non-pallet' system in the UAE. To drive this technology in the region, i-Park has joined forces with South Korean company Simmatec Corporation, which has designed and installed 120 such sites in Korea and various locations in Italy and other European countries.

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