Technology the future of marina parking
A Carpark Management System (CMS) will ultimately enable the marina to manage changing demand for its carparks, says Panuku’s Parking & Systems Manager, Andy Ranyard (pictured). “Panuku has for a period of more than five years collected information on carpark usage at Westhaven. As a result, we understand how the carparks are used, where the pressure points are, and what people require in a practical sense and we also understand that it is constantly changing.”
Andy says that while Westhaven’s carparks are particularly complex, there are examples of carpark management systems working well in equally challenging environments. He cites AUT Millennium on Auckland’s North Shore as an example, where there are a range of students, athletes, staff, conference attendees and public successfully using the facility’s carparks on a long and short term basis.
Like some other large operations, AUT Millennium utilizes an ‘end to end’ solution that manages several thousand permit holders with slightly different requirements through a variety of measures including Pay by Plate, Electronic Permit and ticketing enforcement.
There are many similarities between a campus such as AUT Millennium and Westhaven, says Andy, and the time is coming where Panuku will invest in a system that ensures that berth holders, their guests and crew, tenants, employees, and visiting public are all catered for within the marina.
“The current practice of permits for yellow spaces, time limits and enforcement on white spaces is generally effective at present, but will need to be upgraded when more pressure comes on carparking with the progression of development projects.”
“Charging for use of public (white) carparks is another way of reducing demand by visiting public that is likely to be introduced at some point, and income from this can be offset against maintenance and operational costs that berth holders currently face for parking at Westhaven,” he says. Although there is currently pay and display at Z Pier, there are currently no plans to charge for parking in other parts of the marina.
For berth holders and their crew or guests, the future lies in technical, cloud based solutions that Panuku is investigating to enable effective carpark management.
Monitoring and access can then be enabled via systems that may include a combination of all or some of the following:
- Sensor units on carparks
- Location monitoring via Smartphone App
- Number plate recognition
- Barrier arms with swipe cards
- Paid and free parking
“It is admittedly likely that some berth holders will need to walk a little further from their car to their boat, especially those in the northern area between F and J Piers, but this should not usually be any more than a few minutes, and loading zones will be available close to all pier heads for loading and unloading as they are now.”
“Ultimately, careful planning and understanding, in conjunction with an effective carpark management system, will enable a facility that uses land and water space efficiently, and where those going boating can be assured of available carparking, so that Westhaven Marina can succeed and thrive in the future.”
Image: Drone photography is a useful way of tracking and comparing carpark usage. This image was taken on a long weekend peak period.