The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a new hospital on the UCLA campus, is developing an RFID system that it hopes will make parking in its garage easier and more convenient for hospital staffers, patients, and guests.
For now, the RFID solution includes a network of sensors mounted at the parking garage’s entry and two exit points. When cars enter and leave the garage, the system records the information and sends it to a back-end software application. From there, UCLA administrators can analyze the data to determine the number of available parking spots on the monitored floors. Future plans include monitoring not only each floor but also each individual parking space.
In the long run, according to UCLA’s Department of Transportation, the data could enable the hospital to optimize the number of parking spots allotted to staff and guests, as well as provide guests with guidance to exact available parking spots. In addition, there are plans to create a mobile application that will show these visitors where available spots in the garage are before even arriving at the hospital, which could encourage the use of alternate transportation if the garage is full. This could keep the medical center from needing to perform the expensive and inconvenient task of expanding parking on the UCLA campus—a bonus, as there is only room for about 2,000 more spaces.
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