Swiss inventor Frido Stutz hopes this new invention will be a permanent solution to parking problems plaguing major cities worldwide.
Frido Stutz is a Swiss businessman who, through his company “SkyLine Parking,” hopes to provide a permanent, environmentally friendly solution to the endless parking problems that have relentlessly plagued all the world’s major cities since vehicles became a mainstream staple of lifestyle living.
The fundamental key elements/features unique to the Skyline parking design are:
* Wide range of configurations * Flexible integration into existing buildings
* Adaptation to any given situation * Scalable in length and height
* Fully automated lateral parking * Conservative 30 year design lifetime
*Maximum energy efficiency gained via unique design
The development of this automated parking system is in fact designed with the ideal that two ecologically beneficial goals will be accomplished:
As compared to the currently used multi-story conventional car parks, it shows the strong possibility of significantly lower emissions.
It will allow new greener possibilities for city centers through the ecologically inventive car transport.
Benefits associated with the daily use of Skyline Parking:
Lower Emissions: The first and most apparent advantage is that the Skyline system will park cars using automated, clean energy with the combustion engine switched off. A year’s worth of CO2 emissions, an estimated two tons, is eliminated because the Skyline system does not use any larger amount of electricity than a conventional multi-story park.
No Repairs Bill:
When utilizing the Skyline Parking system, the driver will leave his (or her) car in one of the several large parking bays, measuring a total of 4.2 x 6 meters and technology will handle the rest. There will be more than enough room to drive in and leave the car comfortably and ensure that the usual bumps scrapes, and minor damage is easily avoided.
Energy Recovery and Gains: The system is able to integrate additional benefits, such as energy recovery technologies that are not available to the currently used conventional multi-story parks. Unlike the current car parks, Skyline does not need windows or external air vents and as a result, the entire outer façade can be used to place energy absorbing solar panels and charging stations for electrical cars and be installed, and the entire place can be used as an energy store.
Instead of charging a standard parking fee, the system is designed to not just weigh and measure the vehicles in order to park them efficiently, but to also use the technology to set the parking fees by the size of the vehicle. The main benefit that is the most humane is how it protects the staff handling the cars on a daily basis. Without having to prevent and deal with the crime of vandalism, costs in regards to security staff and monitoring criminal activity, stress on the part of people who make sure the parking areas are safe. Because of frequent exposure to exhaust fumes, cleaners are at high risk for pulmonary disease. Because security is dealt with via remote monitoring, cleaning will only be needed at the exit and entry bays.
The building phase:
Because of the lack of excess use of building materials due to the lightweight construction and compact design, only an estimated one fifth of the usual building materials involved in constructing a conventional car park are used. The building phase has the duration of about two months and as a result, it is believed that there will be less traffic diversion and less disruption in the usual routines of drivers. The excavation needed is 75% closer to the surface than a normal car park and less digging will be a requirement. Due to the fact that it is a modular construction the building can be dismounted with no need of a full blown demolition and will be able to be reassembled at another site where it is needed. This is green technology at its best and the main feature of the development.
Ecological Opportunities Abound:
The system can be built on a plot of just 18 x 18 meters that can store approximately one hundred sixty to three hundred twenty vehicles.
The most obvious and significant benefit to crowded traffic will be that street parking spots will no longer be needed and can be done away with. This will clear up more space in roads for traffic and end the frequent minor collisions that often occur when drivers accidentally scrape up against parked cars in streets and reduce to zero the fatalities and injuries related to drivers being in the road and accidentally hit by motorists.
There will likely be an end to drivers cruising around, getting increasingly frustrated and angry about the scarcity of parking spaces and eliminate the waste of fuel and the level of emissions that are in fact making up of forty (and above) percent of basic city traffic. Each unit is planned to be placed strategically in the areas needed so driving around is no longer needed. A parking space will be immediately available and then more space will be made on roads for motorists who are trying to get to a destination.
Public transportation would benefit from this boon in technology and end up with Skyline helping them store both public transport buses and personal vehicles that are dropped off during the day and traffic flow can only be positively affected in the center of the city. Linking public and private transport has certainly become a more prominent issue in transportation, a solution to the longstanding problem of how to combine the two while providing a more environmentally modern approach; the compact approach is estimated to be adaptive to the ability to combine the two. The company has been able to develop (through their wide developmental product range) what should be an affordable and efficient solution.
It’s not just a complete reduction in size of the usual car parking buildings, but there is an opportunity to dismantle the current standing ones and because of the reduced need for parking space, this is a chance for new parks to be built, greenery such as trees and flowers, or just plain grass and the citizenry can end up holding picnics, enjoying the new open space and have fun with families. It will possibly provide a chance for the citizenry to beautify the city and make it a more child-friendly place.
With highly customization exterior structures that can be designed in any way for maximum aesthetic appeal, the number of entry and exit bays is freely selectable. The modular designs are developed to keep construction time and costs at a minimum and they utilize a specially engineered modular design that will enable the structure to be constructed and maintained in dense and scarce real estate property in urban areas. Such use of compact real estate space in limited surroundings is unprecedented by any parking structure. It is also fully automated, providing security and preventing human error in making sure the vehicles and owners are safe from vandalism and assault.
The total percentage of increase in the use of space is no less than four hundred percent; automatic car measurement designed is created to effectively fit each car into the smallest possible parking space and will ensure that higher reliability will enable the use of fewer moving parts and motors while maintenance requirements will be lower. The retrieval mechanisms are seventy to three hundred percent faster than other currently used automated parking systems. Developers believe this will be the ecological solution after decades of seeking new solutions to both parking and space problems in major metropolitan city areas.
This is among the more regrettable developments in environmental related transportation issues because studies have revealed that up to forty percent of city driving is a result of people driving, simply looking for a place to park, which has inadvertently been a major contributor to CO2 emissions.
The Tower Model Park’s modulated design has been structured to significantly permit the exterior to accept a wide variety of different architectural treatments and simplifies installation considerably. This design is able to incorporate two lifts or a single lift that operates independently and permits the platforms to rotate a full 360 degrees to retrieve and park customer vehicles in any compartment. In addition, the number of entry and exit points can be chosen with flexibility to enable system optimization while increasing the numbers of cars that can be both parked and retrieved per hour substantially.
The Lateral Park model is a simpler alternative to the more sophisticated puzzle parking system model (that shifts cars around) and instead utilizes either just one, or more, shuttle systems to place cars on a series of ‘shelves’. This will probably be the ideal model for hospitals and office buildings, which will end up keeping the vehicles of employees in the direct premises instead of having business/hospital personnel required to leave their offices and risk being assaulted/robbed (as often happens) on their way from work in the evening or arriving in the early morning hours.
It results in significantly less lengthy cycle times. In the event that (as so often happens with office and hospital parking concerns) height, width, or any other additional restrictions prevent the usage of parking solutions in the form of the other alternative two parking solutions, the Lateral Park model is the best. This model is inclusive in the retrofit of the existing parking structures currently in use.
The Shaft Park model is a uniquely customized technological solution to provide deep underground spaces which is meant to be built in a vertical form (designed by Herrenknecht). The typical solution would be forty feet deep and sixteen meters (miles) in diameter, while at the same time ensuring high speed retrieval and parking. This model is a standardized solution and will allow for simplified production and fast installation with Herrenknecht’s underground technology and will enable Skyline to deliver the best HD underground parking solution and there will be substantial cost and space benefits for multiple installations at no less than the same location.
The models however utilize either conveyor belt or robot technology. The proprietary conveyor belt technology of Skyline is proven, very fast, low maintenance, simplistic, and (most importantly for the benefit of the environment) far more energy efficient than the more conventional conveyor belt designs or current transport technologies. At one installation (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) the Skyline designed conveyor belt has been running successfully for the past several years and any new projects can be realized with only several months.
Skyline’s proprietary robot technology, alternatively, is more sophisticated and offers a variety of performance and maintenance improvements compared to the conveyor belt technology. The proprietary robot technology designed by Skyline is in alternative far more sophisticated offering a wide variety of maintenance and performance improvements in comparison to the more simplistic conveyor belt technology.
Employing the usage of both robot technology and conveyor belt technological improvements for the largest business and commercial activity centered activities. This is a highly optimized solution for the largest and highest possible capacity applications. Skyline’s robot centered technology is at the advanced development stage and is estimated to be ready for the international market at the end of this year. At the first installation with the robot technology a letter of intent was signed and currently the project for this is at the moment in the permission stage of the building.
- City centers • Park and Ride • Hospitals and Hotels
- Airports • Residential areas • Amusement parks
- Corporate and commercial centers • Commercial fleet management
Skyline Parking Services
- Financing • Operating • Planning and development
- Maintenance • Turn key contracting • Scouting of promising locations
- Complete dismantling and relocation
- Opportunity for advertisement space
- High performance • Proximity to the point of interest
- Safe and easy to operate
- Availability of parking space entertainment system
- Profitable usage of valuable plots and a pre-order system/integrated car wash
- Multiple payment possibilities enabling significant growth potential
Ultimately it is believed that this will end up ensuring that future generations are able to end up enjoying the advantages of a city lifestyle while being able to avoid many of the hazards that commuters take for granted that will be dealt with on a daily basis as part of their work or travel.
Frido Stutz is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Founder, R&D Manager of SkyLine Parking and has experience in the areas of aircraft maintenance, operations, crew recourse management, project/team management, and business administration.
Company Contact Information:
CH – 8400 Winterthur
Phone: +41 52 203 00 03
Company Website: http://www.skyline-parking.com