Reserve an Individual Parking Space — MyPark

September 28, 2016

Beautiful people were really starting to annoy Ricardo Blanco. They would sweet talk the security guards at his office building into letting them take his reserved parking space while they ran into the bank. Day after day he would arrive to find his spot occupied with no more parking available. Confronting people in a parking lot isn’t something a gentleman would do (and might get him arrested) and yelling at the guards wouldn’t solve the problem, so he decided to look for a solution.

He scoured catalogs and the Internet looking for a device or other tool that would allow him to block his spot, but still make it easy for him to park when he arrived and couldn’t find anything that would work. He wanted a solution that was easy to use, cost-effective, and that could be controlled remotely. He also needed something that didn’t require digging up a parking lot to install. Nada. Nothing existed. So, Ricardo did what any self-respecting inventor would do and created a solution to his parking problem.

Ricardo enlisted his nephew Luis Mayendia and together the two of them went through the rigorous process of designing, redesigning, and redesigning again a solution that goes far beyond preventing people from parking in his spot at the bank. Their elegantly simple to operate MyPark reserved parking system solves numerous problems for consumers and lot owners alike.

We’ve all been there, driving up and down the lanes of parking lots and garages looking for an open space. We waste huge amounts of time and gasoline and contribute to global warming just to find someplace to park our car. We stalk patrons leaving the mall driving at a walking pace hoping they aren’t going to cross over into the next lane and then groan audibly as we wait for them to park their car, stow their stroller, and then buckle their kid into the child seat. Who hasn’t seen shoppers screaming at each other that a space is theirs, because they both arrived at the same time with blinkers on? Even when there are dozens of spots at the back lot of the mall, we continue to traverse miles of parking pavement, just to get a spot 20 yards closer to our destination.

What if your customers could open an app on their phone, choose a space exactly where they want it and immediately secure it? What if they could even do that weeks before they were going to arrive at the airport, or office garage or right next to Macy’s at the mall?

MyPark makes on demand parking a reality in any mall, garage, or parking lot. It doesn’t require digging up the pavement or wiring installations, it is easy to install and manage and it eliminates the hassles of parking for anyone that wants to give it a try.

The ingeniously devised system consists of a device that raises to protect a parking spot and lowers to let customers access it. It functions completely wirelessly from a mobile phone and is available for on iOS and Android. Supporting the device are wireless nodes, that send monitoring data back to a central administration panel that any company can operate to manage their parking area’s availability.

Administrators can turn devices on and off from their simple control panel and can manage all aspects of the system in an easy to use interface. Because the system is modular and doesn’t require construction in the existing parking system, it can be readily deployed in any configuration desired by a property manager or owner.
The flexibility of the system means that you can configure it for any parking lot situation. If you have tenants with existing reserved parking that is always being taken by others, then MyPark provides a fast and effective way to enforce parking restrictions. Those allocated parking in a reserved area are added to the system and given their own login to easily access the system with a touch of their smartphone screen.

In a strip mall or other similar configuration, a property owner can reserve parking for a specific business and provide coupon codes to pay for the reserved parking for that business only. Premium parking in these situations also means that MyPark can become a revenue stream for the mall rather than just a way to reserve parking.

Premium parking works very well in crowded malls where clients want to park close to their destination in the mall whether it be close to a department store or close the main entrance. Of course, in a large lot, mall managers can have any configuration they want. If a mall has a problem with overcrowding and mall employees using consumer parking spaces, they can block off a segment of parking for employees or for customers.

As an alternative to valet parking, MyPark gives customers the assurance that no one is going to be driving their car or accessing their valuables while they are shopping and typical MyPark installations are less expensive for consumers than valet services.

Because the system provides convenience, it can also be used by department stores or restaurants to provide a benefit to a particular segment of customers. A company could send an email or direct mail piece letting their best customers know that they now are entitled to upgraded parking close to their store and send promo codes for them to use.

The three primary components of the system are the barrier devices, the networking equipment that relays the device status, and the software that controls the system and connects to the nicely designed mobile apps that consumers use to park.

The backend system also provides management detailed information about the status of every device, including temperature, battery status, alarm status, and signal strength. The company also built in transaction reporting and other valuable data including the use of promo codes so that property managers always have a read on their parking situation.

The devices themselves are manufactured in the US and have multiple safety controls built into them. They are smart enough to detect if anything is above the device before raising and have built in alarms in the device if being forced down or vandalized and will sound an alarm in the control center as well.

Managing paid parking can be difficult. Constant employee turnover, theft, and security issues make it difficult. With MyPark, your attended lot can become a fully automated lot without the need for constant staffing and worrying about theft. MyPark also provides ongoing maintenance and monitoring services as well as all needed signage for installations.

Ricardo’s problem with in his parking lot is one that is universal for almost all parking situations. Business owners are frustrated that they lose business, because customers can’t park near their store. Lot and property owners are frustrated trying to enforce parking rules in their lots, and consumers are frustrated that they can’t get the space they need. MyPark solves all of those problems and provides new revenue streams, potential cost savings, easier parking management, and a level of customization not seen before.