Ethiopia’s first smart parking lot, designed to improve traffic flow and management efficiency, has been built and installed using Dahua Technology smart parking solutions.
Meskel Square is a historic site in Addis Ababa. Used for public gatherings and festivals, it was redeveloped in 2021 to include a 1400-space underground car park as well as a range of retail facilities.
The car park operator’s objectives were to reduce the need for cumbersome manual entry, improve payment and exit procedures that held up traffic and caused long queues, needing many security personnel to administer. In addition, the lack of an integrated system resulted in poor efficiency, ineffective and inflexible charging systems and no effective supervision and recording of charges. This lead to unfortunate loss and even complaints from visitors.
Dahua’s smart parking solutions, installed by Anhui Antai Technology, include entrance and exit cameras, intercoms and barriers, intelligent parking guidance, video surveillance and a unified software platform.
Features of the installation
• Powerful AI algorithm: Fast automatic Under Vehicle Scanning System (UVSS), ANPR, seamless entry and exit, and parking space guidance provide a logical and seamless flow of Entry–Park–Pay–Find Car–Exit to ensure safety and improve efficiency.
• Complete parking solution: The comprehensive solution includes entrances and exits, UVSS, parking toll systems, parking guidance, a CCTV control and monitoring centre, which helps operators improve the security, safety and management of the facility. The system has helped to find one lost government vehicle and detect two thefts.
• Advanced technology: Accurate and reliable parking toll systems ensure reliable parking income, helps the operator file tax returns quickly and effectively, and facilitates better and more efficient commercial operation.
Dahua’s parking solutions integrate ANPR with video analytics, enabling automatic entry and exit without human intervention. Embedded Vehicle wayfinding and location systems enhance users’ experience.
The smart parking lot provides a stress-free and seamless experience for visitors, eliminating unnecessary delays and the need to search for vacant spaces. The system also enables drivers to locate their vehicles quickly and easily on their return and to enter, pay and exit the parking lot without paper tickets.
Innovative parking products installed include 280 of Dahua’s parking space detection cameras, which detect the status of the parking spaces and when unauthorised vehicles are parked in restricted spaces. Forty-three indoor LED screens display red/green arrows in three directions and up to nine digits.
The project has significantly improved the monitoring quality in the parking lot. One of the new project vehicles was stolen during the project delivery. The new system’s ANPR and smart searching functions successfully helped the admin locate the video footage and confirmed the time when the vehicle exited the parking lot. The vehicle was retrieved within the day.
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