P13331: Parking Space Monitoring System


Project Summary Project Information

During high volume periods, it can be difficult to locate a parking location that is convenient for commuters in terms of both distance to the campus in general and to their desired building in particular. This convenience desire becomes greatly compounded during winter months when the location of a parking space will determine the time spent walking in generally inclement weather. In addition to convenience, RIT is committed to reducing our carbon footprint in all ways possible. As indicated by research, transportation is the largest contributing factor to this metric. The purpose of this project is to mitigate the commuters search for a parking spot by providing an easy, yet robust method of determining parking occupancy in RIT’s parking lots

This project tasks the team with designing an active monitoring system capable of tracking the available parking spaces of one lot at RIT. This system will employ sensors at the entrances/exits of a parking area to determine occupancy. The system will be a pilot program for future installments around RIT and will begin by monitoring Lot N.

This monitoring system will be responsible for tracking the overall lot occupancy and display a signal light to the commuters that indicates the availability of parking in that lot. In addition, it is desired that this system also be able to simply act as a counter, thus making it easy for parking services at RIT to employ the system as a traffic data acquisition tool. The system must be able to run off the grid and be field-programmable for lot occupancy or data logging. The interface for the programming must allow the user to input the lot size, choose to monitor or simply count, and contain a count reset option.

The system will only be used to monitor vehicular traffic, thus the design team must employ sensing technology and/or techniques that ensure that the monitor does not incorrectly count objects other than cars. In addition, this system must be designed to operate without destruction, modification, or interference with the current RIT parking infrastructure.

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Final Design

Final Design

Project Name
Active Parking Management
Project Number
Project Family
Autonomous Systems & Controls
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Leslie Moore, Email: lgmddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Randy Vercauteren, Email: rpvcps@rit.edu

Test Lot: Lot N


Team Members

Left to Right: Andrew Eggers, Bryan Blakeslee, Conley Brodziak, Tyler Ludwig, Wynn Aung

Left to Right: Andrew Eggers, Bryan Blakeslee, Conley Brodziak, Tyler Ludwig, Wynn Aung

Member Discipline Role Responsibilities Contact
Tyler Ludwig Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Indication Design, 7 Segment Housing Design, Pole Design System Weatherproofing tjl3185@rit.edu
Conley Brodziak Mechanical Engineer Assistant Project Manager Road Sensor Design & Implementation, Solar Panel Mounting Design, Pole Design, Wire Routing, Budget Management crb3113@rit.edu
Wynn Aung Electrical Engineer Electrical Systems Indication Control Electronics, 7 Segment Electronics wla4855@rit.edu
Bryan Blakeslee Electrical/Computer Engineer Power Systems Power Generation/Distribution bmb8610@rit.edu
Andrew Eggers Computer Engineer Processing Systems Microprocessor Selection & Programming, Sensor Integration, User Interface Component Operation. aoe5031@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Preliminary Assessments

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Team Coordination


Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Build, Test, Document

Project Results & Handoff Information

Technical Paper


Project Review


We would like to thank the following people for their assistance in making this project a success