You've seen it on television and in the movies—those big metal structures moving one’s car into an available area where it could be parked.
Soon, you will see it here in the Philippines.
Oroza Enterprises of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Houkoku Parking Systems Co. of Japan, is bringing to the country its first-ever Automated Parking System, a mechanical system that automatically moves cars from the car park entry to an available parking space, using multiple levels and stacking cars vertically to use the least square footage possible in order to park as many cars as possible.
Oroza Enterprises is involved in the distribution of retail and consumer goods, industrial equipment leasing as well as real estate and property development, while Houkoku is under Houkoku Holdings, which is part of Wathahan Co Ltd., a 16th generation business in Japan that is involved in various industries.
“The first Automated Parking System in the country aims to not only address common parking problems but also revolutionize the parking business in the country,” said Ding Oroza, president of Oroza Enterprises, which recently signed an exclusive distributorship with Houkoku Parking System of Japan, represented by Satoshi Akamatsu and Koshi Okamoto.
“Japan leads the way in design and innovation when it comes to APS and Houkoku is among the best in Japan. We’re excited over this partnership,” added Oroza.
Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings also inked a contract with Oroza Enterprises, making SM Megamall as the first ever site of the APS in the country. It is expected to rise at the back portion of SM Megamall along Julia Vargas St. A partial APS structure will be built before by December, to be completed before the first quarter of next year.
Oroza Enterprises enumerated the various benefits that an APS has over parking facilities, such as maximization of available space as cars are parked closer to each thereby maximizing the number of vehicles that can be parked; no more ramps, driving lanes, curbs etc.; and ceiling height is kept in the minimum.
In addition to the space saving, many APS designs provide a number of secondary benefits such as: parked cars and their contents are more secure since there is no public access to parked cars; minor parking lot damage such as scrapes and dents are eliminated; drivers and passengers are safer not having to walk through parking lots or garages; driving around in search of a parking space is eliminated, thereby reducing engine emissions; only minimal ventilation and lighting systems are needed; handicap access is improved; the volume and visual impact of the parking structure is minimized and shorter construction time.
“What excites us its low environmental impact as there is no heavy construction required as most of these APS structures are already built in Japan, we’d just be bringing them over here for assembly,” added Oroza.
The earliest use of an automated parking was in Paris, France in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu, consisting of a multi-story concrete structure with an internal elevator to transport cars to upper levels where attendants parked the cars.
After over a century, APS has come a long way and has evolved into other forms such as Mechanical Parking System, Robotic Parking System, Rotary Parking System, Automatic Parking and Stacker Parking.
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