Hospitals and other healthcare facilities represent one of the more challenging parking environments as it is typically spread over multiple locations, locations vary from simple outdoor lots to indoor garages, parking contains a mix of short-term and contract customers and especially the short-term visitors are typically under stress when they visit the healthcare facility.  Furthermore, due to the continuous operations, changes between staff working shifts effectively doubles the parking demand for a short period of time.

Well-designed and functioning parking guidance can effectively address parking challenges in a healthcare environment. Visible and accurate parking guidance helps short-term parkers to locate the available spaces quickly and easily which alleviates the stress that the visitors are in any case experiencing. From the staff perspective, effective guidance helps staff members to locate available spaces which reduces unnecessary driving and shortens the time they need to reserve for parking.

Parking guidance also improves the overall capacity utilization which benefits all stakeholders: healthcare facility needs to invest less in parking when the existing capacity is effectively used and higher capacity utilization means also that there are more spaces available for both staff and visitors which naturally improves parking experience for both groups.

Some of the Portier technologies, such as space-specific Portier VISION indoor cameras can further improve the visitor experience since utilization of camera technology enables also guidance back to the vehicle when the visitor is leaving the premises.

Portier offers a vast range of parking guidance solutions for both indoor and outdoor use offering the right solution depending on the customer need. And all technologies are seamlessly integrated into Portier HOST software which means that the healthcare admins can effectively manage all parking guidance with a single application.

Case study at Turku University Hospital