Biomedical and General Engineering Department
BS in General Engineering
The purpose of this senior project is to analyze the various options for the implementation of a parking lot information system on the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo campus. This system would involve three main components: physical counting hardware, a database and analysis organization system, and a user interface for disseminating the gathered information. The project investigates and provides commentary on various available and commonplace systems, and the benefits and drawbacks of these systems. During the course of the project, a flexible database and user-interface was developed in Microsoft Access, which will allow counter output to be gathered and displayed on a parking map for the campus. This map dynamically updates, and color codes the lots based on space availability. Also provided in the project is the recommendation for Cal Poly to implement ultrasonic and magnetometer sensing technology to count cars entering and exiting parking lots. In order to distribute the gathered information, a set of internet-based interfaces is recommended, and more investigation into display boards suggested.