SM Intelligent Car Park, the first automated parking system in Philippines, was officially unveiled on Thursday at the SM Mega Mall Building A by Park Solutions Inc., which expects to revolutionize the parking industry in many ways.
Park Solutions Inc. and SM Megamall formally opened the first two towers, which are part of a cluster of 23 towers it expects to complete by the first quarter of 2020.
Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremonies which ushered in the first Japanese automated multi-level parking system in the country were Ferdinand P. Oroza, President/Chief Executive Officer of Park Solutions Inc.; Hans T. Sy, Director of SM Prime Holdings; Steven Tan, SM Supermalls’ COO; Fernando Khalil Oroza, Vice President of Park Solutions; Kenji Kawakami, Director/Manager Hokoku Parking System Japan and PC SUPT. Valeriano De Leon, Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office.
Park Solutions Inc. is part of the Oroza Group of Companies, a diversified enterprise committed to providing the Filipino people with quality, value added products and services.
The company enumerated the various benefits that an intelligent parking system brings to the table, such as low environmental impact (no massive digging, minimal disruption of landscape etc.), quick construction, lower cost, higher parking capacity per square meter of land compared to all other parking systems, durable/high quality (100% Japanese designed and made) and transferable, should the need come to re-develop the land/property where it is situated.
Park Solutions/Oroza Group of Companies is bringing to the Philippines the first Intelligent Parking System, in cooperation with the Houkoku Parking Systems Co. of Japan.
The IPS is 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 Group of Companies 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.
Sy entered into a contract with the Oroza Group, making SM Megamall as the first-ever site of the APS in the country.
In addition to the space saving, many IPS 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.
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