Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is expected to begin installing an automated parking management (AMP) system by the end of the year, and officials are hopeful it will reduce congestion on the airport’s parking lots and improve safety for passengers and staff.
The airport has a fleet of approximately 150,000 vehicles, according to a release from the airport.
Parking Management Systems (AMP), which can be installed by a driver, are designed to take over when an owner fails to make the purchase needed to park their vehicle.
Parking managers will also monitor parking in a garage or garage lot, and provide an automatic receipt to customers when a parking permit is issued.
The system was developed by the Seattle-based company Greenpoint, and is being used by Seattle-area airports, including Seattle-St. Paul International Airport, which recently added a parking management center to its terminal.
The new center will also be installed in the airport in 2019.
“It’s one of the most efficient, best-performing, and most environmentally friendly systems we’ve seen at an airport,” said airport spokeswoman Jennifer Jones.
“We’re seeing more and more travelers use this technology, and we’re excited to see it at our airport.”
Greenpoint was formed in 2016 after Greenpoint LLC, a subsidiary of the Seattle company, was acquired by the airline giant.
The company, which has over a million employees worldwide, has been using its Greenpoint expertise to help manage the traffic congestion on major airlines.
“We believe the parking management systems installed at our Seattle and San Francisco airports are the next logical step in achieving the airport and airport services’ goal of providing our customers a more efficient, more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly travel experience,” Greenpoint said in a statement.
“As the first airport in the nation to deploy these systems, we believe this will significantly reduce congestion and increase safety and security at our airports.”
The airport will use the software to create an automatic review of a vehicle’s permit to allow the airport to issue a parking ticket, which will then be reviewed by the parking manager.
The automated ticket is then entered into a parking meter and the meter is set to pay the owner.
Parking Management Systems have been installed at airport terminals in airports in California, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Florida, according a release by the airport on Monday.
The automated parking system is expected “to provide the best and most efficient solutions to help minimize congestion on airport parking lots while improving safety and reducing costs to our customers,” Jones said.