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Electrical Engineering Students Redesign Broadway Garage Parking System

It’s Monday. You’re running behind for class or work. You pull up to the Broadway garage, and the sign says there are parking spaces open on levels 3 and 4. You happily drive in, but spend the next 20 minutes circling the garage looking for a spot. Now you are REALLY late. Great news is on the way.

A team of Seattle University Electrical and Computer Engineering students are working to solve the parking problem in the Broadway garage. SU Project Center students Daniel Leng, Long Ly, Adhanom Debas and Aziz Yuldashev have been tasked with redesigning the vehicle count system in order to make it more convenient for motorists to access the garage, as well as easier for SU security to monitor parking activities in the garage. The previous vehicle count system proved to be flawed, as it would miscount the number of vehicles in the garage, thus misinforming motorists of its vacancies. "When we started the project we did not know what was wrong with the old counting system. It took a lot of testing and researching to diagnose the problem and then design a solution to that," says Yuldashev. The team redesigned the count system using the inductive loops from the previous system and added a new controller and photoelectric light sensors to enhance the proficiency and accuracy of the system. The newly designed system will use two sensors to produce a more accurate count of vehicles. "The new system was designed to not only count correctly and display the correct information, but also to be flexible. It can sense direction and can easily be modified to accommodate the change in parking slots in the future just by a mouse click," explains Yuldashev.

It looks like you won’t have an excuse for being late for much longer!

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