Parking Convenience System

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Cars are the most common mode of transportation in most countries around the world. Most drivers in the world experience the trouble of cruising for a parking spot in crowded parking lots in malls, offices, and universities - you name it! The drivers have no visual sense of the empty parking spots and their location from the outside. The parking operators are not equipped or obligated to let incoming drivers know of the empty parking spots and where they are located. Therefore, the only way for a driver to looking for a vacant spot to park is for him or her to drive through the entire parking lot to cruise for an available parking spot. If the space of parking lot is huge and multi-levelled, it is very time-consuming. Thus, if the driver is running out of time and looking for a vacant parking spot in a huge parking lot it can be a very frustrating ordeal.We would like to present the Parking Convenience System, a system which dynamically monitors the availability of parking spots in a parking lot and notifies drivers of the vacant and occupied spots before they enter the parking lot. The system uses 2 cameras which are installed in a high view of a parking lot, to capture pictures of the entire lot every several seconds and then analyzes the pictures captured using the image processing algorithm we are going to develop. After that, the analyzed result is sent to the display unit located at the entrance of the parking lot in order to represent a real time map of the parking lot. Thus, before the driver enters into the parking lot, he or she can make an accurate decision on where to park.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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