Traditional non-cloud-based parking management systems typically store and manage data on a local server or computer. On the other hand, cloud-based parking management systems do all of this in the cloud. This bestows several key advantages over non-cloud-based parking management systems.
Greater Accessibility Means Greater Flexibility
We were always promised that technology would make our jobs easier, right? Unlike their on-premises alternatives, cloud-based systems can be accessed from any device with an internet connection.
This means that an organization with multiple parking lots or garages can use a cloud-based system to manage all its parking operations from a single, central platform. Employees or customers who need to access the system simply require an internet connection and their smartphone, laptop, or another web-enabled device.
‘Agility’ is the new business buzzword. Locating all aspects of car parking management in the cloud makes your business as agile as a cat.
Cloud-based parking management systems are more scalable because they are hosted on a network of remote servers rather than on a single local server. If the requirements of a car parking business change, for example, if new lots are opened or old ones are repurposed, the existing cloud-based management system can adapt rapidly. There is no need to purchase additional IT hardware or infrastructure to accommodate these changes.
Additionally, suppose an organization needs to manage multiple parking lots or garages with different rates and rules or different types of payment methods. In that case, a cloud-based system can be easily configured to support these requirements.
Cloud-based systems also offer a range of features and tools that can help organizations manage their parking operations more efficiently. These include tools for managing reservations, issuing tickets and permits, enforcing parking rules, and analyzing data to optimize operations.
Maintenance Is Automatically Outsourced
Cloud-based systems are typically maintained by the provider, while non-cloud-based systems require the user to handle maintenance and updates. This means that organizations don’t have to worry about managing and maintaining their own hardware or software, thereby reducing staff workload and costs.
Cloud-based systems are more reliable than on-premises systems, as they are designed to handle large amounts of traffic and are backed by robust, redundant infrastructure.
Overall, a cloud-based parking management system can help organizations to focus on their core business operations rather than worrying about updating and maintaining their management system.
Cheaper From the Get-Go
Non-cloud-based systems generally have a higher upfront cost, as they require the purchase of hardware and software. Cloud-based systems typically have a lower upfront cost and instead charge a monthly or annual subscription fee.
Cloud-based systems confer other savings, too.
- By using a pay-as-you-go pricing model, organizations only need to pay for the resources they use. This keeps costs in line with current requirements. As the business grows, the system can be easily scaled-up to accommodate the extra capacity.
- Cloud-based systems eliminate the expense of hiring IT expertise during set-up, as the hardware is in the cloud and ‘rented’ rather than purchased. Expensive hardware upgrades also become a thing of the past.
Greater Peace of Mind: Keeping Data Secure
Cloud-based systems are generally more secure than on-premises systems, as they use advanced security measures and encryption technologies to protect data and prevent unauthorized access. This reduces the risk of data breaches and other security issues.
With on-premises systems, the parking management company is typically responsible for implementing and updating security measures. This can require additional resources, such as IT staff or consultants. We all know how annoying it is to keep up with frequent operating system updates from Microsoft or Apple. Cloud-based systems look after all this for you. No more downloading updates and rebooting your machine.
On-premises systems may be at a higher risk of security incidents due to physical access to the system and potential vulnerabilities in the organization’s network infrastructure. Cloud-based systems eliminate this risk, giving parking lot operators peace of mind.
Staying Informed with Real-Time Data Reporting
Both cloud-based and on-premises parking management systems can provide data reports to help organizations analyze and optimize their parking operations. However, there are a few key differences to consider when comparing the two.
Cloud-based systems usually provide real-time data reports, as the data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed in real-time from anywhere with an internet connection. This is essential for organizations that monitor their parking operations in real-time or make decisions based on real-time data.
On-premises systems often require additional steps to access data reports, such as extracting data from the system and transferring it to a separate analysis tool. This is time-consuming and may not provide real-time data.
Cloud-based systems often offer a range of user-friendly tools and features for analyzing and visualizing data, such as dashboards, charts, and graphs. This makes it easier for organizations to understand and act on their data.
Ease of Integration
Both cloud-based and on-premises parking management systems can be integrated with other systems and applications to enable additional functionality and streamline operations. Here are a few points to consider when comparing the integrations available with these two types of systems:
- Cloud-based systems are typically more flexible when it comes to integrations, as they can be easily accessed and updated via APIs (application programming interfaces). This makes connectivity with other applications and systems easier.
- On-premises systems may require additional steps to integrate with other systems, such as custom development or the use of connectors or middleware. This is more time-consuming and can require additional resources, such as IT staff or consultants, to implement.
- Cloud-based systems often offer a range of pre-built integrations with popular applications and systems, which can make it easier for organizations to connect the system to other tools and platforms.
- The additional data security measures utilized by cloud-based systems make integrations with external applications safer.
So, to sum up, cloud-based systems offer a range of advantages over on-site server-based alternatives. If agility and increased convenience, not to mention improving the bottom line, are important to your business, then going cloud-based is a no-brainer.
Technoso is an innovative leader in providing cloud-based, ticketless parking management solutions that are user-friendly, flexible, and designed to make running your business a breeze. Contact Technoso today to tailor a cloud-based solution to your specific needs.
Technoso Control Systems develops, installs, and operates parking access and revenue control systems. The company provides a one-stop-shop parking solution so that parking managers don’t have to interact with multiple service providers.
Technoso Control Systems is a global leader in Ticketless parking technology with a proven record of approximately 100 operational ticketless parking lots.