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LiDAR monitoring for Safer and Smarter Parking Lots

With its unrivaled precision and its ability to work under any lighting and weather condition, LiDAR is a great asset for Parking Monitoring challenges.

With an ever-growing number of vehicles on our roads, Parking Management is becoming an unavoidable challenge for the Smart City market.

However, traditional monitoring technologies fall short in delivering real-time actionable insights for Operators, specially in challenging lighting and weather conditions.

This leads to safety hazards, increased traffic congestions, wasted time & fuel for users, and revenue loss for parking facility operators.

LiDAR technology and its software offer a cost-effective, performing solution to tackle these challenges. In the forthcoming year, its implementation will be crucial to unlock the full potential of Parking Monitoring Systems.

But to get the most out of LiDAR technology, you must understand how it works and the advantages of employing it.

How does LiDAR work?

Originally developed for the Automotive Industry, LiDAR is a technology that uses laser beams to measure distances with an unprecedented level of accuracy.

By sending out a laser beam and measuring the time it takes for it to bounce back from an object, a LiDAR sensor can calculate the distance between the LiDAR and the object.
How does lidar work? by emitting laser light pulses to an object and measuring the distance between object and the lidar sensor

You can find more information in our article explaining these principles:

Understanding the basics of 3D LiDAR Technology
Light Detection and Ranging, also known as LiDAR, is a technology for remote sensing that is used to measure distances in an environment.

This LiDAR-generated spatial data is called "3D Point Cloud", but cannot be used on its own. A LiDAR Processing software is needed to turn these raw data into 3D information.

That's our mission at Outsight: to develop software solutions that allow Operators to access real-time actionable data from any LiDAR to help them manage their infrastructures.

Lidar scan of parking lot

Why LiDAR for Parking Monitoring ?

With proper processing software, LiDAR can analyse people and vehicle flow throughout complex environments in real-time.

On one hand, this provides users with instant updates on the availability of parking spaces and traffic condition : they can effortlessly find vacant spots and avoid congestion while navigating a Parking Lot.

On the other hand, Parking Operators are accessing a whole new level of Spatial Information that enables them to make data-driven decisions not only to optimize space and resources allocation, but also streamline operations for superior efficiency.

Unlike traditional monitoring technologies that are vulnerable to rain, fog, or low-light environments, LiDAR excels in adverse conditions.

Moreover, a small number of sensors is enough to analyze large areas.

Thanks to its long-range detection capabilities, covering a parking area requires between 3 and 10 times fewer LiDAR devices compared to cameras.
Diagram of vehicles with labeled boxes illustrating a smart vehicle detection system for parking management
With advanced software like Outsight's, LiDAR can provide not only the presence of parked cars, but a whole set of comprehensive analytics

Where to start ?

Every parking facility has its unique requirements and configurations ranging from compact car spaces to very large truck zones and multi-level parking structures.

Depending on the size of the area that needs coverage, or the type and number of objects your want to track, some LiDAR sensors are more suitable than others.

And what better way to choose from all of the manufacturers than our Multi-vendor LiDAR simulator ?

Not only does our simulator recommends the most suited type of sensor for any specific needs, but the number needed as well as their most efficient position and orientation !

Discover our simulator right here :

Introducing the multi-vendor 3D LiDAR Simulator
Outsight has developed a LiDAR simulator for any use case and application, from airports to mobile robotics, smart cities and industrial applications.

Our Plug & Play solution then centralizes the data from any sensor under a single customizable interface with specifics KPI.

How Outsight uses 3D raw data and transforms it into Spatial Intelligence solutions

We give Operators all the tools they need to increase not only Users' safety and experience, but Infrastructure security and operational efficiency as well.


LiDAR-based parking occupancy monitoring is revolutionizing the way Parking Lots are managed and utilized.

With its unparalleled accuracy, real-time monitoring capabilities, adaptability, and weather independence, LiDAR technology offers a high performing, cost effective solution that outperforms traditional sensors in providing accurate and reliable parking occupancy information.

To optimize the deployment of relevant LiDAR installations, we have assembled the most experienced team of LiDAR specialists.

We support our customers at every stage of their projects by providing them with the most advanced solutions on the market.

Download our newest whitepaper or talk with a Product Specialist to get your LiDAR solution ready!

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