North America’s largest automated parking lot to be built in Calgary


The largest automated car park in North America is to be built in Canada for one of the world’s premier hotel chains. Israel-based Unitronics, a leading global provider of industrial automation products, smart warehouses and automated parking systems, has announced that its USA subsidiary, Unitronics Systems Inc, has signed a Binding Letter of Intent (BLOI) with Prestige Properties Corp for the design, supply and installation of an Automated Vehicle Storage and Retrieval System (AVSRS) in Calgary. The US$24m AVSRS installation will provide approximately 1,400 parking spaces for one of the world’s premier hotel chains. The formal contract is expected to be signed once Prestige receives a development permit from the relevant authorities and proceeds with the project, which is expected late this year.

Unitronics has developed an advanced proprietary automated car parking system that comprises of an array of automated robots, elevators and command-and-control software modules. The AVSRS is designed to enable the automated, fast and efficient storage and retrieval of cars, with the system capable of storing or retrieving a car within an average of approximately two minutes. The company’s system is designed to enable up to three-times more cars to be parked than a regular parking garage in the same space. Unitronics also believes that it offers the only AVSRS solution in the world that is more cost effective than conventional parking for such projects.

Unitronics believes the benefits of its parking systems include: savings in valuable real estate; environmentally friendly, low electricity consumption, reduced fuel emissions, and reduced noise and risk of groundwater contamination; reduced maintenance costs; and improved accessibility for people with disabilities. Its automated car parks are also designed to offer high personal and asset security. “We are delighted to have been chosen to build the largest automated car park in North America, which is a tremendous achievement and further affirmation of our proprietary design and advanced robotics technology,” commented Haim Shani, chief executive officer of Unitronics.” Having previously built one of the world’s largest, automated smart warehouses for the pharmaceutical industry, this new project validates the strength of our offer for automated solutions. We look forward to delivering this project and achieving another milestone for our business.”

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