Skyline delivers customized parking signage to Denver International Airport


One of the USA’s leading suppliers of advanced and reliable ITS-Grade dynamic message signs (DMS) and software systems has delivered a custom-made parking signage system to Denver International Airport (DIA).

Skyline Products has announced that 10 new signs have been installed at DIA, the sixth-busiest airport in the USA, with more than 54 million passengers traveling through it each year. The custom-built signs and software system will help manage parking traffic more effectively at the airport’s covered garages, and support greater flexibility for parking operations in the future. DIA’s previous, aging sign system had become plagued by frequent malfunctions. The legacy system was also technically obsolete, making maintenance inefficient and costly, while procuring replacement parts became nearly impossible.

Designed specifically to meet DIA’s unique needs, Skyline’s custom system included full color, full matrix, 0.8in (20mm) LED signs, which are fully NTCIP-compliant (National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System Protocol) and allow for MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) graphics. In addition to communicating parking spot availability numbers for each parking level, DIA can now display customized messages to alert customers of important facility updates.

With no existing software system on the market, Skyline developed a module for EnvoyDMS control software to manage the new system. With the new module, DIA can designate several levels of user rights for their employees, providing control and confidence that the right people could post the right message and the right time. The DIA parking operations team will also enjoy Skyline’s robust feedback and diagnostic features, including true message verification feedback, ensuring that all signs are functioning properly at all times.

“DIA’s aging parking system could no longer meet the demands or expectations from either customers or staff,” explained Chip Stadjuhar, CEO of Skyline Products, “We offered a unique ability to design, engineer, and build a completely custom hardware and software solution that would improve traffic flow, maximize parking revenues, and ensure a smooth, positive experience for its customers.”

James Barnhart, director of product development at Skyline, added, “The Airport’s previous solution only displayed ‘OPEN’ and ‘FULL’ messages. The solution we designed is completely customizable, providing DIA the freedom to create unique messages, such as emergency notifications or construction alerts.”

Skyline partnered with Denver-based electrical contractor, LEI Companies, to complete the project installation. Having done business in the Denver area for more than a decade with a variety of manufacturers, it was important to LEI that they found a collaborative partner that could meet an aggressive timetable.

Lenee M Koch, vice president of LEI, noted, “From the beginning of this project, it was critically important that we found a true partner; one that could deliver a high quality product, and one that we could count on to ensure on-time deliveries ahead of DIA’s busy holiday travel season. Skyline delivered on this promise and more.”

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