Parking Space Availability Monitoring System (PSAMS)
Team Member(s): Khoa Chu, Josh Davis, John Patrick Negrido Semester: Fall 2011
PSAMS uses an IP camera hardwired to the SSE building to transmit live video feed of the first 20 spaces of the SSE parking lot to MATLAB hosted on our personal computer. Using MATLAB digital image processing capabilities, a snapshot of the real-time video is processed and the current amount of available parking spaces, individual parking space occupation, and individual parking space popularity is determined.
To communicate this information to a commuter or a user, two methods will be used. An LED matrix display, powered by an Arduino microprocessor, will be placed at the entrance of a parking lot and display the total amount of parking spaces available. A XBEE wireless transmit/receiver is used to transmit the appropriate information to the display from MATLAB.
The other method of communication will be a website, "www.psams-uwf.com". This website is constructed of three pages and is database driven using AJAX and PHP scripts. The home page displays the same current amount of available parking as the matrix display but in addition shows the live camera feed of the parking lot to support the accuracy of the system. A background page and a database page make up the rest of the website. The background page is a static html page that simply shows a summary of the project and a flowchart for the entire system. The database page is a dynamic page that allows a user to select a parking space and request current availability and popularity from the MySQL database. MediaTemple hosts the database and website and the URL was purchased from GoDaddy.