Park Assist

Customer Challenges

Previously, Park Assist had been using several different hardened switch providers for its parking guidance system implementations worldwide. Operating multiple switch models and brands from various vendors was too costly and resulted in slower deployments. There were also issues getting enough supply in time and ensuring that Park Assist personnel could maintain the operational capacity required to configure and implement numerous product lines.

To resolve this challenge, Park Assist began looking for a single-vendor hardened Ethernet switch product line including serial device servers that could provide the following:

  1. Cost-effectiveness
  2. Exceptional features
  3. Simple and effective web interface
  4. Flexible hardware lineup
  5. At least 2 combo SFP ports on each switch
  6. Outstanding customer and technical support

The Solution:

Customer Solution: Lantronix’s Hardened Ethernet Switches and Serial Device Servers

Park Assist streamlined its parking guidance system structure by selecting hardened Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches and serial device servers from Lantronix for its worldwide client implementations:

The switches are currently in use at over 30 locations operated by Park Assist or one of its global resellers. The devices are installed in the power cabinets at each site.

Initially, all models were configured at Park Assist headquarters and then shipped to their final destinations. Recently, Park Assist supplied the base configurations for the different device models to Lantronix and now the Lantronix engineering support team ships fully configured switches and serial converters to the Park Assist distribution network. This further reduces Park Assist’s installation time and prevents any unnecessary delays.

New projects are also incorporating Lantronix’s hardware. For example, Park Assist is utilizing them in a large-scale PGS deployment at Ft. Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport as well as several high-profile sites in Dubai.


The Products

The complete switching portfolio from Lantronix includes products fit for any environment or application, and contains more than 40 managed and unmanaged industrial layer 2 switches for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Lantronix’s Ethernet switching and serial device server products are unique in offering 10-, 12- and 18-port models, which closely match the needs of industrial networks. These switches facilitate low-cost network evolution by allowing customers to pay only for the port counts and features they need. Many of the switches also feature flexible fiber-optic uplink capabilities via two small form-factor pluggable (SFP) connectors.

The industrial managed PoE switches are hardened devices designed to reliably operate in harsh environments, such as those found on factory floors, outdoor enclosures or other hazardous environments.

PoE+ switches are Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) devices that are designed to comply with the IEEE 802.3at 2009 and IEEE 802.3af 2003 standards and combine data received over a fiber optic link with -50VDC power. They deliver power to Powered Devices (PD) over unshielded twisted pair cabling. In addition, these industrial PoE+ switches provide all the benefits of PoE power.

The Lantronix product line was a perfect fit for Park Assist. In addition, the proven flexibility and high quality of Lantronix’s technology, as well as the company’s ability to deliver top-notch support services, helped Park Assist make the decision to select Lantronix as its solution provider.