Chapter 2: Literature Review
2.2 Existing parking and vehicle control mobile application
Figure 126.96.36.199 the new user registration, login and vehicle control screenshot.
Parkmobile is an application to control the vehicle in the specific country. Besides that, it also starting a parking and vehicle control for University due to the needs of a customer. The parkmobile required a user to register before using the application due to consideration of security. As refer to figure 188.8.131.52 the left-hand side picture shows the registration form for a customer and the right-hand side is the parking and vehicle control module on the parkmobile application where need the user to provide those details to register the location they had park their car. In addition, due to the advance of technology, the company starting to introduce the function of use touch ID to login instead of entering manually in order to protect customer privacy.
Figure 184.108.40.206 show the ways to retrieve parking zone number The figure 220.127.116.11 show the ways of Parkmobile to retrieve the parking zone number. The user can look for Parkmobile sign or sticker. After registered, the user can use the Parkmobile application to type in the zone number listed on the sign in order to start a parking session (Parkmobile, 2016). This module is useful for a user where the car parking place doesn’t provide or have an unclear parking zone number.
By using Parkmobile, there are provides a good design of registration form for a user in order to protect the user confidential data. Also, the parkmobile provide a convenie nt ways for user to login by using the touch ID to login directly rather than enter username and password manually. Besides that, they are trying to use the QR technology to automate some parking process which will convenient for a user. Also, the registrat io n of vehicle parking is simple enough where the user always didn’t like to enter many data.
The main problem on this mobile application are the QR code scanner might take a long time to scan the parking zone due to unclear printing of the QR code. Besides that, the QR code sticker also might be destroyed or affected by the weather then the QR code may be harder or cannot scan and proceed it into words.
2.2.2 gtechana (officer parking right)
The figure 18.104.22.168 show the mobile parking application from Gtechana Company. From the diagram, the mobile application showed that the convenient ways to enables a user to enter a car plate using voice detection and car plate camera scanner. Besides that, the user can directly click the speak logo button and then speak out the car plate number, therefore the mobile application can analyse the voice and then convert it to the data.
After capturing the car plate number, the mobile application will check the car plate number had paid the parking fees or not. Also, the other ways for a user to enter the car plate are using a phone camera to capture images and then the application will analyse the image in order to capture the car plate number from the images. Besides that, the user needs to select which parking zone they are entered. Those parking zoning all are listing in a drop-down list, the user can direct choose from the drop-down list rather than entering the details manually.
Figure 22.214.171.124 show the vehicle registration forms of the officer parking applicatio n.
The mobile application provides a very simple user interface for user to enter the car details manually. This registration is for user to register their parking vehicle for payment purpose.
The parking control application provides flexible ways for a user to enter the car plate number into the mobile application such as using voice detection and images, besides that, the register form are easy for a user to read the font clearly due to smaller screen size are always the majority problem on the smartphone. By using this application, it will eliminate errors due to manual entry of wrong information, incomplete notice and etc (Gtechna, 2016).
The main weakness of this mobile application is the processing time. The mobile application required to take a long time to scan and detect the user input which is the car plate number. Also, the user interface is too simple due to the color problem. A user might not trust an application that with a very simple user interface. Lastly, the application developer should be considered to design a new button which provides a clear all function for convenience user when they want to re-enter all the data.
2.2.3 Spot Squad
The figure 126.96.36.199 show the Spot squad mobile application. This application provides a module which a report a car who are breaking the rules and regulation to authorit ies.
Besides that, the user is required to report what are the problem at the parking area and then input with car plate number either enter manually or using the phone camera to capture the car plate image for mobile application to perform analyse tasks.
Furthermore, it also requests a user to capture an image as an evidence in step 2.
The Spot Squad mobile application provides a special module for a user which are reporting a problem related to parking such as double parked or handicap parking. Also, the each step are clearly stated on the mobile application where a user will not get lost while using the application. Furthermore, it also allows a user to enter car plate manually or using the car plate camera scanner which is more flexible for a user.
The Spot Squad mobile application might not easily to recover when a user makes mistake. For example, when the user in step 3 but the user had made mistake on step 1, therefore required to exit and then enter the module again. Also, the option that provides user to select the vehicle problems that may be restricted where some of the situatio n cannot be described by just few wording such as a small accident that happened on that campus.