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RedStorm™ 2.1 Parking Guidance System

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1. General

1.1. Introduction
This document provides the general specification, description and functional requirements for the RedStorm™ 2.1 Parking Guidance System.

1.2. Description of the System
The RedStorm 2.1 Parking Guidance System is a stand-alone vehicle counting system that runs on its own multi-bus 485 network. It is TCIP/IP enabled and can be connected to the facility network with Signal-Tech’s Sign Control and Reporting Software. It can function as a global count, level by level count or campus-style count system, and is scalable and reconfigurable in the field. For expanded functionality the RedStorm 2.1 System can be integrated with both Signal-Tech Sign Control and Reporting Software and Smart Signs.

The system components include

2. Description of Operation

2.1. RedStorm System can operate as a stand-alone system without software (no PC required); it can be connected to the facility network with RedStorm Sign Control and Reporting Software; or integrated with Signal-Tech Smart Signs and the Sign Control and Reporting Software.

2.2. The System utilizes infrared sensing technology as the standard approach to vehicle detection. It can also interface with other sensing technologies that provide a dry contact relay, such as inductance loops or gate operation (supplied by others).

2.3. Signal-Tech Overhead Sensors support unidirectional and bidirectional traffic flow. Their sensing overlap has the ability to filter pedestrian traffic and narrow 3" deep sensing zone prevents tailgating miss-counts

2.4. The system supports global facility counting, level by level counting and campus-wide counting, as well as multiple entry and exit points at the same facility or facilities.

2.5. By counting vehicles and knowing the capacity of each zone, RedStorm 2.1 can calculate the number of open parking spaces.

2.6. The SuperMaster Control Center communicates updated space counting to signage in real-time and to the Sign Control and Reporting Software when integrated.

2.7. The System has a built-in automatic count reset feature to simplify maintenance.

3. RS485 Network Requirements

3.1. Daisy-chain network topology required. (Refer to 3.6 for typical system topology.)

3.2. Must conform to EIA/TIA-485-A standards.

3.3. Maximum communication cable length should not exceed 4,000 feet for each RS-485 network.

3.4. Each RS-485 network can support up to of 32 devices. DZ Counters and sign displays are considered individual devices.

3.5. Properly grounded communication and power wiring should be run through separate conduits to avoid cross-over interference. Additional protection against voltage transients on the network is highly recommended

3.6. Typical System Topology

RedStorm Network Requiremnets

4. System Components

4.1. RedStorm 2.1 SuperMaster Controller
The SuperMaster Control Center gathers data from each transition point and updates the zone counts, updates all signage and logs important statistics. The Control Center consists of one SuperMaster Controller with an Ethernet port and a 120-240VAC power supply for input power. Components are mounted on a panel and enclosed in a NEMA 4X rated enclosure.


Input Voltage 100-240VAC

0.4 Amp at 120VAC

Internal, Real-Time Clock


Supports 8 separate RS-485 networks

Each network supports 32 devices with maximum network length of 4,000 linear feet per network.
9600bps, 8-N-1


Backlit LCD Screen; 4 lines, 20 characters

Permanent Memory

Custom formatted, factory provided SD multimedia card. Prior to power interruption, counts stored in permanent memory

Optional Network Requirements

When connecting to RedStorm Sign Control and Reporting Software use Ethernet DHCP static lease.

4.2. DZ Counter (differential counter)
The DZ Counter monitors in/out vehicle counts at each transition and communicates them upon request to the SuperMaster Controller. Each DZ Counter can support up to four (4) sensor pairs or eight (8) loop detection units. The DZ Counter is housed in a NEMA rated enclosure.


Input voltage 0.25 Amp @ 120 VAC


RS485 Network Port

Sensor Inputs

Four (4) Sensor pair Connections

4.3. Signal-Tech Overhead Sensor
Installed in pairs with each DZ Counter. Sensors are used to detect vehicles and their travel direction. Sensors are capable of unidirectional and bidirectional vehicle counting.


Power supplied by DZ Counter. DC Power 12-24 VDC, 100mA maximum consumption


Each sensor includes a 16 foot long cable for connecting the sensor to its corresponding DZ Counter. Cable may be lengthened (in the field by others) to a maximum of 350 feet using 4 conductor, 18 gauge cable.

Temperature Range

-4 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit

4.4 Space Available Signage
Custom designed signs with LED 7-segment boards for displaying counts. Signage is sized to display counts for a single level or entire garage.


Input voltage 120-277VAC or 12-24VDC


Pre-wired, corrosion resistant, mitered extruded aluminum cabinet with factory applied interior anti-condensation coating..


Fade resistant, high-performance, acrylic polyurethane enamel finish. Graphics in high performance, commercial grade vinyl; computer cut, factory applied.


Wall, ceiling, direct burial post mount, or base plate post mount.

4.5. Optional Signal-Tech Sign Control and Reporting Software (Software)

4.5.1. The RedStorm Sign Control and Reporting Software organizes and manages RedStorm Systems and Smart Signs on the facility network.

Computer Requirements

Window 7 or higher
Recommended: Server grade computer with backup power located in a secured area

Network Requirements

DHCP enabled

4.5.2. Functionality with the RedStorm Parking Guidance System Collects and stores RedStorm System parking data Has ability to interface with one or multiple RedStorm Systems on the network. Monitor garage/lot usage Adjust counts and capacities within a zone or system Assign common names to entrances, exits and transitions to simplify reporting, maintenance and troubleshooting Schedule count maintenance by zone Sends email alerts when atypical system activity occurs Export data in .csv format Create customize parking usage reports, trend and turnover analysis, predictive analysis Use to reconcile revenue for theft prevention Supports a live XML feed of available space counts, giving the users the ability to display open space counts through web services

4.5.3. Additional Functionality when integrated with a RedStorm System and Smart Signs Display counts on space available signs in remote locations via Ethernet Control wayfinding and directional Smart Signs based on real-time parking occupancy, event, day and/or time Manage garage and traffic from one platform

4.5.4. Compatible with the following Signal-Tech Smart Signs S-TCL Series Outdoor Blank-out Direct-view LED signs S-SA Series Space Available Signs S-PHX Series Outdoor Blank-out LED Backlit Signs S-PHXF Series Outdoor LED Backlit Signs S-TCIL Series LED Traffic Controllers S-VMS Series Rebel Programmable Displays

4.6. Optional Signal-Tech LED Smart Signs

Electrical (input voltage at the sign)

12-24V or 120-277V Based on sign series
UL/cUL Listed for wet locations


A wired Ethernet network connection at the sign and a static lease on the network

Illumination & Construction

LED illumination. Construction varies by sign series


Duranodic Bronze. Custom paint colors or color match services available.


Surface, ceiling, side, post and recessed mounting available