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Australian city trials sensor-based ‘smart’ parking system

The City of South Perth in Western Australia, in partnership with its parking equipment and systems supplier Australian Parking and Revenue Control (APARC), has installed new on-street bay sensor technology on a three-month trial period. The RFID-equipped SmartEye sensor from UK-based Smart Parking is a device that is surface flush mounted and records when a vehicle arrives and departs from a parking bay. The system is a cost effective method to ensure that motorists find vacant car parking spaces, while reducing traffic congestion, decreasing vehicle emissions, lowering enforcement costs, and reducing driver stress. The system is also able to provide the city council with comprehensive data that will enable profitable future town planning decisions to be made. The sensors will allow the city to have access to detailed parking data to review how many vehicles use particular areas, and how long they are parking for.

The city has decided to proceed with the trial as an improved way to manage parking in its most popular areas, with the real-time data provided by the sensors more efficient than the authority’s current process. Once a vehicle has overstayed the permitted time limit, a signal is sent from the sensor in the parking bay to the nearest council ranger’s smartphone device in real-time. The council hopes that the technology will also encourage a higher turnover of vehicles and deter people who are parking illegally for extended periods of time. Smart Parking’s CEO Paul Gillespie commented, “Our SmartPark solution is now making it easier for councils across the Perth metropolitan area to shape future management of limited parking spaces and improve access for users. With successful deployments in the Towns of Cottlesloe and Claremont, and the Cities of Vincent, Subiaco and Fremantle, we are confident that residents, businesses and visitors to City of South Perth will have their driving and parking experience transformed in the months and years ahead.”

Mayor of South Perth, Sue Doherty, said, “The new parking sensors are a great way to reduce officer time in continually patrolling the streets to mark up and monitor vehicles. With the in-ground sensors, rangers will be able to attend to other issues or incidents, while still monitoring illegal parking in the City. We expect they will also be a huge help to local businesses in the community, who often experience cars parking illegally, sometimes for the entire day. This causes problems for their customers to find a nearby car space, and at times will steer them away.”

June 24, 2015

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