Australian-headquartered parking technology company Smart Parking has won a contract with Hobart City Council valued at approximately $800,000.
Paul Gillespie, group CEO of Smart Parking has commented on the Hobart Contract, “We are proud to announce the new contract with Hobart City Council. The continued uptake of our systems in Australia and beyond further cements our position as a world leader in the design, development and management of parking technology."
Partnering with Australian Parking and Revenue Control (APARC), Smart Parking will provide 2,100 sensors that will provide residents with real-time data on available parking spaces around Tasmania’s capital city.
According to APARC Hobart’s meters will be the first in Australia to accept payment via Apple Pay and will integrate the sensors with Parkeon’s 7-inch color screen parking meters. APARC will handle both payments through SimplePay, which is part of the APARC group.
Smart Parking's flush mounted sensors transmit live data to parking enforcement officers and connect to a fully streamed back-office, which can be remotely monitored from any location. Using the SmartApp users can check parking availability before setting off and with clear, simple directions find available on and off street parking.
In addition to the new contract in Hobart, Smart Parking has also received a contract extension from Hamilton City in New Zealand. In June, Smart Parking announced a contract entailing the provision of approximately 945 parking sensors for Hamilton City Council. Since the commencement of the project, the Hamilton City Council has expanded the project by 400 sensors.
The Hamilton and Hobart initiatives have put them at the forefront of the smart cities move happening all around the globe. This movement uses advances in Internet of Things (IoT) technology to create new solutions for the world’s increasingly complex and populous cities. The implementation of smart city projects enables governments to manage cities more effectively, shaping cities to become more convenient, energy efficient and livable.
Smart parking technology has been successfully implemented all around the world in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Roadify began in 2009 in New York City as a free app that help residents find parking spaces. Users enter the address of the spot they are leaving or see open on the street alerting others nearby of available spaces. The app has expanded to cities nationwide providing real-time transit information about schedules, delays, accidents and more from crowd-sourced information about local conditions.
In Los Angeles, low-power sensors and smart meters inform residents of available spaces in the city and users can pay for them through their mobile phones. Providing convenience and environmental benefits, smart parking also improved the utilisation of existing parking. Los Angeles saw a return on its parking investment within three months.