No more parking space frustration!
For a city to become a smart city, a series of challenges must be overcome. One of these challenges is intelligent parking.
Who hasn’t seen it? Overstuffed city centers, overpriced parking lots, endless trips around the block – the search for a parking space can really get on your nerves, especially in cities. With this search accounting for approximately one-third of downtown traffic, clever control could reduce traffic jams and emissions. At the same time, the city authorities could collect more money: Thanks to automatic billing, no more parking offenders would espace. That would be smart, wouldn’t it?
Traffic information in real time
The US start-up company Streetline, Inc. is devoted to precisely this topic; it offers a whole portfolio of smart parking solutions – from street sensors to smartphone apps to highly specialized system management software.
For example, sensors are inserted into the markings of parking spaces on the pavement in order to record the current availability of parking spaces. The free parking spaces are located via GPS and, thanks to the prize-winning app “Parker™ by Streetline,” displayed for drivers in real time. In addition, it is also possible to get extra information such as business hours, fees, and usage conditions in advance and even – where offered – to pay parking fees via cell phone.
For cities, traffic authorities, and other operators of parking spaces, Streetline offers a set of parking-related, real-time applications as well as the analysis of historic data. This intelligent data recording and analysis simplifies the specification of optimal parking regulations, makes the handling of parking procedures more efficient, improves the flow of traffic, and thus reduces the ecological footprint of a city. According to the company, it would be possible to save 670,000 liters of gasoline a year if 100,000 drivers were to use the parking app three times a week. That’s pretty smart.
“Whole trip” efficiency
The acquisition of a controlling majority in the Californian company Streetline, Inc. allows Kapsch TrafficCom to combine its electronic toll and traffic control systems with state-of-the-art smart parking applications and the associated data analysis. The goal is the provision of intelligent mobility solutions that will help drivers achieve “whole-trip” efficiency. That’s really smart!
The company headquarters of Streetline are in Foster City, California. The company is represented with smart parking activities in the USA, Canada, and Europe. In 2014, Streetline achieved sales of USD 2.7 million. The company was voted one of the 10 most innovative companies in the transport sector by Fast Company as well as IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Streetline was also nominated as Best Mobile Innovation for “Smart Cities” at the 2013 Mobile World Congress for its Parker application. This is in addition to the nomination as a Gartner 2013 Cool Company, the 2013 Frost & Sullivan North American Competitive Strategy Leadership Award, and in September 2014, selection for the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Congress Hall of Fame.
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