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Parking apps with an urban impact catch governments’ eyes

Parking apps with an urban impact catch governments’ eyes

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Building an app might be easy. Getting people to use it could be tougher. But you know you’ve got something big if you’ve got the government’s attention. TicketZen is one such app that caught the government’s eye when it promised to remind users of parking tickets and in the process “improve time to collection and […]

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Parking app raises safety concerns in Cleveland

Parking app raises safety concerns in Cleveland

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parker is an app that locates spots at open meters and parking lots. It’s been almost eighty days since the app was launched in Cleveland as part of a ninety-day pilot program, but the clock can’t tick down fast enough for safety advocates, who think customers are using the app while they’re behind the wheel. Concerned citizen […]

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When parking systems fail

When parking systems fail

| September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Professionals cite technological innovations as a key trend in the parking industry, but residents of Honolulu, Reno, and Arlington County, Virginia, may beg to differ. The local governments of each were recently required to replace or retire elements of their parking system, though the components were intended to improve upon outmoded technologies. The Department of […]

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Vigilante app or helpful aid for accessible parking?

Vigilante app or helpful aid for accessible parking?

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Winnipeg, Canada, became the testing ground last month for a mobile app that is either a boon for frustrated drivers, city revenues, and the disabled in search of accessible parking, or an enabling force for bounty hunters and nightmarish litigation. The app, called Spot Squad, allows users to take a photo of a parking violation—a […]

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The Netherlands gets its first smart parking system

The Netherlands gets its first smart parking system

| July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

Zoetermeer, the third largest city in the South Holland province of The Netherlands, becomes the country’s first to install a smart parking system as workers begin embedding the round, wireless parking sensors into each parking space in the city’s center. Once embedded, the sensors work by detecting a vehicle’s presence, information it then sends to […]

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Smartphone tech: not just for big-city parking

Smartphone tech: not just for big-city parking

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Announcements earlier this month from the nation’s largest city and the more modestly sized Walnut Creek, CA (population 65,211), suggest municipalities of all sizes are getting smarter about their parking meter systems. Bye-bye coins, credit card swipes, parking stickers, and paper receipts… On April 9, the City of New York announced two pilot programs, both […]

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