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Infographic: Reasons to Introduce a Paid Parking Program

Infographic: Reasons to Introduce a Paid Parking Program

A city finds its downtown free parking situation is out of control when cars are frequently parked way beyond posted time limits.  This creates a lack of space turnover and leads to a loss in revenue for nearby businesses. If not properly managed, the effects can...

Less Expensive Parking Meters Today Will Cost You Tomorrow

Less Expensive Parking Meters Today Will Cost You Tomorrow

Budget constraints are a major concern for cities all over the country and around the world. Additionally, I‘ve never had a discussion with cities or councils where they complain about having too many people on staff…. Rather, it’s the opposite. Becoming more...

The Rise of Smart Cities

The Rise of Smart Cities

In our current age of Machine to Machine communication (M2M), the Internet of Things (IoT), and now the Internet of Everything (IoE), all of which incorporate autonomous functions and ‘machine learning’ into their performance, everyone’s talking about Smart Cities,...

How Free Parking Is Costing Your City

How Free Parking Is Costing Your City

The challenges free parking policies present have long been known – since the first parking meter was installed in 1935. The negative financial impact of free parking policies was examined more recently in the book The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup and...

Smart City, Smart Parking – How One City Implemented a New Paid Parking Program that was Embraced by the Public

Smart City, Smart Parking – How One City Implemented a New Paid Parking Program that was Embraced by the Public

A city finds its downtown “free parking” situation is out of control when cars are frequently parked way beyond posted time limits, enforcement is spotty due to overworked parking personnel and irate business owners protest complain about lack of parking space turnover. When complaints pile up along with loss of revenue due to the inefficiencies of free parking, the city will consider the implementation of paid parking meters to address the problems.

How Smart Technology Just Revolutionized Your Parking Space

How Smart Technology Just Revolutionized Your Parking Space

We are in the middle of a new technological revolution. As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes an increasingly prevalent force in our lives, industries from health care to agriculture are discovering just how useful smart devices can be. For city administrators often...

International Insights: An American Perspective on European Parking

International Insights: An American Perspective on European Parking

During a recent business trip to the UK, I was dining with my colleagues at a local eatery. After settling in at our table, the waitress asked if she could take our drink order. Surprisingly, it took a lot of back and forth to understand each other on account of our accents and to our shock and dismay, we learned that not ALL restaurants in the UK carry beer!

Technology in Parking

Technology in Parking

Being a customer service manager in this industry has given me more insight into technology’s impact on parking operations. While no one can predict the future, we can say without a doubt that the role of parking technology has evolved more in that past 10 years, than the previous 50….

Mobile is the Way Forward

Mobile is the Way Forward

In recent years we’ve seen the advent of some amazing technologies, more notably the advent of the mobile phone which has been connected to the greater Internet via data streams, Wi-Fi hotspots, etc.

Simply, mobile is the way forward….

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