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24 October 2012

Streetline heads for first European deployment of smart parking technology

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Justin Bean
Justin Bean shows off Streetline's sensor technology.
Streetline’s smart parking technology, which is already well established in the US in cities such as Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Washington, DC, is about to achieve its first European deployment, in the German city of Braunschweig.

This follows the announcement earlier this year that Streetline and Siemens had entered into a strategic partnership to offer integrated parking solutions to municipalities around the globe.

Streetline’s sensor technology sits in the road surface and provides real-time information on whether or not on and off-street parking spaces are occupied. Customers, meanwhile, can use the free, downloadable ‘Parker’ app, which is available for both iPhone and Android operating systems, and be guided directly to wherever there is availability, know the amount of parking time left and also make payments via their mobile devices.

The solution’s flexibility and user-friendliness is exemplified by the Washington, DC deployment, says the company’s Justin Bean: “Commuters can be told en route whether stations’ parking lots are full and so to continue on to the next station. They can then pay once they’re parked and are on the train, saving them the time of having to pay and then sprint along the platform to catch their ride.”

Meanwhile, apps for cities, corporations and the like allow detailed analysis of parking habits and can be used, for instance, to better mould the transport services offered across a variety of modes.

The Braunschweig deployment will use 125 sensors and networking equipment. As well as providing users with information it will also provide a platform for the DLR (German Aerospace Center) to do on-going research on parking infrastructure and services as part of its Transportation and Mobility portfolio.

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