SmartApp - the Smart way to find a place to park

Drivers looking to find live availability updates for on-street parking spaces in busy town centres can now take advantage of SmartApp - the app that makes finding a parking space easy.

SmartApp is the key consumer interface of SmartPark, an integrated package of leading-edge technology that has been developed by Smart Parking to help drivers check on the real-time availability of parking spaces close to them.

The SmartPark solution encompasses SmartEye in-ground sensors, which transmit real time space occupancy status information. This data populates SmartApp with current on-street parking space availability, and is also used to update enforcement, payment and management capabilities.

Once the driver has chosen where they want to park, SmartApp then guides the driver to their selected space.

The app, which is a free download for iPhone and Android, also gives the driver details on payment methods, including the location ID of a space so that payments can be made via their smartphone.

Depending on how SmartPark has been configured by the local authority, SmartApp can also provide details of off-street parking across a city centre, with cost, maximum stay rules and hours also provided.

Commenting, Charlie Leaper, Chief Operating Officer for Smart Parking, said that SmartApp was a key component in helping to improve the efficiency of traffic flow in the heart of the city.

“30% of traffic in a city centre consists of motorists searching for a place to park their car – and, to make matters worse, around 15% of parking spaces go unoccupied even at the busiest times – simply because drivers are unaware of the location of available bays”, says Leaper.

“SmartPark, of which SmartApp is a key component, provides drivers with up-to-date and accurate information on available spaces so that they can find an available parking space quickly and conveniently. SmartPark helps reduce congestion and cut vehicle emission totals in a busy area. For local authorities, its deployment can lower enforcement costs - and it also makes for a much more convenient and enjoyable visit into town. SmartApp will help city centres secure a more efficient, better integrated, safer and more sustainable transport infrastructure.”

Drivers who want to download the free App should search for SmartApp in the App Store from their iPhone or from the Google Play store from an Android device.