March is the time of year when the UK parking and civil enforcement sector stages its very own awards ceremony – the British Parking Awards.
The Awards have become an important date in the diary for many professionals within the industry, as a panel of expert judges seek to recognise and reward excellence across a broad range of categories.
This year’s event was no exception. Staged at the Lancaster Hotel in London, and hosted by Iranian comedienne Shappi Khorsandi, the awards lunch saw almost 600 attendees from across the private and public sectors eager to find out who had been successful.
While it’s always interesting to see who wins which category and how the judges make their selection, there is more edge to it when you are involved in an entry submission. Win, and you are elated. Lose, and you have to wear a brave face!
Smart Parking was in this position as our client Westminster City Council was a nominee in the prestigious Parking Technology category for our deployment of SmartPark, our solution that helps drivers find a parking space quickly and conveniently.
While we were all cautiously confident, we were also aware that this was the event’s most competitive category. To win, we would need to beat off nine other entries shortlisted from 15 entries.
It was with baited breath that we waited while the winner was announced. You can imagine the delight when we heard that we had won.
It’s worth remembering that our project with Westminster is seeing us deploy up to 10,000 SmartEye sensors in two phases across the city, with an initial phase of over 3,400 bay sensors installed in spaces across the West End. The scheme will take the stress out of searching for a parking space for millions of motorists in some of the busiest parts of Central London.
Our client was, of course absolutely thrilled that the scheme won, underlining their confidence in how SmartPark will make a genuine difference to motorists searching for a parking space in Westminster. For us, it was more vindication that the solution is receiving recognition from experts, and that it is the Smart Parking system that is now becoming the blueprint for how every large city will be managing parking in the future.
We will certainly be shouting long and loud about this success at InterTraffic and at Parkex later this year, as it further reinforces our message that SmartPark is now the number one choice for municipal authorities around the world where cutting congestion, lowering pollution and managing access to parking more cost-efficiently are high priorities.