Camden trials Smart Parking for its real-time bay sensor parking solution

World-leading provider of car parking technology and parking management services Smart Parking is to trial its SmartPark space finding solution for the London Borough of Camden.

SmartPark provides drivers with real-time information on unoccupied on-street car parking spaces in a city centre. The technology enables road users to find a parking space quickly and conveniently, cutting congestion and emissions.

The Camden trial encompasses the installation of 282 SmartEye sensors alongside SmartLink zone controllers in Fortress Road, Islip Street, Caversham Road, Gaisford Street, Greenland Road, Plender Street, Grangeway and Mornington Crescent. The trial will be installed by March 2014.

The Camden trial follows the announcement that Smart Parking is to install SmartPark for Westminster City Council. The Westminster deployment will see up to 10,000 SmartEye sensors installed in two phases across the central London Borough, The first phase encompasses 3,000 sensors installed at all paid-for and disabled parking bays across the West End.

Paul Gillespie, Smart Parking’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “we’re delighted to have been selected to trial SmartPark for Camden, and we look forward to demonstrating the value of the system within a second London authority. It’s a proven solution that can play a key role in helping city centre roads and parking spaces operate more efficiently. We’re sure that Camden’s residents, businesses and visitors will see the benefit of SmartPark in the months ahead.”

SmartPark comprises Smart Parking’s virtually flat, anti-slip profile RFID-equipped SmartEye sensors, which use infrared to detect when a vehicle has occupied a parking space. Real-time data is then used to populate appropriate devices with changes to parking space occupancy. Drivers access a dedicated mobile application via their iPhone or Android device to view a current picture of parking spaces near to them. They are then guided to the nearest unoccupied bay. Once parked, the application can also be configured to direct them to pay for parking via an authority’s chosen remote payment solution.