Westminster City Council's ground-breaking deployment of SmartPark, our solution that helps drivers find a parking space quickly and conveniently, has won both the prestigious 2014 British Parking Awards Parking Technology award and the Innovation in Technology category at the 2014 Real IT Awards.
Westminster and Smart Parking beat off nine other entries shortlisted at the British Parking Awards from a long list of 15 to secure the award, with the accolade underlining the strengths and benefits of the technology and the project.
The success in the Innovation in Technology category at the Real IT Awards saw our deployment chosen ahead of a shortlist of entries from some of the world's most prestigious businesses – Kimberley-Clark, Tata Steel, Marston's Pubs and retail chain GAME. According to the judges "the innovation had very clear goals and ambitions and clearly worked very well. The solution demonstrates great use of modern technology to solve real world issues in a simple and successful way."
Smart Parking and Westminster also finished as runner-up in the Awards' overall Project of The Year behind the Volkswagen Group, and in the Best Use of Mobile Technologies behind GlaxoSmithKline.
The initial three year long contract in Westminster is seeing us deploy up to 10,000 SmartEye sensors in two phases across the central London borough, with an initial phase of over 3,000 bay sensors installed in spaces across the West End.
Kieran Fitsall, Westminster City Council Service Development Manager commented: “Westminster City Council's parking team is thrilled to have won these two awards. We have worked hard with Smart Parking on a system we believe will make a genuine difference to motorists searching for a parking space in Westminster.”
Smart Parking's Charlie Leaper added: “We're really pleased that Westminster has won these prestigious awards, and we are confident that residents, businesses and visitors will have their driving and parking experience transformed. Smart Parking's solution is becoming the blueprint for how every large city will be managing parking in the future, and we're excited to be at the forefront of this change.”