Wellington City Council have undertaken a Smart City initiative to make the city a better place to live and work.
Wellington CBD is at the centre of the New Zealand and a popular tourist destination which encompasses parliament buildings, sandy beaches and a working harbour. A fair, efficient parking management system is an essential component of making a visit to Wellington enjoyable for visitors, fair to residents and profitable to local businesses.
Up until August 2016 drivers in the Capital have been paying for their parking sessions through nearby parking meters, returning to their car to display a ticket and then ensuring they are back in time before the ticket runs out, a sometimes stressful and annoying task.
In the backoffice, Wellington City Council has been managing parking through traditional methods: officers would patrol time-restricted areas, identifying overstays with the dated chalking method and issue infringement notices. Not only a tedious, time consuming and mundane task for parking enforcement officers but also an inefficient one as not all infringing vehicles can be identified.
Following a successful trial in early 2015, August 2016 saw Wellington City Council go live with Smart Parking’s SmartPark solution, and parking payment app PayMyPark.
The deployment includes a network of over 3,800 RFID equipped in-ground vehicle detection sensors which register whether each parking bay is occupied or vacant.
The information is fed instantaneously to the PayMyPark app, a simple to use app which provides drivers with real-time parking availability, guides them to free spaces and allows them to pay for the parking session straight from their smartphone device and extend their time remotely.
Data is then relayed live to SmartRep, Smart Parking’s powerful cloud-based software tool, which collates and analyses the data and will be used by the Council to understand how drivers use it's parking spaces - a vital resource in planning further improvements to Wellington’s parking systems.
Wellington CBD is at the centre of the New Zealand capital and a popular tourist destination which encompasses parliament buildings, sandy beaches and a working harbour. See how Smart Parking is building on the city's Smart Capital approach towards making better transport choices.
“The new system builds on our Smart Capital approach towards making transport choices easier. Having real-time information about parking space use is one step to understanding parking trends in the city. The information about parking space use, turnover and occupancy will help plan Wellington’s parking and transport needs."
Chief Operating Officer
Wellington City Council
By providing real-time parking availability functionality motorists now have a much better chance of finding an available and suitable parking space quickly and easily, reducing the amount of time spent idling / circling; increasing occupancy.
The introduction of PayBySpace technology means drivers just pay for the time they need and it’s done. No need to return to their vehicle to display a receipt. Not only does this improve the driver experience but it also indirectly helps local businesses by improving access to the CBD.
Real-time and historic data from SmartRep gives Wellington City Council the accurate information they need to access and implement more convenient ways to park in the Capital.
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Smart Parking has extensive experience working with councils and municipalities across the globe, most of which have a smart city initiative that includes a smart parking system as an integrated component.
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These display real-time information around space availability and car park capacity, as well as providing directions to encourage traffic ﬂow.