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Data driven smart city parking

Spot have developed world leading location based technology to map, digitize, and visualize parking assets

 
 
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Case Study - School Parking Finder

Spot was commissioned by the City of Parramatta to create an online, interactive resource to help improve pedestrian safety, ease congestion and increase compliance to parking restrictions around school zones.

Take a look at the School Parking Finder here.

 
 Spot's innovative asset collection and interpretation technology was repurposed to produce a time dynamic visualisation of the parking restrictions around schools.

Spot's innovative asset collection and interpretation technology was repurposed to produce a time dynamic visualisation of the parking restrictions around schools.

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Scope

Initially a pilot of 21 schools within the jurisdiction of the City of Parramatta were selected.  Following the success of this pilot, the project was expanded to include a further 37 schools.

The School Parking Finder has been developed from the outset as an easily scaleable and inexpensive solution to the problems faced at schools the world over during pick up and drop off times.


Safety

Research from Europe revealed that 30% to 50% of child pedestrian crashes involved visual obstacles – usually parked cars where children are emerging unsighted to cross the road (Child pedestrian's exposure, accidents and behaviour – Van der Molen). No stopping zones are well thought out and positioned in such a way as to maximise visibility for both pedestrians and drivers. Increased fines and demerits in active school zones were introduced to act as a deterrent to ignoring parking rules, however not everyone obeys these rules. 

The School Parking Finder dashboard leverages our data collection technology and allows time dynamic visualisation of parking restrictions.  New parents can easily familiarise themselves with the restrictions around their children’s schools, and plan their journey appropriately.

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Forward PlaNning

The School Parking Finder is designed to be used by new parents as part of an on-boarding process and can be accessed on desktop and mobile devices. 

The intuitive control panel allows drivers to forward plan, selecting any day of the week and any time during the 24hrs.  Along with the simple 3 colour legend, it is easy to interrogate the parking conditions in advance of a journey.

Take a look at the School Parking Finder here.  If you know of a school which could benefit from deploying Spot's School Parking Finder - we would love to hear from you, please get in touch.


 

Case Study - Bendigo CBD Parking Finder

Spot was commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo to create an online, interactive resource to help people understand restrictions and find parking.  The city wanted a particular focus on accessibility, so the Disability Inclusion Reference Committee of the city was consulted throughout the project.  The tool was designed to give more information for disabled visitors to the city to find parking spots which suited their specific needs.  In doing so, it is hoped that we can remove just one of the many difficulties faced by disabled people visiting new places.

 
 Spot's innovative parking asset collection and interpretation technology was used to produce a time dynamic visualisation of the parking restrictions in Bendigo's CBD, with a specific focus on disabled spots (pun intended!).

Spot's innovative parking asset collection and interpretation technology was used to produce a time dynamic visualisation of the parking restrictions in Bendigo's CBD, with a specific focus on disabled spots (pun intended!).


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Find the right Spot

A google maps enabled search function retrieves results most relevant to the Bendigo area, allowing users to search for addresses, roads, or businesses in the city.

Easily clickable display categories mean that people can find parking or stopping restrictions that are relevant for them.  For instance, search for nearby Loading Zones, Disabled Parking Areas, or Free Parking.   Alternatively, 'add all' and investigate parking restrictions nearby your destination in their entirety.


Community Focussed

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After an initial meeting with the Disability Inclusion Reference Committee, it was clear that there are myriad considerations for different people when considering if a parking spot is suitable for them.  It was decided that with their insight and help, each space would be given a rating against a number of factors; size of space, hoist suitability, and pram ramp access.

As well as catering to disabled users the tool remains highly relevant for all visitors to the city, due to the holistic approach to Spot's data collection which captures every metre of parking restrictions.  These include permit allowances, specific allowances for taxis, buses, and council vehicles.


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A POWERFUL DATABASE

Bendigo is one of the first cities in the world to have access to a digital database of interpreted time dynamic parking restrictions.  A by-product of Spot's data collection is that every single parking asset (think: signs, meters etc.) has had a high quality photo taken, it's geo-location accurately mapped, and the relevant parking restriction timetable interpreted. 

Whilst this project is still underway, it is clear that there are many options for Bendigo to leverage this geo-spatial database.  Indeed, the data acts as a foundational layer for more technology based services such as occupancy tracking, as well as serving as a powerful tool for the council to consider the current state of play when building their future parking strategy.  Watch this space for more exciting updates!

Take a look at the Bendigo CBD Parking Finder here

Are you involved with a council in Australia, or indeed a city elsewhere in the world?  We would love to chat if you are interested in hearing more about how Spot can quickly and affordably improve the lives cities constituents, as well as putting more 'smart' in your city - get in touch with us!

Spot Leadership Team

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Elizabeth Zealand
Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth is the former Chief Executive of Opal Card (Transport ticketing micropayment) in Sydney, and most recently General Manager of Transformation at the Australian Government Department of Human Services.


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Oliver Lewis
Chief Operating Officer

Oliver has worked in the UK motorsports industry as a race team manager, an ARDS licensed Race Driver Instructor, an event manager, and as co-founder and editor of a motorsports publication.  A career in the Royal Mail followed, most recently as a senior operations manager before moving to Australia and joining Spot.


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Mark Frumar
General Manager, North America

Mark brings 10 years of sales and management experience in corporate technology, selling on behalf of Microsoft around the globe from Sydney to New York. After gaining traction in the US market, Mark now heads up our North American operation based in Williamsburg, New York. 


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Scott Taylor
Chief Technology Officer

Scott has 20 years of experience in emerging technology frontiers, including 14 years at Telstra managing major application product teams within mobility and cloud domains.  Prior to Telstra, Scott spent many years performing technology consultancy for PwC, IBM GSA and BHP.

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Justin Miller
Data Officer

Justin has a background in Psychology and Literature. He is currently studying a Master’s of Data Science at Western Sydney Univerity and is passionate about science, statistics, and politics. 

 

We're Always Looking For Awesome People!

Here at startup Spot Parking, we are building something very unique and special. We are confident our technology fundamentally solves a significant problem common to all future smart city mobility needs… and we are looking for other dedicated and passionate individuals to help us get there.  Our team may be small, but we're growing rapidly and our aspirations are global. 

Be a part of an exciting opportunity to help shape smart cities of the future.  We are always on the look out for outstanding people, if that is you - reach out.

 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

If you think you have what it takes to be part of team Spot, please send through a Statement of Interest and/or CV to jennifer@spotparking.com.au.

Contact us

Thank you for making contact. The Spot Parking team aims to reply to all enquiries within 8 hours Monday to Friday. 

 

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