The Era of Smartphones
One of the most important inventions of the past 20 years, the smartphone forever changed how technology is able to be accessed and brought about a revolution in businesses worldwide. In the context of private parking, smartphone applications introduce many possibilities to improve the efficient use of parking spaces. A few examples of innovative applications are given below.
The Park It app is a peer-to-peer parking solution that allows users to share their parking spaces when they are not using them. When you go on vacation or business trips, you can manage your workplace parking space to allow other people to use it by sending the guest vehicle’s information to parking management or to their automated system. Hence parking spaces are much more efficiently utilized and the parking space owner also reduces the cost of renting them.
Another smartphone app, kipleCity, formerly kiplePark, utilizes LPR technology to streamline private parking management by processing payment directly in the app. When entering or exiting a parking facility supported by kipleCity, license plate readers at the gate can identify vehicles and charge them accordingly. For building tenants, the LPR technology can also identify tenant vehicles and allow access control solutions directly integrated with the app.
A full parking management solution is also available, provided by the ParkAide app. ParkAide displays full and empty parking bays to drivers, allows drivers to book a parking space and even points drivers to their cars if they have trouble remembering where they parked. On the business side, ParkAide analyzes usage statistics to allow management to better identify high-demand parking bays, lets management recommend empty parking bays and even integrates building security with an SOS button for users.