Australian Capital Territory

Industry consultation begins for Canberra's Smart Parking trial

A NEW real-time parking system that aims to reduce congestion and help drivers find parking spots is a step closer in Canberra, after the ACT Government last week commenced industry consultation for its Smart Parking trial.

Smart Parking is a system that is able to capture real time information on available parking spots by using technology such as in-ground sensors. Using smart phone apps and intelligent traffic signs, smart parking systems then guide people to an available parking space.

The Territory Government has released its draft Statement of Requirements to ensure that the trial takes into account advice from industry on technology and opportunities for innovation. The procurement process will commence in June 2015, with the trial commencing in the first quarter of 2016.

Car park at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Above: Car park at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra / by Bentley Smith.

In a statement, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr also announced that National ICT Australia Pty Ltd (NICTA) has been engaged as a Strategic Advisor for the Smart Parking trial.

"NICTA is Australia's information and communication technology centre of excellence and a key partner in the ACT Government's drive to establish Canberra as a smart city and centre for research and innovation," Mr Barr said.

"NICTA will play a significant role in this project through the design of the smart parking trial, which will help to ensure a positive outcome for the project."

Public consultation for the Smart Parking – transforming parking in the ACT discussion paper closed on 6 March 2015 and all feedback received will be considered throughout the trial design process. Feedback received reflected strong support for the trial.

More information is available from the ACT Government's Shared Services Procurement website at <http://www.procurement.act.gov.au/tenders/open_tenders>. The consultation period ends on 22 May 2015.

Photo: Car park at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra / '200601 car park beams' / Bentley Smith / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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