THE ACT Government last week released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to industry for the smart parking trial, which will commence early 2016 and aims to make it easier for drivers in Canberra to find free and paid parking both on-and off-street.
"Canberrans will soon benefit from the significantly reduced traffic congestion and efficiencies for business, governments and transport networks reported by other cities around the world after adopting smart parking," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said in a statement.
"The ACT Government will use a 12 month trial commencing in the first quarter of 2016 to assess the new smart parking service and how much easier it makes things for drivers by decreasing travel times, reducing 'circling' for parking and increasing car park vehicle turnover.
"This Request for Proposal will access market expertise to deliver an integrated service to drivers and ensure that the trial delivers value for money.
"Investing in smart parking is about enhancing our city centres and making it easier for Canberrans and visitors to drive and park in the Territory. We want a solution that is tailored to Canberra and works for the ACT community.
"Throughout the trial the ACT Government will work with the community and local businesses to test and seek feedback on smart parking technology and its effectiveness," Mr Barr said.
Last month, the ACT Government consulted with industry through a draft Statement of Requirements to inform the Request for Proposal. According to the government, feedback received from industry was very supportive of the trial.
Smart parking is a system that is able to capture real time information on parking occupancy by using technology such as in-ground sensors. Using smart phone apps and intelligent traffic signs, smart parking systems guide road users to available parking spots at their destination.