Australian Capital Territory

Smart Parking Ltd selected to deliver ACT Government's smart parking trial in Manuka

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr last week announced that Smart Parking Ltd (SPL) has been chosen to deliver the government's smart parking trial in Manuka, with construction to start this week.

Mr Barr said the smart parking trial is an example of the ACT Government's commitment to better transport in Canberra and forms part of a number of other initiatives to help manage Canberra's growth by reducing congestion and ensuring Canberra remains the world's most liveable city.

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

"In the last few weeks we have welcomed ridesharing to the capital and announced the creation of Transport Canberra, a single agency responsible for the integration of buses with the new light rail network," Mr Barr said.

"This latest transport improvement measure will help address parking issues in major town centres such as Manuka. Smart Parking will offer advantages to Manuka's retailers and businesses as improved turnover of parking spaces will give shoppers greater access in a more convenient and efficient manner.

"The Manuka smart parking trial will use innovative technology to save drivers time, reduce traffic delays and provide a better overall user experience."

As part of the trial, drivers will be able to use a smart phone app and four intelligent traffic signs to be guided to an available parking space, while real time information on parking availability will be captured through 460 in-ground sensors.

Smart Parking's Group Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gillespie expressed his delight at securing the ACT Government contract.

"We are thrilled to have been chosen by the ACT Government to deploy our technology in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Our tried and tested SmartPark solution will play a key role in helping its roads and parking spaces operate more efficiently delivering real benefits for both drivers and local business," Mr Gillespie said.

"We are confident that residents, businesses and visitors to Canberra will embrace this new innovative technology and see their driving and parking experience transformed for the better."

According to the government, the company has more than 70 per cent of the smart parking market globally and have undertaken parking projects in Claremont, Western Australia, in the United Kingdom and the New Zealand cities of Auckland, New Plymouth and Taupo.

The service is due to be available in the first quarter of 2016. More information is available from the ACT Government's Smart Parking Trial website at <http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/policystrategic/smart-parking-trial>.

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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