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Westerville progresses smart city plans with parking pilot

The US city will test the technology in the popular Uptown District to reduce traffic congestion, providing citizens with real-time information on open spaces.

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Smart parking technology can provide real-time information on available parking lots
Smart parking technology can provide real-time information on available parking lots

The City of Westerville, Ohio, has installed a smart parking system as part of its plans to become a smarter city.

 

The city will test the Fybr Smart Parking Space Availability Technology in the popular Uptown District to reduce traffic congestion by providing citizens with accurate, real-time information for finding open spaces in parking lots.

 

Turn-by-turn directions

 

Fybr’s smart parking sensors and applications allow drivers to find parking in real-time and provide turn-by-turn directions to open spaces, allowing both consumers and cities to make better, more informed decisions about parking.

 

The city will be testing the programme over the next 14 months in four Uptown off-street parking lots. Fybr has completed the installation and testing will begin in late May.

 

"If this is successful, we will extend it out to the bounds of parking lots in Uptown and then also our on-street parking,” said David Collinsworth, city manager.


Fybr’s Parking Sensor III, which has a 10-year battery life, claims to offer a highly accurate, low-cost solution for detecting vehicles in a wide range of spaces, including on-street, in surface lots, and garages.

"If this is successful, we will extend it out to the bounds of parking lots in Uptown and then also our on-street parking”

"We are excited to be a part of Westerville’s move to becoming a smart city," said Bob Glatz, CEO of Fybr. "Given our history with large-scale parking sensor deployments, we are confident in our ability to meet or exceed the city’s expectations."

 

In March, Fybr was selected to move forward with an expansion of a parking pilot with the City of Columbus, Ohio. The city also tested the Parking Space Availability system via its ParkColumbus mobile app.

 

After a three-month trial and evaluation, Fybr’s smart parking solution was selected to provide real-time occupancy data of on-street parking information in the Short North Arts District.

 

Following the successful pilot, Columbus plans to expand the programme with the deployment of additional parking sensors.

 

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