In recent years, the parking enforcement and mobility industry have shown quite some game changing developments. What can we expect in 2016?
1. Integration of technologies
In recent years, technological developments such as ANPR license plate scanning have boosted the efficiency of parking enforcement significantly. But of course, it doesn’t stop there. New identification and measurement technologies such as deployed in beacons and sensors, are increasingly being implemented in the parking management industry. This will result in new parking services such as Shop & Go, cargo parking areas and so on, and consequently, also in new enforcement models. While we will not see the driverless car entering the market yet in 2016, we do expect an increase of experiments in this field and in the Internet of Things in general. Yet, 0ne of the problems to overcome, is that legislation deplorably lags behind to the fast development of these innovations.
2. Leveraging on parking data analytics
Data gathered during the enforcement process and data on parking behaviour data, will be processed and analysed more structurally for further enforcement process optimization and revenue management. We will see an increase the deployment of smart business intelligence and reporting tools, such as our Agendum INFOMAN. At the same time, the advocacy of an open, secure digital economy is growing. As an example: the US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, strongly pleads for an open digital economy in which open data is shared, while respecting user privacy and security. As soon as municipalities will give access to parking data, this will open the way to provide motorists with information about parking space availability, dynamic pricing and so on.
3. Extension of paid parking enforcement towards broader scope
The number of municipalities that chooses digital parking and engage with scan technology and an IT platform in order to optimise the parking enforcement operation grows fast. Once digital parking and parking enforcement systems have been successfully implemented, municipalities are seeking ways to leverage new technological and IT means e.g. for other ends. They can be deployed for instance for illegal parking enforcement or environmental legislation enforcement. Once a car equipped with cameras is driving around, why not using the overview photos for the enforcement of illegal parking? Why shouldn’t we notify the relevant authority when we detect excessive litter or noise? How about equipping the vehicles with sensors in order to measure the degree of CO2 or specific particulates in the air? There are numerous ways to leverage on the new technology in order to increase the liveability of the urban area.