Smartphone apps put parking spots at your fingertips
A growing number of drivers are turning to a high-tech solution for a low-tech problem — finding a parking spot in the nation’s congested cities.
From Pittsburgh to Los Angeles — and dozens of cities in between — mobile applications are becoming available to ease drivers’ search for a place to park.
The problem doesn’t always stem from too few spots, but from not enough information about where to find available parking, said Kelly Schwager, the chief marketing officer for Streetline, a smart parking provider.

Smartphone apps put parking spots at your fingertips

A growing number of drivers are turning to a high-tech solution for a low-tech problem — finding a parking spot in the nation’s congested cities.

From Pittsburgh to Los Angeles — and dozens of cities in between — mobile applications are becoming available to ease drivers’ search for a place to park.

The problem doesn’t always stem from too few spots, but from not enough information about where to find available parking, said Kelly Schwager, the chief marketing officer for Streetline, a smart parking provider.

IBM launches city parking analytics system | IT World

IBM’s Smarter Parking Starter Kit equips parking meters with sensors and analyzes the resulting information

IBM has launched a system designed to help cities ease parking congestion and collect more parking fees, the company announced Wednesday. The service could also help motorists find parking spaces more easily in crowded urban areas.

"The existing parking systems are pretty inefficient [in terms] of how cities manage them," said Vinodh Swaminathan, IBM’s director of intelligent transportation systems. "Think of a parking spot as a revenue-producing asset. With the ability to instrument these assets, we can manage them far more efficiently," he said.

IBM is offering this system in conjunction with San Francisco-based startup Streetline, which offers remote sensors that can determine if a parking space is taken by a car. IBM provides the analytical software, by way of a cloud service, that aggregates data from these sensors so it can be used to better understand how a city’s parking spaces are used over time.

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The winner is Streetline !
Streetline have been announced winner of IBM SmartCamp 2010. Streetline uses sensors that allow citizens to find inexpensive parking fast while helping cities manage their parking resources more efficiently. Treemetrics and Sproxil were also highlighted with special recognition for the important work they are doing. Congratulations to them and all the regional winners and participants from across the world in what has been a truly inspiring competition.

smartercities:

The winner is Streetline !

Streetline have been announced winner of IBM SmartCamp 2010. Streetline uses sensors that allow citizens to find inexpensive parking fast while helping cities manage their parking resources more efficiently. Treemetrics and Sproxil were also highlighted with special recognition for the important work they are doing. Congratulations to them and all the regional winners and participants from across the world in what has been a truly inspiring competition.

IBM Announces Silicon Valley’s Smartest Green SMB Startups

Last year 80 percent of the participating start-ups got some kind of funding by going to SmartCamp, according to IBM’s reckoning. IBM states that the twin goals of the SmartCamp program, part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur initiative, is to bring new technologies to market faster, and address pressing issues such as energy, the environment, and healthcare.

The Silicon Valley winners were:

CareCloud, a Florida firm seeking to use the cloud to modernize the workflow of medical practices, putting physicians in touch with each.

Streetline, a San Francisco firm that seeks to let cities manage parking, and drivers find parking spaces, using sensors.