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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San Francisco Parklets Provide New Public Waysides
San Francisco’s new parklets program is adding dozens of street-side public spaces for you to enjoy. This innovative initiative replaces parked cars with seating and landscaping, to the benefit of weary walkers and local businesses. Read more.

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San Francisco Parklets Provide New Public Waysides

San Francisco’s new parklets program is adding dozens of street-side public spaces for you to enjoy. This innovative initiative replaces parked cars with seating and landscaping, to the benefit of weary walkers and local businesses. Read more.

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The San Francisco-based start up, formed four years ago, has devised a network of smart sensors, literally glued to the road, to monitor parking spaces. When a car parks in a slot, the magnetic sensor detects the car’s presence, and pings a message. That message is relayed through the network back to the main server marking the slot as taken. The sensors, each powered by a couple of AA batteries that will power it for several years, are connected to each other in a low-power mesh, each talking to the one next to it. At intervals are relay stations that pick up the data and pass it back over the regular mobile phone network. That data can then be used in two ways: firstly, via apps for smartphones, to tell drivers where the places are, and secondly it allows the city to use its real estate much more effectively.

Quote found in the WSJ Tech Europe blog post "Winning Technology Locates Parking Spaces Across Cities" by author Ben Rooney
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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.

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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.

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.

Streetsblog New York City » Park Smart Pilot Has Cut Traffic in Park Slope, DOT Finds
They call it No-Park Slope for a reason: At many times of day, motorists looking for a legit spot in this Brooklyn neighborhood wind up cruising the streets endlessly in frustration. Because on-street parking spaces are some of the cheapest real estate in the city, drivers snap up the bargain and create parking shortages, leading to excess traffic and double-parking. In the end, everyone pays for the cheap price of parking: motorists who lose time, pedestrians and cyclists endangered by excessive traffic and double-parking, and bus riders delayed by congestion. Now it looks like there’s some relief in sight. NYCDOT’s Park Smart program, which raises the price of on-street spaces when demand is highest, has helped more people find parking in Park Slope while relieving the traffic caused by cruising for a space, according to new data released by the agency. In Park Slope, the only Park Smart pilot area outside Manhattan so far, meter rates went up 75 cents per hour along parts of Fifth and Seventh Avenues between noon and 4 p.m. (when curb spaces are scarce and traffic is intense), bringing the total to $1.50 per hour. The goal is to increase parking turnover, freeing up spaces sooner so motorists spend less time searching for a spot. 

Streetsblog New York City » Park Smart Pilot Has Cut Traffic in Park Slope, DOT Finds

They call it No-Park Slope for a reason: At many times of day, motorists looking for a legit spot in this Brooklyn neighborhood wind up cruising the streets endlessly in frustration. Because on-street parking spaces are some of the cheapest real estate in the city, drivers snap up the bargain and create parking shortages, leading to excess traffic and double-parking. In the end, everyone pays for the cheap price of parking: motorists who lose time, pedestrians and cyclists endangered by excessive traffic and double-parking, and bus riders delayed by congestion. Now it looks like there’s some relief in sight. NYCDOT’s Park Smart program, which raises the price of on-street spaces when demand is highest, has helped more people find parking in Park Slope while relieving the traffic caused by cruising for a space, according to new data released by the agency. In Park Slope, the only Park Smart pilot area outside Manhattan so far, meter rates went up 75 cents per hour along parts of Fifth and Seventh Avenues between noon and 4 p.m. (when curb spaces are scarce and traffic is intense), bringing the total to $1.50 per hour. The goal is to increase parking turnover, freeing up spaces sooner so motorists spend less time searching for a spot. 

Find and Share Parking With  Open Spot App | Android Central
Finding a parking spot just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s new Open Spot app for Android. The concept is simple enough, fire up the app to see what spots are near (.9 mile radius) you, and the color of the pin tells you how long it’s been since someone marked it. Red means ‘freshly-marked’, orange pins mean the spot was marked 5 minutes ago, and the yellow spots are older than 10 minutes — after 20 minutes they disappear.

Find and Share Parking With Open Spot App | Android Central

Finding a parking spot just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s new Open Spot app for Android. The concept is simple enough, fire up the app to see what spots are near (.9 mile radius) you, and the color of the pin tells you how long it’s been since someone marked it. Red means ‘freshly-marked’, orange pins mean the spot was marked 5 minutes ago, and the yellow spots are older than 10 minutes — after 20 minutes they disappear.

New  system helps locate car park spaces 
A research group from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Department of Telecommunications and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering, led by José López Vicario and Antoni Morell, took part in the development of a new system which locates unoccupied car park spaces and guides users to the nearest one. 

New system helps locate car park spaces

A research group from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Department of Telecommunications and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering, led by José López Vicario and Antoni Morell, took part in the development of a new system which locates unoccupied car park spaces and guides users to the nearest one. 

CarParkingPlace:  Easily Remember Where You Parked Your Car
Once you open this web app on your mobile phone’s browser, you can save your parking location along with specific latitude and longitude information. Once you mark that as your parking spot, you can send it to yourself via email or SMS. Later, when you are trying to find your car, just open the webpage again and you will see 2 markers. The red marker will show your current location while the blue one would show your parking space. You can even create a route to your parking location just by clicking on the marker.

CarParkingPlace: Easily Remember Where You Parked Your Car

Once you open this web app on your mobile phone’s browser, you can save your parking location along with specific latitude and longitude information. Once you mark that as your parking spot, you can send it to yourself via email or SMS. Later, when you are trying to find your car, just open the webpage again and you will see 2 markers. The red marker will show your current location while the blue one would show your parking space. You can even create a route to your parking location just by clicking on the marker.

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Streetline is building the future of cities with ultra-low power wireless networks, sensors and management systems.
Streetline builds solutions to longstanding problems in city management and operations, through the customized design and application of new sensing technologies. Our parking management system offers cities the first real control and oversight of their complex inventory of on- and off-street spaces, and forms the backbone for other innovative sensing solutions that lower city costs and improve public services.
Streetline

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Streetline is building the future of cities with ultra-low power wireless networks, sensors and management systems.

Streetline builds solutions to longstanding problems in city management and operations, through the customized design and application of new sensing technologies. Our parking management system offers cities the first real control and oversight of their complex inventory of on- and off-street spaces, and forms the backbone for other innovative sensing solutions that lower city costs and improve public services.

Streetline

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SpotSwitch - Find and share street parking spots
What is SpotSwitch?We’ve all been there. We want to find that parking spot on the street.But we end up circling the block, only to end up frustrated and going to the pay garage.And we also know the lucky feeling you get when a car pulls out of its spot JUST as you roll up.SpotSwitch is a help network for parking. With its iPhone App and integrated websiteSpotSwitch locates fellow members leaving their parking spots around you at any given time.*

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SpotSwitch - Find and share street parking spots

What is SpotSwitch?
We’ve all been there. We want to find that parking spot on the street.
But we end up circling the block, only to end up frustrated and going to the pay garage.
And we also know the lucky feeling you get when a car pulls out of its spot JUST as you roll up.

SpotSwitch is a help network for parking. With its iPhone App and integrated website
SpotSwitch locates fellow members leaving their parking spots around you at any given time.*