Moving towards the ultimate Parking Space Management System: License-Plate Enabled Parking from Digital Payment Technologies
City of Miami Beach Parking and Transportation Department has just introduced "License Plate Enabled Parking" as an element of their street parking management system, using equipment and software applications from Digital Payment Technologies, a Canadian firm.
According to the press release announcing the introduction:
With LEP, consumers simply enter their license plate number at the pay station when paying for parking and then continue on to their destination. They do not have to return to their vehicles to display a parking receipt, nor do they need to remember specific parking space numbers. With DPT's integration with Parkmobile, consumers also have the option of paying using their mobile phone.The system is explained by the infographic (left) and can be integrated with a wide variety of related services that simplify parking management, payment, enforcement etc.
The system integrates technology from three separate firms:
-- LUKE II multi-space pay stations by DPT
-- Mobile payment service from Parkmobile
-- License Plate Recognition (LPR) system from Genetec
and it happens that Miami Beach outsources parking enforcement, to OmniPark.
Reductions in citations likely? I can see the system resulting in fewer citations being issued, because people can get notices about when the meter is supposed to expire and just add payment. That will reduce fine revenue sure, but it will also reduce consumer aggravation, which is a net benefit.
EZPASS toll system where you could have a card device on the windshield that would register once you parked (maybe you'd have to hit a button) and the transaction could be initiated automatically.
It occurs to me that a transponder-enabled fee collection system dealing with parking and integrated with toll collection systems makes it easy enough to do mileage-based charging.
I've argued that it is a lot more complicated to have individual accounts for everyone instead of just charging a higher gas tax, but as can be seen with the LEP system, you only need to add a couple more elements and a fee collection system integrating parking, tolls, mileage, and insurance is "easy enough" to create.
Of course, you need a wi-fi mesh network "everywhere" to be able to integrate such a system and it has to work all the time.
Other interesting Miami Beach parking policies for residents. Separately, the Miami Beach T&P Department has two programs that provide benefits to residents paying for parking. Programs like those in DC would go a long way towards addressing some of the resident aggravation about the various parking programs in DC.
First, the city provides a flat rate of $1 per hour for resident parking at street meters, which is a 43% discount off the $1.75 per hour rate. Second, residents using the ParkMobile online app for parking within the city are not charged the transaction fee that is normally charged for using the app to pay for parking.