Replacing cars that run on fossil fuels with electric cars will be important in meeting climate goals – road transport produces more than 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But there are obstacles to wider uptake, particularly in Australia.
There is global interest in the potential for a hydrogen economy, in part driven by a concern over climate change and the need to move away from fossil fuels.
It’s 2020, “the cloud” is everywhere, and we’re not talking about the ones in the sky. But what is it? Why are more and more companies hosting their and their user’s data on it? And why does Frogparking host the data our system collects from our customer’s parking facilities on it?
Is it time to re-imagine our fundamental relationship with cities? People bring cities to life. They interact, work, socialise and travel. Without this, cities are just collections of buildings and infrastructure. This relationship is now on hiatus all over the world.
COVID-19 cases may be dropping across Australia, particularly in states like South Australia but that doesn’t mean there should be complacency of guidelines. Smart technology solutions that enable guideline adherence easily and cost effectively, are paramount.
One of the biggest challenges facing the car parking industry today is a lack of accuracy. Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) rates are commonly sitting well below a hundred percent and recently proving insufficient alone, as more and more drivers go out of their way to disguise their plates in an effort to avoid penalties […]
People around the world are looking for ways to increase physical distance with each other and reduce contact with shared surfaces to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19 otherwise known as the Coronavirus. Businesses, cities, and households are making changes in this new world that we live in.
As more and more countries, including the UK, are eased out of lockdown, people are returning to their workplaces and taking children to school. How they choose to make those journeys could determine the future of travel after the pandemic, with consequences for society and the planet.
Recognising the need to optimise the parking mix; and reduce the instances of tenants, visitors and hotel guests circling the car park looking for somewhere to park, the Capital Airport Group engaged Park Agility to install a parking guidance solution between late 2019 and early 2020.
Brisbane Airport is one of the busiest single site parking environments in Australia, with just under 11,000 parking bays servicing a 24/7 operation that serviced nearly 24m passengers pass through the airport in 2019.
We live in uncertain times. COVID-19 has changed the world and in the blink of an eye, our lives have been turned upside down. As we return to work, the enforced shutdown has forced us to rethink the way we travel, commute and meet. Mobility, as we know it, will never be the same. Those […]
The prevailing belief is that a system of self-driving cars will solve several environmental and social problems without us needing to worry about messy stuff like politics, activism or changing our travel habits. Unfortunately, this future will almost certainly never come to pass.
Flinders University is a leading Australian University catering for over 30,000 students and staff. Holman Engineering has implemented Nedap’s smart parking sensor system in order to provide highly accurate parking guidance for students and staff on the large Bedford Park campus.
Customer expectations and competition are pushing parking operators to evolve and invest heavily in digital business transformation. The customer path to purchase is no longer linear. Instead, their journey has many touchpoints, both online and offline. A key challenge that operators face is ensuring the overall parking experience is seamless, from booking a parking space […]
At the Australian headquarters of the leading global discount supermarket chain, quality is of paramount importance. Only the best products are offered to customers. This standard is maintained in every aspect of the international company, which is why the required parking guidance system had to meet the highest criteria. After extensive evaluation, Nedap’s SENSIT was […]
Parking is a necessary evil. It’s something we all do. Before going shopping, hanging out with friends, or before catching a game. It’s the experience before the experience. As someone who has recently joined the parking-sphere, I see parking as something where you either have a neutral experience or a below-average one.
Mismanagement of car parks can result in congestion, frustrated drivers and accidents. Having a modern parking management and parking guidance system is paramount for customer experience and mobility improvements, but the adoption of new technologies to improve the situation has been terribly slow. Why?
Cairns Airport Parking had lost market share and was held back from providing an exceptional customer experience. As part of a new top-driven strategic direction for Cairns Airport their customer service approach has undergone a transformation of late, winning back market share by encompassing a relentless focus on putting the customer experience first.
The Smarter Parking report details the parking problems plaguing Australian cities and highlights the huge imbalance between parking supply and demand. The NRMA and DIVVY looked at parking utilisation rates across seven Sydney buildings and found those that forbid public access had significantly lower utilisation rates than those that allowed parking for non-tenants.
Warrnambool City Council, like many regional councils, had parking issues which needed addressing. Warrnambool were experiencing intense population growth, which was expected to continue, and parking had become a concern for businesses and residents alike.
INDECT Australasia in collaboration with Access Parking Control has announced the installation of their world-class parking guidance system at four newly constructed train stations in North Western Sydney.
The unfortunate reality is that large sections of our cities are stuck with the roads-based configuration that was instilled into their DNA from the get-go. Roads – not rail – are the thoroughfares that define transport options across our new suburban areas into the future. Getting used to road spending and having constructive things to say about road use are a major challenge.
Disruption has always been a part of business. Old business models become irrelevant, and new business models replace them. When the new models first appear, they are almost always met with resistance. Change is hard, and people want to stay comfortable and do things the way they always have. What is digital transformation and why is it necessary? Does EVERY industry need to be disrupted?
In May 2017, the City of Melbourne was receiving almost daily complaints on social media from cyclists about cars parking in bike lanes. Drivers were persistently disregarding the ‘No Stopping’ parking signs during peak hours and parking in the bike lanes, typically to drop off passengers for less than a minute.
Recently the city received complaints from traders for not having sufficient car parks on Port Road due to overstaying by the tram commuters at the one hour time-limit areas. As the car park was fully occupied all the time, the traders experienced a lot of frustration finding an available parking space near their destination.
Many places around the world claim to be a “smart city”, but what that means is often unclear. A smart city is widely seen as an urban area that uses technology to enhance performance and the quality of its services. In other words, it’s a happy marriage of technology and the city.
In Australia, transport is the third-largest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for around 17% of emissions. Passenger cars account for around half of our transport emissions. The transport sector is also one of the strongest factors in emissions growth in Australia.
No matter how well technology matches rides for us, the reality is a shared AV system will introduce a source of wasted time for users – minutes waiting here, a block or two to walk. Not to mention the need to physically share space with strangers.
V by Crown Group is a brand new sophisticated boutique complex of residential, commercial and hotel suites. There are more than 500 units in the complex with six levels of underground car parking and a capacity of 750 car spaces.
Artificial Intelligence is making rapid inroads into many sectors and parking is no exception. Leading the way is Australian AI company SenSen Networks with breakthroughs that were impossible even two years ago. By using a combination of neural networks and deep learning algorithms, SenSen is able to automate the complete business process around civic compliance and […]
While 15 million passengers travel through Auckland Airport every year already, this number is anticipated to grow rapidly in the upcoming years. The Ground Transportations Plan was recently redesigned with the installation of Nedap’s TRANSIT and MOOV to ensure that service levels meet the demands of passengers, also offering extremely reliable, fast and secure access to all ground transport vehicles.
150 kilometres is a long way to go for a bank trip. But for Parks and Wildlife WA Rangers in Cape Arid National Park, that was just part of life. Collecting entrance fees from various cash boxes in the park, holding onto the money for weeks, then making the two-hour drive to the nearest bank in Esperance to cash.
It’s a familiar story in Australian cities: a new apartment building is proposed, and debate soon follows about whether the new residents will have enough public transport or coffee shops. Just kidding. Heated discussion is almost invariably about how much car parking will be built and whether it will be enough to stop cars swamping surrounding streets.
From humble beginnings 20 years ago, Care Park has continually raised the bar and stayed at the forefront of providing an outstanding parking service, and a diversity of evolving tailor-made solutions and services to clients and customers.
Traffic congestion used to be a serious problem QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, often extending beyond the campus to surrounding streets. This was exacerbated by customers circling the campus looking for spaces or queuing to enter a specific car park.
In June 2016 Cairns Airport Parking was losing share to other transport modes including taxis, free drop off and offsite airport parking, showing a 10% loss to other transport modes.
The biggest question mark was around whether the technology would work. If the technology failed, Crown would have spent considerably - simply to improve the aesthetics of the entries with no financial return on the investment.
Since winning the tender and upgrading the City of Subiaco’s parking management, Duncan Solutions has made tangible improvements to the way the council operates. “Maintenance is a big one for us – while terminal uptime used to be 70 per cent, since using Duncan Solutions we’ve gone up as high as 99 per cent.
Fine pitch LED provides Secure Parking a multi-purpose platform to inform customers of their location, offer information around their car park and the ability to integrate advertising.
In order for the pre-book experience to be a seamless experience for the Museum and its customers it was imperative that the booking engine was available as a continuous link from the Melbourne Museum website and presented in line with the museum's branding.
How are smart cities meant to meet citizen needs? Big data from a network of sensors can give managers and planners a real-time, big-picture overview of traffic flows, public transport patronage, and water and power use. However, the needs of people in the city must be met at both the meta and micro levels.
Being one of Australia's busiest hospitals, The Alfred required a reliable vehicle access solution for their staff car park. During peak times, many staff vehicles enter or exit the car park simultaneously. Nedap’s uPASS system was installed to provide the hospital with automatic vehicle identification.
Changes to the data collection and privacy information legislation will come into effect on 23 February 2018. The Notifiable Data Breaches Act 2017 means that for the first time those entities who are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 will have a mandatory obligation to report data breaches to both the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and any individuals who could potentially be impacted by the breach.
To many parking customers, the term ‘cashless parking’ is often associated with mobile phone payment options that are heavily discredited by the media for being inconvenient. But despite this, parking operators across the globe are quietly and quickly embracing cashless parking solutions.
Instead of focusing on freeways, governments should change the way we pay for urban roads and public transport. To work out how best to do this, the Grattan Institute has looked at several million Google Maps estimates of travel times in Australia’s largest cities.
A growing region like the City of Ryde needs infrastructure systems to match that growth. To manage the public space efficiently, Councils need forward thinking solutions, from parks management to managing parking. City of Ryde engaged Duncan Solutions for the upgrade of around 70 machines situated in the Macquarie Park Corridor.
LA transport giant, Metro, is linking its new parking operation to its transit TAP card to keep parking spaces for commuters using the network, rather than non-transit users taking parking resources.
As a local neighbourhood shopping centre with over 80 stores and amenities, Stockland Baulkham Hills has on average 68,000 visitors a week with 6,000 of those using the car park facilities each day.
Three distinct groups are giving form to the idea of driverless vehicles. Each has its own corporate proponents and target markets, and its own, often competing, demands on citizens, regulators and planners. Each will make its own demands on our streets and public spaces.
The adoption of Smart Parking technology comes amid Hamilton City Council’s new parking plan to revitalise Hamilton’s Central Business District (CBD).
"AutoISSUE & PEMS met all our requirements, enabling our officers to make informed decisions in real-time about enforcement using a single Android device, not a number of different pieces of equipment as has been the case previously."
Curtin University is the first Australian university to trial a commercial driverless bus. This trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology.
A new apartment complex in Brisbane’s West End Precinct, Light+Co, requested a decorative finish for its car park that incorporates five bespoke colours installed in a unique design of intricate circles, lines and intersecting shapes.
The CDS Ticketless License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution implemented at the Spotlight & ALDI car park ensures a fast and efficient user experience with a high degree of accuracy.
Due to their low local emissions, battery-powered electric cars are more in demand than ever, but they still have a reputation for being too expensive and having too short a driving range. So how about recharging them without having to plug in a cable, while parking or even driving on the road?
Few of us would leave the tap running or the fridge door open, and many are diligent about turning off lights. But when it comes to air pollution, many people are wasteful and unaware.
We've always been on our way to automating everything. The only difference between then and now is that now we are really, really close to full automation. Asking the question, "What will we do when everything is automated?" is no longer fantastic, it's essential.
The Star Casino in Sydney chose a bespoke, high-end car park floor that would impress its VIP visitors before they even step through the venue’s front door, using 85,000m2 of specialist deck coating solutions to refurbish the floor in its five-storey car parking facility.
The inclusion of new meters is heralding the transition from simple coin-only payments to electronic payments, offering improvements for motorists parking police, maintenance staff and the parking management personnel.
In a commitment to ensuring Cardiff is a high quality, attractive and liveable smart city, Cardiff City Council is using innovative technology to deliver tangible service improvements in city management.
Secure Parking’s success has been realised through a whole-of-business emphasis on technology and improvements in the services offered to customers. Secure Parking took the top award at November’s Parking Industry Awards, being named as the 2016 Parking Organisation of the Year.
The City of Joondalup was awarded the top prize for Outstanding New Car Park Development at the 2016 Parking Industry Awards for Reid Promenade Car Park (RPCP). The new five level multi storey car park that was built on an existing 140-bay open air car park in Joondalup City Centre.
Parking industry consultant, Grant McLean, received recognition for the many years he has dedicated to the parking industry, when he was awarded Individual Excellence in Parking at the 2016 Parking Industry Awards.
Earlier this year Care Park moved its head office operations into a purpose-built facility in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The Care Park headquarters now houses a highly innovative and interactive Care Assist Control Room which provides complete off-site support and monitoring 24 hours a day to car parks.
There are over 600,000 vehicle trips into Westminster every day, many of which are servicing businesses, transporting goods and people, or simply visiting for work or pleasure. This volume of vehicles places a huge pressure on the city’s limited kerbside, a city of 20 square kilometres.
If you’re in the parking business, whether it be as an authority, garage, or private lot, and you’re not using social media, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. Social media provides platforms to distribute information quickly and effectively, and it’s also an invaluable tool for customer service.
There can be few things as frustrating as being stuck in a car park for four hours on a scorching Sunday afternoon; yet this was the unhappy fate of shoppers at a new multi-storey grid car park at an IKEA store in Reading, UK.
A plethora of new and personalised ways of getting around cities are emerging – electric bikes, motorised scooters, electric vehicles, car sharing and re-interpretations of the taxi by Uber.
Digital technology is driving rapid change in the car-parking industry — electric cars, driverless cars, car sharing, app-based searching, booking, digital payment systems — the list could go on.