Wellington City Council & Smart Parking finalists in Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

IDC has identified the top technologically-advanced cities in the APAC region with it’s 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards. Wellington City Council in partnership with Smart Parking Limited have been nominated for the Best Smart City Project in the area of Permitting, Licensing, Inspection & Zoning for the city’s upcoming deployment of bay sensor technology.

Smart Parking in Wellington

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It’s diverse nature and the many people who live, work and visit the city naturally creates a high demand for limited parking space. Looking to manage demand and improve the driver experience for motorists Wellington City Council undertook Asia Pacific’s first CBD-wide roll out of vehicle bay sensing technology.

Smart Parking’s SmartPark solution comprises of the installation of 3,800 RFID-equipped SmartEye sensors, which use advanced infrared technology to detect when a vehicle has occupied a parking space. Integration into smartphone application SmartApp gives the driver the ability to search and identify streets with available parking spots in their desired location and uses GPS to guide the consumer to the parking bay.

SmartRep back office software collates and analyses the live information on how parking space is being used. Accurate vehicle-by-vehicle, minute-by-minute data on actual usage of the city’s facilities gives the council the leading edge in day-to-day management and future planning.

About Smart City Asia Pacific Awards 2016

The Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA), previously known as Smart Evolution Index, was inaugurated in Shenzhen in 2015 particularly aimed to provide a solid venue to identify the latest trends and address the prevailing challenges faced by the cities, local governments and their ICT suppliers in the Asia/Pacific regionNow in its second year, the SCAPA is aimed to grow its loyal following in the public sector with some of the most acclaimed regulators, industry practitioners and services providers to discuss the strategic initiatives and share successful implementations amid this developing sector in the APEJ region.

“Smart city projects can make huge differences to urban life. Whether its improving traffic congestion using data analytics, saving rates by collecting rubbish more efficiently, or improving public safety through smart CCTV solutions,” says IDC country manager Peter Wise.

“The IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards are about acknowledging these sorts of initiatives and it’s wonderful to see that New Zealand projects have been shortlisted in 6 of the 14 categories, up against huge economies such as China.” says Wise.

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