SmartEye Sensors trialled in iconic Bondi Beach area
Smart Parking has worked alongside Australian Parking and Revenue Control (APARC) – one of Australia’s leading parking management solutions businesses – to help Waverley Council in the
coastal suburbs of Sydney test how leading edge technology could assist drivers looking for available parking space at the world-famous Bondi Beach.
Waverley is the most densely populated local authority area in Australia, and has correspondingly high levels of car ownership. Factor in the year-round popularity of one of New South Wales’ most iconic tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why the Council’s Parking Services Division places a high priority on fair, accurate and consistent management of access to car parking.
Accordingly, APARC and Smart Parking have been working with Waverley to trial a motorist guidance system for an on-street separated parking site along Bondi Beach’s main coastal road Campbell Parade.
The installation, which comprises SmartEye in-ground sensors transmitting real-time space occupation data via SmartRep management software to on-site directional signage, has provided drivers with accurate notification of space availability so that they can make an informed decision on whether to enter the parking zone. The trial also provides Waverley with accurate, up-to-the-minute data that gives them a better understanding of drivers’ parking habits – knowledge that can be incorporated into future parking solutions.
Peter Pedersen, Smart Parking’s Commercial Manager in Australia, believes that the trial could well be a precursor to future projects across the country. “Waverley Council views its car parking capacity as a scarce resource, and it is committed to putting in place demand solutions that are fair, efficient and consistent”, says Peter.
“We’ve been pleased to work on this trial with Waverley and their partners APARC, and we think that the success of this test will form a blueprint for other authorities across Australia that are focusing in this way on managing access to car parking capacity.”