Case Study – Frogparking in Palmerston North City
Palmerston North City is New Zealand’s eighth largest growing city, with a population of over 80,000, the city’s CBD is a concentrated area with a vibrant shopping centre, catering for over 50,000 vehicle trips a week.
The city’s CBD is equipped with ITS’s parking meters, with varying time restrictions in place.
Frogparking pitched it’s vision to the City, and the City was keen to be involved in the development of leading edge parking technologies by a local company, and contributed knowledge and ideas in the early stages of the development.
Since the commissioning of the system in 2010, the site has attracted interest from around the world, with many international delegates visiting Palmerston North to learn about the benefits of the technology.
In September 2010, Frogparking implemented a project to install and commission an intelligent parking system. A total of 2,613 solar powered Frog occupancy sensors are installed throughout Palmerston North city CBD, New Zealand.
The sensors are surface mounted, with a space identifier installed on the pavement to allow the motorist to pay at the meter (pay by space).
All Frog sensors are integrated with ITS’s Metro pay by space parking meter (payment terminal). This integration is unique, in that the sensors communicate directly to the parking meter. What this means is that when the parking space becomes unoccupied, any time remaining on the meter for that space ‘zero’s out’.
Parking Meter Integration
The Frogparking solution is integrated with the GPRS enabled pay by space parking meters.
This means when a vehicle occupies a parking space, the ‘chalk time’ is recorded at Frogparking’s cloud based parking management system. Then, when the motorist pays for their parking space, the information is matched together at the server. Then when the payment expires, the enforcement officer is automatically directed to issue an infringement notice.