Cardiff becomes first Council in Europe to roll out Smart parking technology

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Cardiff is bidding farewell to the tediousness of finding a parking spot as a new smart parking system that helps drivers find an available parking space using a smartphone app will go-live this week.

Working with parking technology firm Smart Parking Limited, Cardiff Council has installed 3,300 sensors in ‘paid-for’ and disabled parking bays.

Cardiff Council is the first Council in Europe to roll out this technology across its citywide road network.

The technology aims to make parking as easy as possible, so that people don’t have to drive around the city to find a parking space.

Vehicle detection sensors are embedded into the road and detect whether or not the parking bay is occupied using infrared technology.

Populated with data collected through the sensors, drivers in Cardiff can download an app, called ‘Park Cardiff’, to search and view a real-time map of parking availability and be directed to an empty space. The Park Cardiff app is now available for iOS and Android devices on the Apple Store and Google Play store.

Park Cardiff can also connect users to Cardiff’s mobile parking payment service – provided by MiPermit – which comes with free confirmation and reminder texts.

Smart Parking’s bay sensor system has already been successfully deployed in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.

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