MobileNow in Decatur, Georgia

When Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd pulls into the parking lot in front of City Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, fumbling for change at the city's surface parking meters could become a thing of the past.
mobile now 08-11-10.jpgThanks to a new system from StreetSmart Technology LLC ( and MobileNOW! ( being piloted in Decatur, GA, putting time on the meter is as easy as dialing the phone. Decatur's single-slot parking patrons can call a central number posted on the meter and charge their parking time remotely.

Users arrive at the space, call into MobileNOW!'s automated line displayed on the meter and follow the phone prompts to enter the space number also posted there. StreetSmart's system then posts the time on their meter. Other cell phone parking payment systems have lacked this feature until now. Live operators also are available. The first visit is free. Then, drivers can go to , fill out a form with their credit card of choice. The account can be drawn down as needed, so they always have money for the meter.

SmartMeter(R)s could help Decatur increase its parking revenue and reducing the cost of meter enforcement. "This technology will help motorists and merchants alike," said Lyn Menne, Decatur's Assistant City Manager.

The SmartMeter(R) test uses 54 of about 400 parking meters in downtown Decatur. If the pilot is successful, the SmartMeter(R) system eventually will expand to all of Decatur's parking meters. This unique service springs from exclusive StreetSmart technology and a cell phone payment system from MobileNOW! The system is efficient and convenient for drivers and city officials alike.

"It's a great example of how our technology can make parking and parking management easier," said Kirby Andrews, Managing Agent for StreetSmart Technology.

MobileNOW! President Krista Altok Tassa predicts drivers will go for the new system. "We are confident that motorists in Decatur will enjoy the convenience," she said.

StreetSmart Technology LLC is a leader in the field of remote asset management, helping towns and cities across the country monitor and maintain their geographically distributed assets.

MobileNOW! serves as the exclusive U.S. distributor for digital permitting and mobile payment solutions developed by NOW! Innovations in Estonia (
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