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Smart On-street Parking Aims to Solve Congested City Centers


IEM recently published a white paper about smart parking solutions to congested city centers. With traffic in urban areas constantly on the increase, city center parking faces numerous, sometimes conflicting challenges.

City parking should improve access to local businesses to encourage people to use them rather than out-of-town retail parks. It should also make the city center more attractive for residents, while encouraging people who work in the city center to use park-and-ride schemes. Finally, city parking should promote non-motorized traffic.

While on-street parking has a lower cost per space compared to off-street, it needs to be optimized. New technologies such as on-street parking monitoring, signage with unoccupied space availability, enforcement optimization, and dynamic pricing can make on-street parking more efficient for drivers thus reducing the congestion in city centers. Collecting and analyzing data from parking sensors, surveillance cameras, scan cars, and mobile payment apps can also optimize on-street parking.

To read more about IEM’s recent publication on the new technologies and smart parking, please click here.


IEM is a leading European manufacturer of intelligent instruments to manage on-street parking. The company created a full set of products and services ranging from park meters, street-sensors, e-iepayment devices and apps, backend applications and hosting services to collect and process parking data.

IEM delivers operators the information required to shape the parking policy for Smart Cities and provides a set of applications to drivers to make their urban mobility experience most convenient.

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