Flowbird Group, a global leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions, announced that it is launching the Flowbird app in the City of Akron, Ohio at the end of June. The smart mobile parking solution brings ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to find and pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices. Flowbird has worked closely with the City of Akron’s parking operator, ABM Parking Services, to customize and test the app in preparation for metered parking to relaunch after a year of free parking downtown.
The City of Akron has over 1,000 parking spaces throughout its downtown core to service patrons visiting local shops, businesses and restaurants. In addition, the downtown is home to the University of Akron and Canal Park, the stadium for Akron’s minor league baseball team, the Akron RubberDucks. To manage parking occupancy in this challenging environment, ABM utilizes a mix of both Flowbird parking kiosks and single-space meters. With the launch of the Flowbird app, visitors will now have an additional option of payment via their mobile device.
The Flowbird App allows downtown visitors to find and pay for parking without stopping at a pay station or meter. Users can opt-in to receive text notifications when time is about to expire and extend their time without needing to cut their downtown experience short. Designed as a true mobility app, the Flowbird app features a map-based user interface, integrated with Waze and other navigation systems to guide users to their preferred parking location.
Setting up an account is quick and simple after the app is downloaded to a mobile device from the App Store or Google Play Store. Accounts can be set up for individual motorists or for businesses to manage their fleets.
Flowbird’s powerful data hub provides the City with block-by-block parking activity information, aggregating payments from the Flowbird pay stations and the Flowbird app into one central web-based system.
Flowbird has partnered with two local Akron companies to help promote the Flowbird app. Ambassadors will be on-site the week of June 28th to perform a public outreach campaign, visiting with local merchants and the parking public to announce that the Flowbird app is now available.
Over 125 cities and universities are now using the Flowbird app to help manage parking around the country. Globally, Flowbird’s mobile platform generates over 50 million transactions a year. For more information, please visit www.flowbirdapp.com.
Flowbird operates in over 5,000 towns and cities in 70 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform, and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.