Q-Free (OSE: QFR), a global leader in mobility solutions for smart city infrastructure, announced it will deploy a comprehensive parking guidance system (PGS) at the Victorian Square parking garage in Sparks, Nevada. The system will provide real-time information on available spaces, making it easier for drivers to find parking. It will also allow the city to post parking availability information through an app or website, further enabling drivers to better plan their parking in the city.
The four-level Victorian Square parking garage contains 750 parking spaces in the heart of Sparks’ dining, theater, and casino district. Space availability will be monitored using Q-Free’s USDS Parking Sensor. These reliable, ultrasonic directional sensors don’t require cutting into the infrastructure, thus reducing installation costs. In addition, variable message signs in and around the garage will display parking space availability, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant signs will direct handicapped drivers to specific spaces.
Dave Radford, Executive Vice President of Q-Free America’s parking division, commended the city of Sparks for recognizing a parking problem and making the commitment to address it for their citizens. “The Sparks city government is really progressive,” he said. “When we showed them our parking solution, they saw it, liked it and made a decision. This is one of the quickest and smoothest agreements we have seen which, I believe, is a credit to the city and a testament to the quality of Q-Free products.”
Q-Free’s solution is ideal for the Sparks project because of the high vehicle turnover rate in the garage, which serves business owners and staff as well as tourists and residents enjoying the city’s entertainment offerings. In addition, sharing real-time parking availability with drivers will allow them to determine in advance whether to drive downtown, rideshare, or use other transportation.
While this is Q-Free’s first installation in Sparks, it continues Q-Free’s success in Nevada, where Q-Free solutions help manage parking at some of the Las Vegas Strip’s most iconic resorts—including the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s 5,000-space underground parking garage. “We know that our parking solutions reduce time spent looking for parking by an average of 40 percent,” said Radford. ”Based on such tangible benefits, we anticipate more contract announcements within the state of Nevada coming soon.”
Since 1984, Q-Free (OSE: QFR), has been facilitating the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, with solutions that connect vehicles, drivers, and communities. Today, Q-Free’s elite brand portfolio features several top names in ITS including Intelight, OpenTMS, Intrada®, ParQSense, and Q-Free HUB. Together, these data-driven solutions improve the travel experience through smart intersection control, coordinated highways and arterials, incident management, toll operations, and parking guidance at the local, regional, and state-wide level.
Headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, Q-Free has annual revenues of approximately 1 billion NOK (120 million USD) and employs 400 transportation enthusiasts in 16 countries.