No Strings Attached: Wireless Technologies Hold Promise for Cities, Parking Owners, and Operators

This article describes how wireless technologies promise the next big breakthrough in parking operations, after the advent of closed circuit TV and, before that, advances in steel and concrete manufacturing that allowed for structures that could hold tens of thousands of cars. The greatest potential lies in parking management and revenue control, because wireless equipment can enhance communication on which these processes depend. The new technologies permit managers to monitor the use of the facility, know when the peaks and low usage times occur, and how long the average parking stay lasts. Where there are a variety of permit holders, the technologies allow tracking of who is parking and when, and wireless communication allows instant access for credit card payments. Much is being done now, but over fiber optic or copper cables, which can be expensive to install and maintain. There are far fewer physical constraints with wireless. It can also be helpful in managing on-street parking, in the form of "virtual meters," where parkers use their cell phones to pay for parking and are charged only for the time they use. The greatest benefit is that cities won't be giving away their parking to users whose meters have expired but whose violations are not detected in time. Public acceptance, however, might be slow, and cost could be a barrier in early implementation.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 33-35
  • Serial:
    • Parking
    • Volume: 44
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: National Parking Association
    • ISSN: 0031-2193

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2005 3:49PM