The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-08T03:38:08Z Australian parking tech developer wins partnership to launch integrated cloud-based parking solution 2021-04-08T03:38:08Z australian-parking-tech-developer-wins-partnership-to-launch-integrated-cloud-based-parking-solution MEDIA RELEASE - Sydney, New South Wales, 8 April 2020 - Mosman Council has further cemented its position as an early adopter of technology by introducing the award-winning CellOPark parking payment app to its suite of cloud-based, contactless and paperless parking solutions for residents. CellOPark, from Australian technology company Smarter City Solutions, will work in conjunction with the current parking payment methods, as a part of the councils endeavour to embrace new technology and implement innovative parking solutions to enhance the customer experience. Mosman Council are considered industry leaders for their adoption of new parking technology and were the first Australian local council to transition completely to virtual parking permits after launching Smarter City Solutions’s vPermit in 2019, which won an award for ‘Excellence in Technology and Innovation’ at the Parking Industry Awards in the same year.   vPermit was delivered to over 10,000 Mosman residents and has reduced customer service hours by allowing residents to register for a parking permit online through the vPermit portal.    The CellOPark system will also automatically give eligible Mosman residents using vPermit a ‘free’ three-hour period to park in areas such as The Spit, Balmoral, Clifton Gardens, Rosherville Reserve and also near Taronga Zoo. A first of its kind, this integration will automatically discount fares for residents using a car registered with vPermit by using License Plate Recognition(LPR) technology.   Alongside the CellOPark and vPermit technology, the council has also implemented in-ground, real-time sensors on key streets and car parks, and developed their own app to help motorists find available parking in popular areas. With the data collected from the various smart parking technologies the council can now make informed decisions about their planning and development instead of relying on anecdotal evidence.   Speaking of the project Mosman Council General Manager Dominic Johnson said the pay-by-app service would further enhance the driving and parking experience in Mosman.   "The app is the latest in a suite of innovative solutions implemented by Mosman Council to ensure Mosman continues to develop along a smart city pathway.   "Local users will benefit from the Mosman-specific information, which accounts for vPermit holders' free parking periods, contributing to a tailored parking experience.   Ori Almong, Managing Director of Smarter City Solutions, said that given our current Covid-conscious climate the move to contactless technology has accelerated the need for innovative parking solutions such as CellOPark and vPermit. “We are pleased to team up with Mosman Council for the second time to create a parking management solution which suits the needs of residents, visitors, businesses and the council while still offering incredible data for future council planning. “Now via the CellOPark app and mobile site , visitors and residents of Mosman will be given more flexibility and options for payment when looking to park in the council area and with our premium reminder service, they will never risk a fine again. “CellOPark’s technology simplifies the entire parking process for visitors, residents and the council. Motorists can start a session in the zone they parked in, with zone selection made easy through GPS integration and QR codes on signs, and because transactions  are linked to license plates there is no need to hold on to printed tickets or display them on dashboards.” Smarter City Solutions has built a strong reputation in deploying integrated, cloud-based parking solutions that enable municipalities and campuses to deliver a better experience to their staff and stakeholders. They have a suite of products including vCompliance, an infringement management system that can be tailored to the needs and integrated with legacy systems. END Smarter City Solutions Bio Smarter City Solutions (SCS) is an established Australian software and technology services organisation that is leading the way with integrated parking systems. SCS is delivering award winning parking solutions derived from interconnected cloud-based technologies using its own pay-by-app and virtual permit systems as well as vCompliance for infringement issuance and systems from other leading parking technology providers. Smarter City Solutions is on a mission to develop software and systems that enable parking providers to enable a better experience of parking and administrative infrastructure for their staff and stakeholders.  About Mosman Council Mosman Council is recognised as an industry leader for its use of the latest technology to manage public parking efficiently. Council has embraced new technology in its parking strategy by using innovative solutions to manage its public parking space, introducing in-ground sensors to improve the utilisation of its limited parking supply and moving to all-digital parking permits through its award-winning vPermit system. Council’s parking sensors, digital permits and customer parking apps enhance the ability to use information collection and communication technologies to further improve or expand services. Brisbane City moves to cashless parking 2021-04-08T03:33:39Z brisbane-city-moves-to-cashless-parking MEDIA STATEMENT - Sydney, New South Wales, Wednesday 10 February - Brisbane City Council announced the end to cash payments at 960 parking meters which operate 7500 parking spaces around Auchenflower, Buranda, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Milton, Newstead, South Brisbane, West End and Woolloongabba. Brisbane City Council announced the decision to drop cash payments from parking meters at Tuesday’s full council meeting. From February 22, the only payments accepted at parking meters will be via credit card, smartphone or the CellOPark app. “I am advised that cash payments in Queensland dropped from 35 percent to 15 per cent across the board,” infrastructure committee chairman David McLachlan told the meeting. “This steep decline in cash use over recent months is clearly a direct response to the pandemic, and consumers are clearly showing trends to minimise contact with physical currency.” “What this proved to us is that so few people use coin payments, with motorists embracing technology to pay for parking,” Cr McLachlan said. “Using cashless payments only for parking is a sign of how we are working to quickly adapt to a new normal post-coronavirus. “Not only are cashless payments great from a hygiene purpose, they also significantly reduce maintenance costs for our meters by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which is a great outcome for ratepayers.” Speaking about the announcement Michael Doherty, Head of Business Development at Smarter City Solutions, says “It’s great to see Brisbane Council take an innovative approach to parking by ending cash payments at meters to keep up with our evolving digital society.” “In the midst of Covid we’ve seen retail and hospitality businesses switch to contactless payments for hygiene purposes and it’s natural that our parking should follow suit.” “Contactless parking payment solutions such as ours have been on the market for a while now, maturing to become sophisticated technology that meets the needs and expectations of motorists.” “Motorists in Brisbane have enjoyed the simplicity of Smarter City Solutions’s CellOPark app since 2016. They are able to choose parking zones using GPS or QR Codes, start and stop sessions at the push of a button and manage their payments all through their phone or mobile website.” “CellOPark also provides a pay-by-call solution for those who are unable to use the smart phone app. Motorists can call 0756 4652 22 and follow the prompts to start and stop their parking.” -ENDS- Michael Doherty Bio Michael Doherty has been at the forefront of parking technology for close to a decade, having worked with many of the businesses behind Australia’s leading parking and payment apps and cloud-based permit and compliance technologies. As Head of Business Development for Smarter City Solutions, he oversees the sales and marketing of unique integrated parking solutions for local councils, universities, corporate clients all over Australia and beyond. Michael was the first employee at Smarter City Solutions when it launched as CellOPark in 2013. He returned to the company in 2020.  Multi-disciplined with a solid, 25-year strong track record in information technology, Michael embraces disruptive technology and looks forward to a future where parking permit stickers and coin-fed meters are a thing of the past. Smarter City Solutions Bio Smarter City Solutions (SCS) is an established Australian software and technology services organisation that is leading the way with integrated parking systems. SCS is delivering award winning parking solutions derived from interconnected cloud-based technologies using its own pay-by-app and virtual permit systems as well as vCompliance for infringement issuance and systems from other leading parking technology providers. Smarter City Solutions is on a mission to develop software and systems that enable parking providers to enable a better experience of parking and administrative infrastructure for their staff and stakeholders. Victoria Park Council teams up with award-winning virtual permit provider to improve parking options for local residents 2020-12-18T05:13:45Z victoria-park-council-teams-up-with-award-winning-virtual-permit-provider-to-improve-parking-options-for-local-residents The Town of Victoria Park has launched, vPermit, a virtual parking permit solution developed by award-winning Australian parking technology company, Smarter City Solutions, as part of its efforts to improve residential parking access and modernise the Council’s parking management system.   The Town of Victoria Park is located immediately south-east of Perth CBD. It is home to a wide range of businesses and attractions, including Optus Stadium, which has a capacity of over 60,000 people and hosts upwards of 45 major sporting and entertainment events per year. As a result, the streets of Victoria Park are subject to the overflow of event goers scouring for parking on event days, which can be a burden on surrounding residents.   To counteract the influx of cars, The Town of Victoria Park has engaged Smarter City Solutions to deliver a tailored, digital solution that addresses the current parking challenge and simplifies the permit application process via their virtual platform.   Speaking of the project Amadeus Rainbow, Coordinator Parking for the Town of Victoria Park said, “Smarter City Solutions has worked closely with the Parking Team and guided us through a seamless process in implementing a very user-friendly system.”   Michael Doherty, Head of Business Development for Smarter City Solutions, said that based on previous experience of delivering virtual permits to councils around Australia, the implementation of virtual permits in Victoria Park should be well received and help streamline the process of residential parking management.    “We are delighted to be partnering with the Town of Victoria Park to help them embrace technology and deliver a progressive parking solution to its residents.     “The residents of Victoria Park will now be able to easily apply for and manage their parking permits through vPermit so they can conveniently access parking near their homes.   “vPermit’s technology streamlines the entire process for residents and the council, and residents can have peace of mind knowing their paper permits won’t be stolen or lost. In the past, council had to dedicate hours to the manual distribution and authentication of paper permits, which was also removed as a result of implementing this advanced licence-plate-based technology.”   Smarter City Solutions has built a strong reputation in deploying integrated, cloud-based parking solutions that enable municipalities and campuses to deliver a better experience to their staff and stakeholders. They have a suite of products including CellOPark, a parking payment app that gives users the flexibility to only pay for the amount of parking they actually use. They have won numerous awards for their work including the ‘Excellence in Innovation and Technology for On Street Parking” at the 2020 Parking Industry awards last month. ENDS   For further information and interviews, please contact Olivia Jarman,  e: olivia@theprhub.com.au p: 0402 304 554   Available for Interview: Michael Doherty, Head of Business Development for Smarter City Solutions   Images of Victoria Park – please download via this link https://bit.ly/388NR52Image of Michael – please download via this link https://bit.ly/3fuM7pQ   About Smarter City Solutions Smarter City Solutions (SCS) is an established Australian software and technology services organisation that is leading the way with integrated parking systems. SCS is delivering award winning parking solutions derived from interconnected cloud-based technologies using its own pay-by-app and virtual permit systems as well as vCompliance for infringement issuance and systems from other leading parking technology providers. Smarter City Solutions is on a mission to develop software and systems that enable parking providers  to enable a better experience of parking and administrative infrastructure for their staff and stakeholders.    About Town of Victoria Park The Town of Victoria Park is a vibrant and diverse urban community located just 10 minutes from Perth’s CBD, across the causeway on the south side of the Swan River. The Town is centred around the bustling Albany Highway, famed for its culinary smorgasbord, buzzing café strip and unique retail stores. The Town promotes a ‘vibrant lifestyle’ and its vision for the future is to foster a creative, attractive, friendly and environmentally sustainable place for members of the local community to live, work and play. Smarter City Solutions virtual parking permit revolution at Mosman Council 2018-12-03T04:37:17Z smarter-city-solutions-virtual-parking-permit-revolution-at-mosman-council-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, Australia, December, 2018 - Mosman residents will no longer need to stick parking permits on their car windscreens with the arrival of a sophisticated online parking permit system which has seen Mosman become the first local government area to introduce virtual permits in NSW.  Smarter City Solutions (previously known as CellOPark Australia Pty Ltd) the leading digital parking provider in Australia, has worked with Mosman Council to revolutionise the Residential Parking Scheme (RPS) within the municipality. Using the Smarter City vPermit platform and integrating with the councils internal Civica Authority system as well as an external Document Verification Service (DVS), local residents are able to register and pay for their residential permits online.  “This was a great project and highlighted our agility and ability to deliver on time and well within budget”, says Managing Director of Smarter City Solutions Ori Almog. “By redefining how permits were managed and providing multifaceted online automation has greatly improved the efficiency and customer satisfaction for both the council and the residents.” How it works: Applicants simply create an account on the virtual permit system (mosman.vpermit.com.au), upload a photo or scan of their driver’s licence showing their Mosman address and fill in a few details. The system then, using Robotic Process Automation & image recognition, validates eligibility against council systems and provides the option to pay online. Permit holders then have an online account where they can self-manage vehicle and personal details. Mosman Council General Manager Dominic Johnson said the new online parking permit system is a sophisticated set-up with permit holders now able to securely complete the renewal process entirely online within minutes and instantly update their details, including change of vehicle details, up to four times a year. “It reduces the need for paperwork, speeds up processing, reduces waiting times for face-to-face appointments at our customer service desks and allows greater flexibility when changing vehicles, although of course, if assistance is required, residents may still come to council to speak with our customer service team,”Mr Johnson said. To find out more, head to www.SmarterCity.com.au About Smarter City Solutions (SCS) What is known today as Smarter City Solutions started out 10 years ago as CellOPark Australia – a leading provider of smarter parking solutions, utilising the latest technologies, such as IoT and RPA for councils and universities.  Smarter City Solutions was founded with the vision of making city life easy and seamless for both the residents and those who operate it. We believe that technology should not only solve the problems of today, but also be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. That’s why everything we do starts with the customer in mind, is scalable and sustainable in its essence, and is fully integrated every step of the way. About Mosman Council Mosman is a place of history and beauty, located 8 kilometres north-east of the CBD on Sydney’s lower north shore. It is one of Australia’s premier suburbs, with an unmatched setting on Sydney Harbour. As a destination, Mosman today is a great place to sample some unique Sydney heritage. The area is home to the world-famous Taronga Zoo, as well as excellent harbourside swimming and recreation areas, top restaurants, and high-end retail experiences.     Smarter City Solutions Wins in Parking Industry Awards 2018-11-16T05:11:50Z smarter-city-solutions-wins-in-parking-industry-awards For Immediate Release Lane Cove, NSW, Australia – 16 Nov. 2018 - Smarter City Solutions (formerly known as CellOPark Australia) has been named as winner of the Excellence in Technology & Innovation – On Street category at the 2018 Parking Industry Awards. The award was presented at an industry dinner at The Star Gold Coast on 1 November, attended by over 300 members of the parking community. Smarter City Solutions was also the finalist for Excellence in Technology & Innovation – Off Street, Outstanding Marketing Communications and Parking Organisation of the Year.  The On Street project for Warrnambool City Council that lead to the win was an innovative implementation of all three Smarter City Solutions platforms, integrated with State-of-the-art Pay by Plate machines.  The Pay-by-app solution CellOPark has no additional cost to motorists and allows a seamless one-tap parking experience with their smartphone. The Virtual Permit platform vPermit allows Warrnambool residents, contractors and commuters an online portal for managing permits and vCompliance infringement life-cycle management was introduced with minimal hardware and investment by the council, lowering TCO, speeding up procurement and enabling an advanced mobile enforcement solution, including LPR, to be implemented. The other awards Smarter City Solutions were the finalists for included Australia’s first off-street watch app with a fully integrated on-street, off-street and pre-booking parking payment solution, an exciting multi-month car giveaway for CellOPark Premium users and an award for the business itself as Parking Organisation of the Year, supported by references and case studies from all around Australia.  The prestigious Parking Industry Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations for excellence, outstanding facilities and innovation throughout the parking sector. Through showcasing best practice and rewarding exceptional contributions, the Awards aim to highlight the industry’s commitment to raising the standards of the parking industry.  Entries to the 2018 Parking Industry Awards were judged by a panel of nine national and international industry professionals. Managing Director Ori Almog said “We join Warrnambool City Council in thanking Parking Australia for recognising this innovative implementation of a Smarter City strategy. Warrnambool’s foresight has enabled their constituents to enjoy a progressive parking solution that will continue to lead the way for years to come. I’d also like to thank Parking Australia for recognising us in the other categories we were finalists in. We look forward to working hard to achieve a win in them next year.” "The Awards submissions demonstrated exceptionally high standards and show a strong commitment towards excellence across each sector of the industry. We applaud winners and finalists for pursuing the type of innovations that drive the parking industry forward, as well as campaigns that provide an enhanced level of customer experience," said Parking Australia Interim CEO, Lorraine Duffy. About Smarter City Solutions We founded Smarter City Solutions with the vision of making city life easy and seamless for both the residents and those who operate it. We believe that technology should not only solve the problems of today, but also be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. That’s why everything we do starts with the residents in mind, is scalable and sustainable in its essence, and is fully integrated every step of the way. Head to www.smartercity.com.au to learn more. About the Parking Industry Awards Industry association, Parking Australia, operate the prestigious Parking Industry Awards program which distinguishes outstanding achievement and excellence in the Australian parking industry, recognising leading examples of new car park development and refurbishment, excellence in innovation and technology, outstanding marketing and communications, and exceptional use of on street and public space, as well as individual achievers and the parking organisation of the year.