The pilot, which has been taking place at Temple Fortune town centre since October of this year, includes the installation of 200 SmartEye sensors in all paid for and disabled parking spaces.

Information collected through the sensors is then relayed into “SmartApp”, a smartphone application which informs drivers of available parking spaces and associated parking charges. Using GPS navigation the app then guides the driver to their chosen space.

SmartApp is available to download for free on Apple IOS and Android devices.

The sensors collate data on how the parking spaces are used and presents this information through SmartRep providing Barnet Council with live space-by-space occupancy data, average stay time reporting and historic parking capacity statistics. Equipped with this information the council is able to make more informed strategic decisions with the aim of improving occupancy levels to 85% and above as set out in Barnet Council’s Parking Policy.

If the pilot is successful it is hoped that it will be rolled out to further town centres across the London Borough of Barnet.

Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Dean Cohen, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve the experience of visiting our town centre and to help local businesses to succeed, and I am sure that this project is a step in the right direction. Early indications show that this pilot would have a positive impact on Temple Fortune and I look forward for the final results next year.”

Smart Parking CEO Paul Gillespie, added: “I am delighted to have teamed up with Barnet Council to introduce this new innovative technology that saves drivers’ time, reduces traffic delays and provides a better overall experience. From our experience local retailers and businesses can also really benefit from this improved turnover of parking spaces.”

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