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Why GPS Is Vital for Parking Apps

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2016 9:43:05 AM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Smart city, Parking Payments, Online parking

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Parking and parking payments are dependent on two variables: time and place. For a digital solution to be able to calculate parking fees and help finding parking, it needs to be able to understand both data. Therefore, a key ingredient of a successful parking app is GPS. 

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Choosing a Parking App Pt 2: What Features Make for a Truly Great App

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2016 10:07:00 AM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Smart city, Parking app, Online parking

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Not all apps are good. And few are truly great. When choosing an app to take care of parking in your city, you’re making the single most important decision after drafting your parking strategy.

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Choosing a Parking App Pt 1: 5 Questions You Need to Answer with "Yes"

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2016 10:04:00 AM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Smart city, Parking app, Online parking

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When choosing a mobile solution, you need to make an informed decision that ensures you choose a service that has the best potential in your city. It’s not rocket science, but it’s certainly something that you have to put your mind to in order to get it right once and for all. 

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6 Questions Parking Professionals Need to Ask Themselves

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2016 9:59:00 AM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Parking, Smart city, Parking Payments

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The whole process of parking is incredibly heavy, and not only does it take a tremendous amount of time from the day, it also creates way too much irritation. A step-by-step of the parking process reveals why.

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Why Is the Parking Industry Still Not Online When It Clearly Should Be?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2016 2:26:00 PM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Parking, Marketplace, Smart city, Accessible city

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Many commodity markets moved successfully online already a few decades ago - think of hotel bookings, car rentals or flights. Why not parking?

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Open Competition: Why Monopolies Don't Work for Online Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2016 4:57:53 PM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Marketplace, Smart city

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When for example a city is looking into a new online service, there are two ways to go. While RFP is a good solution in certain markets, there’s a bunch of reasons why free competition works much better for high tech online services.

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Phone Booths Died, Parking Meters Survived - Why?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2016 9:24:00 AM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Smart city, Parking Payments, Online parking

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Do you remember the last time you used a phone booth? A long time ago. How about a parking meter? Exactly. They are fundamentally the same thing - a machine that you insert money into to pay for a service. Why is it that one of them died out a long time ago, but the other one is still alive and well?

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7 Ways to Use Technology in City Accessibility Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2016 1:32:08 PM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Smart city, Accessible city

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Accessibility is key when it comes to urban city planning. The two factors that comprise accessibility are distance and mobility - people want to go to places, and they want them to either be close by, or reachable as fast and as effortlessly as possible. When this can be achieved with minimal ecological and economic burden, it is possible to arrive very close to ideal city planning. It is only natural that combining physical and information infrastructure is at the heart of improving accessibility.

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Parking Enforcement

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2016 2:06:22 PM / by Matias Lindroos posted in Parking, Enforcement

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Much of the discussion around parking focuses on the user and his parking experience, however, that is only half of the equation when solving today’s parking problems. Another big issue that the parking industry faces in transitioning to an online parking environment is enforcement. Today’s enforcement practices are widely inconsistent and inefficient.

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Punishment vs Reward: How to Change Parking into a Positive Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2016 2:36:14 PM / by Anna-Kaisa Mäkinen posted in Parking, Smart city

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The parking industry is notorious for one thing: parking fines.

Whenever you’re looking for a parking space, there is the ever-present element of distress: “can I leave my car here?” or “how long am I allowed to park for?” There's always the prospect of getting fined - and it feels like a punishment. Could there be another way? 

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