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What Are the Benefits of Open Competition 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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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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Why is the parking industry not seeing an “Uber for parking”?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 27, 2016 1:27:48 PM / by Matias Lindroos posted in Parking, Marketplace

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Mobile parking has been around for about 10-15 years, so why don’t mobile payments dominate the parking market yet?

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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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What makes a Marketplace effective?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 9:31:25 AM / by Matias Lindroos posted in Parking, Marketplace

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“An actual or nominal place where forces of demand and supply operate, and where buyers and sellers interact (directly or through intermediaries) to trade goods, services, or contracts or instruments, for money or barter.”

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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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What is a great mobile parking solution?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2016 10:26:44 AM / by Matias Lindroos posted in Parking

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The world has been introduced to quite a few “mobile first” companies revolutionizing their respective industries throughout the past 10 years. The most obvious example is Uber, which has turned the taxi industry inside out. Other industries have seem similar mobile revolutions, however, the parking industry has not changed.

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