Canada is moving ahead with smart parking applications. The city of Sherbrooke recently launched a new parking application developed by B-CITI, a Canadian company who has partnered with the city of Brossard and the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal. The parking application provides the ability to offer refunds for unused time, prepaid time credits, visual recognition and multi-city capabilities, and has already reduced consultations at Brossard’s City Hall during intense parking registration periods by 95 percent.
“Brossard is among the most innovative cities in Quebec and Canada with regard to smart cities. The B-CITI smart city portal, with its digital resident card that we were the first to adopt, puts us at the cutting edge of smart digital interaction with residents,” stated Brossard’s mayor, Paul Leduc.
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Parking Authority are partnering to let customers pay for on-street parking through the Green P mobile app, which should be activated by the end of this year. Green P gives users with the ability to pay for parking using their smartphones, sends reminders when their session is about to expire, and lets customers extend their parking session remotely.
“This is all about making people’s lives just a bit easier. The Green P app is an example of how we can modernize the services the City offers and the way the City delivers them,” said Toronto’s Mayor Tory. “The people of Toronto want a city that works at their speed, which is why I am glad to see progress that finally meets the needs of the 21st century.”