The city of Canberra, Australia has recently replaced 868 parking meters with 145 solar powered pay and display parking machines. Single-space meters served the city for more than 40 years, but these older parking meters will no longer function when the 2G network is switched off.
“Our new pay and display parking machines make it simpler and easier to pay for parking with coins, credit cards, or the ParkMobile app, available in all of the pay parking areas operated by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government,” Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman said.
“In addition, all pay and display parking machines include ‘tap and go’ technology for a faster and more convenient method of payment. As our city grows, demand for parking in our busy town centers will continue to increase and the ACT Government is committed to continuing to improve parking in the ACT. Our current smart parking trial in Manuka is testament to this, with the use of embedded infrared sensors, five LED signs and the ParkCBR app we are seeing a decrease in congestion in the area as patrons are guided to available parking spaces. To make sure we remain one of the world’s most livable cities, the ACT Government is committed to investing in new technologies that make life easier and more convenient for all Canberrans,” Minister Gentleman concluded.
The ACT Government is committed to evolving Canberra into a smart and connected digital city, through leading-edge initiatives such as free public WiFi, smart street lights, promotion of renewable energy, and the creation of an online portal which provides a range of online learning platforms.