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Norwalk Parking Authority launches state’s first smart parking

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is the first city in Connecticut to offer residents and visitors instant access to parking availability information in its urban areas via an app on their smart phones, saving time and improving the parking experience.

Mayor Harry Rilling and the Norwalk Parking Authority launched the technology at a Tuesday press conference in the North Water Street parking lot.

According to a prepared statement emailed before the event, the system works via wireless sensors that are embedded in each parking space to detect whether the space is occupied. Data from each sensor is relayed via wireless to the cloud and pushed into an easy-to-use app showing real-time parking availability. CASE parking, a parking data solutions provider, will collect occupancy data from the lots and garages, the statement said. Streetline, the leading global provider of sensor-based smart parking technology, has outfitted the on-street parking spaces with sensors. Data from both systems will be streamed directly into Streetline’s mobile app, Parker.

Currently, real-time information about open parking spaces is available for the Yankee Doodle garage, the Haviland, North Water Street and Webster lots, as well as select metered parking in the city. People can access the Parker app via their smart phones, or at www.norwalkpark.org/smartparking.

Earlier this year, the Parking Authority implemented the first phase of its Smart Parking plan with real-time parking availability information at the South Norwalk Railroad Station Garage online. This information, as well as other parking facilities and metered spots, will be integrated into the new smart parking system in the near future, according to the statement.

“Smart parking is a great benefit to Norwalk, providing an easy way for residents and visitors to find a parking spot quickly, get out of their cars and enjoy all that the city has to offer,” said Rilling in a statement emailed prior to the event. “In addition, with people driving around less, smart parking improves congestion and saves on gas making it better for the environment.”

The Norwalk Parking Authority is a financially self-sustaining organization responsible for the operation and maintenance of the municipal parking system in Norwalk.  It is not financed by taxpayer dollars.

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