Lo­cal firm at fore­front of smarter park­ing

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By ASH­LEIGH COLLIS

While park­ing sen­sors in Welling­ton and New Ply­mouth are fail­ing just a few years af­ter be­ing in­stalled, Palmer­ston North’s lo­cally-de­vel­oped sen­sors and sys­tem are go­ing strong eight years later.

Frog­park­ing co­founder and manag­ing di­rec­tor Sha­reena Sand­brook, says Palmer­ston North was the first city coun­cil to in­stall the firm’s sen­sors and sys­tem, now used by many clients glob­ally.

“While there were a few teething prob­lems with how the sys­tems were used in the very early days, our tech­nol­ogy has stood the test of time and now in its eighth year of be­ing in­stalled, is out­per­form­ing the oth­ers,” she said.

“In­stalling our tech­nol­ogy has also given the city in­creased ac­cess to valu­able live and his­toric data and an­a­lyt­ics.

“This has given city plan­ners a new level of in­sight into how lo­cal peo­ple are us­ing the city and its ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, al­low­ing the city to make data-driven de­ci­sions about fu­ture projects.”

Palmer­ston North City Mayor Grant Smith says the sys­tem lo­cal firm Frog­park­ing in­stalled in 2010 has pro­vided the coun­cil with ex­cel­lent value for money and the best deal for lo­cal ratepay­ers.

“I am proud to be en­ter­ing the eighth year of work­ing with Don and Sha­reena Sand­brook, and the team at Frog­park­ing. They have been a great tech part­ner for the city, pro­vid­ing a range of qual­ity, re­li­able prod­ucts that, af­ter eight years in the field, are de­liv­er­ing as re­li­ably as they did on day one,” says Mr Smith.

The sys­tem in­cludes more than 2600 en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly so­lar sen­sors and a cloud-based plat­form fully in­te­grated into the city’s park­ing me­ter sys­tems — and a mo­bile app to make cash­less pay­ments and show lo­cal peo­ple where park­ing is avail­able.

“As well as de­liv­er­ing great prod­ucts that last, Frog­park­ing’s story is a pos­i­tive one for our re­gion. Frog­park­ing is a lo­cal busi­ness which is still based in Palmer­ston North, was founded by lo­cal peo­ple and con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate smart jobs for lo­cal peo­ple.

“They have con­tin­ued to grow and de­velop world-lead­ing IP here and ex­port­ing their smart tech­nol­ogy all around the world — all of which con­trib­utes to keep­ing our city’s econ­omy grow­ing.”

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