Local firm at forefront of smarter parking
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.”