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Report: Adelaide engineers develop electronic parking monitoring system

If you are a fleet manager operating in Adelaide, you might want to take some time to warn your drivers that the state may soon be cracking down on parking infringements with a new electronic monitoring system.

SMART ePark is being developed by the University of Adelaide as a way to maximise parking space and streamline the process of monitoring parking lots throughout the region.

Instead of the current manual system of parking wardens patrolling for over stayers, SMART ePark utilises a series of wireless sensors, cameras and purpose-built software in order to monitor parking spaces and ensure people are not leaving their vehicles unoccupied for longer than their allotted time.

According to Dr Jega Balakrishnan, chief executive officer and director of eSMART 21 - the company behind the SMART ePark system - this one-of-a-kind system will improve efficiency and allow authorities to better monitor parking spaces.

"In cities across Australia there is a proliferation of cars. Finding vacant parking spaces is becoming more and more difficult as well as creating congestion problems with cars circling the streets," said Mr Balakrishnan in a statement released December 14.

"There will be no more tickets left on windscreens or dodging inspectors. Overstaying in car parking spaces will be significantly reduced, freeing up more spaces for shoppers."

Fleet managers will need to be aware that this system, if it is introduced, could lead to an initial increase in the amount of parking infringements issued, as motorists learn that over staying in parking spaces will no longer be tolerated.

For that reason, it may be a good idea to consider investing in fleet management software which can streamline the process of infringement payment and ensure vehicles are not kept off the road unnecessarily.

Software for fleet management can also help deal with other unwanted fleet related expenses such as speeding fines, which can go some way towards reducing the headaches and frustrations related to this area.

The SMART ePark system is currently being developed at the University of Adelaide's business incubator ThIncLab, with a demonstration site set up at the Thebarton Campus.

Article originally appeared on the ‘Smart Fleet Australia’ website:

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