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NSW issues EOI for smart parking tech

by Justin Hendry •
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NSW will tap into the burgeoning share economy by trialling a unique after hours government-leased car space sharing scheme, designed to reduce asset waste and boost government revenue. An Expression of Interest (EOI) for the technology platform and methodology to enable the park-share booking solution has been released.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet, who announced the project in a media release yesterday, said that consideration of the complex security and operation issues relating to government-tenanted buildings would be necessary, but that it shouldn’t preclude the government from looking at more efficient ways to use government car spaces.

The successful vendor will be responsible for a range services that will underpin the park-share scheme, including:

  • Provision of a booking platform;
  • installation of hardware/software required to manage access including integration with existing building security systems;
  • reinstatement of property/removal of hardware/software upon cessation of agreement;
  • initial security screening and ongoing user security identification and assessment;
  • overstay monitoring and responsibility for any misuse;
  • obtaining agency approvals; and
  • ongoing assessment of the schemes viability.

The media release made it clear that the successful platform must ensure appropriate monitoring and security screening procedures.

The trial will apply to 400 car spaces located within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s 14 properties in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta and Gosford, and which are unoccupied during various times of the day or night, maximising their use. Car spaces will be available for a “minimum period of 1 hour and may extent to several days”, according totender documents.

“These car spaces don’t belong to us – they are the property of NSW taxpayers and it’s our responsibility to maximise their use before, during and after business hours,” said Perrottet.

Vacant parking spaces remain a much sought-after form of realty in Sydney with a Kirribilli car spot recently going under the hammer for $120,000.

“We are tapping into new technology and innovative startups to advise on the feasibility of this approach,” said Perrottet.

Park Monkey, owned by former Federal Government Minister Ross Cameron, and Divvy Parking have already indicated that they intend to join the tender process. Both companies offer the rental of unused parking spaces through an app.

The trial is the latest in a string of smart parking initiatives across Australia which use technology to find empty parking spots ahead of time.

The ACT is currently introducing parking sensor technology as the foundation behind their smart parking network, offering drivers the opportunity to view real-time parking bay availability using their smart phone. Western Australia has also introduced similar technology.

Vacant parking spaces in Parramatta and Gosford could also utilised as part of the government’s plan to expand commuter parking availability, after it was reported by Fairfax that former Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian was considering using technology to restrict car parks to people who use public transport.

Submission will close 3 September 2015, with the successful vendor to commence an initial trial of six months. The government will then consider four one year options of extension if the trial is successful.

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