From Zia’s Desk: Another First for Parking & Streetline: Real-Time Parking Availability Data to Power Apps, Websites, In-Car Navigation and Electronic Street Signs
Introducing the ParkerData™ Availability API
March 27, 2014
Dear Friends, Customers, and Partners,
In 2010, I left SAP in search of an opportunity where I could help reinvent an industry and bring the Internet of Things to life. In addition to the team, customers, and solving a real world problem, I was drawn to Streetline, which was truly transforming parking. The Company had a tangible, real-life solution and was pioneering the smart parking field.
The Past as the Foundation to the Future
I am humbled – and amazed – that our team has brought several “firsts” to the industry. These include the first parking sensor; the first 24x7x365 parking sensor-based SAAS analytics platform; the first to reinvent traditional, coin-meters into “smart parking meters”; the first to launch a smart parking real-time guidance app Parker™; and the first to provide parking enforcement officers a mobile guidance app to potential violations in real time.
At the core of all of our real-time offerings is our inference engine, which has analyzed over 225 million sensor-based parking events. Through Streetline’s proprietary machine learning algorithms, we are able to deliver accurate and timely parking availability across various space topologies including parallel, perpendicular, and diagonal spaces.
With over 10 smart parking industry firsts, I’m beyond pleased to announce another: ParkerData™ Availability API. The API allows real-time parking availability to become seamless within mobile and web apps, dynamic messages signs, and in-car navigation systems.
The ParkerData Availability API is a natural evolution of Parker. And, this API builds on ParkerData Basic API, which provides access to static information to over 20,000 U.S. off-street parking locations. It also further increases access to merchants, which ParkerMap™ took the first step towards by showcasing nearby parking options on their website, by enabling the ability to display parking availability in apps and other channels.
With the ability to show total availability, an index value such as Low, Medium, and High, or by row or space type, our API can help facilitate the best consumer experience. And, it can make parking, the first and last step of a consumer’s visit, a positive experience.
The API to Spur Parking as An Ingredient
Previously, the beneficiaries of our real-time data have always been Streetline application users. But the possibilities of real world data are most powerful – and have the biggest impact – when they are accessible to everyone, everywhere.
Over the past three years while working with consumers, partners, and customers, we’ve defined a real-time API to help accelerate the proliferation of data across a broad variety of channels.
Our vision and strategy is to facilitate others to integrate parking availability into their apps. Imagine if when Yelp showed you information about a business, you also could see real-time parking information beyond just a static map. Or, imagine if your movie, restaurant, or coffee shop app guided you to an open spot. Imagine if parking availability information was everywhere, so you never had to worry about finding a space again.
Offered for more than 40 locations globally, the ParkerData Availability API is available for select customers and partners in private beta. The data will be more widely available for purchase in the future to a broad set of developers for application purposes. To register your interest, please send us a request through our Developers microsite: http://developer.streetline.com
It is always important to reflect back to see how far you’ve come; all of the small steps you’ve taken have brought you to where you are today. I am so grateful for our team, customers, and partners for allowing us to be where we are now. I think our collective success speaks to the desire to experience personal growth and know you’ve made an impact. I encourage you to think out-of-the-box as well and try new things, as they may just be an opportunity worth pursuing.
Until next month,