Smart Parking is Part of Smart Infrastructure

  At Recently there have been calls in Washington from both sides of the aisle for increased infrastructure spending. There’s some compelling logic behind the idea. According to the American Society for Civil Engineers, America’s crumbling infrastructure will cost the nation 3.9 Trillion in Lost GDP by 2025.

  But updating our aging infrastructure is more than just filling in potholes and shoring up bridges. It’s also an opportunity to add 21st century technology to bridges, roads and tunnels that haven’t been significantly altered since the 1960s.

  These updates can take advantage of advances in materials sciences to make bridges lighter and tunnels sturdier. They can incorporate IoT sensors in pipes that let maintenance workers know ahead of time if they are going to break. And truly smart infrastructure will incorporate smart parking sensors into streets and lots.

  Smart Infrastructure means updating our infrastructure to grow the economy and fit with modern patterns of living. Smart parking needs to do the same. Parking sensors that can give cities data to manage their urban infrastructure and adjust policies to match demand, cameras on parking lots for mass transit that optimize park and ride efficiency while providing security, and smart apps that connect with sensors to streamline parking and encourage carpooling. These components need to be part of any new infrastructure plan that is serious about updating American infrastructure for the 21st century.