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Nearly 1 Million Smart Parking Spaces Will Be Enabled Worldwide by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research


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BOULDER, Colo June 3, 2013; Faced with growing environmental and economic pressures on city transportation, cities are reexamining how and where parking is provided, and developing a more balanced view that better manages parking supply and demand. Enabled by new technologies, innovative approaches to parking are becoming a cornerstone of citiesā€™ mobility strategies. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the installed base of on-street smart parking spaces will surpass 950,000 worldwide by 2020.

"The parking industry is going through its biggest evolution since the introduction of the first parking meters in Oklahoma City in 1935," says Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research. "It is being transformed by new technologies that are increasing operational efficiency and customer expectations, and by new perspectives on the role of parking within cities."

Essentially, the goal of smart parking is to enable both drivers and parking managers to optimize the use of parking capacity. A number of technologies provide the basis for smart parking solutions, including vehicle sensors, wireless communications, and data analytics. Smart parking is also made viable by innovation in areas such as smartphone apps for customer services, mobile payments, and in-car navigation systems. At the heart of the smart parking concept is the ability to access, collect, analyze, disseminate in real time, and act on parking usage information.

The report, "Smart Parking Systems", examines the evolution of smart parking technologies and the smart parking system market, with a particular focus on on-street parking. The report analyzes the drivers for the transformation in parking, including financial, environmental, and economic factors, and assesses approaches to parking in different regions. Detailed profiles of major smart parking projects are provided, and the report forecasts the size and growth of the market for smart parking systems through 2020, including hardware, software, and services. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Utilities, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

About Navigant

Navigant is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at www.navigant.com.