So you’re driving around downtown 5 minutes before your important meeting but you simply cannot find a parking spot. Once you finally find park your car blocks away from your meeting, you now have to dig through your car for change or take the risk of not paying and finding a ticket on your windshield when you get back to your car. There must be a solution!
The good news is that cities around the world have adopted mobile parking technology already, but how many people are really taking advantage of this technology? Data collected from a variety of parking companies show that parking apps don’t contribute to more then a few percent of their revenue. This may be due to the fact that the technology is still fairly new but that’s not
The current parking apps on the market allow people to find their way to a nearby parking lot, pay electronically and also add time remotely. So you don’t have to dig around for change or run back to your car to add time, but there is still one problem. These apps cant tell you where there are free parking spaces. That is the golden feature that will make these applications a must have on their mobile device.
‘Anagog’ is a parking networking company who have a patented technology that is “based on crowd-sourced data collected from mobile devices. Parking spots are identified via monitoring mobile devices’ sensors and the user’s mobility”. Their technology can provide real time parking availability along with many other features. Anagog are providing an developers SDK so other developers can adopt their technology. Some municipalities are deciding on taking a different and more accurate route of installing built in sensors in the ground to detect parking space availability. Cities like Melbourne and Brisbane already have this technology approved and installed around the city. Its no question that other major cities will follow in this venture, so you can expect to have this technology available in the near future in the palm of your hands.
Alot has been changed and improved in the new Automath update . First off we added a new feature called ‘Quick Mode’. Quick Mode allows you to scan multiple questions at once. Simply go into ‘Quick Mode’ in the mode menu and its ready to go. Drag the box and crop multiple questions at one time and press answer. In ‘Quick Mode’ you will also receive the answer right away at the top instead of going to the answer page. It is a feature we have been working on for a long while now and we have released it in the new update. It is still in beta phase and we are working on improving the accuracy in this feature in the next update. Here is a fan video of ‘Quick Mode’ in action.
There has also been a few UI changes with a functions being moved around for easier access. A zoom option has been added so there is no need to move your phone closer to a question to focus. Accuracy has been substantially approved in this update as well.
For this update we have localized Automath for the following languages: Turkish, German, Indonesia, Korean, Dutch, Czech, Arabic, Thai, Filipino, Hindi, Polish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Romanian & Italian. There are many more features to come for Automath users and we are working hard to release them in the near future.
With Transit services around the world constantly trying to keep up with technology to improve services, mobile apps are increasingly getting popular. Most municipalities now have mobile applications to allows their users to view schedules, plan trips and even in some cases purchase tickets. Lets start off and ask ourselves what the benefits are?
No cost to distribute an app
Easy and Less Costly to update schedules and send out alerts
The ability to track of live data of transit users
Its on a device that transit users always have with them outside the home
No loose change or card required if payments can made on the app
There is no question that all municipalities should be including this technology in their budgets for the future. Transit services are all about efficiency and transitioning into more environmentally friendly cities. Mobile apps can drastically reduce cost in paper tickets or even plastic cards which lots of companies have bought into as well.
What are the cons of mobile apps? We know where there is a mad made solutions there are always going to be problems. There are many issues concerning security and verification of tickets. Most new smartphones do support NFC technology but older phones do not. If companies use a card scanner to board buses or trains, then devices without an NFC chip will not be recognized. These apps are never truly un-hackable, so they do require rigid testing before going live.
Mobile apps are still a relatively evolving solution for transit companies and is not something that can eliminate pay stations yet but in the next decade it just might be the only way to board a bus or train.
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