Facing the challenges of new downtown development combined with an aging parking infrastructure, the City of Vancouver, WA will be implementing a new smart parking system supplied by Parkeon, the worldwide leader in on-street parking technology.  The new system will help ease traffic downtown and future proof the City’s parking investment for the long term.

After a competitive bid process beginning in 2015, Parkeon was selected to install their state-of-the-art Strada Pay Stations.  These new, wireless, solar-powered multi-space parking meters will feature a dynamic 7” color screen and customizable keyboard interface that will easily guide users through their transactions. The meters will accept coins as well as credit and debit cards for payment.

Parkeon’s proposal protects the City’s investment because future technological changes are planned for in advance.  From the beginning, the meters will be delivered with EMV certified credit card readers.  When changes in wireless technology and credit card security happen years from now, Parkeon will supply the latest generation modems and card readers at no additional charge.

The Parkeon system will also provide the City with extreme flexibility from an operational standpoint.  Remotely, City staff will be able to create and distribute validation codes for local businesses and special event parking.  To help manage congestion downtown, the City will also have the remote capability to analyze parking activity and remotely change parking rates.

Parkeon is also assisting the City in connecting to its residents and visitors through a City News application available on the meters.  From Parkeon’s Smart Center, the City can create and download events listings, traffic closure information, new business openings, and other news directly to the Stradas.Parkeon is not unfamiliar to the City of Vancouver.  More than 10 years ago, the City replaced a handful of single space meters with Parkeon pay stations on-street, and installed 10 Parkeon pay stations in the Park ‘n Go Vancouvercenter Public parking garage.

“We selected Parkeon because their system has been successful in Vancouver for many years, and their proposal provides advantages to the City as a tool to manage parking into the future,” said Mike Merrill, Parking Services Manager for the City of Vancouver.

The new parking system is scheduled to launch this fall and will serve approximately 400 parking spaces that were added to the Government Parking Management District Parking Meter Zone 4 in 2013.  The system will be locally supported by Parkeon’s partner, DGM Systems, located within the City of Vancouver.