Software solutions provider Grid Smarter Cities and mapping and IT specialists Buchanan Computing are launching a new integration to support local authorities with planning and mapping their bookable loading bays using on-street parking data.
Grid Smarter Cities say they are continuing to expand their portfolio of services “to make the realm of managing city kerbside activity easier and smarter for local authorities”.
This integration will link Grid’s kerbside management product, Kerb, into the ParkMap software. ‘Kerb’ is a platform and app that allows kerbside slots to be booked in advance by parcel and delivery companies. This enables delivery drivers to have certainty that they will have a place to park to drop off goods or unload heavy deliveries on arrival to their destinations. It also gives local authorities more control over how they manage this real estate in real time, with flexibility, while opening up the possibilities for multiple use cases. “Think delivery bay by day – streeterie in the evening and taxi bay by night,” Grid says.
ParkMap is a solution for creating digital traffic orders, providing local authorities with an accessible map-based inventory of parking and moving traffic regulations. Integrated with this are full facilities for the order-making process, to aid productivity and keep the permanent records updated. ParkMap functionality manages and communicates a regularly changing set of traffic orders. The integration now combines this functionality with the innovative kerbside management platform, Kerb.
“This integration with ParkMap and strategic relationship with Buchanan is very exciting for us,” commented Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of Grid Smarter Cities. “As awareness of the operational, environmental and societal benefits of effective kerbside management grows both at national policy level and a local implementation level the benefits for the freight, servicing and delivery sectors can start to be realised along with the congestion reduction and air quality benefits for local residents and businesses. The integration of the Kerb Platform will help local authorities to seamlessly implement and manage bookable loading bays and coordinate delivery activity.”
“We very much welcomed this opportunity to work with a like-minded company focused as we are on delivering innovative solutions to the UK’s ever growing number of smart cities and towns,” added Alex Smith, MD of Buchanan Computing. “To achieve the benefits of improved kerbside management, we have created a new endpoint to our API service, enabling a continuous flow of up-to-date data to be consumed by Kerb.”
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