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Parking Management Update Adds API for Custom Apps
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A company that develops applications for managing campus parking has just released a new version of its software that integrates with Blackboard's mobile app platform and adds enhancements to help students and staff find available parking. Version 2.0 of Streetline's "Campus" programs also has been bundled into three new pricing models.
The new release includes integration with Case Parking Systems software, enabling Case loop counters to communicate with Streetline's mobile app, Parker, to help users find available spaces. Parker also now provides a filter to separate student parking from visitor parking. Universities can also use a Streetline API to build custom apps. And parking availability can now be added to a university's Blackboard Mosaic mobile app.
The company has also come up with three new forms of service packaging:
- Campus Accelerator, priced at a flat $4,995 per year, lets a customer institution offer parking guidance to users via a smartphone app, manually publish lot availability, and replace static PDF maps with interactive Web maps;
- Campus Connect, at $150 per month per lot or garage and a one-time $500 activation fee, lets the customer provide real-time occupancy data via the Streetline application and the use of loop or gate counters. That data is then published to Streetline's mobile apps to guide the people to open spots. This version includes app integration with Case Parking and other Internet-connected counting systems; and
- Campus Insight, adds the same features as the other offerings as well as integration with digital signage and Web sites and the ability to use cameras to sense the presence of vehicles. Customers get licensing for all of Streetline's applications, including three different mobile apps — ParkEdge, Parker and ParkerMap — as well as ParkSight, ParkerData API and Guided Enforcement. No price was made available by the company.
Recently, the University of Mississippi subscribed to the Campus Accelerator service to gain access to the Parker app. "We see this as a tool that can benefit our students in directing them to open lots," said Mike Harris, director of the Department of Parking and Transportation. "It is our goal is that this technology will help reduce vehicle congestion and the frustration when finding a space."
East Tennessee State also is a new customer.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.