In-ground parking sensors to deliver data to Sydney council

Sensors will give council workers more information about occupancy rates

North Sydney Council is set to introduce a parking sensor system which detects when people enter and leave the parking space from July 27.

The sensors are inserted into the ground and linked to a parking management system that allows council staff to monitor parking.

The time limit starts when a driver enters a space, not when they pay at the meter. The meters will soon accept Tap and Go payments from credit cards.

According to the council, the sensors will offer detail about occupancy rates, allowing it to fine-tune parking times.

It will also mean that vehicles that stay beyond the time they are supposed to could be fine.

People also won’t be able to top up the meter as it won’t take another payment until the vehicle is moved on.

"The demand for parking in the North Sydney Council area far exceeds supply and we get constant complaints from people who can’t get a park for essential activities such as a medical or business appointments," a flyer issued by the council said.

"We also get complaints from businesses whose customers can’t park because available parking is being used by commuters who take a prime space and top up the meter throughout the day," the flyer said.

In 2013, North Sydney Council began using licence plate recognition (LPR) technology to monitor parking in restricted areas which don’t have meters.

Read more: North Sydney Council begins electronic monitoring of parking

The technology was also used to conduct surveys of North Sydney streets so that it could track parking patterns and vacancy rates across the area.

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