The Village of South Orange, New Jersey and the South Orange Parking Authority (SOPA) have announced an exciting upgrade to its parking system in partnership with Flowbird Group, the leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions. SOPA is replacing its aging pay-by-space parking stations with Flowbird’s Pay-by-Plate Solar-Powered Smart Parking Kiosks, fully equipped with the industry’s latest technology. The upgrade is a part of SOPA’s continuing efforts to enhance the customer service experience with a modernized solution.
The new parking system will feature pay-by-plate parking kiosks that are accessible for all customers, including meeting ADA standards. To begin, the user simply enters their license plate number and desired length of stay. Payment will be accepted with either coins, cash, debit or credit card. Once payment has been made, the parking session has started and there is no need to walk back to their vehicle to display a receipt.
By implementing modernized pay stations with convenient payment options, SOPA will be able to better manage parking turnover and visitor influx during peak periods. The switch to these multi-space pay stations will bring a consistent and higher level of customer service to the parking public.
All transaction data from the pay stations are sent in real-time to Flowbird’s intelligent data management suite and shared with the SOPA’s enforcement solution, ready to be integrated with other payment modes such as mobile phone payments. Using the data provided by the Flowbird system, SOPA staff can enforce all permit and daily parking fee payments and track the highest areas of use throughout the day. This data can be valuable to help determine future parking plans.
The new pay stations are live as of January 2023.
Currently, Flowbird supports over 47,000 parking pay stations for 900 customers throughout the U.S. This implementation will add to Flowbird’s expanding list of cities in New Jersey including Trenton, Newark, Morristown, Rahway, and Bloomfield.
As the global leader in urban mobility, Flowbird has been promoting a different vision of the smart city for over 50 years. By offering flexible transportation and parking solutions in 80 countries and 4,350 cities around the world, Flowbird deploys an optimized and unique offer to address the specific issues of each territory and make urban mobility simpler, multimodal and environmentally friendly. Flowbird in figures: 2021 revenues: €309 million 1,300 employees - 8 Flowbird offices worldwide - 100 million users.