Sensors set to improve parking in Mosman

19 May 2016

Mosman Council is installing bay sensor technology, which is already being used by a number of other Sydney councils, in off-street and on-street locations around the area that will help motorists find a parking space quickly and conveniently.

Line marking and installation of more than 1000 parking bay sensors has begun for the first stage of the deployment, enabling infrared technology to detect when a vehicle has occupied a parking space.

The real-time data captured through the sensors will eventually feed into parking guidance app SmartApp and intelligent traffic signs at car parks which will show availability in the motorist’s desired location. Inside car parks, overhead green and red light indicators will indicate available spaces for motorists.

Director of Environment and Planning Craig Covich said the change was a result of careful assessment of local parking and traffic flow issues and would reduce the need for drivers to search for parking spaces.

“The technology has been introduced as an effective way to address Mosman’s long-standing parking issues and it is important to note that it is not linked to enforcement, so there will be no change to the current system of parking inspections,” he said.

“The new system will deliver major benefits for people visiting Mosman as well as those living and working in the precinct. It has the potential to save motorists time and reduce traffic congestion while providing a better overall parking experience.

“There are also set to be advantages for Mosman retailers and businesses as improved access to parking spaces will give residents and visitors greater access in a more convenient and efficient manner.”

The deployment, by Smart Parking, includes in-ground sensors in Military Road and surrounding streets, as well as signage and overhead guidance indicators at Bridgepoint, Vista Street, Cache, Library Walk and Raglan Street West and East car parks.