The historic financial district of the City of London is a 2.9 km² area in the centre of London that is home to just over 9000 residents. Whilst the number of permanent residents is low, more than 300,000 people commute through, work in, or visit the City of London everyday.
For vulnerable road users this poses a unique challenge, locate and navigate to blue badge parking whilst driving through one of the busiest square miles in the world.
The City of London Corporation, the City’s local authority, is determined to make improvements to kerbside access for accessibility impaired drivers.
AppyWay deployed 188 smart parking sensors throughout the City of London, one for every blue badge parking bay.
The sensors provide real-time availability and occupancy data of every accessibility bay.
Smart parking sensor by St Pauls Cathedral
Using the free AppyParking mobile app, accessibility impaired drivers can now see the locations of every blue badge bay in the City. Not only that but the app offers real-time availability of these bays.
In addition to the location and availability of accessible bays, the app also shows the location, rules and prices for all on and off-street parking in the Square Mile. Motorists can link through to commonly used navigation apps such as Waze or Google Maps from the AppyParking app and drive directly to the parking space of their choice.
Sample of the disabled bays available on the AppyParking App
For the City of London Corporation, the real-time occupancy data is fed into our Insights tool. It gives the Parking Services Team the ability to see exactly how the accessible bays are being used and view parking data in one centralised system.
Sample dashboard of AppyWay Insights product solution
Blue badge holders can easily check for available spaces before they set off and navigate directly to them, saving time finding a spot.
With visibility of all accessible spaces across the City of London, including operating hours and restrictions, blue badge holders will enjoy a much improved experience.
With rich utilisation insights, the local authority have the opportunity to optimise operating hours and tariffs to reflect demand patterns and traffic management objectives.