As a city official, adding, removing, or adjusting parking in residential and commercial areas can prompt numerous complaints from residents and local businesses. With more and more mobility initiatives requiring access to the curb, the curb has never been more in demand and change is imminent. It is important to have data to show constituents and stakeholders how parking is allocated and being utilized in order to communicate trade-offs for curbside management adjustments.
COORD AS A SOLUTION:
1. Incorporating the Coord Toolkit as part of a parking study makes it easy to collect occupancy data and then display this data in a given area. With the Toolkit, users can create schedules for a given route and then assign field collectors to perform occupancy or turnover studies with the Coord Surveyor augmented reality app for the route. This makes it easier to manage and collect data in a digital format for both car counts and turnover studies.
Figure 1: Users can assign curbs to surveyors to walk on their 'route' for data collection
2. The mechanics of collecting this turnover and occupancy data has been simplified with the Surveyor app. The collector selects a curb from their assigned route, confirms their arrival at the start of the curb, and then begins walking along it. If License Plate Recognition (LPR) software is permitted in a given city, the collector takes a photo of each license plate they see; if not, the app allows for manual entry of the last 3 digits of the license plate. The app increments for each car collected and records the precise location of the license plate along the curb, allowing for comparison on future passes to determine turnover as well as occupancy along a span.
Figure 2A: Using the Coord Surveyor app, users can collect photos of license plates and leverage license plat recognition features. Figure 2B: Users can verify LPR data for more accurate turnover studies
3. Once the data has been collected with Surveyor, it progresses to Coord Analytics. There, the data show as a choropleth layer on the map of the study area, allowing the user to quickly identify extremes in occupancy and turnover and compare this to the regulations for the area.
Figure 3: This is a screenshot of the Coord Analytics dashboard that visualizes curb data collected from respective studies
4. Coord has streamlined the process of turnover/occupancy data collection, normalization and analysis because we want cities to have an easier time making data-driven decisions around parking allocation and managing curbs. Data is only valuable, however, if you can share it and synthesize it for all parties: all of the charts and map views in Coord Analytics are shareable amongst city employees and exportable as PDFs or raw data, depending on a given city employee’s needs.
If you're interested in learning more about what Coord can do for your city, schedule a demo with our team to learn more. Coord is a tool to better execute parking studies, and help cities better manage their curbs for their citizens.