Official ceremony: Shahrin (seated, left) and Nizran (seated, right) signing the MoU while UTeM board chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ahmad Zaidee Laidin (standing, second from left) and guests look on.
MALACCA: A group of researchers from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) has successfully developed a smartphone application to help drivers search for an available parking space at crowded spots.
Dubbed the G-Coupon, the app is aimed at complementing Malacca’s green technology vision.
Assoc Prof Dr Sazilah Salam, who headed the research team, said the app will provide drivers with information on the availability of proper parking spots in an area.
“Drivers can find a vacant parking space by using the app.
“In less than a minute, they will be able to find a parking bay, drive to the vacant spot, and pay according to the parking rate using the app,” she said during a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between UTeM and Arus Rentas Sdn Bhd here recently.
UTeM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Shahrin Sahib@Sahibuddin said the G-Coupon app is a smart solution compared to the current parking system that requires drivers to purchase coupons from vendors before scratching out the date and time.
“The G-Coupon app system allows drivers to pay for parking via their smartphones, and also allows them to extend the parking period if they need more time,” he said.
Shahrin said the application, which took two years to develop, contains five segments to meet the needs of both the users and local authorities.
The segments include the issuance of tickets, payment and summonses, as well as monitoring and enforcement.
Arus Rentas managing director Nizran Noordin said the G-Coupon system was expected to be implemented in October in all local council parking areas in the state before being launched nationwide.
“We hope this system will be popular like other smartphone applications such as MyTeksi,” he said.