App to feature info on vacant parking lots

The parking lots installed with sensors for the Penang Smart Parking System in Campbell Street, George Town. (Right pic) Jagdeep Singh with Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang showing the mobile app for the system. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

FROM the Penang Smart Parking (PSP) app, motorists will now know if any of the 1,031 public lots are empty within George Town’s heritage enclave and in Icon City, Bukit Mertajam.

Just tap the ‘Find Parking’ button after logging into the app, and you can see the streets with their respective number of vacant lots.

If you are from out of state and need directions to the streets with vacant lot, the app will link to your Google Maps or Waze, which will then guide you to those streets.

The glitches on Day One, which rendered Android users unable to download the app last month has been solved, said state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He said the pilot phase, which was supposed to see 967 sensors installed to the road surface was completed with an additional 34 sensors.

“Now, we have 1,031 lots installed with the sensors, which will provide us with more data to ensure its operations are optimum and efficient.

“To date, the system has recorded 46,125 downloads by Android and iPhone users.

“Motorists have started using the application more frequently, ” he said during a press conference at Campbell Street on Tuesday.

Jagdeep Singh said with PSP in full swing, about 35,000 remaining lots in Penang will soon be equipped with the same sensors.

“For now, the system’s contractor, HeiTech Padu Berhad, is updating the application’s user interface, look and feel and the user experience to make it more user-friendly.

“The state will be carrying out outreach programmes with the contractor to encourage the public to use the system.

“Between Sept 25 and 30, HeiTech Padu Berhad officers will be at Komtar, Esplanade, SPICE and Bandar Perda to assist and teach people to use the app, ” he said.

By next July, Penang will fully utilise the PSP system at all public parking lots.

Paper-based parking coupons will be valid only until Dec 31 next year.

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