Chipside Annual Conference 2019: the data conversation
Last week we hosted our Annual Conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) - bringing together representatives from some of our 170 local authority customers. Members of the Chipside team - and our user forum - took to the stage to discuss customers’ successes from the last 12 months and our strategy for connected parking innovation in the future.
“The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists”
After welcoming our guests, I spoke briefly about the future of public service decision making. Citizens demand empowerment, freedom and access to services when they want and how they want.
Data driven innovations are increasingly important for economic growth, social change, and the improvement of public services. Through high-speed data analytics, societies can now capture waves of information and use this insight to identify trends and behaviour across many sectors, leading to improved services for the public.
City parking is one public service that can use big data and connectivity to improve and meet these types of demands from residents and visitors. When I was in India in February - invited to speak at the Bengal Global Business Summit - I heard someone describe data as the new oil. However, I argue data is the new soil. If you look after your soil, you can grow interesting things from it.
A data driven solution
Chipside’s connected parking and permitting services help authorities combine large datasets - such as analysis of traffic flows - with real-time on-street parking demand. This can enable the setting of demand-led parking tariffs and inform decisions around traffic management policies, the building of new parking facilities and the development of new resident parking schemes.
Connected permit management also allows residents and businesses to use cashless and virtual payment systems such as MiPermit to pay for parking via mobile, telephone or over the internet. Data from this system is then seamlessly supplied to enforcement teams to ensure accurate operations.
Connected cities have the potential to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life. From parking to safety, pollution to social inclusion, by collecting, sharing and analysing big data, cities can ensure they are fit for the future.