SCRATCHING parking coupons will soon be a thing of the past as a smart parking system will soon replace the conventional coupon system at all council parking spaces in Penang.
The Penang Smart Parking System, which will be implemented in August this year, will see the use of a smart mobile phone application using e-wallet as its payment mechanism at 36,000 lots throughout Penang.
Smart parking sensors will also be installed at each parking lot to monitor the entry and exit of vehicles.
HeiTech Padu Berhad is the project’s appointed technology service provider.
Executive vice-president Abdul Halim Md Lassim said the project would start with the first phase on a trial run at about 1,000 parking lots in George Town and Bukit Mertajam.
“The first phase which involves 1,000 lots with equipped sensors will start in August this year while the second phase is expected to be completed by January 2020,” he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the state assembly sitting at Dewan Sri Pinang, George Town, on Thursday.
He said that eventually, the Smart Parking System would manage 36,000 lots throughout the island and mainland with the installation of parking sensors at all the lots expected to be completed within two years after the first phase.
“The system is the first of its kind in the country to harness the potent combination of Internet of Things, IR4.0 and Cloud Computing technology with navigation system and online payment system.
“This system will allow drivers in Penang to be directed towards available parking spaces based on real-time information,” he said.
“It will also enhance enforcement by reducing parking violations and leakage in revenue through the system’s dashboard with monitoring by the local government.”
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang would be the first state in the country to implement such a system complete with parking sensors in individual lots at all state-run public car parks.
“The public will need to merely download and use the app to get to their desired parking lots at the different public car parks.
“The app sends real-time information to the equipped sensors at the lots, allowing drivers to know if a space is occupied even before they head there.
“If the parking lots in the area are full, the system will provide them the next closest parking alternatives in that area.”
He said the system would be implemented at all 12,000 lots under the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and 24,000 lots under the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
State Housing, Local Government, Town and Rural Development Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Smart Parking System aimed to facilitate operations including collection and enforcement.
“The app also comes with features such as an e-wallet payment mode that is in line with a cashless society.
“The trial run will start in August with 647 lots under MBPP in George Town and 350 lots under MPSP at Icon City in Bukit Mertajam,” he said.
The RM24mil smart parking project is one of the ongoing smart initiatives in Penang which include Smart Traffic Analytics and Terragraph System (STARS), BDA project for Disaster Management and Terragraph POC Project, Smart City of Penang (SCoPe) and Smart Bus Stops.
He said the application for the Penang Smart Parking System could be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple App Store after the launch of the first phase in August.
MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the parking rate on the island would remain at 80sen per hour, while MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud confirmed that the rate on the mainland would stay at 40sen per hour.