Bridging the gap between parking management and technology

Drivers with smart cars and smart phones are looking for smarter parking spots, and Precise ParkLink is working to meet that demand. Precise ParkLink is a North York, Ontario-based company involved in all aspects of the parking business, from building parking lots to providing equipment and attendants for them, to managing the revenue they generate.

Having recognized that as the public becomes more tech savvy and dependant on its mobile phones, its expectation for a different way to pay for parking would grow, Precise ParkLink developed a web-based portal called i PASS, designed to streamline the process.

Precise ParkLink then approached Durham College to develop a new multi-platform software system by upgrading its existing system and adding many capabilities to improve the technical infrastructure and enhance the end-user experience.

Durham College worked with Precise ParkLink to develop iPass-X, an iOS app. Combined with a developed Web API, the app creates a secure login portal for the data infrastructure in the company’s control centre. It allows clients to register, update and maintain their personal and parking profiles, view past transactions, and find out about new parking services. The user-friendly design conforms to industry standards and Apple’s application requirements.

Two students from the Computer Programmer Analyst program developed the iOS application, completing the project in nine months. Through the project, they advanced their skills in planning and constructing a structured outline for mobile apps for both iOS and Android.

“The students that we have worked with provide a depth of knowledge to keep the project on track, both in timing and budget. It is refreshing to connect with our future leaders,” the company said in a statement.


Partner(s): Precise ParkLink
Funded by: College and Community Innovation Program, Engage Grant, NSERC

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