In March, our company (Inner Circle Media) built a web-based tool for the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority that allows visitors to the DDA website to see how many parking spots are available in each parking structure downtown. That means that right now you can check the DDA site to figure out where to park before you make the trek downtown. Isn’t that nifty?!
Last year the DDA and Republic Parking invested in equipment (signs, servers, etc.) to display the number of available parking spots on electronic signs outside each structure. We worked with Republic Parking to make this parking information available online. Right now the DDA site is the only spot to find this info, but soon other downtown organizations may incorporate our widget into their sites as well. Read an interview with Stephen Smith (IT Manager at Republic Parking + DDA technology consultant) on Teeter Talk where he explains the project (and yes, he did the interview while on a teeter totter with a storm approaching).
During the next phase of the project, we’ll make the widget accessible for hand-held devices (PDAs, phones, etc.). Neato!