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Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

By Michael Reid - 29 April 2016 29

Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.

The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.

Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses and interstate visitors move in and out of Manuka more easily, whether they were seeking on-street, off-street, free, paid, long-term or short-term parking.

Mr Barr (pictured) said the ACT Government was looking to improve parking in the capital as part of efforts to make Canberra a leading digital city.

“As our city grows, demand for parking in our busy town centres will continue to increase. Smart parking seeks to address this issue, and will enhance our city centres by making it easier for drivers to travel around our city.”

The trial utilises embedded infrared sensors and CBRfree WiFi to communicate information to a Smartphone application, as well as five new LED signs to guide patrons to available parking spaces.

The ParkCBR app is now available for download for Apple and Android users.

The app allows Canberrans to view the availability of parking in Manuka before their journey, or for passengers to guide the driver to a parking space in the precinct.

More information on the smart parking trial is available at


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