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APDS User Group Meeting: Owners & Operators

Join APDS for a free users group meeting.

Open to all, pre-registration required.  This meeting will be focused on parking, transportation and mobility owners and operators.

We will host a second user group meeting on March 23 for suppliers, consultants and other service providers.

Owners & Operators: Register here for the free event.

Suppliers, Consultants, and Service Providers: Register here for the March 23rd event.

Both events will be recorded for those who can not make the live discussion.

APDS User Group Meeting: Owners & Operators

Join APDS for a free users group meeting.

Open to all, pre-registration required.  This meeting will be focused on parking, transportation and mobility owners and operators.

We will host a second user group meeting on March 23 for suppliers, consultants and other service providers.

Owners & Operators: Register here for the free March 16 event.

Suppliers, Consultants, and Service Providers: Register here for the March 23rd event.

Both events will be recorded for those who can not make the live discussion.

Got Milk?

Alliance Parking Data StandardsBy Shawn Conrad, CAE

Most of us remember the “Got Milk?” advertising campaign. A San Francisco agency developed this rather simple phrase and message in 1993 to increase sales for the California Milk Processor Board. Needless to say, the campaign’s success is almost unmatched in the world of advertising.

Since I have a “go big or go home” mentality, I thought of this ad campaign when IPMI and other industry leaders began developing the Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS)–and no, the phrase “Got Data?” was never considered.  My thought process wasn’t focused on boosting sales of new technology or any particular piece of equipment, but rather on helping parking and mobility organizations fully utilize the data you collect. APDS provides a harmonized data dictionary that allows organizations to share parking data across various platforms, and compare performance on a local, state, national, or, if so inclined, worldwide basis. APDS is voluntary and we’ve made it free to use.

In the weeks ahead, a new Version 3.0 will be announced covering on-street, off-street, rights, rates, occupancy and utilization data, and other parameters. IPMI has been hosting tutorials and discussions for those interested in learning more or those seeking guidance as they apply the standard. A number of opportunities are planned to help you use APDS, including free user groups meetings June 8 and June 15. Click here to participate in these free sessions. 

By summer we expect to have the final acknowledgement of APDS being ISO Certified, so big things are happening. For now, let us know how we can help you better understand or compare your data with other like-sized organizations. I’m getting thirsty just writing those words.

Sign up for APDS updates to get the documents as soon as they are available—and stay well. 

Shawn Conrad, CAE, is IPMI’s CEO.

U.K. Enacts Data Standards for Parking

The U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has committed £1 million to research and put into place parking data standards created by the Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) to help drivers find parking more easily. Officials said it was the first time the APDS standards would be put into place across a country.

The APDS was formed by IPMI, the British Parking Association, and the European Parking Association to develop, promote, manage, and maintain a uniform global standard that will allow organizations to share parking data across platforms worldwide. U.K. officials said their initiative will help develop apps that will allow drivers to more easily learn the availability, dimensions, and prices of available parking spaces.

The £1 million will be used in Cambridge, Essex, Manchester, and Oxfordshire to begin using the standards. Read the whole story here.

 

APDS News: APDS Requests Formal Recognition by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

APDS Requests Formal Recognition by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) recently requested that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) consider adopting the APDS standard for parking data as a basis for a future ISO standard. ISO is an independent, non-governmental network of national standard bodies bringing together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant international standards supporting innovation and providing solutions to global challenges.

The global ISO network includes a membership of 165 national standards bodies. ISO standards cover a wide range of topics including business, healthcare, transport, technology, and manufacturing. The ISO utilizes its 792 technical committees and subcommittees to evaluate and approve the development and adoption of new standards.

In April of 2019, APDS approached the ISO to formally consider the APDS standard for adoption. This would include establishing a global standard for parking data terms and definitions, as well as a common global baseline for parking applications to be utilized by governments, municipalities, suppliers, operators, regulators, enforcement agencies, service providers, technology platforms, automotive interests, and ultimately users worldwide. Following a formal review and consideration process, the ISO’s 30 contributing National Standard Bodies voted strongly in favor of developing and adopting the APDS standard as an ISO Technical Specification.

This work, based on APDS specifications, began recently, and will be followed by a period of expert contributions.. The ISO development program will follow a 24 month standard track, but with the main technical solidification of the technical content over the next year. This process will conclude with the review and adoption vote by the relevant National Standards Bodies.

ISO standards are recognized globally. In Europe, ISO Standards have formal recognition within public procurement as can be seen within several European public procurement regulations.


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