STARKVILLE, Miss., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Parking at Mississippi State University (MSU) is now more user-friendly with the addition of a new parking guidance program on campus utilizing the award-winning motorist guidance application, Parker™ by Streetline, and parking publishing platform, ParkEdge™.
In collaboration with California-based Streetline, Inc., the new app and web browser tools provide near real-time insight on available parking, including policy information for specific campus lots.
Mike Harris, director of parking and transit services, said MSU's unprecedented growth in recent years has created a challenge for students, employees, and visitors looking for available parking.
"We believe this partnership with Streetline provides immediate answers to questions on campus parking in a convenient format that's accessible to all MSU stakeholders," Harris said.
"We are excited to help Mississippi State University address their parking needs with our smart parking solutions," said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. "The solution used by MSU is a prime example of the different ways a large institution can leverage technology to improve the way its constituents park."
Successful testing of the program began during the 2012 fall semester with an expected outcome of both improving parking experiences and reducing the environmental impact of campus vehicular traffic.
Streetline's innovative technology allows MSU Parking and Transit services to communicate parking information using their existing resources and infrastructure by leveraging the SaaS-based ParkEdge parking publication platform. Parking staff members monitoring the various lots can communicate space availability to the office, where the information is then updated via ParkEdge. Within seconds, the new parking status is available to users via Parker and the web based ParkerMap™. The Mississippi State University solution demonstrates how even simple uses of technology can help improve the parking experience for motorists.
Harris said the Parker app provides an easy-to-understand green-, blue- and red-color image that indicates available parking spaces. Campus lots that currently may be checked with the app include commuter, staff, and residential. For more information on MSU Parking and Transit Services, visit www.parkingservices.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3526.
To download the app, smartphone users should visit www.parkingservices.msstate.edu or search "Parker by Streetline" in the app store.
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University enrolls more than 21,000 students from all 50 states and some 72 countries. The state's flagship research university, the institution is one of only 108 nationwide carrying the "very high research activity" classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation also has designated MSU as a top "Community Engagement" university for its efforts in service learning. The university offers more than 175 programs leading to baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. In addition to Veterinary Medicine and Architecture, MSU's other academic colleges are Agriculture and Life Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Forest Resources.
About Streetline, Inc.
Streetline's mission is to make smart cities and campuses a reality through the use of sensor-enabled mobile and web applications. Streetline's pioneering technology makes the parking experience for consumers easier, while making cities and university campuses more efficient.
Streetline is a privately held company headquartered in Foster City, CA with smart parking deployments in Germany, the U.K., and across the United States including California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The company was named one of Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation, as well as IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Streetline was named Best Mobile Innovation for 'Smart Cities' for Parker at the 2013 Mobile World Congress.
SOURCE Streetline, Inc.