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by James Hicks on December 25, 2010
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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti joined Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf, late last week, to announce the Parker for iPhone App – the first app that gives drivers real-time parking information and a fast, convenient way to find open metered parking spaces and nearby garages.

The Parker for iPhone App features a simple interface that gives users an instant, location-based map pinpointing the city blocks with the most available parking spaces. Users can see which blocks have: more than four, more than two or less two spots; as well as blocks with “rock star” parking – the areas closest with the most open spaces. The app also delivers information about parking space time limits, pricing, and whether meters take credit cards or coins. It also will direct drivers to the nearest City parking garages as an alternative to street parking.

The app is based on Streetline’s patented smart parking platform that detects the presence of a car through a network of ultra-low power wireless sensors located in each parking space. This information is then transmitted back to mobile smart phones and web applications that give drivers a live, accurate picture of open parking spaces across a city. The entire system helps cities, airports, universities and private organizations reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and alleviate the environmental impact of traffic caused by parking.

“We are excited that Los Angeles is the first city in the country to offer this unique app to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “By making parking easier, we can help people get where they are going faster, and reduce pollution and traffic congestion caused by drivers circling in hopes of finding an open spot.”

“We are excited to partner with the City of Los Angeles to launch this innovative service for locals and visitors in Hollywood,” said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. “We applaud Los Angeles for exploring and implementing smart parking solutions that can not only transform how people park, but also address the critical need to reduce traffic and pollution.”

Initially covering the areas in and around Hollywood, the Parker for iPhone App is available for $1.99 from the App Store HERE.

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