Technology and parking have a complicated relationship. In some areas, technology is embraced; in other areas, it is reviled. Sometimes, technology is used in ways that undermine parking regulations; and sometimes it is used to support them.
Lately, a Folsom, California technology company is creating technology to enforce handicapped-placard parking laws. Handicapped parking fraud is an area where the only solution so far has been physical enforcement. Now, technology has entered the scene. According to the Sacramento Business Journal:
Pondera Solutions develops waste detection and fraud detection technologies using Google analytical tools. The company can use those techniques to detect illegal use of placards by quickly sifting through huge datasets to alert agencies to which cases merit further investigation.
The technology monitors the doctors who issue handicapped placards by verifying they are actual doctors and it tracks Department of Motor Vehicles data to check up on users who renew placards frequently.
It is reported that one in 10 California drivers has a handicapped parking placard – an astounding number.
Pondera CEO Jon Coss said in a news release. “Misuse is not good for businesses, it is not good for governments and it is not good for the disabled who actually need to use these spaces.”
Here’s a place where technology, although complicated, creates a simple solution for a major parking problem.
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