Award for Harrogate's AppyParking
Harrogate's pioneering parking system wins at the 2020 LGC Awards
07:58 04 November 2020
AppyParking, a pioneering smart parking system in Harrogate, has been recognised at the 2020 LGC Awards, winning under the innovation category.
The app helps users to easily identify available parking spaces across the Harrogate town centre and pay parking fees using their phones. The technology uses 2,000 sensors in the ground, which automatically detects when a parking session starts and ends. The scheme was launched by Harrogate Borough Council in partnership with AppyParking, a leading smart parking technology firm.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “I’m delighted to hear that Harrogate’s AppyParking has been recognised in these prestigious awards.
“The visitor and leisure economy is essential to Harrogate, and now more than ever, as we combat the pandemic, it’s vital to do all we can to make it easy and safe for people to visit. Smart parking not only gives people confidence that they will be guided to a parking space, but also that they can pay without needing to touch a ticket machine.
“The smart parking system was the first of its kind in the UK. We continually seek innovative ways to improve traffic flow in Harrogate and smart parking fits well with that ambition.
"The system also provides very useful data to us about the occupation of individual spaces which is useful when making decisions about town centre parking strategies in the future.”
Dan Hubert, Founder and CEO of AppyWay, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award for innovation from LGC. Our Smart City Parking solution is the first of its kind in the UK, and we’re grateful for the forward-thinking approaches of both North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council to enable us to bring it to life in Harrogate, and help its residents save valuable time finding and paying for parking. We’re on a mission to help local authorities and businesses unlock the potential of kerbsides, and this award is a great recognition of that.”