An innovative monitoring and management system for disability parking has been developed by a New Zealand company Car Parking Technologies that could see the technology worth millions of dollars internationally.
Instead of carrying a disability-parking permit, disabled drivers would have an electronic tag in their car that can be read by sensors placed in the parking bays. The sensors wirelessly relay information that identifies and verifies a genuine disabled driver and also alerts enforcement staff when a car has been illegally parked.
Car Parking Technologies Managing Director, Paul Collins, says the new system for monitoring disability parks is not only more effective and efficient but can be implemented for about the same cost as the current permit based system.
“Our new monitoring system means that parks can’t be stolen from disabled drivers without almost immediate consequences. It ensures the parking bays are used by the people for which they were intended. We also believe that this latest advance in our technology could easily be adapted for the control of other personally reserved parking.”
Stitchbirds (or Hihi) are one of New Zealand’s rarest birds. These posters were designed to inform the public of their endangerment, the causes of their decline and what steps have been taken to secure their survival.
In Maori, ‘Hihi’ means ‘ray of sunshine’ and so yellow circles became a strong theme throughout the three posters and the colours reflect those of the Stitchbird.
In terms of momentum BlackBerry is basically flat (new users equals defecting users) while Nokia and Windows Mobile are shrinking. None of them has any significant new devices known to be coming in the next 6 months. While Windows Phone 7 is really looking good there won’t be any devices until Oct/Nov at the earliest. (via iPhone still the best option for Telecom)
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