Tue April 23, 2013
Smart Meters Modernize Downtown Parking
The City of Omaha is installing 400 smart parking meters.
Ken Smith, Omaha’s City Parking Manager, says smart meters have a credit card payment option and use solar powered technology.
He says this well help the end user as many people don’t carry change anymore. Smith says rather than risking a parking citation, individuals can use a credit card to pay the meter.
Because the meters are solar powered, Smith says batteries will only have to be replaced every 3-5 years.
Right now, they are replaced annually. He says there’s one other really nice feature to the new meters.
"The meter allows you to pre-pay. The enforcement times start at 8:30 a.m. so if you have a meeting at 7:30 and you know you are going to be there past 9:00 or 10:00, you can go ahead and pay the meter and the time won’t start ticking off until the hours of enforcement begin at 8:30. So you can put two hours in at 7:30 and it won’t click off until 10:30.”
200 smart meters will be installed around the Civic Center with another 200 in the Old Market.
Smith says a second order of 600 smart meters will arrive the week of May 13th and will be installed in high usage areas.