Among the information available initially will be a parking facility’s entry points, hours of operation, accepted forms of payment, normalized pricing schedule, height restrictions and amenities provided. Real-time payment and reservation functionality may be enabled in the future.
The parking companies participating in the launch of Parking Data Ventures include its founding partners – Central Parking System, Inc. and Standard Parking (NASDAQ:STAN). Other parking companies making their data available to the database include: Ampco System Parking, Impark, Republic Parking, Lanier Parking, Ace Parking, and Five Star Parking.
Location-based content provider Urban Mapping launched the same kind of database at the end of last year (read here) with less parking (3,500) but a slightly more sophisticated approach since the database is also available through an API and offers a parking fare calculator that computes parking fees specific to dates and duration.