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EghtesadOnline: Smart parking meters have been installed and activated in Tehran's District 2 in the north-central part of the city. It enables drivers to reserve road-side parking spots and pay online via a smartphone application.

To use the facility, users are first required to create an account on the application ‘Tehran-e Man’ (my Tehran in Persian) developed by Tehran Municipality. 

Both Android and iOS users can download the app from local app markets, Café Bazaar and SibApp, the TM Information and Communication Technology Organization reported on its website tmicto.tehran.ir.

Users need to sign in to their personal account, open the "parking meter" tab, and select a parking meter on an interactive map provided in the application, Financial Tribune reported.

Drivers can reserve the parking space for a certain period. Users can pay the fee easily via the app.

According to the project manager, Soheil Mazloum, the parking meters are equipped with sensors to monitor vehicles parked in the slots. They are connected to the Internet to report infringements.

“This is a pilot project and will be extended to other districts in the capital if the results are positive.”

Mazloum says the project, which was introduced in December 2018, is envisaged to extend to the entire megalopolis in three years.

Atishahr fintech, Tosan (banking and payment solution provider) and FANAP (ICT Company affiliated to Bank Pasargad) have built the infrastructure for the project.

More than four million vehicles commute in Tehran every day, a figure that according to the TM is eight times over and above nominal capacity. Finding an empty parking space in the capital, especially during working hours, is something that has long been consigned to history.  

Facilities like the smart parking meters should possibly come as some relief and help slightly alleviate the tough (some say impossible) task of parking.

The move is a part of efforts to transform Tehran into a smart city -- a goal of former mayor Mohammad Ali Najaf.

Smart city is a concept according to which urban services are offered through smart technology and Internet of Things, making life a bit easier for the 12 million residents in the capital. 

 

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