Alliance for Parking Data Standards
Global Alliance Formed to Standardize Parking Data
Three major parking associations join forces to develop an international parking data standard
The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS), recently formed by the International Parking Institute (IPI), the British Parking Association (BPA), and the European Parking Association (EPA), is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to develop, promote, manage, and maintain a uniform global standard that will allow organizations to share parking data across platforms worldwide.
The Release 1.0 technical documents covering the draft standard for the Data Domains, Parking Place, Rate and Occupancy model is available. The documents contain Data Model, Use Cases and Data Dictionary. They provide much more detail on the standard outlined in the Overview document. To manage the distribution of the technical documents effectively and ensure feedback is collected and collated, each individual/organization is asked to request the documents via an online form. You find this form on the website of the Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS)
What will parking data standards accomplish? Creating a consensus-built international standard will establish a common language for data elements and definitions in the parking, transportation, and mobility sector that will facilitate seamless integration, compatibility, and communication between parking entities, the automotive industry, IT developers, map and app providers, as well as other stakeholders.
The new Alliance will integrate the International Parking Industry Payment Standards (IPIPS) developed by EPA and already available, and the Data Exchange Standards (IPI-DataEx) being developed by IPI. The IPIPS protocols ensure interoperability and help simplify the complex world of e-payments in parking.
The Alliance data standard will cover the full range of parking data elements, including parking location information and transactions, pricing, and occupancy/utilization.
Chaired by EPA Board Member Nigel Williams, the Alliance Board of Directors will include members from each of the three founding associations.
The complete slate of officers includes:
CEO: Shawn Conrad, CAE, CEO, International Parking Institute
COO:Andrew Pester, CEO, British Parking Association
Chair: Nigel Williams, Board Member, European Parking Association
Laurens Eckelboom, vice president, business development, connected vehicles, SAP
Mike Drow, CAPP, senior vice president, corporate development, T2 Systems
Keith Williams, technical director, Parking Matters (UK)
Nick Lester-Davis, consultant, Past President EPA, Vice President Ertrac
Martin Kammler, guest EPA Board member, Managing Director Scheidt & Bachmann
Joao Caetano Dias, EPA Policy and Strategy Committee, Empark
More information about the Alliance for Parking Data Standards is available at allianceforparkingdatastandards.org