April 12, 2022

Improving utilization of parking spaces

The idea is simple, yet powerful. It could be a game-changer for parking worldwide: make parking available to more people without creating any new parking spaces. To achieve this, we created a parking reservation and management system that significantly increases the utilization of parking spaces.

What is the problem?

Office parking is considered to be expensive. The cost per square meter for a parking spot is often higher than for an office space.Parking is a scarce commodity even though statistically, there are almost 3parking spaces for each car. In business districts or city centers, the parking spaces are often very limited, and it seems like there is never a parking spot when you need it.

In the pre-covid times, most employees spent Monday to Friday in the office; a handful of parking spaces were typically dedicated only to the senior staff members. The rest of the employees had no or extremely limited access to parking. However, the hybrid model of working changed the rules. Currently, most people go to the office only 1-2x per week, hence they use their parking slots only rarely. At the same time, the availability of remote work also enabled people to move out of the cities, increasing the necessity to commute by car when they go to the office. As a result of that, we have registered higher demand for office parking.

Many companies are reacting to this phenomenon. They asked their office managers, receptionist, or assistants to keep track of when the employees who have dedicated parking stay at home. Then they match it with requests fora parking space from those employees coming to the office on any given day.Such a system is highly inefficient for multiple reasons:

a) it requires a lot of manual work (especially from those managing the matchmaking),

b) creates a lot of room for error,  

c) usually happens out of office hours.

Unsurprisingly, this situation became a nightmare for many office managers. That’s why Nearby was created…

Nearby is here to help

Nearby is a parking reservation and management system. Let’s have a look at both “reservation” and “management” parts:

For employees, Nearby provides a simple reservation system allowing them to book a parking space when needed. We understand that except for a few nerds who like parking (our team), nobody enjoys dealing with parking and most people consider it to be an annoying part of car ownership. This is why we made the reservation part super simple and user-friendly.

At the same time, we are aware of the specific parking needs and requests in each company, that the office manager needs to take into account. To address this, we created a complex set of rules in the background that is customizable for the needs of each and every client. Our algorithms take into account many parameters, such as number of parking spots, number of employees, need for EV chargers, need for visitor parking, preferred parking spaces, and many more. Nearby is also one of the few solutions that offer the possibility of keeping some spaces dedicated to particular employees and sharing them with others when possible. We always customize allocation rules based on the needs of our customers.

Let’s give it a try

We are happy to give you a test demo or to show you how Nearby works. Feel free to book a time slot in our calendar.

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Enjoy Nearby on your phone
While we are working on native mobile apps (Android and iOS) you can use the Nearby website app on all your screens. There are no limitations: you can reserve parking, edit the reservations, or modify your profile easily from your phone.