Finding a free parking spot is only one piece of the puzzle. On the other end, we have municipalities trying to serve their constituents with sufficient number of parking spaces while also creating a self-sustaining system.
That’s what Passport – a Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is all about. It has developed a technology that promises “more efficient streets and sidewalks.” That technology comes in the form of an end-to-end digital platform for managing mobile pay parking, digital enforcement and permitting, and mobility management.
Cities trust Passport’s platform to provide them with real-time mobility data to make transactions at the curb easy and accessible. In that sense, the solution serves as a” strategic, decision-making system” that provides a single source of truth for data, analytics and insights, and is a tool that can be used to develop, implement and manage policy.
Specifically, Passport’s platform:
- Uses one system to manage rules, rates, and restrictions for all parking partners
- Improves customer experience and drives equity with digital payments
- Boosts payment compliance for parking
- Digitizes revenue and reduce hardware costs
- Future proofs for innovation
In addition to providing its clients with the technology, Passport also helps with launch and marketing strategies — which have been derived from launching hundreds of successful apps.
As of December 2021, Passport’s platform is used by more than 1,000 cities, universities and agencies — including Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Miami. Since its founding, the company has processed more than $2 billion in mobility payments.
As of May 2021, Passport has raised more than $200 million in venture funding.
More than 1,000 municipalities in North America use Passport's digital platform as its only end-to-end operating system for managing mobile pay parking, parking enforcement, digital permitting and micro-mobility.
You may want to contact Passport if your municipality is struggling with managing parking and mobility infrastructure. Present them with the issues your city/town faces and see whether their technology can help solve this conundrum. At the very least, Passport's platform will provide you with the data that will assist in any future planning. And by being the one behind the initiative to "do something" with the "parking problem" (and related issues), you get to potentially benefit career-wise.
If you are already serving municipal clients that could benefit from improved parking management, consider offering them Passport's platform. Before that, you will have to contact Passport and see how you can get a piece of the action (as in - percentage of any sales you would bring). From what we understand, this sort of technology should be an easy sell as it helps solve the real problem. Plus, it has already been proven in many cities across North America - so if it can work in those places, it could work in cities and towns you want to serve, as well.