UT Arlington Launches Parking Finder With Modii Through NCTCOG Grant

August 14, 2023
Alina Prioteasa

Modii, a provider of modern mobility solutions, has announced the rollout of their digital parking platform this fall. Funded through a $500,000 grant between the North Central Texas Council of Governments and The University of Texas at Arlington, the web app gives users real-time knowledge of available parking spaces, electric vehicle charging locations and garage/lot percentage occupancy.

During the next 12 months, students will conduct quantitative research into smart campus mobility and run focus groups to assess the transportation improvements on campus as a direct result of the project.

The UTA Parking Finder is currently live. Additional parking lot parking sensors will be added during the next three years until approximately 85% of all parking spaces are covered. A Spanish version of the app is being developed and will debut later this semester.

Modii also has partnered with other vendors to illustrate payment systems - enabling students, staff and visitors the ability to make informed parking decisions in real-time. Users also can search for parking availability personalized to their individual permit entitlements so they can quickly pinpoint appropriate spaces.

Greg Hladik, executive director of UT Arlington Auxiliary Services, said the data shows that this system works.

“The system will help daily users find parking faster, ensuring the best use of existing parking facilities,” Hladik said.

Jay Rosenberger, UT Arlington professor and interim chair of the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE), said the upcoming research will assess how effectively the tool improves safety, efficiency and sustainability of UTA’s campus mobility. Chen Kan, IMSE assistant professor, is part of the research team for this project.

Modii President Mark Frumar said, “Parking has historically been a challenge at most large universities, but it doesn’t have to be. Commuting students and staff, as well as campus visitors, should be able to find a parking spot with ease and eliminate the worry of being late to their class or event. The UTA Parking Finder aims to solve that challenge, and we’re both honored and grateful to receive the generous grant that will propel research into smart campus mobility. The findings from this project will pave the way for future initiatives and allow UTA to be recognized as a pioneer in the evolution of smart campus technology.”

In addition to simplifying parking across the UTA campus, Modii has also deployed an additional solution to provide the UTA parking administration with valuable parking utilization data.

The tool, Modii PI, features a dashboard with live parking metrics of the UTA campus, as well as the ability to generate reports to inform the UTA administration on the optimal adjustments of parking allocations to meet the demand measured. Parking administrators will be able to analyze, compare and report on the utilization of their parking assets for data-driven planning decisions.

With detailed insight into parking, UTA will be able to plan strategically for games, events and construction, or any other factors that could impact on-campus parking.

About Modii

Modii provides modern mobility solutions via a unified platform of digital infrastructure, data integration, and parking intelligence. The innovative technology supports the digital transformation of urban areas and campuses while empowering thoughtful parking planning through data-driven insights.

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