Posted: Jul 4, 2013 10:50 AM by Judy Slate - MTN News
If you were strolling in downtown Bozeman today you may have seen an unusual addition to one sidewalk.
A local start up company revealed a prototype for a product that could change the future for parking.
People walking down Main Street in Bozeman were asked by MTN's Judy Slate what they thought the object placed in front of Wild Joe's Coffeeshop could be.
"I don't know, something to tell you where you're at in the city," said one.
"I think it's a light," said another.
Would you be surprised to learn its a parking meter? "Yes I would."
"A parking meter? Interesting."
What its creators have named the KERBSpace Hub, the meter provides dynamic parking management. This of it as a smart parking meter, each one connected to the Internet.
"We can dynamically manage the parking side that can be for a city street, hospital for a stadium," said Rachael Nordby KERBSpace Co-founder.
The meter also displays important announcements, maps and location-specific advertising.
"This one is right for the Ellen," said Nordby. She adds that each KERBSpace can be tweaked for specific needs, such as paid parking, free parking, loading zone or handicapped.
But the ultimate goal of KERBSpace?
"To make parking just easy," said Nordby. "Get in, get out."
Although Bozeman doesn't charge for downtown street parking, the company rolled out its product in their hometown.
Right now the company, also called Kerb Space, is trying to raise money to get their product on the market.