Nowhere to Park? Let Mappt Help.

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How Mappt became the antidote for an illegal parking headache

The parking lot at Camino Del Rio Offices is often impacted by illegal parking

The parking lot at Camino Del Rio Offices is often impacted by illegal parking

Parking Management with Mappt

-South Coast Equities (SCE) manages an office building in San Diego, California. A recent building upgrade included the addition of a shared workspace facility suited to an evolving workstyle, the freelancer.-

Mary Walsh, office manager at SCE, remarked “Tenants love the new workspace. It provides a workplace for freelancers that otherwise might not be available to them in this area.”  Mary noted also since our tenant demographics have changed, there’s new challenges, especially parking as freelancers are more mobile and don’t tend to keep ‘regular 9-5 schedules’.

Prior to installing the shared workspace, tenants were very predictable, arriving in the morning and leaving late afternoon often choosing the same parking spot daily. Mary says it made parking management easier, “we knew who was coming and going – and when”. The new challenge is to ensure that parking is available for freelancers who often park for shorter periods and for traditional tenants as the building is regularly impacted by illegal parking from other nearby office buildings and offsite businesses.

Mary uses Mappt to quickly enter attributes for each occupied parking space

Mary uses Mappt to quickly enter attributes for each occupied parking space

Tackling the issue
“If someone uses our parking lot illegally and limits parking, our tenants become unhappy and threaten to move, which translates to lost revenue”, says Mary.  She set about manually recording parking lot usage but found there were two disadvantages to this; taking too much time to write down information about 40 parking spaces on a daily basis and the headaches associated with sorting through paper records.

But there was a light at the end of the tunnel for Mary.  “Then I found out about using Mappt customized field data collection forms and I thought, well now I can get a handle on this!”

Mary went about setting up a form for capturing parking data attributes and off she went….

After surveying the parking lot, field data is exported to Excel (via CSV files) and combined with previous days’ surveys. Once the data is within a tabular format, filtering helps to determine who the repeat offenders are.

Each marker includes multiple attributes to help manage parking issue.

Each marker includes multiple attributes to help manage parking issues.

What does Mary have to say about Mappt?
“We’d prefer not to tow vehicles so Mappt serves as a good visualisation tool when speaking with nearby business about ‘overflow’ parking issues.  We made an arrangement with a nearby steakhouse (Bully’s East) allowing their employees to use our parking in the evening when parking isn’t an issue.”

Could Mappt possibly map better?
We asked Mary if there was anything we can do to improve Mappt.  Her one request, “As an addition to the geotracking tool, put a burnt calories tracker on it too. Because right now I feel hungry for Bully’s prime rib!”

Calories Per Hour Using Mappt