Campus Corner Meters
Bid number B-1213-70 was awarded by the Norman City Council on April 23, 2013, to the IPS Group from San Diego, California. The bid was for the purchase and installation of 159 new individual space "smart" parking meters and parking space sensors in the Campus Corner area (154 were actually installed when meters in the five disabled spaces were removed after April 23). The new "smart" meters are designed to retrofit into the existing meter housing that existed prior to installation of the new meters thereby keeping costs lower. Installation began on July 16, 2013, and was completed on August 1, 2013, meeting the schedule requested by the Campus Corner Merchants Association. Front view, rear view, and side views of the new meters are provided in the images below.
A Parking Management System Business Plan for the new Campus Corner parking meters was developed under the direction of the City Manager with input from the Council Planning and Transportation Committee and Campus Corner Merchants Association. The Plan establishes an hourly rate of $1.00 per hour (went into effect and changed from the existing $0.25 per hour on August 2, 2013) with a new time limit for parking (two hours maximum--previously, the maximum by Ordinance was one hour). A two hour maximum time limit means that a vehicle must be moved once two hours have elapsed. You may be able to insert payment after this two-hours has elapsed, but you will not be able to receive any additional time for your payment. If payment is attempted at a meter after a vehicle has been parked for two hours, the meter will accept payment but will not grant any time and the meter will continue to display an expired condition to Enforcement personnel. Previously, the meters were operational Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The Norman City Council approved a revised Ordinance on Final Reading (on August 13, 2013) which expands the potential enforcement hours to 24 hours per day/7 days per week beginning September 14, 2013. Existing commercial loading zones previously established in various parking spaces in three designated areas remain in effect. A close-up of the front of the meter is provided below along with a close-up of the back of the meter showing the LED lights to aid enforcement (green means that a vehicle is legally parked and red means that a vehicle is illegally parked).
Currently, the meters accept payment in the form of coins, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only), and debit cards. These payment options are listed on the meter display. The City is reviewing the potential to add a pay-by-cell phone option. In addition the potential to use either Smart Cards (available for purchase from the City and reloadable at the City) and/or tokens is also being researched. Should any of these alternate options become available, the displays on the individual meters would be changed accordingly.
The IPS Group website has a demonstration video on how to use their new parking meter technology. Please click on the following link to be directed to the IPS Group website to view this informative video: http://vimeo.com/65824595