CalAmp recently announced its partnership with Swiftmile to deliver solar-powered parking and charging stations for the burgeoning micro-mobility market.
The stations, integrated with CalAmp telematics cloud services, will capture telematics data from most major electric scooters (e-scooters) and electric bikes (e-bikes) to improve micro-mobility management, reduce traffic congestion and minimize carbon footprint for environmentally conscious municipalities and enterprises, according to CalAmp.
“In municipalities across the United States and other densely populated regions, progressive city planners seek smart parking systems that reside close to and can communicate with mass-transportation systems and multiple types of alternate vehicles,” CalAmp asserted in a news release. “Telematics data captured from the stations, e-scooters and e-bikes provide planners with traffic patterns, time-of-day usage and other transit insights.”
Integrated locking and charging stations enable municipalities to deploy a hybrid or semi-dockless system to organize micro-mobility alternatives and facilitate compliance with defined pick-up and drop-off locations, according to CalAmp.
“Innovative projects like CalAmp’s and Swiftmile’s solar-powered parking and charging stations can increase the use of alternative transportation options, including public transit, and reduce harmful carbon emissions,” said Gary Miskell, CTO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
For the past few years, CalAmp and Swiftmile have been using telematics to develop a micro-mobility charging and parking solution that can relay the location of charging stations and number of open parking spots via a mobile app, allowing for better transit planning. Commuters can locate, unlock, reserve, ride and view trip history of a Swiftmile e-bike with the app. The smart solution also monitors the health of the charging station, solar-power generation and battery status to optimize utilization, according to the companies.
“Smart parking and charging solutions are what city planners envision for smart cities of the future,” said Colin Roche, CEO of Swiftmile. “I liken our smart-city technology we have developed with CalAmp to the emergence of gas stations when automobiles first hit the road. Swiftmile parking and charging stations are the first to the market with the arrival of the e-scooter.”
According to National Household Travel Survey, 50 percent of privately owned vehicle trips are three miles or shorter, making e-bikes, e-scooters and other micro-mobility solutions ideal for reducing congestion in cities as well as reducing our carbon footprint from coast to coast. Two San Francisco Bay Area companies – Tesla and ChargePoint –- have adopted Swiftmile’s micro-mobility share systems to reduce congestion in their community and give employees more commuting options.
“Micro-mobility, e-bikes and e-scooters have been synonymous with first and last-mile transportation, but are quickly becoming an integral alternative to single occupancy vehicle commuting,” said Carl Burrow, senior vice president of global sales for CalAmp. “This merging of smart parking and charging with our telematics cloud technology gives city planners and commuters immediate access to safe, affordable and convenient transportation options, alleviating congestion and making our planet a little greener.”