Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) announced today a groundbreaking
initiative from the city of Seattle, Washington, powered by its Socrata®
Open Data solution, to improve parking throughout the city.
The initiative, which has been underway for the past two years, is based
on analysis of a new public dataset that chronicles transactions of the
city’s 12,000 paid on-street spaces. The dataset dates back to 2012,
with updates as recent as the past 48 hours, and includes 11 million
annual transactions with information on start and end time, the purchase
amount, and the block, but does not contain personal information about
drivers. Seattle is the first major U.S. city to publish this level of
parking transaction data on its open data portal.
“We use this data to better understand curbspace conditions so that
Seattle drivers can more reliably find parking,” said Mary Catherine
Snyder, parking strategist at the Seattle Department of Transportation.
“We hope that making this data publicly accessible will help traffic and
curbspace navigation services as well as other transportation agencies
develop smart city solutions to curbspace management issues in Seattle
From a development perspective, this data can inform traffic navigation
systems, which can use the data to predict where a space might be
available. The city has partnered with the University of Washington
Information School to build a predictive parking model for the city,
using data delivered by Socrata.
“Most parking studies are done in cities where there are sensors in the
ground to track how many cars are parked, but those sensors are
expensive, and a lot of cities don’t have them,” said Allison Chapman, a
UW graduate student involved in the research. “This gives us the only
window we have into parking behavior in Seattle. Parking can be a
frustrating activity for a lot of drivers, and this data lets us take
the first step in streamlining that process.”
While Seattle is one of the few U.S. cities with growing transit
ridership, officials are also weighing mobility options such as car- and
ride-sharing, which can help ease the reliance on personal vehicles to
move about the city. Even with this proactive work, motorists continue
to need a smarter way to park.
“By leveraging Socrata’s open data platform because of its ability to
ingest, store, and serve vast amounts of data with minimal
configuration, the city of Seattle is making these new datasets
available to help alleviate traffic congestion,” said Seattle Open Data
Manager Paul Alley. “Tyler’s Socrata platform provides all of the
scalability and capacity benefits of the cloud, while minimizing the
amount of effort we invest in custom development and system
For the past decade, Tyler’s Socrata data platform solution has enabled
government agencies to drive more use and value from their data. Socrata
empowers government officials to lead with data and create more engaged
and informed communities.
Parking is a global issue, and Tyler has a history of supporting
innovative approaches to it, including work with the city of Melbourne,
Australia, and the Netherlands Vehicle Authority, which leverages
Socrata to power the country’s parking registry and data for 35 million
monthly parking transactions.
“Anyone who has had a frustrating parking experience can appreciate the
value of Seattle’s work,” said Franklin Williams, president of Tyler’s
Data & Insights Division. “This machine-readable parking data is one of
the largest datasets Socrata powers, and we hope this kind of work will
be repeated by other cities to find a smarter way to get from Point A to
About Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) is the largest and most established
provider of integrated software and technology services focused on the
public sector. Tyler’s end-to-end solutions empower local, state, and
federal government entities to operate more efficiently and connect more
transparently with their constituents and with each other. By connecting
data and processes across disparate systems, Tyler’s solutions are
transforming how clients gain actionable insights that solve problems in
their communities. Tyler has more than 21,000 successful installations
across 10,000 sites, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the
Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. A financially
strong company, Tyler has achieved double-digit revenue growth every
quarter since 2012. It was also named to Forbes’ “Best Midsize
Employers” list in 2018 and recognized twice on its “Most Innovative
Growth Companies” list. More information about Tyler Technologies,
headquartered in Plano, Texas, can be found at tylertech.com.