CalAmp and Swiftmile Partner to Deliver First-Ever Solar-Powered Parking and Charging Station Providing "Power Nap" for Micro-Mobility
Innovative hybrid docking stations aim to organize micro-mobility, reduce congestion and minimize carbon footprint
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a technology solutions pioneer leading transformation in a global connected economy, today announced its partnership with Swiftmile, a pioneer in light electric vehicle (LEV) charging systems, to deliver the first 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.
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. 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 the chaos of the recent explosion in micro-mobility alternatives and facilitate compliance with defined pick-up and drop-off locations.
"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 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
For the past few years, CalAmp and Swiftmile have worked together to use 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. This smart solution also monitors the health of the charging station, solar power generation and battery status to optimize utilization.
"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."
"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."
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. In fact, two companies -- Tesla and ChargePoint -- in the San Francisco Bay Area have adopted Swiftmile's micro-mobility share systems to reduce congestion in their community and give employees more commuting options.
Technology from CalAmp and Swiftmile will be on display at The Micromobility Conference on January 31, 2019 at The Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA.
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