“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool which could manage the available parking spots on a daily basis”, this aspiration was heard more and more often as the number of ‘spot-less’ employees grew. So SD Worx’ IT management turned to a partner they considered capable of designing such a tool: icapps. They had also explicitly mentioned they prefered an RN-based solution, so they could witness first-hand what this brand new technology was capable of.
As it happened, icapps was actively exploring RN as a development tool. The first internal projects proceeded better than expected, so it was time to take this experience outside for the benefit of the customers. When SD Worx explained their needs and desired solution, this seemed the perfect opportunity.
Both teams found a perfect match for their aspirations, and they embarked together on this project involving brand-new technology, and resulting in an innovative solution for their business need: optimizing parking spot availability.
It took several cycles before the current version was reached. This was mainly due to diverging expectations from different actors, caused by the enthusiasm about the possibilities of such a tool. The current version is a solution which meets the requirements of all decision makers in this project.
The current app, aptly named ParkeerApp, is customized for several profiles. When logging in, the employee is using a profile determined by their company ID. In the ParkeerApp, they can indicate whether they own a parking spot or not. They can also customize their ID by indicating their favorite parking spots.
Employees can book or free up a parking spot for an entire day or for the first or second half of the day. The latest version also provides a solution for employees with assigned parking spots whose spot is taken by another car or an unexpected occurrence (a stray garbage container or other obstacle): they can apply for another spot, and - if their spot is taken by another car - identify the license plate of the ‘offender’.
Parking spots can be marked as available when the employee has taken a day off and agrees to his spot becoming available. And SD Worx has further optimized the parking spot availability by sending automatic push reminders to parking spot owners who haven’t shown up at the office yet. The owners’ commuting pattern is taken into account: when they haven’t departed from home within a set timespan after their usual departure time, they receive this automatic push reminder. This way, the system knows if they are still planning to come to the office, or if the spot can be made available to other employees.