Feature Disabled After San Jose’s ‘Smart’ Parking Meters Unexpectedly Reset, Leading To Tickets

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose’s “smart” meters have been leading to lots of unexpected tickets for drivers, and the city is making them just a little bit dumber to solve the problem.

Some of San Jose’s new ‘smart’ parking meters downtown have been resetting to zero when some heavy trucks pass, leading to tickets for drivers.

A lot of construction and heavy machinery around downtown has led to a lot of parking tickets.

San Jose lawyer Todd Rothbard has been snapping photos with his cell phone when he feeds meters outside the superior courthouse.  He had gotten three tickets in less than two weeks.

“I would have paid it if it had just been a single ticket, because it’s well more than $40 worth of time goes into presenting a case, and telling them they’ve got a problem,” Rothbard said.

San Jose did own up to the problems and have disabled the troublesome reset function on some meters. But, the city is relying on people to report the faulty tickets themselves… (more)

Walnut Creek Parking Meter Glitch Fixed After Malfunction Produced Unwarranted Tickets

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WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) – A glitch found in some new downtown Walnut Creek parking meters that left at least 100 drivers with unwarranted parking tickets has been fixed, city officials said.

Sensors near the new “smart meters” installed downtown last year are designed to wirelessly signal to the meter when a vehicle enters and leaves a parking spot, city officials said.

But some of the sensors were too sensitive, causing them to erroneously reset and prompting parking enforcement officers to issue tickets, according to Matt Huffaker, assistant to the City Manager… (more)

Or in the case of the sensors in SF, the batteries died.

Critical vendor replaced before SFpark launch

The SFpark project is scheduled to go “live” within the next 30 to 90 days. Strap on your seatbelts, San Francisco drivers. This could be a wild ride.SFPark : Examiner.com – excerpt

As previously reported in this column, the SFpark program was originally designed to operate using parking space sensors supplied by Streetline, a San Francisco company. Though there has still been no formal announcement of a change, this column has confirmed that last fall, top managers of SFpark decided that Streetline’s sensors would have to be removed and replaced with technology provided by StreetSmart instead…
The reasons for this change are tough to pin down. Many people close to the project are extremely reluctant to discuss in any detail why, after over 18 months of work, the supplier for the most important element of the ambitious parking space monitoring program suddenly needed to be changed…
However, Julie Dixon of Serco, the company/contractor hired by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) with overall responsibility for the project, was more specific. “Streetline did not meet the performance standards specified in the contract,” said Dixon…Though most of the Streetline sensors can be seen in parking spaces throughout the city (StreetSmart’s sensors are barely visible since they are flush mounted in the pavement), ACS did confirm that all previously installed Streetline sensors would soon be removed at no cost to the city of San Francisco. None of the Streetline sensors are currently active. There are over 8,000 sensors involved in the initial rollout of the project…
The SFpark project is scheduled to go “live” within the next 30 to 90 days. Strap on your seatbelts, San Francisco drivers. This could be a wild ride.  (more)

Thanks for more details on the story that we broke locally. What we heard is that the sensors don’t work. Now they say they are not live. Hmmm? Maybe that has something to do with the materials in the landfill and the below street electric wiring?