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Oregon State University Installs Parking Sensors To Show ADA Parking Space Availability Via Mobile Devices

CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visitors, students and staff at Oregon State University (OSU) looking for ADA accessible parking spaces on campus can now use their mobile devices to check for space availability.

During Winter Break, OSU staff from Transit and Parking Services and a team from Streetline, Inc. installed Streetline's sensor-based system in ADA accessible parking spaces around campus. Through a free smartphone app called Parkerâ„¢, the new system gives motorists real-time information and availability for accessible parking spaces in select areas throughout the OSU campus as well as parking lot location and policies for all lots on campus.

The Streetline system aligns with the university's goal to support students, faculty, and staff with disabilities by highlighting where available accessible parking spaces are in real-time, making it easier and safer to find those spots. It also enables the university to better monitor designated accessible spots to ensure that there is accessible parking available when needed.

OSU continues to adopt innovations that make campus more accessible to students and staff with disabilities. It was recently ranked fifth for web accessibility among 135 institutions, and the new Streetline technology is another addition to the ongoing work by OSU staff and administration to increase accessibility in all its forms.

Jennifer Gossett, Disability Access Services coordinator at OSU, said the new technology will help better serve people with disabilities that study, live, work, and play at OSU.

"At Oregon State we value diversity, and this project is an example which demonstrates our commitment to providing access for individuals of all ages and abilities," Gossett said. "The purpose of this project is to facilitate access for people with disabilities, but this technology will also benefit all commuters to campus that will now have access to an interactive map and parking information through their smartphone devices and the web." 

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