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SMC Labs Demonstrates Smart Parking Solution to Encourage EV Adoption and Use

San Mateo County, CA, USA
Contact Partner

Goverment Champion

Chief Smart Communities Officer and Chief Information Officer San Mateo County


100 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2018


Smart Parking
Smart Cities
Parking Sensor
EV Monitoring

Challenges Addressed

Law Enforcement and Emergency Response
Air Quality, Health, Noise
Energy Efficiency
Carbon Offsets
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Mobility & Access


Smart city
Resilient city
Sustainable city

Funding / Financing

Performance Contracting
Design-Build Contracts
Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Contracts

Project Type


At a Glance

San Mateo County Labs is using an end-to-end, integrated IoT platform to pilot several use cases including parking, irrigation, air quality, and asset management. Part of the focus is on providing real-time parking availability for EV charging stations in order to encourage more electric vehicle use.

Problem Addressed

Redwood City’s Municipal parking garage counted parking spaces using the “in and out” method which did not identify specific types of parking spaces. This was a problem because—according to the International Council of Clean Transportation—49% of all electric vehicle owners in the U.S. reside in California and these EV drivers were avoiding entering garages due to “recharge anxiety”—the uncertainty of finding an open charging station.

San Mateo County used/is using Fybr's network and parking sensors to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

Fybr was the turn-key provider for this program for San Mateo County. Fybr designed, manufactured, installed, and maintains all of the sensor and sensor-supporting hardware used on the project. Fybr partnered with San Mateo County Labs on this pilot. Because parking is an issue relevant to the entire county and region, the focus of this pilot was to identify turnover, real-time availability, and level of space utilization of electric vehicle charging and disabled parking spaces within Redwood City’s Municipal parking garage. By coupling data from Fybr’s parking occupancy sensors with its Parking Genius app, drivers receive real-time information on available EV charging spaces and turn-by-turn navigation directly to those spaces.


  1. Parking space management can now be handled remotely, securely, and efficiently.
  2. With more electric vehicles being utilized, carbon emissions are being reduced in the region—leading to better air quality for citizens.
  3. The system can generate high ROI when implementing dynamic pricing based on real-time parking data.
  4. SMC officials receive data on important parking statistics including occupancy rates, turnover, and real-time availability—allowing for planning to expand EV parking spaces in the future.

Something Unique

SMC Labs mission is to bring cities, agencies, residents, universities, and businesses together with solutions providers, domain experts, and resources to co-create innovative solutions for complex regional issues affecting San Mateo County.

Who Should Consider?

Parking managers, citizens, and cities can benefit greatly from implementing Fybr's Smart Parking solution.

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