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Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« on: June 23, 2009, 04:15:14 AM »
Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville



Back in 2006, Metro Jacksonville pushed the City Council, the JEDC, and the Public Parking Division to invest in Smart Parking Meter Technology.  Unfortunately, the will to move forward was not there, or so it seemed.  However, those efforts came to fruition last week with the installation of Jacksonville's first Smart Parking Meters.

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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 08:50:43 AM »
This is much better. I am not the biggest parking meter believer but at least now you won't need to avoid downtown due to not having exact change.
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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009, 10:02:16 AM »
Well, well; modern technology.  No surprise here.  Wait a few years from now when they come out with meters that will scan the microchip in your hand or forehead.

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009, 10:41:47 AM »
I'm a bit partial to the forehead idea...
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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 11:01:02 AM »
I was just in Portland a couple weeks ago, where they use the electronic pay stations for street parking. It was amazingly convenient and efficient. I liked that the receipt was actually a sticker you stuck on the inside of the curbside window of your car- no falling off the dashboard, and easy for the meter maids to check, with the date an expiration time clearly provided. I hope these electronic meters are just as successful.

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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 11:27:22 AM »
I'm extremely pleased to see something new popping in to downtown. A very nice change even if it is one item at a time.

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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 11:38:11 AM »
About time Jax. Come on and wake up sleepy town. Its ok to catch up with the times.

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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009, 11:57:24 AM »
Would have been MUCH cheaper to scrap all of the meters and transfer those fees to garage and parking lot spaces, then simply go with free timed parking on the grid. This just takes us into phase II of a really bad urban killing idea.

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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2009, 12:27:56 PM »
About time Jax. Come on and wake up sleepy town. Its ok to catch up with the times.
What?! :o  Aw, come on! Don't we all think that this city is trying to do so? 
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009, 02:58:50 PM »
What?! :o  Aw, come on! Don't we all think that this city is trying to do so?

Sometime I feel like the city is "trying" like the kid that got off the short bus is trying to win a sprint against world class athletes.

Seriously - St. Augustine has them now.  How hard was this, really?  I guarantee revenue collection will rise significantly with these meters.

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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2009, 05:07:23 PM »
Glad we are finally stepping up.  City image is so important in attracting better business to the area. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2009, 05:21:47 PM »
I'm a bit partial to the forehead idea...

Anyone who has the microchip, chip or mark in the forehead will be the highly esteemed intellectuals and the wealthy, i.e., Donald Trump, millionaires, executives, people with PHD's, Master's degrees, etc., and anyone else who is highly esteemed.

Everyone else will have it in the web between the thumb and first finger in the right hand.

www.greaterthings.com/News/Chip_Implants/index.html

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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2009, 07:36:54 PM »
YESSS!!! i love this things. I hope they're the ones that charge your card directly when you go over time, so when the meter bi*ches come along...all they have to do is look up the receipt number, and the info is updated **no tickets**. fancy  8)
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2009, 09:15:41 PM »
I know I shouldn't be asking this question, but I do so on behalf of all those "other" parking users who try to circumvent the rules!  ;)  Can you still "feed the meters" when you charge?  Or, will it reject a reload on the same credit card?  Just how smart are these things getting?  Will they require you to punch in your plate number next?
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Re: Smart Meters Come to Downtown Jacksonville
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2009, 06:07:53 AM »
How long do the solar panels keep the meter running with several days of cloudy weather?  Are they sensitive enough to use to the reduced light available on cloudy days?