TKT STPR iPhone App helps avoid parking tickets in San Francisco using geospatial backend from Farallon Geographics

May 03, 2011 -- TKT STPR (Ticket Stopper) is a new iPhone application from ParkingTicketStopper.com intended to help San Francisco drivers avoid costly parking tickets and towing charges. Using a proprietary database of citywide parking regulations and restrictions in San Francisco and other major cities, TKT STPR provides text message, email, or in-phone alerts to warn you when you are at risk of violating parking ordinances.

TKT STPR displays a Google map of the area around you from which you confirm the block parked on. The app then employs its comprehensive knowledge of parking regulations and restrictions to set alarms so that you can avoid a wide array of parking ticket violations ranging from street sweeping and expired parking meters to residential parking zone time limits, incline parking, and more. TKT STPR also allows you to browse the area around a destination to find free or cheaper street parking.

Farallon Geographics integrated a variety of data sources from the City of San Francisco including point datasets for parking meter locations and non-spatial (i.e. tabular) datasets such as time restrictions and street cleaning schedules.  Given all the curvy, hilly and diagonal streets in San Francisco, Farallon developed sophisticated geospatial processing techniques using FME Workbench and QGIS to populate a PostGIS database, to correctly position all the data on the right street segment and on the correct side of the street.

Farallon Geographics was instrumental in the creation of the database that powers TKT STPR. Says Calvin Liu, CEO of ParkingTicketStopper.com:

“Farallon Geographics is my go-to source for analysis and utilization of complex GIS data”.

TKT STPR is currently available for San Francisco as a free download from the iTunes Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tkt-stpr/id422785231 with additional cities to be added soon. Access to TKT STPR alerts and instantaneously updated database is free for 30 days, after which one month subscriptions of $2.99 and annual subscriptions of $29.99 are offered. TKT STPR pays for itself if you avoid just one ticket every two years, not to mention avoiding the hassle and aggravation of getting parking tickets.

TKT STPR performs no advertising and does not permit access to personal location data to anyone for any reason.

About ParkingTicketStopper.com
ParkingTicketStopper.com is dedicated to helping drivers follow complex city parking laws. Pressed by cities’ ever increasing need for revenues, advanced technology for parking regulation and enforcement, and privatization of parking and towing concessions, ParkingTicketStopper.com seeks to aid citizens in their daily parking struggle.   http://www.parkingticketstopper.com/

About Farallon Geographics
Farallon Geographics (www.fargeo.com), based in San Francisco, is a leader in the planning, implementation, and integration of geospatial data and GIS systems to support mission critical business functions. As systems integrators focused on geographical data, Farallon provides unique and unbiased strategic and technical implementation services for enterprise-scale GIS.




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