According to Parking Ya!, more than 25% of vehicles driving around cities are looking for a parking space. Zimbabwe has 32 urban councils most of which have varying CBDs sizes. According to the Central Vehicle Registry, Zimbabwe’s vehicle population stands at an estimated 1,2 million. In 2020, 32.24 percent of Zimbabwe's total population lived in urban areas and cities, according to ZimStats. This means approximately 50% of Zimbabwean vehicles are in urban settlements However, councils in Zimbabwe have been failing to take advantage of the high volume of traffic in their CBDs and collect revenue from their parking bays because there was no effective and affordable solution.

InstiPark Features

The City of Mutare has emerged the winner of maiden Multi-City Challenge Africa competition which was an initiative aimed at tackling urban life problems affecting African local authorities through extensive citizen participation.

Description of the system

  • Mobile Receipting System installed on portable hand-held POS machines such as these.

  • Works offline so network is not an issue =>automatic synchronisation once it detects internet connectivity

  • Long battery life; electricity supply not an issue
  • Ability to print receipts, and reports makes it a versatile all-in-one solution

  • Portable =>no need to carry too many devices

  • Cost effective => investment in one gadget
  • Functions

    On field Mobile APP

  • Bill and raise invoices to motorist parking within the CBD or anywhere the council deems billable,
  • Capture payment made by the motorist towards the raised bill,
  • Penalize parking offenders,
  • Track offenders and blacklist
  • Web Portal

  • Revenue heat maps on GIS
  • Configurations such as bay creation, user set up, package set up etc
  • Management reports and business analytics
  • Cash-up reports e.g. revenue by marshall, revenue by street, revenue by time period and by date
  • Possible Business Models

  • Council registers a joint venture (JV) with LADS/HIT
  • The JV brings in its own team (marshals), gadgets and software application Council does not pay anything;
  • JV collects parking fees, takes care of all operational expenses such as staff salaries, gadget maintenance, cloud services license fees and any other agreed upon expense
  • Profit to be shared at agreed percentages.
  • First 2 months will be trial months in order to create a culture => it can be a period of loses.

    Council to procure the system
  • Pay for deployment fee once off;
  • Training fee per person;
  • Annual license fee of the system
  • The council has two options on the gadgets:
  • Rent gadget at U$50 per month per gadget
  • Outright ownership of the gadgets at U$600 each