You Asked, We Answered: Offstreet for Campuses 101
Considering Offstreet or heard of the solution and simply want more information? You’ve come to the right place! We’re diving deep into some frequently asked questions.
Efficiently managing parking on campus is no small feat, but implementing a reliable parking management system can alleviate many of the challenges faced by students, faculty, and staff.
Whether you're a university administrator, a parking manager, or simply curious about how Offstreet’s system works, we're here to answer your questions and illustrate how Offstreet can help simplify your operations.
What is Offstreet?
Offstreet equips campuses with a digital permit solution for departments, sponsored guests, health clinics, admissions offices, contractors, events, and more, allowing them to seamlessly offer complimentary parking to campus guests. Offstreet is a digital parking management software that replaces paper passes, decals, coupon codes in the meter, and scratch cards.
How does Offstreet integrate with enforcement?
Offstreet integrates directly with enforcement software to provide real time license plate information in the field. To sweeten the deal, Offstreet has an open API, which is a universal public api for all “pull” style integrations.
Below is a list of our current integration partners:
Premier Parking Enforcement
T2 Systems - Digital Iris
T2 Systems - Flex
T2 Systems - UPSafety
How does Offstreet work?
Offstreet's parking management solution is implemented on campuses to streamline guest parking. Offstreet comes into play in various scenarios, such as when a department seeks to cover the parking costs for a guest lecturer, when distinguished VIPs gather for a lunch meeting on campus, when patients visit the health clinic, when contractors are enlisted to make campus improvements, and much more.
Offstreet makes it easy to track and validate parking sessions; data is updated in real time to ensure efficient and uninterrupted parking enforcement.
When a parker arrives on campus, they can create a parking session in a variety of ways, depending on the setup and the preference of the parking department:
In some cases, parkers scan a QR code and enter their license plate number to create a validated parking session for themselves.
In other situations, departments may create parking validations on behalf of their guests, in which case all that’s required of the guest is to park in the designated area.
For events, unique parking registration links may be sent to attendees, allowing them to create a validated parking session and view the parking location on a map in advance of the event.
Offstreet's solution ensures a seamless and efficient process for validating guest parking in these diverse situations.
What are the benefits of Parking Management Software?
Enhanced Parker Experience: One of the primary benefits of parking management software is the convenience it offers to parkers. Being able to provide parkers with a digital validation solution in the palm of their hands is a much better experience than requiring them to obtain a physical pass or decal, or enter a coupon code into a meter or pay station. Parking management software makes the overall experience more seamless and enjoyable.
Efficient Parking Management: Parking management software simplifies the parking management process by automating validations and the tracking of parking transactions. Not only does this reduce manual errors, it also allows parking managers to focus their resources on higher-level initiatives and providing excellent service.
Data-Driven Insights: Parking management software generates valuable data on parker behaviour, including parking duration, frequency, and preferences. This data can be analyzed to gain insights into parker patterns and make informed decisions regarding pricing, operational improvements, and marketing strategies.
What does the guest experience look like?
Offstreet’s goal is to make parking frictionless, more convenient, and hassle-free for valued guests. Offstreet enables campuses to provide a seamless and stress-free parking experience, ensuring that guests can easily register for parking and locate designated parking areas.
It takes two simple and easy steps for guests to register and locate parking on campus:
Whether the parker scans a QR code or is sent a custom link, the guest can self-register for parking. The ability to register in advance makes it simple for the guest to arrive, park, and enjoy campus.
On the registration page, there is the ability to display a link to a web-map, providing the guest with a better visual understanding of the parking location, improving directional cues and enabling efficient route planning.
If you're prepared to elevate your university parking operations, consider giving Offstreet a chance. Our dedicated team is committed to assisting you in achieving a fully digital operation, aligning with your mission.
Have some questions we didn’t answer? Schedule a call with an Offstreet team member today!