Another step has been taken towards converting Paphos into a smart city with the introduction of a smart parking management system on Friday.
The project, co-financed by the European Union and the republic, is expected to substantially upgrade parking services for residents and visitors alike.
Through the Pafos Smart Parking mobile app, which allows the user to see the total number of parking spots available in real-time, users can get directions to available spots and make payments in a number of convenient ways.
These include via SMS, with an agreement made with Cyta, Epic and Primetel, whereby a message sent to 9191 will enable the cost to be tagged onto customers’ mobile phone bills at a €1 charge, and the possibility to purchase a monthly permit. Payment will still be accepted at existing coin machines for a transitional period.
For the purposes of implementing the system, the city of Paphos has been divided into several pricing zones with monthly permits offered at €25 and €50. A special monthly permit of €25 for all zones is also available for those 65 and over, and can be obtained from the citizens service centre at the Stelios Kyriakides stadium parking lot.
The app is available for Android and iOs from Google Play and the App store.