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Using a crowdsource function, the app shows how full various areas of the university's four main parking areas are at any given time. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus submit their "votes" on whether areas are 25, 50, 75 or 100 percent full. UW-Parkside police officers will have the ability to override any information as they patrol the lots. Police can also mark parking areas as closed in the event of maintenance or being reserved for a special event.
In addition to knowing how full a lot may or may not be, the app provides directions from the parking area to campus buildings. This function will help users select a parking area in closest proximity to the desired building and provide directions via campus walkways. Users can also drop a pin to mark where they have parked.
When the fall 2015 semester begins, a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members will test the app before the full launch.
UW-Parkside students who developed the ParkAssist mobile app: