Real-time technologies make parking easier in downtown Oakville


Published July 11, 2023 at 12:25 pm

Drivers can use their phone or computer to check a website, view a digital variable message signage or visit the HONKAPP to see if a parking spot is occupied or vacant in downtown Oakville. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Finding a parking spot in downtown Oakville can be test of one’s patience at times. If only one knew exactly where the open parking spaces were?

Well, they can know now. Thanks to some real-time technologies, finding and paying for parking downtown may have gotten a whole lot easier.

HONK, a provider of contactless payments for parking and mobility, and eleven-x, the creators of eXactpark, a real-time space occupancy solution, have joined forces to forces to offer accurate, real-time parking availability, navigation and payment capability to drivers in Oakville.

Already installed and fully operational, the technology aims to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, balance parking space usage and create a better parking experience for Oakville residents and visitors.

“By leveraging real-time technologies with HONK and eleven-x, the town will offer accurate information on parking availability and seamless payment options, ultimately reducing congestion and improving the overall parking experience for residents and visitors,” said Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton.

“This partnership highlights the collaboration between technology companies and the town, in using technology to enhance town services.”

This is done using eleven-x’s eXactpark™ smart parking solution which enables easy navigation to available spaces through sensors embedded into the ground in 1,200 spaces located in the busy downtown area of Oakville, where they provide real-time availability of each parking stall.

Drivers can use their phone or computer to check a website, view a digital variable message signage or visit the HONKAPP, which also provides online payment capabilities, to see if a parking spot is occupied or vacant.

The technology will allow drivers to plan ahead and avoid wasting time circling the block looking for an open spot, ultimately improving traffic flow in Oakville.

The Town will also be able to access the 24/7 parking occupancy date and use it to develop parking programs and services to deliver a better experience for the community.

“We’re pleased to build on our relationship with Oakville by partnering with eleven-x, another parking company with a strong affiliation with the Town, to give drivers a superior parking experience,” said Michael Back, HONK Founder and CEO.

“Our mission has always been to make parking payments seamless and convenient for all parties involved, and this partnership allows us to further that goal.”

Oakville drivers can download the HONKAPP from the App Store and Google Play, or by visiting

“By integrating with HONK, the Town of Oakville gets a solution that enables easy, real-time location of available spaces, and once parked can make their payment,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x. “The fusion of availability and payments data will provide significant insights and enable analytics that will provide the ability to improve the experience for all on an ongoing basis.”

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