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Guiding Principles

Learn about the principles that APDS has been founded on and how the specification can be utilized to enhance parking, transportation, and mobility operations globally. 

  1. The focus is on defining a set of open global data standards that constitute a common language for parking operations and sharing parking related data with other industries. As the APDS standards are developed, collaboration of participants across the globe will ensure the standards are applicable internationally. This will include a data dictionary to translate the meaning of specific data elements to regional terminology.

  2. To ensure the highest probability of adoption, the efforts to create the APDS standards will focus on the needs of the industry. Industry participants will define the priorities to ensure that the standards create immediate value to the industry.

  3. APDS will focus on the parking industry, and will not duplicate efforts across other related industry segments (i.e. public transport and transit, smart city, highway operations, etc.). Where applicable, the Alliance will reference and take account of existing standards when developing the APDS standards.

  4. The individual APDS standards will be versioned and subject to ongoing maintenance. The standards will evolve as a living set of documents that responds to market needs, priorities, and technology. In all cases, the industry, as defined by the entities that volunteer to participate in the development and maintenance of the standards, are managing the evolution of the standards.

  5. Use of the APDS standards is voluntary and adoption will be driven by the marketplace.

  6. The intent of the APDS standards is to enable the sharing of data within the industry and reduce costs and efforts to support data sharing. Each entity that uses the APDS standards will decide the data elements it chooses to share; the standards define how to share them. How an organization uses or manipulates the data is not in the scope of these standards.

  7. The APDS standards will provide guidance on Permissions / Use of Data / Privacy of Shared Data. The intent of the standards is to define common rules and permissions on how to use and share data.

  8. The APDS standards will not create a competitive advantage for any one entity or group and APDS will not encourage the use of one entity’s services over another.

  9. The creation and ongoing maintenance of the APDS standards will be transparent and open to solicited and structured industry feedback. Industry participants will be essential to the development and maintenance of the standards. The APDS standards will be made available for public review and comment.

  10. APDS’ role is to convene parking industry and data standards experts, as well as related stakeholder representatives, to develop and maintain the parking data standards. APDS will not store parking data or act as an aggregator.

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