The Need

Finding parking space is a major problem in Urban India. Driving through the metro and hoping for a parking slot is a nightmare. “The fear of not being able to find parking in central Bangalore was limiting us, hampering the quality of life,” says Arjun Jairaj, the CEO and Balram Jairaj, the COO of MappMakersTech who are the brain behind the Plonk app. “We could no longer find a parking space anywhere close to where we wanted to go. And that was frustrating”, the duo exclaimed.

Together with John Seemon the CTO of Plonk, the brothers worked on developing a solution to Bangalore’s parking woes. Their idea was to make use of the 'unorthodox' real estate spaces like individual houses, empty plots, churches and apartments apart from usual spaces like parking lots and malls, as temporary pay & park facilities and help public save their time-spent searching for parking. Plonk, a visual indicator of available parking spaces near you, is what they arrived at!

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Focaoid’s Solution

When these ingenious minds approached Focaloid with the dream of redesigning the existing real estate in the city, we took up the challenge and kicked off the Plonk app development process. Our team worked with the Plonk team and took 3200 man-hours from design inception to the final product. PLONK allows owners and tenants with urban parking spaces to list their space for paid use, whenever they are free. The app gives users freedom from your desperate hunt for parking space, with just a click.

The collaboration with the Plonk crew was the key to successfully building the Plonk app. Plonk gives the real-time update on what slots are being taken and what’s available.The app is available in both Android and iOS platforms.

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A user can look up a dynamic map in the Plonk app and book an available parking space at the destination. The app then directs the user to the spot and at the entrance of the parking lot, they can scan the QR code with their smartphone and conveniently park at the reserved space. Plonk has an integrated Paytm wallet to facilitate cashless transactions.

The Challenge

At least a quarter of Bengaluru’s 8.5 million people seem to be in the heart of the city any given day and finding a parking space there is really a chaotic experience. Plonk founders envisioned an app that would leave the traffic congestion behind, while taking advantage of the unused parking spaces at homes, schools and offices in the city, as temporary pay and park facilities. People can list their empty parking lots in the Plonk app and get paid, while users can save the time spent searching for parking and find a space with a price that suits them.

The Results

  • When launched, the app service was available in Bengaluru alone, which after receiving mass appreciation expanded to Hyderabad and Mumbai
  • Within two weeks of its launch, the startup has close to 1000 parking spots in Bengaluru
  • The app has close to 400 users on android and around 300 on iOS

What We Delivered

  • We created custom UI designs that enfold the best practices and unique capabilities of each platform. Creating user-centered designs gave the Android and iOS users the sensational experience as they expected.
  • The Plonk app was built with solid UX strategy that helped the client to set their presence in the market firmly, with a robust and stable app.
  • Our developers worked on implementing a responsive and real-time design, that updates the Plonk users the availability of nearby slots, thereby giving a realistic app experience. The app server-side accept responses from the slot owners regarding the space availability and send the data to the Plonk user when they search for suitable parking spots.
  • In plonk app, the server fixes user's current location coordinates (latitude and longitude). Using the Distance Calculating algorithm and other criterias (slot time, availability, fare etc) the server fetches all the parking spaces within 50km circle of the user and are pinned right on the Plonk map, that allows users to find the parking slots nearby easily.

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About Focaloid

Focaloid® builds apps people love! Since 2012, we have had successful association with big brands like IBM, Deloitte, HCL, Axis Mutual Funds, VEST Inc., Varroc etc. for whom we have developed over 250 apps, being used by millions of people around the world. We focus on delivering value added technology solutions, user engaging designs; building customer-centric applications, enterprise mobile applications in order to provide cost effective solutions with an unwavering passion for quality.

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