smart meters

Alamedans who drive – and park – in Alameda will soon be free to leave their bags of change at home.

The city is set to replace all 822 of its analog parking meters with digital meters that accept both change and credit cards. The new meters could be in place by the end of June.

Earlier this month, the City Council okayed a $567,000 contract with IPS Group, Inc. to purchase the meters and for service. The meters will cost $435 apiece to purchase and another $121 per meter per year to service – the cost of wireless service, credit card transaction fees and cloud access.

Alameda Municipal Power is taking its first steps toward a future where digital meters will transmit electricity use data wirelessly to the power company’s Grand Street headquarters and meter readers will be a thing of the past.