SpotAgent allows people in this city to decide whether or not to feed the meter or risk penalty by using parking citation data.

Baltimore dwellers are in luck–they may have a helping hand when it comes to figuring out whether to pay for metered parking. If their iPhones are equipped with SpotAgent, a recently released app that utilizes data from city inhabitants to assess the risk of skimping on costs, the decision will be a snap.

The app is the brainchild of Shea Frederick and James Schaeffer, both of whom work with in the Baltimore tech scene. Frederick said that he first conceived of the platform when he plowed through the city’s parking citation rolls and observed an upsurge in meter-maid activity in the mornings, between 8am and 8.30am. It seemed that frenzied urbanites thought they would have enough time to grab a quick cup of joe without the need to feed the meter, but instead were caught out by smart ticket inspectors.

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