WHAT WE DID
We started by forming a multidisciplinary team, consisting of the Port of Helsinki’s customer service, safety, premises and operations specialists, technical developers, and business owners, as well as Futurice’s service, UX, and brand designers. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the parking environment and its operations, we began our work by interviewing a wide range of people, including Port of Helsinki personnel, stakeholders, and travelers. We also personally tested all the parking lots at the West Terminal.
The online parking registration service was implemented through agile design sprints. We quickly proceeded from drawings to the prototype, paying careful attention to all needs and ideas of the Port of Helsinki team and the end users, feature after feature. Finding a parking spot when leaving on a journey can be stressful, so we paid special attention to making sure reliable customer support services are available.
On the technical side, our work included backend development with Node.js, running on Azure Functions App, and building the integrations between the application and the parking providers' systems. The system environment was being updated at the same time, and we fluently adapted the service development to fit these processes, for example, by efficiently coding React/TypeScript. The development process involved lots of freedom and responsibility. Our work also included optimisation for Google Analytics, and building payment integrations, cloud architecture, cookie management, and email templates with SendGrid. The services' accessibility level was defined as public, following appropriate security policies. The online parking registration service fluently integrates both physical and digital environments, IT systems, and the operators connected to it. As an agile project, the service is continuously developed further.
At an early stage of the process, we noted that the premises need a recognizable brand that could be used to expand the service to new locations. We created a coherent Satamaparkki (“harbor parking”) brand, including a name, logo, colors, typography, website and advertorial layouts, and wall signs.