Searching for a place to park creates traffic congestion in urban areas all around the world. But smart parking solutions that can solve this problem are starting to go global – just look at examples from California, Estonia, Canada, Switzerland, the Benelux, Australia and New Zealand.
In order to reduce traffic congestion in the city, Los Angeles has turned to ExpressPark. This intelligent parking system automatically adjusts prices for parking spots using sensor data and algorithms based on real-time usage. Underground sensors monitor when spots are occupied, and a data analysis system predicts overall utilization before recommending changes in price. San Francisco is also using a similar fee system.
Estonia was the first country in the world to introduce a smart parking system. Today, that’s become the foundation for smart parking across most of Scandinavia. Like with Park and Joy, Estonians download an app for free. Since their cars and smartphones are connected via Bluetooth, the parking meter starts exactly the moment when the motor stops.
In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia wants to determine if the growing need for disabled parking spots can be met. In order to do this, the Canadians have been measuring the utilization of all parking spots on campus since October 2017. Sensors monitor the spots and recognize when they are occupied. Burlington (Ontario) is also implementing a similar smart parking solution.
St. Gallen became the first Swiss city to launch a pilot program for intelligent parking with networked sensors in the summer of 2017. These sensors direct drivers via a smartphone app or navigation device to a free parking spot. The parking sensors recognize whether a car parks or merely drives over a spot by using magnetic fields, ultrasound, infrared or light readings. Learn more about the smart parking projects in Lucerne, Zug or Zurich here.
Australia and New Zealand
Adelaide started the first smart parking offering in the state of South Australia in March 2018. Fifty-five parking spots were fitted with sensors in the asphalt that send real-time notifications to a cloud platform whether they’re free or not. A smartphone app helps drivers find a free spot – and similar to Park and Joy, they can also use it to add time to the meter and pay fees remotely. Canberra and Wellington are using similar systems to make the lives of drivers easier.
In Amsterdam, parking spots are expensive and in short supply. They’re also almost exclusively managed digitally via apps. Anyone wishing to book a spot simply puts in their car’s license plate number. The digital platform linked to the app then recognizes the vehicle. In Rotterdam, the Dutch specialist firm Nedap, which also works with Deutsche Telekom on Park and Joy, is installing sensors across the entire city that direct drivers to free spots. Find out more about other parking solutions in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Parisians reserve parking spots across the city via parkingsdeparis.com. The website has addresses and photos of parking garages, as well as the distance to nearby sights and attractions. Spots can be canceled for free and users can find opening times and other services provided. Discover other smart parking solutions in Les Mureaux and Montpellier here.
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Digitization and the Internet of Things are among the favourite topics of Daniel Kunz. He has been with Deutsche Telekom since 2017 and regularly writes about technology trends and many exciting topics, especially for the retail trade and the logistics industry.