Smart Parking of the Future

By StartUp City | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In this new age, standard parking is inefficient, frustrating, and time-consuming. An ingenious parking system is a need for the hour to cope with the rising population and shrinking public parking space. A driver spends an average of 10 to 20 minutes trying to find a parking space; the drivers who have to hunt for a parking spot for work every day could spend between 35 and 70 hours searching for this elusive space each year—adds to 210 days a year. Transformation in parking space will require the least human intervention that will require the introduction of new technologies backed with infrastructure and stakeholders commitments.

The prevalence of public parking on the street and spacious parking lots is a major problem for cities. The data governing these spaces is non- existent, which means that urban leaders do not know whether spaces are used, how they are used and how long they are used. Another problem is the lack of information and communication in real- time. It is here that traffic management takes place via an intelligent parking platform. The system should monitor each space. For this purpose, several types of sensors can be used, but the accuracy of the sensors cannot be compromised.

The problems to be addressed here are battery life, sensor positioning, and the channel for communication. Since there will be a large number of sensors, it is out of the question to cable them for energy. Consequently, these sensors must be powered by battery algorithms for power management. The enclosure of the sensors must take into account the positioning. The sensor technology must be protected against heat, dust, rain, bugs and other natural phenomena when installing in the open air.

For on-street parking, the server has to consider road maps, road parking (for countries with other rules) and where the user wants to park so that the nearest free spot is available. The server must only examine a map of the whole structure for off-street parking. In both cases, the server communicates the location and map; the path and the directions are displayed with the application by the mobile / tablet device. The user touch point is an application for the smartphone that can be run on a smartphone or tablet. The app will receive the map and the server’s location. The form will then direct the user to the location. The application uses the GPS to get the directions for on-street parking. Depending on where the car is at the moment, the application must use devices installed inside the parking lot for off-street parking.

The IoT helps the biggest cities in the world to be smarter, leaner, and more connected on a large scale and at a phenomenal rate. IoT and Enterprise Asset Management capabilities can be used in a variety of city and state projects, including the creation of smart dashboards to help city officials better coordinate and manage events for improved traffic management and better support for public safety.

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