Cities across the world are becoming smarter, thanks to significant technological advancements over the years. However, there seems to be one significant problem that still needs some addressing –inefficient parking management. Our cities are more polluted, and streets more crowded,than ever.
Even as real estate dwindles, smart parking holds the answer to traditional systems of management.
The obsolescence of traditional parking management
Inefficient parking systems go a long way in aggravating traffic congestion and environmental pollution, the direct result of overcrowding on city streets. To strike the ax at the root of the issue would mean digging deep into the loopholes of traditional parking systems. Yes, parking spaces are scarce, but more importantly, parking spaces are mismanaged. Motorists driving around in circles in search of parking, leading to spillovers and increased traffic congestion, are testimony.
Cities today lie in dire need of an advanced parking system that can effectively tackle the problems surrounding parking.
So, is there an answer to this parking problem yet? Yes! Internet of Things (IoT) is the key to streamline parking and curb the issues related to it.
Using smart parking to transform parking
This is how smart parking can change inefficient and manual systems for the better.
- Cameras and sensors
IoT is the heart and lifeblood of smart parking systems. This involves the use of cameras and GPS or OBD sensors that are installed not just in and around cars but even on nearby infrastructure such as traffic lights. These cameras and sensors help in gathering the location data of the vehicle, the condition of traffic on the roads, and the availability of parking spaces.
Once this information is gathered, it is transmitted to a centralized cloud platform, following which it can be made available to motorists and parking facilities. Via smartphone applications, motorists can have access to real-time traffic and parking information. They will then be able to take the least crowded route to a particular destination and not have to drive in circles looking for a parking spot. As a result, traffic congestion and environmental pollution can be controlled.
- Smart counter systems in parking facilities
Parking facilities with a connected counter system can realize greater efficiencies. Such smart systems gather information on the coming and going of vehicles through the facility, which can later be used to generate trends and patterns on the customer flow. Based on these patterns, predictions can be made regarding future demand surges and facility owners can accordingly tweak pricing.
Improving law and order with smart parking
Connected systems also allow for sponsored meter time extension, i.e., motorists beingnotified when their parking duration is nearing its end. This can help them extend their stay with the click of a button, reducing the instances of traffic law violation and preventing motorists from paying hefty fines.
Moreover, connected platforms can also identify the safety level of parking spots and notify drivers of the same. For instance,‘Red Zones’ like passenger loading-unloading zones, spots reserved for handicapped people, etc. can be notified to motorists. If a driver has mistakenly parked their vehicle in a ‘No Parking’ zone, the platform will be able to alert the local parking authorities, making it easier to penalize violators.
Finally, citywide parking spaces can be utilizedefficiently, and city governments can adjust meter rates and permissible parking hours using the data collected byIoT platforms.