Cool IoT Use Cases: Smart parking relieves traffic congestion
Facilitating parking in city centres is good for the local economy. If the political will is there itâ€™s relatively easy to deploy smart parking systems and many authorities see them as the logical first step of large smart city projects.
Ten minutes searching forÂ car parkingÂ several times daily meansÂ more than 240 hours per year, and an average of 700 complete days in your life. Driving around looking for an available car slotÂ wastes fuel, produces anxiety, and increases pollutionÂ in city centres.
Montpellier, a small French city having 270,000 inhabitants.Â Synox, a local company that has been involved in smart city projects since its foundation, is a customer ofÂ Libeliumâ€™s official distributor. Synox developed and deployed a smart parking solution for the authority using Libeliumâ€™s technology.
Montpellierâ€™s shopping centre has limited parking slots and there are permanent traffic jams in some streets. The main goal of the project wasÂ to make traffic more fluid and increase rotation at parking spacesÂ near the town hall and a shopping centre. Twenty smart parking nodesÂ were installed by Synox in two different areas.
These devices were installed in the surface of the road on the parking areas for delivery services and for people with reduced mobility, with the aimÂ to relieve congestion, streamline traffic, and improve access to car park areas.Â In the future, more people will benefit from this project sinceÂ it is planned to enlarge the number of nodes.
In addition, sensors are employed to gather data about theÂ temperature of the roadway,Â which will be used by the road authorities to take action when ice sheets are detected. Data management displays show real-time information on use of the car parking slots in orderÂ to improve the traffic conditions and diminish car parking search time.
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The author is freelance IoT writer, Bob Emmerson
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