Smart parking systems are reinventing the parking experience
Thanks to the evolution of technology, the idea of a smart city is now a reality and a requirement. Overpopulation of cities requires the advancement of strategic planning that uses infrastructure, innovation and technology to adapt and keep pace with rapid change.
In this current era, the concept of smart cities has gained popularity. Thanks to the evolution of technology, the idea of a smart city is now a reality and a requirement. Overpopulation of cities requires the advancement of strategic planning that uses infrastructure, innovation and technology to adapt and keep pace with rapid change. Today, constant efforts are made in the field of IoT to maximize the productivity and efficient use of urban infrastructure. Especially when it comes to parking systems.
Our growing economy, and the subsequent increase in the number of vehicles on the road, exponentially multiplies the demand for parking space. In addition, manual management of available parking spaces presents the possibility of mismanagement and underutilization of space, which in turn leads to increased traffic congestion in urban areas as vehicles circulate to find a place.
Therefore, there is a need to develop an automated intelligent parking management system which would help the driver to easily locate the parking spaces and simultaneously contribute to the efficient management of the available parking spaces. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings, etc., integrated with electronics, software, ultrasonic sensors, and network connectivity that enable these objects collect and exchange data. This allows intelligent parking management systems to evolve from the traditional system of using manual tickets to a strong dependence on information and communication technologies (ICT) which play a transversal role in the articulation of tools. guaranteeing better results. These services will allow users to access online services such as mobile applications that include functionality to solve urban mobility issues and create sustainable infrastructure, both economically and environmentally.
What does SPS offer that makes it SMARTER?
Smart parking systems use technologies and sensors that emphasize the importance of data reliability, security, privacy and other critical design factors in such systems. SPS usually contains the following elements which make the system intelligent.
- Recognition of the license plate number.
- Detection of empty parking lots by camera.
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) access capability as a backup subsystem.
- Car parks divided into zones (Employees, Customers, VIPs, Special needs, etc.).
- Possibility of blocking individual zone (s) or lot (s) for security.
- Ability to detect abnormal parking (Ex: parking of employees in a customer parking lot or another inappropriate place) and to trigger security.
- Three dashboard panels to show all areas and vacant lots.
- Possibility to enter the ad hoc details of the car / visitors / shuttle of new employees to be authorized by security.
- All data shared immediately in the database.
- All data and communications are controlled by layers of cybersecurity.
- Automatically generate reports to authorized personnel for review.
Imagine the following smart parking scenario: Sensors determine whether parking spaces are occupied or available. The data is then sent wirelessly, in real time, to a gateway so that a parking card is created and constantly updated. Drivers can use their cell phone or heads-up display to find the perfect spot without wasting time.
Sounds a lot better than the previous system, doesn’t it? However, this is only the beginning of the huge benefits we can expect from the future of smart parking systems. The advancement of sensor technology is at the heart of the development of the future intelligent parking system. Likewise, other technological innovations are needed to create more adaptable systems, such as wireless communication, data analysis, induction loops and advanced algorithms.
More technological innovations are implemented; more features can be added. Smart parking is still an evolving technology. Only by applying new ideas can we come up with smart solutions like this and use them to improve the quality of our daily lives.