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Cool IoT Use Cases: Smart sensing system guides drivers to free parking slots

Published on January 28th, 2019

Market overview

Parking is a problem. Typically, up to a third of all urban congestion is caused by drivers looking for somewhere to park. It’s also a problem in other locations that are poorly served by public transport.

The problem

The University of California San Diego wanted to implement a seamless, efficient Parking Guidance System (PGS) for a new parking facility, the first of three similar installations. However, they wanted a system that did more than simply track empty spaces in order to provide parking guidance.

The players

UC San Diego, which was established in 1960 and claims to be one of the top 15 research universities in the world. Park Assist, a supplier of camera-based guidance installations. The company is part of the TKH Group, a publicly-traded company headquartered in the Netherlands.

The solution

The University elected to go for a solution based on camera-based smart sensors. Park Assist’s patented M4 system was selected together with the digital signage that displays availability as well as driver guidance to different parking zones. In addition, the solution employs the company’s Find Your Car feature that directs visitors to their cars when they return. In future this facility will be enabled by entering license plate numbers into a web portal.

Business benefits

  • Camera-based systems exhibit a 99% accuracy rate
  • Signage helps drivers make on-the-spot decisions within a chosen area
  • Enables management to monitor utilisation and enforce parking policies, e.g. ensure exclusive use of resident parking
  • Send notifications of policy violations via time-based or license plate-based alerts.

The author is freelance technology writer, Bob Emmerson.

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