Regulated parking in Vic-en-Bigorre, France

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Project description

Improve parking control and management

Vic-en-Bigorre, small French town with a surface area of 32km² and a population of about 5,500 inhabitants, suffered from traffic congestion due to the deficiency of parking spaces in the city center. The lack of parking near the shopping areas coupled with a significant number of cars occupying the spots for long periods of time, generated discomfort for local merchants and upset citizens.

Another major issue was regulating parking in these congested areas. In existing regulated parking areas, control was difficult and ineffective allowing a parked car to remain in the same parking spot for up to 20 days. The main challenge was to reverse this situation: avoid occupation of parking places for extended periods of time and implement a control system that will meet the established standard.

Free and Shared Parking 

The proposal implemented in Vic-en-Bigorre is to limit the parking time allotted in the city center to two hours. If this time limit is exceeded, the vehicle owner will be fined a fixed price of 17 €.

The success of this tactic depends on a fluid communication between the authorities and the population to ensure the understanding and proper use of the system.

Sensor and App to Control Use

To successfully implement the system of free and shared parking, it is necessary to regulate the use of parking space. In order to do this, 114 U-Spot sensors were installed in parking spaces. These were accompanied by a complete parking management system and a mobile application to alert the guard of breaches in real time and to guide them to these vehicles.

End-to-End service

For the project deployed in Vic-en-Bigorre our proposal seeks to meet the needs of both Administration and citizens.

We developed an end-to-end system that provides a complete service:

  1. Sensing System
  2. Data transmission elements
  3. Software management platform

If you want to know how the complete solution works, find out at:

Solution for regulated parking

U-Spot, the wireless parking sensor that detects parking space occupancy:

U-Spot

  • Higher turnover rate. Vehicle occupancy and rotation increase.
  • Enforcement agent productivity thanks to the alerts provide the agent with the vehicles exact location allowing him to quickly deliver infringements to the vehicle at fault.
  • Traffic reduction produced by the search for parking.
  • Stimulation of local trade.
  • Improving environmental quality.
  • Welfare and quality of life of citizens.

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Hours of free parking

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Fines per day. Better parking control

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Rotation increase up to 33% by space and day

Before our solution, the caretaker had to check the status of each parking spot one by one while today, the caretaker receives an alert regarding infringements resulting in much more productivity. “On my phone I have the number of each parking spot in violation (alert infringement). I locate the vehicle and go directly to the parking spot where the car is in violation,” explains Jean-François Latryte municipal police Vic-en-Bigorre.

Shopkeeper Régine Grangé remarks, “I’m very satisfied because customers can park very easily. Before, the streets were always busy, but now parking has become much simpler,”

The mayor Clément Menet explained that the objective of the project was implemented to avoid having Vehicles park in the same parking space for the entire day.

“It was a real problem: I could not park in the city center of Vic”.

“The mayor wants to revitalize the city center with the main goal of improving trade, so that the downtown shops are not disadvantaged with respect to the malls. Now you can come to shop in Vic, and you can successfully park, “says Menet in an interview with France 3 Midi-Pyrenees.