Inauguration of our smart parking project in the city of Nice (FR)
On the 11th of March will take place the inauguration of the smart parking project in the city of Nice, by its mayor and former French industry minister, Christian Estrosi. This project has been developed by Urbiotica, jointly with our Think Global ecosystem partners.
Semiacs, the company in charge of the regulated parking and mobility of the French city, presented us its problem, and Urbiotica, within the eco-system Think Global, submitted an innovative solution that fitted their needs.The Nice problem was coming from the little space the citizens had for parking the car on streets, and the traffic jams derived from that. Therefore, the aim was to reduce the cars’ volume and to ease the traffic on the city centre, favoring the utilization of the public transport and improving the overall urban mobility.
Our objective has always been the improvement of the urban space management, involving an environmental, economic and social efficiency. We have provided an attractive and efficient solution to the problem that was being presented.
- We have deployed our parking sensors U-Spot, which detect if a car is parked or not. Moreover, we have deployed other sensors to monitor variables such as traffic, air quality, noise pollution, humidity and temperature.
- Mobility managers in the city have obtained a system to control and monitor the real time parking (payments, occupation and fraud), which enables the evolvement of a management model to optimize the income and operation costs.
- The citizens have at their disposal an application -web, tablet, smartphone- which makes their mobility easier. They can now know in real time where are the free parking spots and have context information on traffic events. Also they can make the payment of the parking and can even be guided till where they have parked the car.
The Nice project started in 2011 with the management of 120 parking spots in a pilot phase. In 2012, 1.000 sensors of zone 1 were deployed. During 2013, it is planned to deploy and manage a total of 4.500 parking spots. By the end of 2014, we will complete the project with the installation of 8.500 parking sensors and accompanying technology.
The Nice project will be the first of these characteristics in Europe, without European funding and with a unique economic model, to reach an efficient and real time management of the parking spots and their mobility.