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Castelló de la Plana extends the pilot project to the remaining 406 pay-by-space parking spots

The city of Castelló de la Plana has decided to make an extension of the pay-by-space pilot project deployed in 2015. This project had 34 U-Spot sensors in different regulated parking spaces, in addition to an information panel in Rey Don Jaime I Avenue.

Once the technology was well tested, the city decided to expand the project by deploying 406 additional sensors to equip all the surrounding blue zone parking spots. The total of 440 sensorized spaces will make it easier for drivers to find free parking spaces and avoid the congestion and discomfort related to parking.

Source: areaverda.cat

The sensor selected for the project is the U-Spot M2M which detects the presence or not of vehicles in the parking spot and transmits the occupation in real time. The use of this system stands out for the simplicity of its deployment thanks to the direct communications with the U-Admin platform through the mobile network without the need of a gateway.

The project also has 4 information panels located at key points in the area. This panels transmit the number of available spaces in real time to help drivers easily find a free parking spot. These panels have 2 or 3 modules providing a modern design and backlighting for an optimal visibility even at night.

Both Jujosa (the pay-by-space operator) and those responsible for mobility in Castelló can consult all the information in real time to analyze the behavior of users and the evolution of the occupation of the different areas, as well as the average number of rotations per space or the average time of occupation of each space.

In addition, the Municipality will also have the possibility to influence the decision made by drivers by modifying the number of places on the signage panels in order to limit congestion in areas that are already almost saturated and direct users to areas with more availability.

How does the system work?

  1. The user drives to a free space guided by the information seen on the dynamic message sign. The U-Spot sensor detects the arrival of the vehicle and sends the information to the platform.  
  2. The platform collects the data and the updated data is sent through it to the street dynamic signs, with the new availability, which in this case will indicate one free spot less.  
  3. When the vehicle is removed, the sensor no longer detects its presence, so it sends information again so that the system transmits that the spot is free again.  

Thanks to this extension of the pay-by-space zone, the citizens of Castelló are guided through the panels to the areas with available parking spaces avoiding the unnecessary circulation of vehicles looking for where to park. This avoids congestion in the area. At the same time optimizes the use of parking thanks to real-time information on where to find free spaces.

Guiding drivers to free spaces reduces traffic by up to 30%, which is a considerable decrease in harmful emissions to the environment. Users park much more easily, reducing their stress and increasing their satisfaction, as well as their quality of life.

 

Other links of interest:

Parking Guidance Solution  

Smart parking success stories 

U-Spot M2M 

U-Admin 

Jujosa 

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Burlington decides to expand smart parking project after successful first installation

Four years ago, the city of Burlington (Ontario, Canada) decided to make parking easier for its citizens. This project monitored more than 450 on-street parking spots and 12 park-and-ride lots to provide real-time information on availability in each zone. It is now that Burlington has decided to start with the smart parking expansion.

The city, with direct access to Lake Ontario, becomes the ideal destination for leisure activities. This is why the city faced mobility and parking problems due to the number of visitors.

The system installed in 2017 by Electromega has U-Spot sensors to better understand driver behavior. U-Flow sensors were also installed in 1 dissuasive parking lot. In addition to a variable signage panel indicating the number of free spaces on the main street of the city.

Do you want to know how the system works?

Detection with U-Spot sensors:

  1. The driver goes to a free spot guided by the information displayed on the variable message sign. The U-Spot sensor detects the arrival of the vehicle and sends the information to the platform.
  2. The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panel indicating a less free spot.
  3. When the vehicle is removed, U-Spot no longer detects its presence, so it sends information again to transmit that the parking space is free again.
  4. From U-Admin the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, supervise and consult all the information of the system.

Detection with U-Flow sensors:

  1. The driver goes to a parking lot and accesses it through a well-marked entrance. U-Flow sensor detects the passage of the vehicle and sends the information to the platform via the communication network.
  2. The platform collects the data and, based on the total capacity of the parking lot, recalculates the free spaces with this new access. It sends the updated data to the variable message signs that will indicate a less free space.
  3. When the vehicle leaves the area and passes the U-Flow sensor, the process is carried out in reverse. The system indicates one more free space in the parking area.
  4. Whenever there are reserved spaces (PRM, electric vehicles…) they are monitored with U-Spot sensors.
  5. From U-Admin the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, supervise and consult all the information of the system.

Thanks to this simple system, mobility is much more fluid, since citizens go directly to free spaces, avoiding unnecessary turns in search of parking. Pollution and CO2 emissions are reduced proportionally. In this way, residents enjoy a cleaner and more efficient city and a better quality of life. In addition, the use of parking spaces is optimized thanks to real-time information on availability.

 

Another links of interest: 

Electromega 

U-Spot single space detection sensor

U-Flow counting sensor

Urban parking guidance

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The municipality of Andujar will have a smart parking thanks to the EDUSI initiative

Thanks to FEDER funds and the EDUSI initiative (Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development Strategy), the municipality of Andújar, in Jaén, is working on the implementation of its first smart parking.

The project we deployed together with Telefónica aims to guide citizens directly to free spaces by informing them of availability in real time 24 hours a day. These monitored parking spaces are distributed among blue zone parking lots, 70 spaces; loading and unloading zones, 122 spaces; and parking spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility, 120 spaces.

With this smart parking, which has the participation of the European Union, answers to the needs of the citizens of Andújar are given, improving their quality of life. Drivers will be guided through 3 information panels directly to the free spaces to avoid unnecessary traffic.

The sensors chosen for this project are U-Spot M2M, spot-by-spot detection sensors that directly use the mobile network to detect the occupancy of each parking space.

How does the guidance solution work? 

  1. The driver goes to a free parking space guided by the information he sees on the variable message signs. He parks the vehicle. The U-Spot M2M sensor detects his presence and sends the information to the platform.
  2. This collects the data and sends the information back to the signaling panels indicating in this case one less free space.
  3. When the vehicle is removed, U-Spot M2M no longer detects its presence. It sends the information back to the platform to indicate that the space is once again unoccupied.
  4. From the U-Admin platform, the manager can manage all the information published, as well as configure, supervise and consult all the information of the system.

Thanks to sensorization, drivers are guided directly to the free spaces by the variable message signs, avoiding the circulation of vehicles in search of parking spaces. The use of parking is optimized, since there is a higher occupancy of these spaces.

By guiding vehicles to free spaces, the traffic generated by the search for parking spaces is reduced by up to 30%, which means a proportional reduction in CO2 emissions.

In addition, local commerce is stimulated because if citizens know that they will find free spots in the center, they are more likely to move, which means more people visiting the stores in the area.

Another links of interest: 

Variable messaje signs 

Urban parking guidance solution 

Smart parking success stories 

U-Spot M2M single space detection

EDUSI

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria begins with the deployment of more than 3,000 sensors for the blue zone guidance system

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria starts its transformation towards a Smart City with the project “LPA Inteligencia Azul”, which was selected as beneficiary of the ” II Smart Cities Call for Proposals ” and aims to contribute to the “blue” growth of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Within this improvement plan there are a total of 19 projects, some of which are already underway, such as the blue zone parking guidance.

One of these projects is the smart parking project, which has successfully passed the pilot phase and is now starting its general deployment. The aim of this project is to inform drivers of available spaces in regulated parking areas. This avoids traffic congestion caused by cars circling in search of a free space.

In this initiative of the City Council of Las Palmas and Sagulpa, more than 3,000 blue zone parking spaces are sensorized with U-Spot single space detection sensors. These sensors detect and capture data in real time to transmit it to the user. The system allows users to be guided to the most available zones to greatly reduce parking search time.

How does the system work?

  1. The driver goes to a free space guided by the information displayed on the variable signage panels or on the LPAPark APP. When he parks his vehicle, the U-Spot sensor detects his presence and sends the information to the platform.
  2. The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panels and APPs, which in this case will indicate one less available seat.
  3. When the vehicle is removed, the U-Spot sensor no longer detects its presence, so it sends the information back to the system indicating that the space is once again unoccupied.
  4. From the U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, supervise and consult all the system information.

Benefits for both the city and the citizen

The new parking space detection system brings benefits to both the city and the citizen. For users, it means real-time information 24 hours a day on the availability of parking spaces in the area. This can be consulted through the panels or with their mobile device from the LPAPark APP. In addition, it drastically reduces the time spent by the driver to park, as he is directed directly to the areas with availability.

For the city it means a significant reduction in pollution and CO2 emissions by reducing unnecessary traffic of vehicles looking for parking, making it a more efficient city.

Reducing traffic increases the attractiveness of the city and citizens enjoy cleaner air and less chaos. It also stimulates local commerce, since citizens are more inclined to travel to the center knowing that they will find free parking spaces.

 

 

Another links of interest: 

U-Spot: Single space detection 

Variable Message Signs 

Urban parking guidance system 

Indra 

Satocan 

 

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Urbiotica collaborates with Telefónica to provide the parking guidance and signage solution for the most digitized shopping complex in Spain.

In October last year, the most digitized commercial space in Spain, La Torre Outlet, was inaugurated in Zaragoza. The site has opted for technology and this is reflected in digital intelligence systems to keep track of visitor flows, Wi-Fi connection throughout the complex, as well as three interactive digital information points.

Customers who come to this space receive information from the stores in real time to plan the route they want to follow. In addition, there is a large curved digital screen where sporting events and musical performances are broadcast live.

Source: elinmobiliariomesames.com

Another aspect that stands out in the digitalization of the commercial space is the smart parking that facilitates and streamlines parking for customers, showing at all times where to find parking spaces that are free. This solution that Urbiotica has implemented in collaboration with Telefónica reduces traffic and congestion in and around the parking lot by transmitting instant information about the availability of parking spaces in each sector.

What is the solution?

The new parking guidance solution equips the shopping complex with autonomous wireless sensors that detect the passage of vehicles, useful information that is transmitted for the management and control of parking areas. The system provided by Urbiotica has a total of 55 U-Flow sensors that are distributed in 7 zones of the parking lot, with the related communication infrastructure. Sensors with two-way counting have been installed in several lanes to increase the reliability of the system. In addition, there is an eighth zone in which information can be managed manually.

In addition to the sensors, 9 dynamic information panels have also been installed to indicate to users the availability of parking spaces in the different areas of the parking lot, one of which is powered by a solar energy panel. Of these nine panels, the largest has 7 different display modules.

In addition, Urbiotica has provided static panels that will signpost users to the location of the different parking areas in the commercial space.

La Torre Outlet also has access to U-Admin where all activity in the parking areas can be configured and reviewed. Managers can track the evolution of vehicle flows and zone occupancy at all times. Precise knowledge of the use of the different zones by customers provides information on hourly attendance or preferred zones, among other data of interest to the complex. All this provides an advanced behavioral analysis that allows the implementation of action plans.

The smart parking solution implemented at La Torre drastically reduces the time it takes visitors to find a parking space. They come without stress and have a better shopping experience and disposition, which favors sales, as well as second visits and recommendations. The technological solutions incorporated convey the image of an innovative company. This, together with a good user experience, improves customer perception and brand positioning.

How does the system work? 

The U-Flow sensor is used when parking areas are well delimited with clear entrances and exits. The system calculates the total availability of parking spaces with respect to the total capacity that has been previously configured, in order to transmit it to the users through information panels.

  • The driver goes to a parking area and accesses it through a well-defined entrance. The U-Flow sensor installed at the entrance detects the passage of the vehicle and sends the information to the platform through the communication network.
  • The platform collects the data and based on the total capacity of the parking lot, recalculates the free spaces based on this new access and sends the updated data to the information panels and/or Apps linked to the new availability. In this case it will indicate one free space less.
  • When the vehicle exits the area, and passes over the U-Flow sensor installed in the exit lane, the process is carried out in reverse. The system transmits the updated data indicating one more free space to the total available in the parking area.
  • From the U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, monitor and consult all system activity.

 

 

Another links of interest: 

Smart parking solution 

Smart parking success stories 

U-Flow counting sensor 

Variable message signs 

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Urbiotica will provide more than 3,000 sensors to monitor parking spaces in Opole

The city of Opole, located in southern Poland with a population of almost 130,000, had traffic problems in the downtown area. There were few parking spaces available and this shortage had an impact on parking time.

Opole used to have huge traffic congestion daily, as is the case in most cities. This situation has been solved and residents enjoy more efficient parking areas thanks to the fact that it has become a Smart City.

Source: opole.pl

We are deploying a big project involving the installation of 3.162 sensors. The installation of these sensors is part of the ITS Opole (Intelligent Transportation System) project. This project aims to optimize mobility throughout the city with various improvement modules. The parking area is intended to make it easier for drivers to find a parking space by indicating the number of parking spots available at any given time, thus limiting the number of kilometers driven to park.

The sensor infrastructure will provide a basis for improving mobility in the city, its installation will improve the management of reserved parking areas, such as loading and unloading bays, avoiding trucks or delivery vans parked in double lines obstructing traffic.

Another alternative is to optimize the management of regulated parking areas for people with reduced mobility (PRM), which are essential for these users since they are adapted to facilitate entry and exit of the vehicle.

Do you want to know how the guidance solution works?

The sensor chosen for this project was U-Spot DUO, a single space detection sensor that combines magnetic and infrared detection with 98% accuracy and up to 10 years of useful life.

Our parking detection system remains in first position in terms of smart parking technologies installed in Poland thanks to this big project deployed by SPRINT and Zir Systemy.

We have established as leaders in Poland, which relies on the effectiveness of our systems to improve traffic flow and achieve a more efficient and pleasant city for its citizens. We facilitate the search for parking spaces and improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.

Thanks to the installation of the U-Spot DUO sensors, citizens will be able to reduce parking time as they are guided directly to free parking spaces. Traffic is reduced by up to 30% by avoiding cars looking for parking spaces, which means a proportional reduction in the pollution generated.

 

 

Another links of interest :

Zir Systemy

U-Spot DUO Single space detection

Parking guidance solution

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Control of paid parking areas

Regulated parking areas are essential services to ensure vehicle turnover in busy urban areas. Time limited parking systems are a way to free up spaces for drivers who need to go to busy areas of towns and cities to visit shops and other businesses.

Traditional parking control methods -blue zones- aim to make more street parking spaces available by charging fees and, sometimes, by allowing drivers to park for a limited time only.

These regulated parking areas are usually installed in the vicinity of service areas like shops, hospitals and schools to make life easier for users who need to find parking spaces so they can do what they
need to do.

The most common times when parking is restricted in this regulated parking areas are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, but they sometimes apply on Saturdays, and even Sundays and public holidays. It is up to each local authority to establish specific regulations for each area, and even different fees within the same town, depending on the demand for parking spaces in each area.

This stops cars from parking up for long periods, freeing spaces for other drivers to park, do what they need to do, and then vacate them for the next user.

 

How does regulated parking areas work?

In some towns, drivers have cards that prove that they are “Persons with Reduced Mobility”, and electric vehicles have zero-emissions certificates that allow them to park free of charge. All other vehicles must pay a fee.

Traditionally, when parking in a blue zone, the driver must pay for a certain time in cash or with a card using the parking meter and display the ticket dispensed by the machine in the car. The proof of payment must be visible inside the vehicle so it can be checked by parking attendants doing their rounds.

There are now several apps available that drivers can use to pay to park, which makes the process more convenient. With these apps, if you realise you are going to take longer than expected, you can extend your ticket time and there is no need to run back to the parking meter.

Nevertheless, this is cumbersome way of controlling parking spaces, because the attendants follow set routes and have to check vehicles individually in search of infringements. This is time-consuming and some irregularities get through the net.

One system that makes the parking attendant’s job easier is a vehicle with an integrated number plate recognition system, however these vehicles still follow set routes, and there is still a risk that rule breakers will get away with not paying, because the success of the detection system depends on the detector passing by when a vehicle is parked incorrectly. The system also adds to traffic congestion.

What is really needed is a system that will detect infringements and alert attendants for more efficient control and to make better use of attendants’ time.

Source: zona-azul.es

 

The Urbiotica solution

Installing sensors in controlled parking areas makes it possible to detect vehicles whose drivers are breaking the rules by not paying or exceeding the ticket duration.

Users also benefit from real-time information about the availability of spaces, and they can drive to even busy areas knowing they are going to find a free space and will not need to drive round and round looking for one.

Because the spaces are monitored remotely, there is no need for attendants to waste time checking all the parked vehicles. Users who park and don’t pay are detected immediately, as are those who do not vacate the parking space in time.

How does it work?

  • The user parks in a numbered controlled parking space, guided by the information in the app. The U-Spot sensor detects the vehicle.
  • The user pays with one of the available methods (app, parking meter, etc.) selecting the space occupied. U-Admin is integrated with payment methods to send alerts.
  • If the user does not pay, or stays too long, the attendant is alerted automatically.
  • The attendant manages the alert, notifying the driver of parking fines or discarding the alert if no fine is applicable. The action taken is recorded, giving flexibility to the system.
  • The U-Admin manager can configure, supervise and check all the system information: spaces, parking rules, user accounts and attendants.

This solution reduces the cost of controlling parking spaces, because with real-time alerts, attendants need not follow set routes and can focus on problem areas with more infringements.

There are also more available parking spaces because automatic control makes users more likely to comply with the rules, which speeds up rotation. Drivers also like the system, because they can be confident that they will find a free parking space, even in busy areas.

There are benefits for the city, too, with fewer cars crawling around the streets searching for parking spaces, vehicle pollution is less of a problem.

Success case in Viseu, Portugal

The system has been installed in Viseu, Portugal, where citizens were bothered by vehicles causing high levels of pollution.

The system’s sensors now provide drivers with real-time information, showing them free parking spaces at all times. They can check the information on the SABA app or information panels, making it simple to decide whether to park.

It also makes the parking attendants’ job much easier because the system displays real-time information about drivers who have not paid or have exceeded the ticket time.

If you want to know more about the project: Viseu

 

Another links of interest: 

Pay-by-space on street parking control 

Smart parknig success stories 

Control of the use of reserved parking spaces 

U-Spot DUO single space detection sensor 

 

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Controlling Free Limited-Time parking areas

Controlling vehicle rotation in the city centres is crucial to encouraging maximum traffic to local shops and businesses. One option to achieve this goal is free limited-time parking. Regulated parking on public roads aims to improve urban mobility and to share parking spaces among as many residents and visitors to the area as possible.

This parking method is ideal for small towns where pay-by-space zoning is too expensive since the income from these parking spaces would not cover the initial investment. In these towns, the answer is to encourage vehicle rotation, attracting more citizens and visitors to the city centre where the shops and businesses are found.

The maximum time allowed in these areas depends on the local authority and the time bands where the zone is operational. Drivers appreciate not having to pay when they visit the town centre, and they can do their business with peace of mind. What’s more, they speed up vehicle rotation, generating trade and wealth in the area.

Source: aparcamentstgn.cat

Faster rotation is beneficial to shopping areas. It encourages consumers to visit and drivers are more likely to visit the town centre because they know they will find free parking spaces. This automatically reduces traffic congestion and illegally parked cars, both sources of stress and chaos.

It is easy to pass a regulation, but how do you make sure that everyone complies with it and does not exceed the maximum time limit?

 

How do free limited-time regulated parking areas work?

When you park in one of these spaces, you declare your arrival time so that parking attendants can keep control. This can be done using a ticket placed inside the car for attendants to read. If you don’t have a time clock, you can write it on a piece of paper and leave it somewhere prominent inside the vehicle.

Urbiotica’s solution for free limited-time parking control

Urbiotica’s solution sends a remote alert whenever a vehicle exceeds the maximum authorised time. It individually detects the arrival time, so attendants only need to act in case of a violation. This releases them from the heavy burden of constant rounds to check vehicles.

How does it work?

  • The user parks in a free limited-time space guided by the mobile application, and the U-Spot sensor detects their arrival.
  • The app records that they have parked and in where.
  • When a user does not report that they have parked or exceeds the maximum time limit, an alert is sent to the attendant.
  • This alert is saved until the user is it leaves or until it is managed by the authorities.
  • The manager can view and configure all system information using the U-Admin platform.

This solution monitors parking areas and is advantageous for both users and traders.

Drivers can locate free spaces more easily because of the increased vehicle rotation. Speeding up rotation encourages the influx of people, which has a positive impact on local businesses. If shoppers know there will be free places, they are more likely to visit the centre.

What is more, surveillance costs are reduced by avoiding constant patrols for parking attendants. Controllers only need to take action when an alert is generated. If there are no alerts, it means that there have been no violations. Surveillance can also be focused on the most difficult areas, monitoring offenders in real time.

Better parking space availability reduces time spent driving around searching for spaces, which benefits the town, giving it a more attractive, modern image, with less traffic and less congestion. This has a positive impact on citizen quality of life with cleaner air to breathe because of lower emissions from cars searching for spaces. They also benefit from a free and efficient service and real-time information about the availability of parking areas, enabling them to plan their routes before they set off.

There are fewer illegally parked vehicles in no-parking areas, on pavements and pedestrian crossings because it is easier to find a free space. It avoids cars occupying valuable spaces for long periods.

Testimonials from cities that have implemented the system

Vic-en-Bigorre (France)

For several years, this type of regulated parking has been operating in the small 32 km2 French town Vic-en-Bigorre with a population of close to 5,500 inhabitants. The town had problems with parking in the city centre because the few parking spaces were monopolised by vehicles parked for long periods of time which often did not move for days.

The project has been a success because vehicle rotation in squares has increased by 33%. Local traders are delighted with the large increase in the influx of customers, stimulating activity in the city centre.

“I am delighted because clients can park very easily. It didn’t use to be this way,” says Régine Grangé, local trader: “the squares used to be full all the time, but now it is much easier”.

Clément Menet, the town’s mayor, says that the lack of parking was a serious problem in the city and you could not park in the centre of Vic. Urbiotica’s solution has been crucial to boosting the city centre. According to Clément:

“Central shops are no longer at a disadvantage now regarding shopping centres.”.

To learn more about this project: Vic-en-Bigorre

 

Other links of interest:

Free limited-time control parking

Smart parking success stories

Monitoring of the use of reserved parking spaces

U-Spot single space detection sensor

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Santiago de Compostela becomes a smart city thanks to the guidance solution deployed by Urbiotica

The municipality of Santiago de Compostela, which has more than 96.000 inhabitants, becomes a Smart City thanks to Urbiotica’s implementation of 82 U-Spot M2M sensors.

Due to the large number of tourists throughout the year and the lack of parking places in the downtown area, the citizens of Santiago de Compostela had a very difficult time parking when driving to the city center. The city Council commissioned the project with the aim of speeding up the parking of vehicles to reduce the unnecessary traffic caused by drivers in search of free spaces, as well as the associated pollution

The problem has been solved thanks to the installation of 82 M2M single space detection sensors deployed in 4 outdoor parking areas, that detect the occupancy of the parking spaces to transmit the availability in real time to users through the ParkTime APP. Now drivers are guided directly to the free spaces.

Source:  lavozdegalicia.es

The M2M sensors chosen for this project greatly simplify the installation, and send the collected data directly through the mobile network to the platform. The data is sent to the client and integrated there into their system through the Urbiotica API. The Client’s system concentrates this data together with the other information gathered from the indoor parking lots. This allows them to transmit the global information of the availability of all the parking areas to the users, through their dynamic message signs installed on the street to guide users to the areas with free spots.

How does the system works?

Urbiotica’s solution equips each parking space with a sensor in order to detect if it’s occupied or not, and transmit this information to users through de APP or dynamic message signs so that they can decide which zone is better to head to. The M2M sensor, is a wireless and autonomous sensor that uses magnetic technology to detect in real time the occupancy of a parking space, as well as the duration of parking.

  • The user drives to a free parking space guided by the information displayed on the APP or street displays, and parks the vehicle. The U-Spot M2M sensor detects this arrival and sends the information to the platform.
  • The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panels with the new availability, which in this case will indicate one available space less.
  • When the vehicle is removed, U-Spot M2M no longer detects its presence. It sends information again so that the system transmits that the space is unoccupied again.
  • At U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as set-up, monitor, and consult all the system information.

Benefits

The benefits offered to the city and citizens are several:

For the city:

  • The use of parking spaces is optimized thanks to the speed up of parking.
  • It avoids unnecessary circulation in search of a free space and therefore the traffic and chaos generated by it.
  • Encourages the use of public transport and other mobility options.
  • Stimulates trade at the city center thanks to the improved user experience. Making it easy favors the willingness of citizens to move around, and increases the affluence to stores in the area.
  • The solution reduces traffic and pollution, therefore increases citizen satisfaction and well-being.

For users:

  • It drastically reduces the time spent for parking. Drivers are guided directly to free spaces, which means they save time and discomfort.
  • Drivers can plan their time and route better based on the availability information provided in the APP and message signs on-street that let them know the occupancy status of each zone.
  • They live and move around in a city with less pollution.
  • It improves their overall well-being.
You will be interested: Outdoor urban parking guidance

 

Other links of interest:

U-Spot M2M parking sensor

ParkTime APP for users

More Smart Parking success stories

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Second phase of the limited-time parking project in Castellbisbal

Three years after transforming the first pay by space zone into a free time-limited parking area, the Castellbisbal City Council has decided to expand the 24 monitored spaces to a total of 67 in a second phase of the Catalan city’s Smart City project.

In 2018 the locality made a first test by converting some pay-by-space parking spots into a free parking zone for a limited time, with the aim of increasing vehicle rotations in these areas of the city center and, thus increase the availability and satisfaction of citizens.

Source: https://www.castellbisbal.cat     Aleix Mateu Falguera

 

The control and guidance solution for the Castellbisbal time-limited parking lot has a total of 67 spaces now monitored with U-Spot magnetic sensors..The system allows users to be guided to free spaces while ensuring efficient control of parking time compliance. Users have one hour to park for free in the new orange parking zone. The control is guaranteed thanks to the App for the Local Police, with which they will no longer have to carry out the usual and inefficient vehicle-to-vehicle inspection rounds to ensure compliance with the regulations. Now this management is replaced by a system of automatic alerts when an infraction is detected. This will only require intervention in those cases in which they are notified of a user who has exceeded the allowed parking time.

The aim of this improvement is to reduce the number of vehicles driving in search of a free space and to allow citizens to move more easily to the city center. At the same time, it avoids having cars parked for long periods of time and resolves a situation of shortage of parking spaces and high demand for them.

 

Benefits of the solution implemented in Castellbisbal

  • The costs of parking area control are optimized, since it will only be necessary to intercede in cases in which an overtime violation is detected and alerted. In this way, it is possible to optimize resources and prioritize the surveillance of the most conflictive areas.
  • More available parking spaces thanks to the higher vehicle rotationBetter user experience. The willingness of citizens to go to the center increases, as they can check available parking spaces and be guided directly to them. They know that they have one hour to do their business and can check the remaining time.
  • By reducing the time spent looking for parking spaces, there is a positive impact on traffic, pollution and the attractiveness of the city.
  • Businesses in the area are greatly benefited, as they are assured of a greater influx of clients

 

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Urbiotica adopts Fastprk and settles it as the global brand for its Smart Parking product line

The company also announces its new business strategy with a 100% focus on smart mobility.   

Nearly one year after acquiring the Fastprk brand from WorldsensingUrbiotica has decided to use it as the umbrella brand for its Smart Parking product line. Therefore, Fastprk will from now on include all the products and solutions offered by Urbiotica in the Smart Parking sector.  

Consequently, the products acquired in last year’s operation have also been renamed: 

  • Fastprk DUO becomes U-Spot DUO, completing the single space detection sensors range together with U-Spot 2.0 and U-Spot M2M 
  • Fastprk LoRa gateway is renamed U-Box LoRa, product recently brought up to date with a brand new 4G version 

Marc Boher, CCO of Urbiotica“We have already launched the integration of the products acquired last year in our software platform U-Admin. Starting with the business tools available from now on, we’ll allow all our customers to make the most of the latest developments, such as the parking enforcement software. We will progressively homogenize all the tools used along a project lifetime to keep on offering the most complete and powerful Smart Parking solution in the market, from both hardware and software point of view.” 

These developments also include the possibility to connect other parking sensor technologies to the U-Admin platformThis enables customers with previous Smart Parking sensors deployments to be able to convert to Fastprk technology, without losing their previous investments.  

The new brand comes along with an evolution of the company’s strategy. Urbiotica will focus entirely on the smart mobility sector and will leave aside the other smart city business lines. According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global smart mobility market is estimated to reach $70.46 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 20.2% between 2020 and 2017. 

Josep Maria Torras, CEO of Urbiotica: “The growth of the company is already ensured by our Smart Mobility solutions. It is a natural step forward for us to let go of the other solutions we have developed in the past to focus 100% on what our customers are expecting from us in that area.”. 

 

Other links of interest:

Smart parking solutions

U-Spot DUO

Fastprk acquisition

 

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Urbiotica will collaborate with SABA and EGIS implementing 868 sensors in a new intelligent parking project in Viseu (Portugal)

The municipality of Viseu, located in Portugal and with almost 100,000 habitants, will become a smart city thanks to the implementation of a sensor system that will ease the vehicle guidance, as well as the control of the parking spaces.  

Urbiotica has been selected by Saba and Egis Group as the best technological option to provide a reliable and efficient solution to the project. Saba is a reference industrial operator in the development of solutions in the field of urban mobility, present in Europe and Latin America, and specialized in parking management. On the other side, Egis is an international group that operates in sectors of mobility services and construction engineering. Both companies collaborate through the company Semovepark Viseu to manage the regulated parking service of the municipality.

The project will include the deployment of a total of 868 Fastprk duo sensors in the payment areas of the on-street public road. Fastprk’s smart parking system uses the LoRa communication protocol and combines magnetic detection with infrared, providing a very reliable and high precision solution over time with this double detection. The sensor immediately detects any change in the occupation of a parking space with an accuracy of 98%.

Thanks to this technology the occupation data will be transmitted to the users indicating them where to find free spaces, allowing to reduce drastically the time invested in finding parking. On the other hand, the system will allow to detect in real time the fraud due to lack of payment or if the time paid by the user has been exceeded. Likewise, the management and control of these spaces will be much more efficient.

This solution allows the municipality to optimize its control operations and therefore increase the rotation of vehicles in the area, so that a greater number of people can enjoy the use of the places. It is a clear advantage for vehicles looking for parking, as well as for the rest of the drivers who circulate with less congestion and the citizens who enjoy a more relaxed and sustainable environment.

 

Other links of interest: 

Saba 

Egis 

Fastprk duo 

Smart parking solutions 

Urban parking guidance 

Smart parking success stories 

 

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Urbiotica releases an end-2-end solution to control the use of reserved parking spaces

Urbiotica has developed a complete solution to control the use of the reserved parking spaces for loading and unloading users, persons with reduced mobility, and electric vehicles. 

The misuse of parking spaces reserved for specific uses has an important and negative impact on urban mobility and is a pain in the neck for most public administrations.  

A clear example is the fraudulent use of parking spots reserved for people with reduced mobility. The abusive use of these places causes significant disruption to the lives of this vulnerable group, which needs these special places located near the access points in order to carry out their daily activities. Another common situation in cities is parking violations in loading and unloading areas, making delivery vehicles double park with the consequent chaos and discomfort in the area. It is also frequent to find users who are badly parked in the spaces reserved for the electric charging of vehicles, preventing the proper development of urban sustainable mobility plans. 

In order to guarantee fluid and sustainable mobility in the cities, as well as the well-being of the inhabitants, it is essential to ensure that the regulations for the use of these reserved parking areas are respected. The challenge for city managers and parking operators lies in the ability to improve and optimize the service, applying technology to the process. 

With this new solution, Urbiotica offers municipalities and companies the opportunity to manage regulated spaces efficiently, achieving a much more effective control and greater productivity of the area. 

      Loading and Unloading                              PRM                                         Limited Free Time                           Electric Vehicles

 

 

The solution is composed of: 

  • U-Spot is a sensor installed in the parking space that uses magnetic technology to detect in real-time the entry and exit of vehicles in the parking spaces as well as the duration of the session. The M2M version of the sensor also stands out because it does not need a gateway to transmit the data, making it the ideal solution for scattered parking spaces applications. By using the new NB-IoT protocol, the costs of deploying these types of projects are drastically reduced, providing an efficient solution to scenarios in which a suitable technological system could not be guaranteed until now. 
  • The ParkTime APP is designed for citizens authorized to use the reserved spaces. It informs these users (people with reduced mobility, carriers, …), about where to find available reserved places, and allows them to declare their arrivals and departures. The APP digitalizes the parking permits and complies with the user identification requirements for correct application. It has been designed with geofence and push notification functionalities that offer a useful and very simple experience to users. 
  • The ParkCTRL APP matches the user information with the occupancy status of the parking spot and time spent by the vehicle. Through the APP the guards can consult the information and be alerted in case of fraud, exponentially optimizing the control routes. 

  • The U-Admin platformincluding the alert engine and an API, allows the management and supervision of the solution, as well as the authorization of the ParkTime APP users. The solution is 100% flexible and can be easily integrated with third-party APPs. 

 

How does it works?

The identification and control of the users parked in each parking space drastically reduces the infractions and increases vehicle rotations in the spaces, which impacts favorably on the parking availability. This greater availability is transmitted to users through the ParkTime App, increasing the possibilities and speed of finding a free parking space. In addition, the real-time display of alerts makes it possible to optimizthe control operations and the resources allocated to this management and to prioritize the areas with the most infringements. 

4 Spanish cities have already decided to put their trust in Urbiotica to control a total of 2.000 reserved parking spaces, plus international experiences are expected soon. 

Keep posted to learn more about these exciting projects! 

 

 

Links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart parking solutions

Solution for reserved areas for loading and unloading

Solution for places reserved for people with reduced mobility

Solution for limited time reserved areas

Smart parking projects

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Urbiotica collaborates with EMS and IoTBlue to provide Smart Parking at Tech Park New Borg Al Arab

Urbiotica, a global IoT technology provider for smart cities, announced its collaboration with EMS and IoTBlue to deliver a complete Smart Parking solution at Tech Park New Borg Al Arab in Alexandria, Egypt.  

 This Smart Parking solution aims to simplify the flow of traffic and reduce congestion by providing real-time information about parking availability and accessibility. This information will be transmitted in real time to guide drivers and avoid unnecessary traffic and pollution in the area. The solution will also allow Tech Park to monitor the use of its parking areas and internal roads based on the information provided from installed sensors. 

 The strategic alliance between Urbiotica, EMS, and IoTBlue supports Egypt’s vision towards digital transformation and its plans to promote the country’s innovative and investment-friendly environment. The three companies will be working together to develop an end-to-end solution that transforms parking as we know it through the Internet of Things (IoT).  

 Urbiotica will provide 200 U-Spot magnetic sensors for installation at Tech Park’s designated parking areas to detect the occupational status of each parking spot. The data from these sensors will then be managed by IoTBlue’s Cervello Smart City Platform, whereby Cervello will collect, analyze, and visualize the data to provide information about parking availability and guide drivers to their nearest vacant parking space. EMS, in turn, will be responsible for fulfilling the solution in accordance with the project requirements and smart city best practices. As a large audiovisual systems integrator specialized in the IoT and light current industry, EMS will also be responsible for the successful implementation and management of the solution. 

 Tech Park New Borg Al Arab spans an area of 193,200 sqm (46 feddans) and is positioned as the business and technology hub of the area with its state-of-the-art infrastructure and innovative environment. Situated 48 km southwest of Alexandria, Borg Al Arab and New Borg Al Arab are considered strategic extensions of the port city of Alexandria. The business area in New Borg Al Arab includes high-tech companies, a convention center, as well as residential and commercial areas. It currently houses more than 1,179 factories and EGP 9 billion worth of local and foreign investments. 

 One of Egypt’s latest technology parks, Tech Park New Borg Al Arab was developed by Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), with a total projected investment of USD 161 million.  

About the companies 

 Urbiotica is a global provider of outdoor Smart Parking systems and complete solutions that help, both, public and private customers to solve their parking problems, improve parking efficiencies, and provide dynamic guidance for drivers. The company also provides all necessary components and integrations to simplify deployment and reduce additional development and integration costs. 

 IoTBlue, a leading smart world enabler through Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, is a technology company that helps businesses build possibilities and achieve opportunities through the power of IoT. At the core of IoTBlue’s offerings, Cervello is a multi-tenant platform that serves as the brain of all IoT-based projects and solutions. Part of the Flexitron technology group, IoTBlue provides innovative solutions for a smarter, simpler, and more streamlined future. 

 EMS was established in 1993 as an IT solutions provider and, as of 2017, has been offering IoT solutions for smart city. As a trusted supplier of high-quality products, the company has always focused on satisfying the needs of its customers and meeting their expectations with a strong financial background and technical back-up. 

  

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