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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 a 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 a 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 platform, including 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 optimize the 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!
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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.
Urbiotica’s parking guidance system has been deployed in the Smart City Lugo project supported by RED.es
Lugo City Council and Red.es certified the installation of the urban guidance system for parking in the city, within the framework of a macro Smart City project. The aim of this macro project was to improve the quality of life of citizens and the efficiency of public services, as well as to promote the participation and transparency of citizens through new channels for collecting and disseminating information.
Lugo Smart City has the support of RED.es for its financing. A joint venture was created as the technological partner of Lugo City Council, with the participation of Minsait (Indra), R Cable and Altia. The project was assigned to Colabora Ingenieros who in turn trusted Urbiotica to develop and implement the parking guidance project.
The Smart Parking component of the Lugo Smart project consists of 200 single space U-Spot sensors installed in Avenida Portela, Mourelo and the Concello car park located in Avenida del Alcalde Anxo López Pérez. The U-Spot sensors detect in real time the presence of vehicles parked in each spot, and inform those users who are searching for a free space where they can find one. The app developed for the citizens and personalized by the Council and integrated with the municipal GIS, allows, together with the 2 U-Display information panels, to consult the availability of free spaces and thus reduce the time spent parking and the congestion and polluting emissions directly related to this circulation. The information panels located at strategic points in the city also have an emergency solar power system in case the main power supply fails.
U-Display information panels APP for the citizen
The Council’s mobility managers can analyse all the information generated by the system through the U-Admin platform, installed locally in the project’s infrastructure and integrated with the other components, such as the centralised user authentication system or the OpenData platform.
U-Admin for the mobility manager
Lugo joins the pack of smart cities that have chosen the reliability of Urbiotica’s system for outdoor parking to improve the mobility and welfare of its inhabitants. In the same way, Badajoz, Palamós, Alzira, Calvià, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara, among many other Spanish cities, have already done it before.
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- National smart city plan RED.es
- Parking guidance solution
- Smart parking solutions
- APP Android
- U-Admin Parking
We are committed to collaborate with the awarded companies in their projects promoted by RED.es and the DUSI strategy.
Through the calls for “Smart Cities” and “Smart Tourist Destinations”, Red.es has promoted a new dynamic in the sector. Urbiotica has made a strong commitment to accompany the companies awarded contracts within this national plan that seeks to develop and support the creation of a specialized sector with high added value.
There are already 5 projects in Spain managed by Red.es in which Urbiotica is participating:
- Valencia Vlci
- Estrategia Alba Smart en Badajoz y Almendralejo
- Lugo Smart
- LPA Inteligencia Azul en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Our Smart Parking solution for public roads, used for the guidance and control of regulated parking and reserved spaces, is installed in these cities to meet the objectives defined for the improvement of mobility, especially focused on urban parking management.
These are two use case examples of the reserved parking spaces control solutions:
PRM solution (Persons reduced mobility) Load & Unload solution
Beyond the solution itself and its benefits, these macro projects of smart cities imply several integrations with the other existing components and systems of the involved City Councils: unified access to the applications, integrations with the municipal GIS and business tools, customization of functionalities… Urbiotica stands out at this point for its ability to adapt its standard solution to the specific needs required to optimize the performance of the installed system and its use for both citizens and municipal managers
On the other hand, the economic model of these projects, co-financed by the European Union and the Spanish government, require a great level of demand and maximum quality from the suppliers involved in the execution, as the investments made and the results obtained must be carefully justified.
Spain has also committed to another line of funding, the DUSI (Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development) strategy, which allows public administrations to accelerate investments related to technological development and innovation, the transition to a low-carbon economy and the promotion of sustainable transport, among many others. Along these lines, Urbiotica has participated in the project to control the parking spaces reserved for loading and unloading, PRM and taxis in Castelló, as well as in the project to guide vehicles to free spaces in the city center of Utrera.
To be selected for funding through the European Funds, the Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development Strategy must meet one of the selected FEDER Thematic Objectives (OT).
Urbiotica’s guidance solution for urban parking complies with thematic objective 4, which is to “Promote the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors”. By providing citizens with information on the availability of free spaces in the different parking areas in real time, it allows them to reduce the time spent looking for parking spaces in the urban environment. Its positive impact has been demonstrated in many towns in Spain by freeing the city center from the traffic linked to this management.
Another OT area offered by Urbiotica’s solutions is thematic objective 7: “Promoting sustainable transport and eliminating bottlenecks in critical network infrastructure”. The U-Flow Aforo entry/exit counting system is increasingly used to promote access to “Park&Ride” type parking areas on the outskirts of cities, which consists of parking the private vehicle and taking public transport to reach the center.
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Urbiotica recently announced the acquisition of Fastprk and has already recorded the first sales of the new business line. Several smart parking projects will soon be deployed in Mexico, Greece, and Poland, including more than 800 Fastprk DUO parking sensors.
Customers have highlighted Urbiotica’s ability to respond to their needs, especially in light of the new and complex scenario marked by the COVID’19 pandemic.
The projects include a sustainable mobility solution for Crete, which is a tourist destination in Greece that aims to reduce the time spent in finding a free parking space and thus reduce the associated chaos and pollution. The city will benefit from these improvements through the installation of some 600 Fastprk DUO sensors connected to the LoRaWAN local network. Other related actions include electric buses connecting the main city centre stops to the beach areas, charging station infrastructure, and electric scooter rental.
Mexico will also deploy around 180 intelligent parking sensors to facilitate the search for free spaces at peak times on the campus of one of the country’s most famous and crowded universities.
This is a good start for the company, after only one month since the announcement of the acquisition of Fastprk from Worldsensing. It shows the complementarity it brings to the mobility solutions portfolio, undoubtedly generating great business opportunities and market penetration for Urbiotica.
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The new U-Spot M2M parking sensor, officially launched in late 2019 for 7 European countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic), now extends its coverage thanks to new NB-IoT roaming agreement. A few new countries have been added to this list: Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Therefore, there are 14 countries now that can enjoy the benefits of this M2M technology.
U-Spot M2M parking sensor means there is no need to deploy any additional communication infrastructure as communication is performed directly via the mobile network. In this way, the cost of the solution is significantly reduced for scattered space applications, and countries where the city’s electrical and lighting infrastructure cannot be used to support the deployment of IoT Gateways. It can ensure a 98% detection reliability and is capable of achieving a lifetime of up to 10 years. It is easily integrated with Dynamic Message Signs, as well as with complete guidance and parking control solutions.
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The city of Cachoeiro of Itapemirim, located in the state of Espírito Santo in Brazil and which has some 160,000 inhabitants, is re-starting the regulated parking for some 2,186 spaces with a 2 hour maximum stay.
The decision was motivated by the lack of available spaces in the city center, where the absence of regulation since 2015 has led to vehicles being parked for long periods and very slight vehicle rotations in the parking spaces. This caused a serious shop access problem in this area, together with a great amount of citizens moving around in search of a free space, which really complicated the mobility.
The regulated parking operator, Rek Parking, installed 500 U-Spot sensors in the most critical areas of the city. It uses the information received from the sensors to improve the service offered:
- Free space availability is indicated through the same APP used for payment.
- Control operation is improved through the use of a pay-by-space model.
The pedagogical effect of the implemented solution was immediate. Fraud was automatically reduced once users knew they were being controlled. On the other hand, thanks to the new system, the resources allocated to control are much more efficient now that they only have to handle the notified infraction cases. Only 15 workers carry out the management of the whole regulated parking in Cachoeiro.
During the inauguration, Victor Coelho, mayor of Cachoeiro quoted: “A modern, smart city with great urban mobility, needs parking to be regulated. Certainly, this new system will bring many benefits to the development of Cachoeiro”.
All users agree that it is much easier to find free spaces. There is a much greater availability due to the 2-hour parking limitation. Those who need to park longer use the private parking that offer longer stay services.
Reportaje en ESTV1: http://globoplay.globo.com/v/8142084/
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One of the leading smart parking solutions is changing owners.
BARCELONA, June 4th, 2020 – Smart city and IoT specialist Urbiotica has acquired Fastprk, one of the leading parking management solutions by Worldsensing. Both Barcelona-based companies were founded in 2008 and develop and offer vertical Internet of Things solutions for both the public and private sector.
Urbiotica and Worldsensing announced today that the smart city expert Urbiotica has acquired the smart parking solution range, Fastprk. While the product family was commercially launched in 2012, Fastprk is now widely deployed worldwide and has been ranked among top parking offerings by the leading market analyst IDC. The IoT-based parking management system allows detecting if vehicles occupy outdoor parking spaces by using a dual detection sensor that sends parking data to the cloud through an IoT radio protocol called LoRa.
Urbiotica has recently been focusing on extending its smart parking product and solution portfolio. Having been frequently categorized as a player with high potential by market analysts, the Fastprk acquisition will strengthen Urbiotica’s market-leading position. Overall, acquiring Fastprk mirrors the market consolidation trend the smart parking industry is undergoing. The acquisition was especially motivated by the complementarity the Fastprk technology brings to Urbiotica in terms of customer base and market penetration, which will allow Urbiotica to increase both sales and project opportunities. The Fastprk DUO sensor will allow Urbiotica to open new markets thanks to its double detection technology and LoRa communication protocol.
For Josep Maria Torras, CEO of Urbiotica, “the acquisition of a prestigious brand like Fastprk enables us to accelerate the growth of our company and ensures mid-term profitability thanks to the critical mass Fastprk adds to our offering. Moreover, it provides us with direct access to new customer segments within the USA and Poland where Fastprk already has a strong footprint.”
Letting go of its parking management product line enables Worldsensing to focus on its market-leading infrastructure monitoring technology, Loadsensing.
Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO of Worldsensing, explains that “as a company, we see that it is more and more necessary to concentrate on Loadsensing, which represents our core business. Fastprk was the first brand we successfully launched and established in the market for which we frequently received buying offers over the years. The decision to pass the torch on to Urbiotica is driven by the company’s capacity to continue providing outstanding service to our customers. Besides having known each other for a long time and trusting each other, I also want to highlight that we chose Urbiotica because they are smart parking pros, and because we know that they will continue making Fastprk better and will keep our purpose to continuously innovate alive.”
With over 50.000 parking sensors deployed in 200 parking projects across 45 countries, Urbiotica is destined to quickly become the leader in the smart parking space.
Fastprk is a one of the leading outdoor parking management systems and includes a dual-detection sensor, software suite, and end-to-end services. The smart parking system, which is ranked among the top parking offerings by leading market analyst IDC, features a dual-detection sensor which delivers high accuracy even in environments with high magnetic noise. The sensing technology is integrated into an advanced software solution that enables cities and private operators to connect 3rd party APIs and subsystems to optimize existing services and set up novel approaches to improve their parking operations such as occupancy scanning and fraud management.
Urbiotica was established in 2008 with a very clear foundational vision: technology based on wireless sensor networks will transform how we manage our cities. Urbiotica leads the revolution of the Internet of Things applied to Smart Cities. The projects implemented in more than 45 countries position us as the leading technology company in the development of smart solutions based on sensor systems, designed to manage urban space more efficiently and sustainably.
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Worldsensing is a global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the technology provider delivers operational intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With more than 100 employees and offices in Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, and Singapore, Worldsensing is globally active and has customers in more than 60 countries. Worldsensing’s investors include Cisco Investments, Mitsui & Co, McRock Capital, and ETF Partners, among others.
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+34 93 418 05 85
Javier Paniagua, Smart City Manager at Telefónica shares his vision about the impact of NB-IOT on the Smart Cities
Telefónica is one of the operators providing NB-IOT connectivity in Spain, but also one of the first integrators to deploy a project using Urbiotica’s new U-Spot M2M sensor. Javier Paniagua, Smart City Manager at Telefónica, shared his vision related to the impact of this new technology on the urban solutions, and how this opens up a world of opportunities for the Smart Cities.
– Javier Paniagua – Smart Cities Manager
Javier, what does the NB-IOT protocol deliver to the Smart City sector?
The major cases of IOT use in the urban environment have already been identified: waste collection optimization, public lighting, water meter monitoring, and definitely smart parking. Many projects have already been deployed through various types of radio networks. Our experience until now tells us that this connectivity is really complex and also involves many additional costs: design, deployment and especially maintenance. Any radio network needs at the very least 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. On the other hand, these kinds of projects must be designed with a long-term perspective. Connectivity costs must be correctly characterized and controlled in order not to assume technological risks that imply some hidden surprises.
What the NB-IOT really provides is a standardization of this connectivity layer with a very low consumption solution, incorporating a homogeneous coverage maintained by the operator, providing a plug & play response to the market needs: less hardware, easy deployment and no maintenance. Connectivity management is totally integrated into the monitoring and maintenance processes of the mobile networks ensured by Telefónica. Therefore, it is not necessary to have a parallel contract to carry out the management of a dedicated network.
Technological evolution is one of the operator’s pillars. We ensure that there is a medium- and long-term vision of the technologies to be deployed. We can finally focus on the use and real benefits that these solutions offer to the public administrations.
Urbiotica launched the new U-Spot M2M parking sensor with NB-IOT connectivity during the past Smart City Expo edition. Telefónica is our first customers for this new sensor that today has projects underway to deployed in more than 2000 parking spaces. What can you tell us about it?
As far as we have seen until now, it maintains the performance offered by the traditional solution in terms of reliability and robustness. Which is great. It is evident that projects for scattered areas spaces cannot be carried out with a dedicated radio network, due to the average cost per space. But I’m thinking beyond these use cases. I’m sure the M2M version of the U-Spot will also be used in cases of higher density spaces such as urban centers, because of the simplicity it brings.
Telefónica has been working with Urbiotica for some time now. What would you highlight after these years of collaboration?
We’ve been working together for about four years. The relationship has always flown really natural. You are one of the longest running companies in the IOT world. We did some first project together about 3 or 4 years ago, and since then we keep on working and the relationship is very good.
Urbiotica is a small company, although it is growing. This gives you a flexibility that not all companies have. This is really important when working for the Public Administration, because each project is different from the other. Working with Urbiotica we can face each project with an ad hoc and concrete strategy. Your knowledge, together with ours, allows us to deal each project independently.
You have plenty of experience in the IOT market applied to Smart Cities. All this experience is reflected in a high quality and very mature product. Both in functionality and price. It allows us to create differential proposals.
Why Urbiotica? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
In addition to sensor systems, we have worked with several communication technologies such as LORA (not so much), SIGFOX, WIFI network… and also with other types of detection technologies. When we talk about video, there are many limitations in terms of maintenance. I don’t feel comfortable working with cameras. The video is not mature and the maintenance costs don’t make sense. They’re not ready yet.
There were also other solutions similar to yours. But Urbiotica has a very well prepared and tested solution.
The collaboration is very close right now. Talking about NB-IOT connectivity, you’re the only company with which we are working hand to hand, to put our network at your disposal so you can invest in products for the market. We could have done it with other competitors, but they have not had that desire to innovate in the product. Besides, they are always a few steps behind you.
Your market knowledge is reflected in the product and this makes you have a very competitive solution.
Would you like to comment on the relationship and the attention received by Urbiotica?
Sure. Many departments at Telefónica are involved with Urbiotica : sales, pre-sales, product, operations, business development, etc. The whole chain works with you. We all agree that the flexibility and the ease of working together is extraordinary and really uncommon when working with providers.
In terms of product development there are things I have never seen before. Not all companies do this, and neither do we perform like this with other suppliers. We really appreciate it.
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ATM selects Urbiotica’s parking guidance solution, to be deployed at 10 Park & Ride areas in Barcelona.
Barcelonas’ Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) has selected Urbiotica as the technological provider to equip 10 Park & Ride parking areas (P+R) with sensing systems to determine the parking availability in real time and communicate this information to users.
As any big city in Europe, Barcelona has faced an important increase of private vehicle traffic over the last decades. To struggle against the related traffic pollution and in order to improve citizens’ life conditions, the city council has developed an ambitious program of Low Emissions Zones (ZBE) which will restrain the access of the most polluting vehicles to some of the city areas.
To support the new policy, ATM is promoting multi-modality mobility through their “Mou-te” information platform. The 108 Park & Ride parking areas will allow the people driving from the suburbs towards the city center to park for free and take one of the many public transport options offered in the area. With a total capacity of almost 14.000 spaces and regular trains, the public authorities aim to incentive people to abandon their car before arriving to the city and thus help to reduce the traffic and pollution in the center.
One of the aims of this program consists on informing drivers in real time about the free spaces available in the P+R areas. To do so, ATM has selected Telefonica and Urbiotica to equip 10 of them with the U-Flow Parking system, which by counting the vehicles entering and exiting the area will determine in real time and with a high accuracy the situation of unoccupied parking spaces. The project will also include some U-Spot single space detection sensors to differentiate the normal spaces from some reserved ones, such as spaces for persons with reduced mobility, electric vehicles or employees. The U-Admin platform combines information from both systems to generate and transmit the normal parking space availability information to FIWARE Telefonica platform which is integrated with Mou-te.
The U-Admin platform, through the Control Center analytics section, will also be used directly by the managers to analyze the use’ statistics of each area to evaluate the performance and make certain decisions in cases of saturation which could mean some parking area extension to increase the vehicle capacity.
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Get your U-Spot M2M parking starter kit during the official launch at the Smart City Expo World Congress
We are happy to announce that we launched our new U-Spot M2M sensor. It allows you to have our parking solution without the need of a Gateway. The new U-Spot sensor communicates through the mobile network, with the same reliability as U-Spot 2.0 and with a 10-year lifetime.
The product is already impacting the market with over 2000 sensors planned to be installed next semester in 3 Smart City projects in Spain.
We would like to celebrate it!
How: On the occasion of this release and so you can try it yourself, you may aim at a starter-kit of the system during its official launch at the Smart City Expo World Congress.
What is a Starter Kit?
A Starter Kit is a sample of the solution. It is composed of 3 U-Spot M2M sensors with included connectivity for 12 months.
We will give you access to our platform and you may have our team support to test the functioning of the system.
Who can receive the starter kit?
Anyone who comes by our stand during the SCEWC 2019 may participate in the promotion. We will value the interest and motivation of each project to decide who to deliver it to.
Urbiotica announced its new U-SPOT M2M parking sensor release during the past Intertraffic edition. As a result, the company today reports that more than 2.000 units of the new single space detection M2M sensor are prepared to be installed in 3 spanish cities by the end of the 1st quarter of 2020.
Making the most of the new 3GPP NB-IoT standard, U-Spot M2M communicates to the U-Admin platform directly through the mobile telecom network thanks to a SIM card integrated in the sensor. As there is no need to deploy any additional communication infrastructure, the cost of the solution has been drastically reduced for scattered spots applications and countries where the city lighting and electrical infrastructure cannot be used to support the deployment of dedicated IoT gateways.
Thanks to a great improvement of energy harvesting performed on the new sensor, it is able to reach a 10-year useful lifetime under normal usage conditions and standard mobile network coverage quality. In addition, the U-Spot algorithm has been worked out to ensure a 98% detection reliability during the entire sensor lifetime, while minimizing the associated communication costs.
On the other hand, Urbiotica settled agreements with two main telecom operators to provide customers with a full end-2-end solution, including connectivity for a first pack of 7 European countries. The undergoing roaming agreements between operators for NB-IoT protocol shall soon expand the area of influence of the system.
The 1st massive deployment planned will take place in Utrera city (Sevilla, Spain), involving 700 U-Spot M2M sensors in the city center. aThe project, integrated by Telefonica, aims to ease the search of free parking spots in the area through a free mobile APP proposed to the citizens.
Castellón (Valencia, Spain) and Murcia (Spain) will also be equipped with the new sensor during the first quarter of 2020, to benefit of a complete technological solution to control the use of reserved parking spots for people with reduced mobility, loading and unloading as well as electric vehicle use.
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Sergio Castellar from Pavapark gave us an interview in which he talked about his experience working with Urbiotica.
Pavapark is a Valencian Company specialized in urban mobility, part of the PAVASAL Group, which has been active for 75 years. Pavapark is a leader in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions and in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market.
Sergio, can you explain how you got to know Urbiotica?
It all began with a project we had in Calpe (Alicante). We wanted to implement technology to get occupancy information and test the single space sensing systems. In order to do so, we carried out a market research. We finally selected Urbiotica because it had the most mature solution and because it was the one that best suited the problems we had in Calpe. In this way, we sensed 34 regulated parking spaces located in Alemania Street and installed a Variable Message Sign to identify the available spaces.
Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project. We see that other types of systems are not mature enough yet.
Tell us about the last project you carried out in cooperation with Urbiotica in Alzira (Valencia). You installed a sum of 70 U-Spot sensors in 2 phases to collect information about the occupation and be able to transmit it through VMS.
Indeed, we installed 70 sensors on Santos Patronos Street, a commercial and central street in which there is a lot of vehicle rotation. The City Council needed to have information about the use made of the spaces. The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours. We have placed 2 VMS that give real time information concerning the number of free spaces allowing drivers to decide to look for another option to park their vehicles if there are few spaces available.
Moviltik is an App using the data collected by the system. How did the integration work?
It’s a regulated parking area. We use this application for parking payment management. With the new system integrated in the application, now through Moviltik app we also inform users of the number of available spaces. We access via API and collect the data from the system to notify the user through this App.
As for the installation, we connected the concentrators to the electrical network of the municipality street lamps. The deployment of the sensors was very simple. Everything is working very well.
Are you satisfied with Urbiotica’s parking solutions?
We are very satisfied with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had an urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.
Regarding the relationship, attention and follow-up of the project. How did you feel working with Urbiotica?
We’re delighted. Both technically and commercially. The response on your side has always been immediate. You have always attended us, and we have been able to resolve any incident quickly.
Can you tell us about the improvements or benefits of this system for the citizen as well as for the parking manager?
Facilitating parking in this downtown area leads to a decrease in congestion. In the same way, this reduces the stress of the citizen when looking for parking, making this procedure easy and fast. In addition, the commerce and services are revitalized because the citizens move more to the city center than before.
The overall system also has a clear benefit for the parking manager as he can see that there is more rotation and that vehicles are no longer left parked indefinitely. The team is provided with the necessary information to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data and thus ensure that there is a more rigorous vigilance of the area and that it is more efficient.
And what can you tell us about the final client, the Alzira City Council? Are they satisfied with the solution implemented?
Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and they are satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.
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The city of Alzira advances with its new project towards a Smart City model with Urbiotica’s technology
Alzira is a town in full growth and continuous change. The city council decided to launch a project to improve parking management which contemplates the deployment of Urbiotica’s solution to achieve efficient, smart and safe mobility.
Pavapark is the company that leads the project and selected Urbiotica’s technology as the best one to approach Alzira’s circumstances. Pavapark is a leading company in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions, as well as in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market. The company, based in Valencia, is committed to innovative mobility solutions that adapt to people’s needs.
This deployment aims to ease mobility in the city center by improving the parking management in order to increase user satisfaction, boost the local commerce and at the same time reduce the pollution generated by an excess of vehicles driving in search of a parking space.
“We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project.”
– Sergio Castellar – Systems Manager of Pavapark
The smart parking solution was installed in a central commercial street, Avenida Santos Patronos, where there is a regulated parking area. Urbiotica provided a total of 70 U-Spot sensors. This system captures the data and transmits in real time the availability of free spaces to users through U-Display variable message signs located at each end of the avenue.
According to Sergio Castellar: “The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours.”
Urbiotica’s system will be integrated into Pavapark’s Moviltik App, which is used to manage the parking payment. The system is accessed via API in order to incorporate the collected data and transmit information concerning the parking availability in the area through the app.
The Urbiotica solution implemented in Alzira is a win-win-win. Improved mobility clearly benefits citizens, who can park faster, easier and without stress. They are more likely to move to the city center if they can use and park their vehicle easily. Local commerce is revitalized. The parking operator, by improving the vehicle rotation, optimizes the exploitation of the regulated zone and obtains information in real time that allows him to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data. On the other hand, the City Council is satisfied with the improvements in the city, which is now more modern, technological and healthy for everyone. A Smart City that satisfies everyone.
“We are really happy with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.”
“Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and is satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.”
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Rek Parking, Bento’s regulated parking operator, relies once again on Urbiotica’s smart parking solutions to enhance the service offered to the city. The project, currently in an initial pilot phase, will require more than 700 U-Spot parking sensors to be implemented in the city center to improve mobility while optimizing the management of the regulated parking area.
Bento’s mobility project began in early May on Rua Barão do Rio Branco and will be extended to other parking areas to provide citizens with real-time information about free spaces, retrievable for the users through the new Rek Parking application Rek Pay. Available for both Android and iOS, the APP will also allow payment for parking. This will make it much easier for the citizens to park in the central parking area, thus reduce search time, traffic and consequently the pollution generated by vehicle congestion.
On the other hand, the system will allow an optimization of the management of the regulated parking area. Thanks to this solution the regulated zone staff will be informed when a parked vehicle has exceeded the time limit, which in this case is a maximum of 2 hours. It will avoid cars parked indefinitely, favoring the rotation of vehicles, as well as efficiency in the use, management and results of the regulated area.
This project, the fourth deployed with Urbiotica technology in Brazil, adds Bento to the cities implementing an urban mobility improvement plan, which is currently one of the main concerns and focuses of action in the country. This Smart City project also means clear progress and modernization for the city.
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Urbiotica had the pleasure to interview the CEO of Dinycon Sistemas. He gave us all the details about his experience deploying our parking solutions for their projects.
Dinycon is an engineering company with extensive experience integrating mobility solutions for people and vehicles.
Roberto, how did you get to know Urbiotica?
We came to Urbiotica because the market was demanding technological solutions and logically we valued the existing solutions and those that best suited that demand. In this path of research, we began to have the first conversations, then some first projects, and from there on we began to work with you. To date, there are already 3 or 4 projects of a certain magnitude deployed with your technology.
Have you had experience with other similar systems? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions, by means of conduits and with the same aim, but we had some problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution. It is much easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has proved to be reliable and work very well.
Tell us about the latest project recently deployed in Aranda de Duero. You installed 272 U-Spot sensors to capture occupation information and transmit it through digital panels to drivers, thus improving mobility and user satisfaction. Could you give us feedback on the Urbiotica system installed there?
The system deployed has been the largest we’ve done so far. A major logistical planning had to be done with EYSA, the operator of the regulated area. In this case, all this has been deployed in the city center due to the level of saturation in the parking zone. During the entire deployment of the communications infrastructure, we were supported by one of your technicians to define the details of it. Your engineers were also with us for the plans and then we nuanced and precised all the location of these points.
The system has been working well and the panels are giving the corresponding information. I could also say that we have spoken with the regulated area parking operator and we have been told that they have already started to see positive results because they have detected that areas that were previously empty are now getting more rotation.
How Was Your Experience of Urbiotica’s Technical Support Throughout the Process?
The technical support you have given us in this and all previous installations has been excellent. They have always been willing to help us. It’s very nice to have remote support to lend a hand when you’re in the field with a problem. In moments when problems arose, they helped us to solve them in an agile way. We are very satisfied.
Tell us about the final client, EYSA and the City Council of Aranda. Are they satisfied with the solution deployed? What are the improvements or benefits of this system for them and the citizens?
The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering Smart City in its area.
For EYSA the deployment of the system is also positive. The parking operator confirms that they have seen improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project, they see an increase in the use of the regulated area and therefore notice an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the operation.
Right now, citizens are in the adaptation phase. They are becoming familiar with the tools that are provided to find parking more quickly. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.
Finally, could you give us your general valuation of the relationship and the attention you received from Urbiotica?
It’s fine in every way. We don’t have any complaints, on the contrary, we like it and we are happy to be able to collaborate with companies like Urbiotica. I insist that it is important to have all the support. Especially in the moments of deployment when you are in the field working on the installation.
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The city council of Aranda del Duero joins the Spanish cities that install parking sensors in their desire to become smart cities. The local council seeks to improve mobility with this innovative technology, based on reducing by 30% the traffic that is estimated to circulate in the center of the city in search of parking spaces.
This ambitious Smart Cities project was included in the renovation of the regulated on-street parking management (allocated to the operator EYSA), with a clear objective of reducing pollution and driver discomfort, as well as to boost local commerce through improved mobility in the center. The concessionaire commissioned the integration of the project to Dinycon, an engineering company specialized in mobility solutions, who in turn chose Urbiotica’s technology as the basis of the data collection that today feeds the entire system implemented.
“We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions with the same objective and we had problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution, which is easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has been proving to us that it is reliable and works very well
– Roberto Garía, CEO of Dinycon Sistemas
Dinycon commissioned Urbiotica with the 272 U-Spot sensors needed to install in the parking spaces of the regulated parking area with the mission of sending data in real time to the system of variable message signs and applications for users and managers, provided by the integrator. The data captured by the sensors is transformed into useful information to transmit the availability of free spaces in strategic points of the city, so that the driver can go directly to the area with parking possibilities.
According to Roberto Garcia: “The system works well. The panels transmit information accurately and you can see an improvement in traffic in the center and a better efficiency in the use of parking spaces.
This new system has clear benefits for the citizen. The streamlining of parking translates into a better experience for users being able to move quicker and more comfortably to the area, involving less stress and lower fuel consumption. In addition, it means an improvement for their health, both in terms of the reduction in the pollution generated by vehicle emissions as in the noise caused by excessive traffic.
On the other hand, managers are able to have real-time data on mobility in the area that allows them to plan and define improvement plans. It optimises the use of parking spaces and has greater control over the regulated zone. The citizens are satisfied with the improvements implemented, as well as the local commerce that sees the results in an increase in the affluence.
“The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering smart city in the region.
For Eysa the deployment of the system is also positive. The concessionaire of the regulated parking area confirms that they have noticed improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project they see an increase in the use of the parking area and therefore they see an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the exploitation.
The citizen is now becoming familiar with the changes and in an adaptation phase. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.”
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LUGO SMART joins the smart cities in Spain that improve mobility by deploying Urbiotica parking solutions
Lugo is committed to becoming a Smart City in a macro project promoted by the Galician town council that aims to transform the town by setting different objectives, such as improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and the efficiency of public services and promote the participation and transparency for citizens through new channels of information collection and dissemination.
Lugo Smart has the backing of RED.es, which finances 60% of the 4.1M euros that this project represents. A joint venture has been created as a technological partner of Lugo City Council, in which Minsait (Indra), R Cable and Altia participate in an alliance.
Smart management of outdoor parking spaces and waste collection are some of the vertical services that will be developed. Through the integrator Colabora, 200 Urbiotica U-Spot sensors will be installed in the outdoor parking spaces of the Rúa Doutor García Portela area, as well as in the public parking of the Lugo City Council offices.
This solution will detect the presence or not of vehicles in each of the spots. This information will be used to transmit to citizens in real time the parking space availability in these areas through 2 information panels that will have solar power. The project also contemplates the development of an app for citizens through which users will also be able to consult the status in real time. This solution will reduce the time spent by vehicles searching for a place to park and, consequently, congestion and polluting emissions.
Lugo joins the pack of smart cities that have opted for the reliability of the Urbiotica system for outdoor parkings to improve the mobility and well-being of their inhabitants. Badajoz, Palamós, Alzira, Calvià, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara, among many other Spanish cities, have done the same before.
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Urbiotica’s Outdoor Parking sensing system keeps its first place with regards to the outdoor Smart Parking technologies used in Germany, thanks to the new projects deployed there during 2018 by means of our partner and distributor in the area, MSR-Traffic. A dozen of new projects for both public (cities) and private customers (companies and supermarkets) were installed in 2018, summing up a total of 10.000 outdoor spaces monitored in the region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) since 2013.
Among them, cities like Erfurt, Dingolfing, and Pfaffenhofen have made a step forward to their Smart City goals through the acquisition of outdoor guidance systems based on U-Spot single space detections and U-Flow counting solutions. Today they deliver real-time parking information to drivers, which facilitate the search for free parking spots and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.
Urbiotica’ solutions for outdoor vehicle detection are the ideal complement to MSR-Traffic core products, which include indoor detection sensors, guidance VMS and parking management software. The strengths of the integrated solution offered, covering all parking guidance needs, haven’t been overcome yet.
Another good example of both technical and functional complementarity of the partnership is the project of Bad Zurzach, the famous Swiss thermal station where citizens, visitors, and public authorities were very unsatisfied because of the lack of parking information which was resulting in traffic congestions, loss of time, stress and forbidden parking in the area. The system implemented by MSR-Traffic composed of single space detection sensors and Variable Message Signs has greatly helped to improve the situation and now is giving full relief and well-being to the thermal site owner.
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Harald Schmitt, CEO of MSR-Traffic, looks back over the 5 years of the partnership: “MSR-Traffic and Urbiotica have been pioneers of their kind and have been growing together through the deployment of many projects over the last years, to reach an excellent level of offering today. The combination of single space and counting systems gives us many possibilities for outdoor parking spaces, and the flexibility offered by both hardware network and software architecture combined to our own products allows us to offer quality and competitive seamless solutions to our customers.”
2019 is already shaping up to be excellent for the partnership thanks to the confirmation of several new customers, as well as extensions of existing projects. Keep posted!