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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 mobilityand 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, makingdeliveryvehicles 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 spacesefficiently, achieving a much more effective control andgreater 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.
TheParkCTRL APP matches the user information with theoccupancystatus 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 ParkTimeAPP 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!
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’sCervello 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.
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 ColaboraIngenieros 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 AvenidaPortela, Mourelo and the Concello car park located in Avenida del AlcaldeAnxoLópez 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-Displayinformationpanels 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 todayhasprojects 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 byUrbiotica?
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.
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.
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.
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