Shop & Drive: Control of Free On-Street Parking Time

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The challenge

Reduce on-street parking control costs while ensuring high parking rotations by the control of free time parking on-street

Paying on-street parking is not adapted to every city or area. For medium size cities, the economic equation is often negative, and the city council must finance a private company for a quite unpopular service. However, curb parking still needs to be regulated to achieve a high enough rotation rate to ensure the continuous access to the shops, and therefore improve the city center trade economy. Offering citizens a parking policy based on short time or free parking is in this case a very attractive option for public administrations.

The challenges of each choice does not lie so much on the possibility of implementing the rules, but on controlling it. The administration enforcement capacity is the key for such a policy.  Success in controlling the respect of the maximum established time will be the key to the users respect of it.

The solution

Urbioticas’ Shop & Drive solution for the control of on-street free parking allows the service managers and local police to be remotely alerted of time exceeded sessions and thus only intervene to fine offending users.

The system includes:

  • U-Spot single space detection sensors installed in each parking space
  • APP for the users through which they check-in once they park their vehicle and may consult parking availability as well.
  • Control APP for a quick and efficient enforcement.
  • U-Admin Web Platform: for the management of the system (sensors, regulation set-up, users), and analysis of the use of the parking areas (rotations, duration, fraud).
  • API to integrate with any third-party system (user or control).

How it works?

  1. The user parks on a free and time limited parking space. The U-Spot sensor detects the presence of the new vehicle.
  2. The user checks-in through the Parking APP to notify he parked precising the number of the spot painted next to it.
  3. If the user does not check-in or in case the maximum time defined is exceeded, an alert is sent to the parking guard.
  4. The alert is saved and deactivated once the vehicle leaves or if the parking infraction is dealt with by the guard.
  5. By accessing U-Admin, the manager can set-up, monitor and consult all system activity: spaces, usage rules, user and guards accounts.

 

Solution benefits

A win-win approach for citizens, merchants and city manager thanks to the natural respect of the policy as users know the control is automatized and systematic.

The real-time visualization of the alerts allows the optimization of the control operations as well as the resources destined to this management, being able to prioritize the areas with more infractions.

The control of the maximum authorized time respect increases the rotations in the area and therefore impacts favorably on the space availability.

The permanent spaces availability allows people to reduce their time looking for parking, with a great and positive impact on traffic congestion, pollution and the city attractiveness.

The citizens benefit from a free and efficient service as they have access to real time information about where to find an available space.

Why do we stand out? 

  • All-in-one solution for free and regulated on-street parking, from the innovative sensing system to APPs for users and guards.
  • Robust, reliable and widely proven single space detection sensor U-Spot for a maximum system efficiency.

  • The APP for users facilitates and encourages the use by providing them with information on the availability of free spaces, as well as services such as alert notices once the authorized time has expired.

  • The APP for users facilitates and encourages the use by providing them with information on the availability of free spaces, as well as services such as alert notices once the authorized time has expired.

  • Easily extensible solution to city guidance integrating off-street parking as well as dynamic signage.

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