Regulated parking - control correct use

Thursday, 30 June 2016

by: Qurius

Every day we face the problem of finding convenient parking spaces central to our end destination, in urban areas. The increasing population density and number of vehicles in big cities makes it increasingly difficult to find free sites as well as generates constant traffic jams.

These issues lead to an increase in air pollution throughout the cities and consequently a rise in discomfort among citizens. Although specific regulated parking places have been created for disabilities, residents, and load/unload, these regulations are not always followed and respected.

Even though municipalities have created regulated parking areas, the problem requires new solutions. Fortunately, new technologies have been created to address these issues. The internet of things applied to cities now makes it possible to control who parked in each spot, and whether or not they meet the stipulated times and areas, ultimately saving the citizens time and the cities money.

The proposals of Municipalities: Are they effective?

Municipalities have made public parking issues an important part of the mobility policy in cities. Some of the actions that are usually developed for urban centers include:

  • defining authorized areas and maximum parking time in each sector,
  • reserving places for the disabled,
  • loading and unloading areas,
  • adjusting the service prices, and
  • encouraging more public transport usage.

In recent decades, governments have implemented various measures to alleviate the problem of traffic, lack of parking places, and pollution. These solutions were combined with parking control mechanisms to not only achieve a reduction in the flow of vehicles in the busiest areas of cities, but also to assure that the vehicles entering are able to park.

New problems, new solutions

Despite these advances, new problems have emerged:

  • In some instances, a motorist will park on a site reserved for the disabled and will not realize it,
  • or a tourist will park on a site for residents because they are not aware of the rules of reserved parking areas.
  • Fraud is another major drawback. Cases in which users can break the rules and not pay for the parking time are very difficult to control by a traffic officer or other precarious systems, opening the door to fraudulent mindsets.

The internet of things applied to smart cities generate possible solutions to alleviate these problems. Sensors that detect in real time the occupancy of parking spaces and then translate that data into information for citizens and the administration to utilise is a prime example of this system. This information is then integrated with the customer’s payment information, policy, and specific uses, making it possible to recognise when the stipulated rules are being followed and when they are violated.

Quality of life of citizens

Cities who use this technology have managed to optimise their management which in turn caused an increase in the correct use of the regulated parking and mobility.

  • Efficiently managing motorists and improving the accessibility of parking areas for vehicles (control traffic flow).
  • Capturing real-time data about the occupation.
  • Real-time control over the payment status and use of each parking space.
  • Generating violation alerts to the systems managers in real time.
  • Implement dynamic princing depending on availability.
  • Reversing everyday problems such as traffic congestion and environmenal pollution.

Liberal extract from Parking.Net / Urbiotica