Challenge / Goal
In the Dutch city of Eindhoven, developers are required by law to provide a specific number of parking spaces in relation to the expected residents and visitors that live and move in the area. The developer VolkerWessels iCity identified that the existing parking spaces in the area were underutilised and that a more efficient management of the parking space would be needed in order to satisfy the residents’ parking needs.
The project vision was to transform the parking policy from simply delivering the number of parking spaces based on existing normative numbers to a more demand driven optimum, utilising ICT solutions to improve the overall user experience.
An ICT based tool was developed together with a mobility dashboard within the Triangulum Project. The ICT tool focuses on real time parking and a travel guidance system which is integrated in the vehicle navigation.
Additionally, three large LED screens installed at strategic locations also show the real time parking information in the area.
The goal is to make parking reservation possible, based on destination and car size. The functionality of detection of license plates through visual recognition cameras is used to offer functionalities such as automatic access to reserved parking lots and automatic billing.
A unique software interface has been installed between the PARKRES software and the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras which monitor cars that access the Strijp-S area. When a visitor with a parking reservation enters the area, the license plate gets scanned (with prior consent) and the visitor will get personal guidance information on big LED screens. The specific route is indicated on the screen. Based on personalised information, the most suitable parking lot is recommended and displayed to the user via APP, digital screens and website. If no personalised information is available, general occupancy information for parking lots will be displayed. The system is also able to recognise certain patterns and will adopt the mode of operation.
To improve route information for walking and biking, the so-called interactive Way-finders (3 in total) were installed at Strijp-S. These digital information signs give actual (real-time) information on walking distances and are further connected to the park reservation platform which shows the real-time capacity of parking places. The modular setup provides alternative sensors that can be added to the way-finder, i.e. to measure when roads are slippery because of ice. A Wi-Fi module as well as observation cameras have already been added. The Way-finders are connected to the fibre optics network.
If the system knows who is moving around, it provides personalised information for pedestrians, cyclists and motorised traffic. The screen can accommodate other relevant information such as the weather forecast. Parking lots can be rented out when not needed (Airbnb for parking). It collects information from several sources (e.g. cameras and barriers).
monitor availability of parking spaces
optimize parking space selection based on car size and destination
access mobility service through navigation system and app
manage parking space
bill for parking space use automatically
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