Challenge / Goal
By law in Eindhoven, a developer is required to provide a specific number of parking spaces in the area as compared to the expected residents and visitors in the area. The developer, Volker Wessels iCity, identified that the existing parking spaces in the area were underutilised and that there was a scope for better management of the parking space to satisfy the parking needs.
The vision of the project 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 user experience.
Within the Triangulum project, an ICT based tool was developed together with a mobility dashboard. The ICT tool focuses on real time parking and travel guidance system, which is integrated with vehicle navigation.
Additionally, 3 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, which are based on final 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 Automatic NumberPlate Recognition (ANPR) camera’s, which monitor cars that access the Strijp-S area. When a visitor with a parking reservation enters the area, the license plate is scanned (with prior consent) and the visitor will get personal guidance information on big Led screens. On the screen, the specific route is indicated. Based on personalized information the most suitable parking lot is recommended and displayed to the user via APP, digital screens and website. If no personalized information is available, general occupancy information for parking lots is displayed. The system can also recognize patterns and 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 about walking distances and are also connected to the Park Reservation platform, which shows real-time capacity of the parking places. The modular setup provides for alternative sensors that can be added to the way-finder i.e. to measure when roads are slippery because of ice. Already a Wi-Fi module has been added as well as observation camera’s. The Way-finders are connected to the fibre optics network.
If the system knows who is moving around it provides personalized information to pedestrians, cyclists and motorized traffic. The screen can accommodate other relevant information such as 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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