Smart Parking is one of the fastest-growing Smart City Solutions across the world. City parking lot, Airports, universities, shopping centre and offices just begun to realize the significant benefits of automated parking technology. With IoT and its ability to connect, analyze and automate data gathered from devices is what makes smart parking possible.
Smart Parking involves the use of low-cost sensors, real-time data and mobile applications that help users to monitor available and unavailable parking spots. The end goal is to automate and decrease time spent manually searching for the optimal parking floor, spot and lot. Some solutions will integrate a complete suite of services such as advance booking, online payments, parking time notifications and even car searching functionalities for very large lots.
Some deployment architecture:
- Small sensors can be mounted on the road surface with mechanical impact protection and high ingress protection. These sensors have high battery life to run for years.
- Sensors can directly send real time data to the cloud using LoRa or Sogfox gateway. One base station can give service to thousands of devices around a range of several kilometers in an urban environment. This fact provides lower costs of installation since the number of base stations can be dramatically reduced. Besides, the sensor model has been optimized for really low-power operation, so the battery lifetime is extended up to 10 years easily. Or, some sensors can communicate the nearby Zigbee gateway which in turn send data to cloud.
- Using REST API parking lot availability data can be shown to users in a mobile app using google map.
A parking solution can greatly benefit both the user and the lot owner. Here are some of the top benefits:
Optimized parking – With optimized parking, users have access to seek the favorable parking spot which save time, resources and effort at the same time. And with this, it will give a proper platform to fill a parking lot and space to the commercial and corporate entities. Hence, the road traffic will reduce.
Reduced pollution – It’s quite common that, while searching for the preferred parking lot, around one million barrels of oil are burned in a day. And as we know, an optimal parking solution automatically decreases search hours, helping in low vehicle emissions on a daily basis which ultimately reduce the global environment.
Integrated Payments and POS – Returning users can replace daily, manual cash payments with account invoicing and application payments from their phone. This could also enable customer loyalty programs and valuable user feedback.
Enhanced User Experience – A smart parking solution will integrate the entire user experience into a unified action. Driver’s payment, spot identification, location search and time notifications all seamlessly become part of the destination arrival process.
Real-Time Data and Trend Insight – With the advancing time, the smart parking solution can be used to produce real-time data that have the ability to unfold correlations and user behavior. Using these trends owners can have a clear understanding on how to make proper modifications and improvements for the drivers.
Decreased operational Costs – More automation and less manual activity saves on labor cost and resource exhaustion.
Increased Brand Image – A seamless experience can really improve a corporate or commercial entities brand image to the user.