ENHANCED SERVICES FOR SMART PARKING
Summary description of the key features of the tool
This tool has been designed mainly in order to improve planning of low carbon mobility and to show that it is possible to reduce impacts of traffic regulation by means of well-adjusted smart parking service and to utilize data for better traffic organization in an operative area. The tool has a modular structure and has been developed in 3 successive parts corresponding to 3 project deliverables.
Part 1 contains a review of different kind of technologies available for planning and
designing smart parking systems implementation. By describing advantages and disadvantages of specific technologies as well as the purposes they are suitable for, it provides support to mobility experts and policy makers by improving their knowledge on these topics. Therefore, it is a valid tool to help them in the designing and definition of the smart
parking strategy for own territory. Part 2 proposes possible parking regulation schemes describing the detection technologies and related intelligent networks necessary for the implementation, including data management and data evaluation to comply with the interoperability requirements of already operating and existing ITS systems. Part 3 is an implementation guide to use the cloud-based SOLEZ software created within the project.
Expected impact and benefits of the tool for the concerned territories and target groups
The smart parking Tool developed provides a very effective way for local municipalities to gain experience on possibilities offered by smart parking regulation schemes. It represents a “Single Point of Access” to valuable amount of information, that each territory can then use to design its own highly personalized solution.
In more detail, the proposed Tool can help Mobility Planners and Public Administrators from Central European cities to define more effective parking regulation strategy for their territories by
- Providing comprehensive and validated information and advice on how to access the new ITS
technologies and assess their suitability, how to choose between different technologies with regard to the overall transport concept of cities and their urban areas;
- Using Software that collects data about parking availability, provides real time data, dialogs with existing apps for info-mobility, supports intermodality towards drivers to the public transport.
Sustainability of the tool and its transferability to other territories and stakeholders
The SOLEZ smart parking tool has been created taking into consideration the wide
spectrum of specific requirements for each of the 5 functional urban areas where it will be pilot-tested during the project.
Considering such a wide starting scenario, which take into consideration the needs of metropolitan cities such as Gdansk and smaller city such as Zilina, the tool can well form the basis to find solutions also in other territories outside project area. Furthermore, its modular structure, contributes to its sustainability and transferability characteristic. For example, depending on local needs, administrations can decide to use only 1 or 2 modules during any stage of smart parking planning process implementation. They can be guided in designing a parking regulation scheme (part 2), customized the SOLEZ software (part 3) by using already existing detection technology. Other municipalities, which has to set the system from scratch, can find it very useful the first part of the tool, which provides an overview of all detection technologies available useful to select the most suited one for the smart parking strategy they aim to implement.