Smart Parking Solution Comparison

Thirty percent of traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers looking for a parking space. As urban populations keep growing, our cities face new challenges in optimizing resources and “making better use of what we have”. Smart parking provides real-time occupancy information and is the key enabler for optimal parking management, revenues and enforcement.

Comparison of technologies to determine parking availability

Solution TypeParqueryGround SensorCrowd-BasedVideo
Descriptiona cloud-based solution detecting cars from static imagesdetects cars with a combination of electromagnetic, infrared or ultrasound sensors embedded above or in-groundcollects background data from smartphones to determine current or soon-to-be available parkingdetects cars with software algorithms from video feeds with in-camera processor
Maturity4-5 years10+ years4-5 years4-5 years
Coveragedepending on parking configuration; average 12, up to 300one per parking spacevariable, depending on user adoptionvariable, depending on parking configuration
Parking Typeany parking typefixed spacesany parking typeany parking type
Enables Enforcementyesyesnoyes
Costlow (can utilize existing cameras)high very lowhigh
Deploymentsimple / none if cameras already presentcomplexnonesimple
Limitations requires extensive infrastructure that is expensive to deploy and maintain; must be replaced at end of battery lifespanrequires a critical mass of users to be accurate and have sufficient geographical coveragerequires expensive cameras with embedded processors.