What is “smart parking”?
Smart parking is about efficiently and effectively managing parking spaces, understanding how they are used, and making informed and well-founded business decisions based on clear evidence.
In a first step, it is about collecting data on your parking space: real-time information on available parking spots, automatic detection of vehicles overstaying or violating parking rules. This data can directly be used to guide drivers to available spots or send parking officers straight to the offending vehicle, allowing them to efficiently enforce rules.
Obtaining parking data opens up innovative data-driven solutions, such as integrated payment and booking - without the need of tremendous infrastructure on site, such as barriers, fences, ticket vending machines, etc. But that is not all.
The raw data collected over time offers the potential of gaining valuable insight into how the parking space is used which can be used as a decision-making tool. To achieve this, the data is aggregated and analyzed to provide understanding of usage patterns, e.g. over time or spatially.
You can only make smart decisions if you have the right information in hand.
There are a lot of reasons why you will want to make your parking spaces smarter. Where should you start? The best way to tackle a complex issue is to break it down into its parts.
Let’s start with an overview of the individual aspects of parking.
Driver guidance, e.g. displays or mobile phone apps
Data analysis, usage statistics, and reporting
All the individual parts need to be able to communicate with each other and transfer data between them, which is typically done using an Application Programming Interface (API).
Parquery's smart parking solution is based on camera images and Artificial Intelligence (AI). It requires little in the way of hardware, is proven to work for a broad range of situations and under challenging conditions, and integrates with existing and new parking components:
Parquery directs drivers to available parking spots in parking lots equipped with barriers.
Parking managers receive alerts in the event vehicles are wrongly parked, such as on the road (double parking).
Real-time alerts are sent to parking officers for wrongly parked vehicles, e.g. parked on the sidewalk.