Smart parking sensor platform helps city motorists save time and fuel

June 01, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
New smart parking technology from Libelium enables cities to make efficient use of their parking resources. The new platform allows consultancies and system integrators to customise and deploy the solution in their local area.

Wireless sensor networks developer, Libelium, has launched its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform. The new Smart Parking sensor – part of Libelium’s Smart Cities solution – is designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles.

The Smart Parking platform will allow system integrators to offer comprehensive parking management solutions to city councils. By providing accurate information on available parking spaces, motorists save time and fuel and cities reduce atmospheric pollution and congestion.

The quality of city life across the world is negatively impacted by atmospheric pollution and congested roads. Road congestion results in lost time for motorists, wasted fuel and is a major cause of air pollution. A significant contribution to congestion arises from motorists searching for available parking spaces - often requiring a considerable time before they are successful - and is a major cause of driver frustration. Providing accurate information to drivers on where to find available parking spaces helps traffic flow better and allows the deployment of applications to book parking spaces directly from the car.

Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO, said “Systems based on Libelium’s new Smart Parking sensor platform enable drivers to find free parking spaces quickly and efficiently. Efficient parking not only means happier motorists, but also reduces CO2 emissions, saves fuel and helps minimise traffic jams”.

Smart Parking sensors can be buried in parking spaces and communicate with the rest of the sensor network using Waspmote’s ZigBee radio. Asín added: “The first deployment of the platform will be with SmartSantander – a unique city-scale experiment in applications of smart city technology which is already considered as a reference in the Smart Cities field”.

In fact, the Network Planning and Mobile Communications Group from the University of Cantabria contributed to the testing and performance improvement of the sensor.

Waspmote’s outstanding power management and over the air programming (OTA) mean that, once installed, parking sensors do not need to