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Parking lot management for municipal parking lots

March 14, 2024
Parking lot management for municipal parking lots
Especially in larger cities, the search for a parking space can turn into a challenging treasure hunt. Digital parking management for municipal parking lots can both help those looking for a parking space and relieve the burden on municipal parking lots. Parking management is implemented quite simply by using the latest technologies. This can ensure that parking regulations are enforced and thus improve the parking situation in cities. Here we show you the solution for enforcing regulations with the FitsTraffic system.

Parking management with digital technologies

Until now, parking management has mostly been done manually. However, this is usually prone to errors and inefficiencies. The integration of advanced sensor technologies has ushered in a new era of precision and effectiveness. This can further improve the efficiency and accuracy of on-street parking management.

Smartphone data for parking lot analysis

The widespread use of smartphones among drivers has opened up new possibilities for tracking vehicle movements using accelerometers and GPS data. This information can be used to determine the start and end times of parking processes and thus estimate the availability of parking spaces in real time.

Google Maps introduced this feature in 2017 and uses historical data collected from smartphones with location services enabled. While the concept offers some certainty in parking time, it lacks accuracy for parking management when interpreting smartphone data. Real-time data is much more accurate and efficient for parking management.

Camera data for parking lot analysis

Advances in the field of computer vision make it possible to automate the estimation of parking space occupancy by using street cameras. For this purpose, video recordings and snapshots are analyzed with cloud or onboard processing. This offers greater accuracy compared to analyzing smartphone data. While cloud processing solutions require significant data traffic, onboard processing systems require more powerful hardware. Despite the relatively higher infrastructure costs, the versatile use of cameras and improved accuracy make this method an attractive option for parking lot management. However, there are limitations in darkness or at night and in unfavorable weather conditions.

Lantern mast radars for parking lot analysis

The use of ultrasonic and electromagnetic distance meters on lampposts or street signs offers another option for detecting vacant parking spaces. This method is less expensive than analysis with cameras, but has the disadvantage that a shorter range is detected. The overall accuracy and cost efficiency of parking lot management using lamppost radars is similar to that of camera analysis, making it a very good alternative in certain situations.

Parking sensors for parking lot management

Battery-operated parking sensors are installed on or under parking spaces for this purpose. The parking sensors work with magnetic, infrared and ultrasonic technology. This setup offers high spatial resolution and a short distance, resulting in higher accuracy compared to other detection methods. However, despite the benefits, challenges such as road works and setting up wireless infrastructure can make the system difficult to deploy and manage.

By integrating these innovative parking sensors with effective enforcement practices, cities can optimize on-street parking management. This can improve sustainability and mobility amidst the challenges of growing urbanization and traffic congestion.

Implementing parking sensors in parking management

Fits Traffic offers a solution to prevent illegal parking in urban areas through parking sensors. It thus supports the police and city authorities in urban parking management. This ground-breaking system integrates seamlessly with any existing CCTV network to automatically detect parking violations.

  • It uses computer vision algorithms to quickly identify and send notifications to the authorities.
  • In situations where human intervention is required, Fits Traffic facilitates manual enforcement by mobile devices.

Centralized management ensures fast and effective enforcement.

The future of parking lot management

This fusion of innovative sensor technologies and enforcement solutions represents a paradigm shift in urban parking management. It can significantly improve the parking situation in cities. In the dynamic landscape of urbanization, the convergence of technology and enforcement is proving to be a beacon of hope in the quest for efficient parking management. When cities implement innovative solutions like Fits Traffic, the future of urban mobility becomes more sustainable and better.

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