Smart City: Pisa is testing the future of parking and mobility management

Pisa is traditionally known for its Leaning Tower and picturesque cityscape. Soon the Tuscan city will also be known as a Smart City. Since this week Deutsche Telekom has helped motorists in a pilot project to find parking spaces faster and to pay for them by smartphone.

If you have ever tried to drive around the narrow, winding streets of Pisa you will know that a solution is more than necessary. Indeed, Pisa’s Mobility Agency (Pisamo) offers a total of 14,000 parking spaces and additional private parking spaces are also available, but the city attracts around 140,000 vehicles each week to its busy roads. Finding somewhere to park is based on the hope principle. Pisa aims to change this. In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom and its partner firm Kiunsys the city is testing the future of parking and mobility management on Piazza Carrara, located directly on the bank of the River Arno.

 

Here is how it works:

 

 

 

Sensors on the floor of each parking spot recognize by ultrasound whether it is free or occupied.

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway units collect the information and send it over the mobile network to the city's server infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

The information is then displayed on indicator panels that guide drivers to a free space.

 

 

 

 

The solution is also integrated into Pisa’s existing Tap&Park app that drivers can download to take them directly to a free parking space and can then even pay for it via the app.

 

 

 

With its new parking system the city of Pisa is easing the flow of traffic and reducing CO2 emissions. The smart mobility solution also fits in with Pisa’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which the city has been working on for many years. The recently launched pilot scheme will last for six months. After completion of the project, the city of Pisa, Deutsche Telekom and their partners will evaluate the results and discuss further rollout and collaboration options. Over the long term the parking and mobility solution could be a big step forward toward improving the city’s traffic situation. After all, experts estimate that about 30% of city-center traffic consists of motorists looking for somewhere to park. In cities like New York the proportion can be as high as 45%. The easier it is to find a spot, the less traffic there will be.

Tags: M2M , Smart City , Pisa , Mobility Management , Parking Mangement

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