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Intelligent Parking Space Management System (IPSMS)

Short description (max. 250 characters)
Traffic has many root causes at its core. One of those causes lies within drivers looking for empty parking spaces. To improve this situation, we propose the implementation of an Intelligent Parking Space Management System (IPSMS).

Key benefits (max. 250 characters)
Traffic and CO2 reduction
A better parking space utilization
More homogeneous distribution of the parking space usage
Reduction of bottlenecks
New business models can develop

Detailed description (max. 500 words)
According to different sources, the traffic in a city can be constituted up to 40 percent of drivers looking for available parking spaces. Not only do these drivers reduce the available lane capacity in the cities, but they also drive longer distances.

The solution we propose for this issue is the implementation of an Intelligent Parking Space Management System (IPSMS). The first and most important component of this vision is the live monitoring of every relevant parking spot in the city, using a combination of sensors and image processing in a redundant approach. The information of the parking status in the city will be collected at a central computer, which will assess and analyze the parking situation of the city.

In a second step, the parking spots should be assigned in a reservation-based approach with flexible tariffs. Different parking space prices will be assigned according to their demand. Areas with high demand will have higher prices, thus reducing their demand. By means of internet, smartphones, telephone and reservation stations, the parking spots throughout the city will be reserved in advance by the customer. With this approach, the customer will no longer need to look for a parking space, he will know exactly where his personal parking space is waiting for his arrival.

In a final integration step, the IPSM will be linked with the city’s public transportation network. With this information, the central computer can calculate the optimal route to follow for every customer according to his personal needs. This solution combines the autonomy of private vehicles with the efficiency of public transportation.

The optimized allocation of parking spots throughout the city can help reduce the amount of unnecessary traffic considerably. This has a positive effect not only on the life quality of the city’s citizens, but also on the environment, reducing the driving time and sinking the CO2 output of each individual driver.



Tags:
automobile, megacities, mobility, parking, transport, urban planning, urban space

Categories:
Mobility

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Number: 000054

submitted: 14.06.2012