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Pisa launches ‘smart parking’ project

The Italian city of Pisa has launched a ‘smart city’ pilot project to test an intelligent parking system and analyze historical traffic data via a ‘big data’ service. The new system will help motorists in the city to find a free parking space easier and quicker than before, as well as pay for it via their smartphone. As part of its goal of reducing CO2 emission by more than 20% by 2020, the Municipality of Pisa has joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and its technology partner, Kiunsys, to install the new smart city service on Piazza Carrara, located directly on the banks of the river Arno. Wireless sensors mounted on the surface of each parking space detect whether they are free or occupied. Several data units collect the information and transmit it over the cell phone network to the city’s server infrastructure. The information is then displayed on indication signs that guide drivers to a vacant space. The system is also integrated in Pisa’s existing Tap&Park cell phone application, which directs drivers to an empty parking space and allows them to pay for it via the phone.

Pisa has been using a range of modules from Kiunsys for several years, including: the Tap&Park app for mobile payment of parking charges; 30,000 RFID ‘PisaPass’ parking badges; and INeS Cloud management software. Tiziano Di Sciullo, sales manager at Kiunsys, explained, “The modular solution can digitally map all processes relating to parking facility management and traffic in the city.” As a result, Pisa has been collecting traffic-related data over the past few years, which will now be analyzed as part of the pilot project. The partners hope to gain a deeper insight into how the traffic infrastructure is used, which will benefit future traffic planning in the city.

“The new parking system integrates seamlessly into our intelligent transport system (ITS),” said Pisa’s mayor, Marco Filippeschi. “It eases the flow of traffic and helps to cut CO2 emissions. The pilot project is a big stride for Pisa towards improving its traffic situation over the long term. Indeed, drivers looking for a parking space make up some 30% of inner-city traffic. So the easier it is for them to find a spot, the less traffic there will be.”

June 25, 2014

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