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Using Real-Time Parking Data for Your Smart City Planning

Using Real-Time Parking Data for Your Smart City Planning
Submitted by Connie Heath on November 22, 2021

Using Real-Time Parking Data for Your Smart City Planning

Parking, transportation, and mobility are a few of the fastest growing segments of Smart Cities, impacting everyone from garage owners and operators to city managers, government agencies, universities, airports, and convention centers.

For applications like parking, wireless sensor-based technologies are providing real-time data that can be used to quickly locate available parking spaces, reduce fuel consumption and curb CO2 emissions.

The benefits of sensor-based parking solutions are significant. According to industry studies, 35% of typical commuting time is dedicated to circling the block or parking lot to find a spot, the annual cost of wasted fuel per driver is $345, and the search for parking spaces consumes one million barrels of the world’s oil supply daily.

Given the straight forward advantages, many cities are implementing sensor-based parking solutions as an entry point into becoming a “Smart City” or as part of a larger initiative.

So, it is no surprise that Tampa Bay is the host to the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) Parking and Mobility Conference and Expo being held November 29th to December 2nd. The Tampa tech scene, as we previously noted, is thriving: Tampa Tech Scene a Magnet for IoT and Smart City Solutions

Using Real-Time Parking Data for Your Smart City Plans

Beyond delivering real-time consumer-oriented benefits, the data generated by parking systems can provide long-term value. Data collected from parking solutions deployed at the street-level, in municipal and private lots, in garages, and in large campus environments can be used to aid in city and town infrastructure design and development to:

  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Increase parking revenue
  • Monitor special interest spaces such as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and spots reserved for people with disabilities
  • Minimize illegal parking
  • Foster economic development and improve urban mobility

Launch Your Smart City Plans at the IPMI Parking & Mobility Conference in Tampa!

Senet, a leading operator of LoRaWAN networks across the United States, is deploying coverage over 1,600 square miles across Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, including the cities of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg.

A large-scale Internet of Things network is now live in the Tampa Bay Metro Region

Purpose built for low-cost long-range sensor-based applications, this network supports a wide variety of Smart City solutions, including parking and other transportation, and mobility use cases.

If you are interested in learning more, schedule a meeting with Senet at the IPMI Parking and Mobility Conference and Expo!