City of Marion set to embark on smart parking initiative
Following on from the successful launch of the City of Adelaide smart city parking initiative, the City of Marion has just signed a contract with Smart Parking to install its system in over 400 individual parking bays.
The aim of this project is to reduce commuter parking in local streets, as well as reduce commuter emissions. To achieve this, vehicle detection sensors will provide data on individual parking bays, which is then displayed in real-time on strategically placed LED directional signs, as well as the customised wayfinding app.
Marion officials were also keen to have the opportunity to analyse the number of community users from sensor data in the precinct, to better understand the behaviour and number of car park users throughout the day.
The SmartCloud management platform will help achieve this, and will establish automated real-time metrics that are meaningful, inform decision-making and demonstrate the delivery of improvements and responsiveness to the changing needs of residents and visitors to the area.
As well, the Smart Park system delivers the ability to monitor and manage performance, costs and efficiencies, identify trends, improve oversight and identify opportunities for improvement, and to respond to changes in customer demand in a timely and targeted manner.
Another concern to any smart city project is understanding the environmental impact of a solution, and we were able to demonstrate that our system can effectively harness solar power to run the LED signage.
Smart Parking has already begun the process to supply over 400 sensors, as well as seven large plinth LED directional signs (four of which will be solar powered) and five static parking signs, along with the software aspect that includes the SmartCloud management platform and our customised wayfinding app.
“This is an exciting project for us as the City of Marion has highlighted the driving force behind the initiative is to focus on smart city deliverables”, said Ben Williams, Smart Parking, General Manager – Sales.
“The ability to better understand parking trends and how they impact on the community will now be available to city officials via our ground-breaking SmartCloud management platform, and residents and visitors to the area will benefit by having car park availability clearly shown on the LED signage, as well as the app.”