Within a region of the north of England, local residents are able to park in designated spaces free-of-charge for limited periods of time. The local council had an issue with many residents over-staying their allocated times in the limited-time bays that are reserved for their use. This increased carbon/particulate emissions and led to more congestion and greater potential for accidents as other residents were compelled to ‘cruise’ around built-up areas in search of available parking spaces.
While there are traffic wardens patrolling these zones, due to the high numbers of residents overstaying in the designated bays, the wardens struggled to use their time to best effect.
The sensors are able to track when cars move into and out of a bay and thus provide an exact time at which a vehicle will goes over the time limit. Traffic wardens were equipped with an app on their handheld devices that shows them, on a simple map view, the location of any vehicle that has over-stayed.
As well as helping to make wardens more efficient and acting as an effective deterrent to residents going over their parking limit, the council can also use the data collected to monitor traffic flow and congestion in busy areas. Information is displayed for council staff on a specially-designed dashboard. They can subsequently take immediate action to prevent any further build-up of traffic or any potential danger to the public.
This is a fairly simple deployment of IoT technology to monitor the vehicles. The addition of analytics software to create the maps and a dashboard enables the wardens and council staff respectively to be more efficient and effective in managing resident parking fairly and keep traffic moving in the area.
Without this technology, they would have simply had to deploy more traffic wardens and install cameras to monitor traffic. Both measures would have had considerable cost implications with no guarantee of significant improvements in parking habits or congestion. With the IoT and analytics solution, the impact will be measurable and should help the council to ensure residents stick to the time limits, making the parking system fairer for everyone and preventing the streets from getting clogged up with cars looking for available spaces.
SCC have also setup an Orion Network of gateways around the council. This will allow for future IoT devices to be connected to the council’s IoT network, easily and seamlessly, with data flowing into the existing dashboard. The council is also exploring air quality monitoring, smart lighting, roadside drain monitoring and other traffic management solutions.
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