The city of Tampere is piloting IoT-TICKET® Smart Parking Analytics solution in the city centre. The solution encourages reducing unnecessary driving by providing real-time information about free parking spaces. Drivers can check the number of free spaces from a web application.
The target area of the pilot is the area between Hämeenpuisto and Näsilinnankatu on Hallituskatu (marked in blue). The western part was cut off due to the road construction site. The cameras were placed in the places marked in red, so that the whole area could be covered.
The pilot solution recognizes parking that is blocking the use of the rescue road or disturbing the visibility to crosswalks. This kind of analytics on incorrect parking has significant impacts for city- and traffic safety in the future.
The pilot is a part of the CityIoT2 program, which aims to improve how data is utilized in city environments. The solutions implemented in the program were chosen to be scalable for different cities in Finland and internationally.
“Knowledge management improves operations and helps us to allocate resources to where the biggest benefits can be gained. The pilot project that Wapice implemented helps the city planning organisation to identify the development targets and potential safety risks in the Hallituskatu area. Suppose incorrect parking is constantly occurring in the same location. In that case, it indicates that the city planning organisation should make long-term changes”, says Minna Kinnunen, the Project Manager of the CityIoT 2 program.
Effortless analytics solution – scalable to all parking areas of the city
The commissioning of the solution began with common planning: where should the sensoring cameras be installed, and which kind of angles would work best. Wapice delivered the required hardware, and the installation was done by Tampereen Vera. Soon the data was available in the browser-based user interface, on the IoT-TICKET® platform and in the PWA-application provided for the end users.
“PWA application or progressive web application refers to a browser-based web application that the user can attach to the home view of their mobile phone – just like with native mobile applications. PWA combines the best sides of mobile application and responsive web page, so the user can choose how they wish to use the application”, says Matti Järvi, Project Manager at Wapice
IoT-TICKET® Smart Parking Analytics enables sharing anonymized data for different purposes – for example, for other web- and mobile applications.
Smart City Solutions that develop based on user feedback
IoT-TICKET® Smart Parking Analytics is part of the Wapice Smart City Solutions offering, which aims to support the development of environmentally sustainable and comfortable cities by using data. Wapice has already implemented artificial intelligence-based monitoring of parking spaces in several locations, such as Oulu and the University of Oulu, Turku and Tampere.
Each use case brings something new to the application: this time we developed the recognition of incorrectly parked cars.”
Product Manager, IoT for Smart Cities, Wapice
In addition to Smart Parking Analytics, city planning, and data-based management can be enhanced with IoT-TICKET® Smart Mobility Insights solution that focuses on optimizing traffic- and people flows.
“Each use case brings something new to the application: this time we developed the recognition of incorrectly parked cars. Smart Parking Analytics contains a feedback system where users can provide their feedback and help us to further improve the solution. Due to extensive piloting, the solution has developed into a complete product that is ready for scaling – even to all the parking areas in the city”, describes Jari Kuusisto from Wapice.