Modern cities are facing huge challenges, such as environmental pollution and constantly increasing traffic. But technological developments and, more specifically, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) gives new capabilities that enhance sustainability and help us more efficiently manage the resources needed to improve the urban environment. This is being achieved through the participation of citizens, municipal authorities and local businesses in the daily life of the city.
COSMOTE is facilitating this transition to new Smart Cities through innovative technologies and solutions. These solutions are applicable to various aspects of city life and are offered through a ‘smart’ services platform and an integrated networking infrastructure. Smart Parking is one of these solutions.
The CO2 emissions produced by the vehicles of drivers looking for a parking space have a significant impact on human health and the atmospheric burden of cities, as they represent 30% of traffic in cities. The average amount of time it takes to find a parking space is calculated at 20 minutes, increasing dramatically in densely populated areas.
At the same time, apart from accounting for a significant percentage of CO2 emissions, city traffic adds to emissions of other pollutants.
Through the installation of parking sensors and the use of mobile applications, drivers can easily find free parking spaces. They can also use the routeing instructions for getting where they want to go.
Regulating the way drivers look for parking spaces drastically reduces the time they spend looking for a space and, by extension, traffic on the roads. This achieves a reduction in vehicle emissions and improvement in the urban environment. What's more, the municipality can manage parking spaces more effectively, as it will have real-time data on how long each vehicle is parked and on instances of illegal parking.