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PlacePod helps Indian city overcome parking challenges

After a successful pilot in the city of Amritsar, PNI Sensor is making its smart parking sensor available across the country

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Amritsar in the state of Punjab piloted the PlacePod smart parking sensor
Amritsar in the state of Punjab piloted the PlacePod smart parking sensor

The north-western India city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab has successfully piloted a smart parking project using PNI Sensor’s PlacePod.

 

The sensor is now available across the country on the on the LoRaWAN 865-867 MHz frequency band.

 

Kerb-side parking

 

The city of Amritsar makes use of the sensor in kerb-side parking spaces to minimise illegal parking, reduce traffic congestion, and maintain open lanes for emergency vehicles to pass. It reports that increased revenue from parking enforcement and ticketing has resulted in a return-on-investment of almost ten times the system cost.

 

PlacePod is an in-ground or surface-mounted vehicle detection sensor that communicates with a LoRa gateway to provide real-time parking data. It provides accurate vehicle detection in parking spaces, long battery life, and claims to be stable over temperature fluctuations, even in harsh environments.

 

PlacePod supports third-party applications, including IoT platforms, parking guidance systems, parking enforcement and mobile payment.

 

“Following successful smart parking pilots in India, we went into full production to support the growing demand for our PlacePod sensors in the region,” said Robin Stoecker, director of marketing at PNI Sensor. “As IoT projects start to expand across India, customers have the advantage of implementing vetted, proven and reliable technology like PlacePod to build their smart parking programs and initiatives.

“We are optimistic that their [PNI’s] devices and our solutions will continue to solve real-world challenges cities are facing across India”

“PNI has an excellent partner network in place to help support our customers who want to leverage low-power wide-area network technology to make data-driven decisions to solve parking problems.”

 

PNI’s partners include SenRa, a low-power wide-area networks provider. “We have been able to solve challenging problems for the city of Amritsar and our partners have enabled us to do so,” said SenRa CEO, Ali Hosseini.

 

“We are optimistic that their devices and our solutions will continue to solve real-world challenges cities are facing across India.”

 

SenRa recently announced the release of a new low-cost IoT analytics platform, Ginjer, aimed at companies looking for affordable Internet of Things (IoT) platforms that have powerful reporting tools, data visualisation and device management capabilities. It enables SenRa to provide a range of end-to-end smart city technologies, such as CleanBin, a LoRaWAN-based smart bin.

 

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