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Mathias Petri, founder and CSO, StoneOne and Annelore Burggraf, senior consultant, Wolfsburg, explain how the German city is using FIWARE technology to tackle parking problems.
Tens of thousands of people commute across the city limits to Wolfsburg, Germany every morning. Logistics companies supplying Volkswagen and other organisations have to coordinate global flows of goods, to which tourist attractions such as the Autostadt and the Designer Outlets Wolfsburg generate national traffic.
In the vicinity of the Volkswagen plant, and in the densely built-up quarters, there are often not enough parking spaces available. Traffic created through the time-consuming search for parking has obvious environmental impacts due to increased emissions of which technology could aid in reducing or eliminating completely.
When a driver does not have an overview of the total parking available, the search for parking spaces is shaped by habit, as drivers look for what they know. Parking in the city centre or at work is not merely about the quantity of spaces available but also the quality of these spaces, some of which can be in difficult positions, unknown spots or simply hard to find.
In urban and transport planning, the term “smart” describes a process of digital networking of infrastructure elements and actors. Data networking creates new forms of communication and know-how transfer. “Being smart” doesn’t end at the city limits.
As part of the BiOTOPE project aimed at fostering open IoT ecosystems, Wolfsburg AG, a joint venture between the city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen, is studying in the research car park at the Forum AutoVision on how smart systems can identify free parking spaces and recommend them to individual users in a targeted manner.
An additional reservation of the parking space is intended to offer greater convenience and can enable parking garage operators to expand their business model.
Parking in the city centre or at work is not merely about the quantity of spaces available but also the quality of these spaces, some of which can be in difficult positions, unknown spots or simply hard to find
Through the use of appropriate sensors and apps, higher revenues can be achieved through flexible parking concepts in conjunction with appropriate payment systems, if long-term parking spaces that are not in permanent use can be temporarily released.
All services are technically set up on the S1 IoT platform from StoneOne. This offers both proven platform technology and tools with which different digital services can be combined and orchestrated. Various services are connected and configured on the basis of a number of standardised interfaces, and the data supplied is provided in a standard format.
Data management and storage for sensors and actuators can be implemented on the basis of FIWARE’s open-source technology. Open MTC11 is used to connect various devices and protocols in the edge area, the FIWARE Context Broker and FIWARE Short Term History (STH) – COMET for short and medium-term storage of data – if possible also for controlling devices/actuators.
Parking sensors, which can be easily retrofitted, transmit data on the occupancy status of the parking garage and allow search traffic to be directed to free spaces or parking levels that are still unused.
Due to the simple, intelligent onboarding of new devices and services provided in the project, a large number of diversified offers can be added very easily. Links for charging electric vehicles, car cleaning or valet parking are possible.