How does intelligent parking work?
The search for a parking space costs numerous people a lot of time every day. At least as dramatic are the amounts of gasoline that are wasted and the exhaust fumes that are senselessly released. There is a practical solution for reducing parking search traffic: intelligent parking.
What is meant by this is the targeted routing of cars to free parking spaces. This is achieved with sensors and a lot of smart technology. The TAPS traffic and parking management system developed by LTS AG makes intelligent parking easier than ever.
Why is intelligent parking necessary?
The search for a parking space is a burden on countless people every day. This doesn't just affect drivers who make one round after another in search of a free parking space. It also affects road users who still have a longer drive ahead of them. Because they are confronted with traffic jams and delays due to the excessive parking search traffic. As a result, they also arrive late at their destination.
On top of that, the search for parking spaces costs a lot of money. According to a German study, each motorist loses around 900 francs a year looking for a parking space. In addition to the lost time, which could also be used profitably, gasoline consumption is a cost factor. The economic costs for the additional burden on the environment are also included in the calculation.
In any case, the CO2 emissions of the cars looking for parking spaces and the slow traffic they cause are considerable. Yet all this can be reduced in a fairly simple way: through intelligent parking.
How can intelligent parking be implemented as simply as possible?
Parking guidance systems that guide cars to available parking spaces have been around for some time. However, the technology they use is costly to install and maintain. This is because it is based on induction loops. To embed them in the ground, the road must be torn up. This is time-consuming and requires a lot of manpower.
The TAPS Sensors from LTS are much easier to install. They are extremely compact and can be placed in the asphalt with a simple drill hole. Safety glass ensures that they are protected from any environmental influences. These include:
The TAPS sensors are energy self-sufficient, so they do not require an external power supply. If a sensor is located in the ground, it detects whether or not there is a car above it. It transmits this information by radio to the TAPS Gateway. A single gateway can collect data from up to 64 sensors at a maximum distance of 150 meters.
The gateway then transmits the data it receives from the sensors to the TAPS Software. This is the heart of intelligent parking. This is because the software allows the user to see in detail when which parking spaces are being used and for how long. This is extremely helpful for parking space management.
In addition, the data can be used in various ways. For example, it can be used to supply parking guidance systems that inform drivers where they can find free parking spaces. Light signals can also be used in parking garages to indicate which parking spaces are available and which are occupied.
Ceiling sensor for intelligent parking in parking garages
We have developed the TAPS ceiling sensor especially for use in parking garages. It is even possible to dispense with the drilling that is necessary for the installation of the floor sensors. Instead, the sensors are placed on the ceiling. There they are connected to the power supply.
The ceiling sensors also detect cars - but in their case, cars that are underneath them. As with the floor sensors, their detection rate is at least 99 percent. Transmission of the data to the gateway works in the same way as for the floor sensors.
LTS AG: Innovative solutions for simplified traffic routing
We use innovative hardware and software development to tackle the problem of increasing road congestion. TAPS can be used not only for smart parking. It can also be used for smart traffic control.
For example, the data obtained by the sensors can be used to speed up the flow of traffic. Vehicles are directed to roads that are currently less busy or are kept away from traffic jams and slow-moving traffic.
City planners can also use TAPS to optimize infrastructure and plan meaningful new traffic connections. Due to the simple installation of the sensors, the system can be easily expanded at any time.