An increase in urbanization and the exponential increase in car ownership rates have led to a reduction in parking areas worldwide. More than half of the entire world’s population (around 4 billion) people live in cities now, and around 60% of the globe’s population would be living in cities by the year 2030. Challenges to the transportation network and infrastructural planning are immense, and a survey says that around 35% of the average commute time of drivers is spent towards finding the car and automobile parking areas. Companies can, however, take advantage of the IoT (Internet of Things) technology and use the data obtained from the interconnected devices and sensors to overcome parking troubles.
Smart Car Parking Systems for Companies
Smart car and automobile parking systems are being created by the leading tech and app development companies nowadays. The new parking systems can use IoT (Internet of Things) devices, sensors, databases, and technology and can exchange data and information in an instant and freely. Among other things, the technology helps drivers know where exactly the parking spaces are available and where they are occupied. The sensors, devices and microcontrollers are placed at the appropriate points and can distribute the updates continually to the concerned.
The IoT parking solutions may vary in range, power consumption, reliability, and cost among other factors, and may also require specific environments. Hence some important aspects should be considered before actually making a choice. Below are some important factors to consider before choosing and implementing an IoT parking solution.
Coverage area– while the agricultural drones can remain effective up to miles, other IoT devices may only have a range of a few inches. Hence it should be seen the extent to which the devices can be moved in the circumstances before making a choice.
Battery consumption- the battery strength and the convenience of recharge is also an important factor to consider.
Bandwidth- the Wi-Fi technology may enable fast exchange and transfer of data, while some other gadgets and technologies may only transfer small data fractions in a few hours.
Cost- the budget of the company for the implementation of IoT technology may impact the choice.
Wi-Fi enabled IoT devices developed by an IoT app development company may be the best solution for short-range and expedited data transfers. Bluetooth offers all the benefits of Wi-Fi while consuming less power. The BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology has been developed for IoT purposes only.
The new Mesh technology includes devices powered by batteries. The devices can exchange data with one another and even when one goes down, the others remain connected. Ethernet, a mesh network is highly reliable.
Long-range IoT connectivity options include LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network), which is inexpensive, consumes the least power, and can connect to sensors that are located miles away. Cellular, Satellite, NFC and RFID are also other connectivity options available.
With the advancement in Machine Learning and Data Science, technologies like computer vision may use video streaming features to support IoT based parking solutions. From the automatic opening of gates to the detailing of navigation instructions to car drivers so that they can reach the desired spot, all is possible now with the use of IoT for parking. Further, innovations will also support self-driving cars. Sensors to be integrated from gathering data and information may include the ultrasonic sensors, the electromagnetic field sensors, and the infrared sensors among others.
The Latest IoT Based Car Parking Solutions
Some of the important and established IoT based solutions that have already been implemented in the real world are listed below. The list also includes some of the technologies that may be soon implemented to make parking more efficient and convenient.
- Sensor Systems for Car Tracking
OBD and the GPRS sensors may collect the car/fleet location related data while also monitoring the occupancy level of the parking lots. The information gets transferred to the cloud, processed, and the network servers return the instructions that the drivers and parking lot staff and managers need to follow. The IoT based system is being used for managing the larger and bigger fleets as of now. However, 5G will make it better accessible and useful for daily commute purposes as well.
- Smart and Tech Counter systems
The tech car parking counter can detect the automobiles entering and leaving a facility. Hence real-time parking-related info can be provided by the use of the IoT system. Vehicle surge predictions can also be made through the use of technology. By knowing the flow rate of customers, businesses can also scale their operations and ensure that customer satisfaction is enhanced.
- Automated Parking Systems
The IoT system aims to maximize the efficiency of parking lots and aim to ensure that maximum space is available and none is wasted. The fully automated APS system ensures a secure parking environment as well by restricting access. The IoT car parking solution puts the least strain on resources as it requires little light and/or ventilation for maintaining the automated procedures.
IoT also provides for the control system that can reduce accidents and ensure better compliance with traffic regulations. With time the requirements of corporates and businesses regarding the smart car parking systems will also evolve. Custom applications that fulfill the specific needs of businesses may be developed and integration of AR navigation will ensure that the drivers are always aware of the route they have to follow.
The IoT Car Parking Software
The one-stop destination and dashboard for managing to park will help law enforcement agencies, drivers, and parking managers and employees to collaborate well with each and to produce the best results. The interface has a restricted entry based on a need-to-know basis and ensures safety and security. It can show the occupied and free spaces and can be used to monitor the situation through smartphones and tablets as well. Developers ensure that APIs for integrations and extensions can be conveniently added. Also, the user-friendly and minimalist interface will improve efficiency and reduce training times.
New applications and developments for the IoT parking solutions will be visible sooner than later, and a leading and innovative IoT app development company will be setting the trends. Given the disruptive nature of communication and data exchange technologies and the frequency with which they supersede each other, new systems will be more advanced and capable and will serve many purposes apart from solving parking-related problems.
James Grills is currently associated with Cumulations Technologies, a Hybrid app development company. He is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology.