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The LBV (state department for traffic) manages the parking areas around Hamburg main station


How intelligent parking management relieves traffic and the environment

On "parking sensor patrol" with Telekom and the LBV

Hosting the ITS World Congress has accelerated the city of Hamburg's efforts to promote digitization and innovation. However, the ITS anchor project "Intelligent Parking" by Telekom shows that this is not just about showcasing future projects. Together with us and the LBV, a project was launched that is currently in use and being tested in Hamburg and offers great potential for other cities and municipalities. Together with Telekom, we presented the project to smart city experts from all over Germany at the ITS World Congress and on a tour through the quarter St. Georg.

Challenges of a connected city

Cities and municipalities today face a variety of challenges when it comes to dividing up existing road space between road users and making cities more livable for everyone. The distribution of scarce urban space must be renegotiated. At the same time, environmental constraints and the weighting of transport modes in urban planning must be reconciled. In short, intelligent solutions will be crucial for the urban design of the future.

Parking data from the sensors is transmitted in real time

Reducing parking search traffic with parking sensors

Germans waste an average of 41 hours and 896 euros in fuel costs each year looking for a parking space.

Inrix study 2017, data from global park database combined with survey (n=5000 in Germany).

Telekom has been involved in intelligent parking management for several years now. Together with us and the agency for traffic (LBV), they developed a solution that is intended, among other things, to reduce parking search traffic and enable LBV employees to plan their deployment more efficiently. To obtain the data needed for this, parking sensors were installed in the ground in the LBV's managed areas. A real-time data pipeline is then used to scale huge amounts of data and make it available to users. On our smart city tour in the street Lange Reihe, the potential that intelligent parking solutions offer for congested road traffic quickly becomes apparent: Various road users meet here in a very confined space, roads are blocked by incorrectly occupied special parking spaces and various cars make their rounds around the parking islands. With parking sensors and navigation communication, measurable effects could be achieved relatively quickly here, relieving traffic and reducing CO2.

Our software enables users to use and explore the parking data

Intelligent data use for a livable city

The project shows us under real environmental conditions how we can contribute to making cities more livable through smart mobility control. Establishing measurability is the first step to improve the use of urban space for all stakeholders. The data obtained can be used to create a realistic picture of the parking situation in Hamburg, and the corresponding software in our project helps gain the insights needed to make traffic planning fit for the future. This is an added value that not only Hamburg as an ITS city can benefit from.

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