Cardiff City Council is planning Europe’s first city-wide deployment of parking bay sensor technology “to transform the parking experience”.
Working with Smart Parking Ltd, the work will combine a number of technologies including the installation of more than 3,000 infrared vehicle detection sensors in on- and off-street locations, the use of ANPR technology at off-street car parks across the city, VMS placed throughout the city, directing motorists to available parking and a smartphone app giving real-time parking availability and guidance.
Cllr Ramesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainability, at Cardiff City Council said, “The City Council’s primary focus is to encourage public transport, cycling and walking and encouraging people to leave their cars at home. We do understand that sometimes travelling by car is necessary, either because public transport routes are not available or viable. This technology will ensure that people travelling by private car are able to find their car parking space quickly and easily. This will have a number of benefits, notably helping in our aim to reduce congestion and improve air quality levels in the city centre.”
Paul Gillespie, Smart Parking CEO, commented, “The launch of Smart Parking technology in Cardiff highlights the growing importance of smart city technology to not only manage parking but to also equip city operators who perform smart city IoT planning with accurate data and insight in order to radically change the way cities operate.
“In today’s fast changing sustainable and technological environment, success belongs to the Cities who are continually innovating and see opportunity where others do not. This exciting citywide deployment, between the City of Cardiff Council and Smart Parking, will help the Council to address the strategic and operational aspects of parking operations. This will help the Council to achieve its goal of ensuring the City is clean and sustainable by making sure that parking behavior does not negatively impact on the city and the people who live, work and visit it. We look forward to working with the City of Cardiff Council in achieving its vision to become Europe’s most liveable capital city“