New 'smart parking' technology revolutionises traffic management (France)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
From 2012, information on available parking places in Nice will be transmitted in real time via Smartphone.
Relieving congestion in the town centre is a priority for Nice. Recognising the difficulties of car parking, the town has introduced innovative technology which makes it possible for drivers to access real time information about the parking places available in the town centre.

After a few months of successful experimentation, Nice will now revolutionise the management of cars in the town centre by equipping it with a “smart parking” system. The solution is based on the installation of captors on the 14,000 parking places situated on the road or underground. These captors will allow drivers to instantly know the number and location of available places. Information will be transmitted to Smartphone, PC or GPS, limiting lost time for drivers, traffic jams and atmospheric pollution caused by the search for places. During peak hours, 20 to 25 % of circulating cars are looking for a parking place, contributing to atmospheric pollution.

In accordance with the town parking policy, the action is designed to facilitate access to shops and places of interest in the town centre, and reduce attraction to areas of big distribution in the periphery, through the improved provision of parking places. It is envisaged that the cost of parking will be reduced for people who have made purchases in the town centre.

By connecting to the Nice town website, drivers can follow a personalised itinerary which guides them quickly to an available place. For those who don’t have access to these tools, multi-services ticket machines installed on the roads will inform them of the available places. These ticket machines and an information kiosk equipped with tactile screens and Wi-Fi will play the role of “multimodal platforms”, giving information on bicycle rental and bus schedules. The first ticket machines were developed by SEMIACS, the company in charge of the parking management. They will be set up from March 2012 and be in place across town by the end of 2013. The project was awarded at the Congress of Smart Cities.

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