Smart city monitoring system eases parking frustrations

May 10, 2016 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Smart city monitoring system eases parking frustrations
Parking is one area that smart cities and the IoT could potentially have a big impact. Addressing this issue, Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) and Cambridge Consultants (Cambridge, UK) have announced a cost-effective, smart monitoring system that helps ease parking frustrations for drivers.

The system saves drivers time and makes parking easier by monitoring space occupancy for on-street and indoor garage parking spaces without adding expensive infrastructure. This enables a number of significant parking improvements.

For example, drivers can be assigned a parking space as they enter a garage, enabling them to go straight to their allotted spot. Or they can request a specific space in advance if they plan to shop at a particular store. If the data from the occupancy sensor is combined with number plate recognition, drivers can also be offered automated payment and help with locating their parked car.

The smart system is enabled by the Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) from ADI, which is a low-cost, low-power embedded computer vision platform targeting a vast array of real-time sensing applications. Using a highly sophisticated algorithm designed by Cambridge Consultants, BLIP can visually detect which parking spaces are occupied or empty. This is a significant improvement over costly alternative solutions, which involve digging up roads and parking lots to install individual sensors under each parking space.

“The BLIP platform allows Analog Devices to make significant contributions in emerging IoT spaces such as smart building and cities where this a radical shift from passive to real-time intelligent sensing nodes,” says Michael Murray, general manager, Industrial IoT and Sensing, Analog Devices.

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