A smart parking information and management system for cities and commercial car parks

Maciej Lukas
Product Owner
Maciej Lukas
Manager, business developer, experimentator — founder of i.a. Parkanizer. An alumnus of the prestigious Startup Executive Academy in Salzburg.

A product eco-system

Smart Parking and IoT project

Deployed in several Polish locations

iOS and Android mobile applications

Parkanizer Analytics dashboard

Reporting Services powered by QlikSense and PowerBI

Parking space subscription shop

Seamless access control with Sesam Sesam

Mobile access control as a fallback

Challenge

We have learned that almost 30% of traffic in popular city districts is generated by drivers cruising for parking. They waste time, fuel, and money, and their cars are a significant source of smog, which is a huge issue in Polish cities.

In 2015, Skyrise developed Parkanizer to reduce the need for cruising for parking by building an efficient parking information system that shows drivers where their cars can currently be parked.

Today, Parkanizer is a product eco-system which helps drivers search for and pay for parking spaces, far beyond the first scope.

Solution

Finding a vacant parking space

First, the challenge was addressed with system deployments in five Polish cities: Piekary Śląskie, Tarnowskie Góry (Short Term Parking Zone), Toruń, Katowice, and Chorzów. Sensors were mounted on each parking spot and the communication infrastructure was set in the city area, creating an IoT network.

At the same time, Parkanizer released a mobile app for Android and iOS that shows the drivers the availability of each parking spot in real-time, so they can decide if it is worth searching for a vacant parking spot along certain streets and parts of them. City guards and car park area operators were fitted with a tool which helps them monitor the condition of each parking space.

Using the mobile application

1
search
search
A driver searches for vacant spaces and begins his journey
2
park
park
He finds the most convenient spot
3
leave
leave
He is notified when he should leave the spot

Time-limited zones under control

1
overview
overview
City guards have an overview of the areas covered with sensors
2
notifications
notifications
They receive alerts i.e. due to an overstay
3
dispatch
dispatch
They dispatch an enforcement patrol

Assessing the untapped potential of office buildings’ parking spots

We have looked at a city and soon came to the realisation that a great deal of parking problems in Polish towns are created by employees commuting to their workplaces by car. We discovered how inefficient the utilisation of parking spots is – up to 35% of them stay vacant every day even though they are all leased by companies.

Introducing Parkanizer Go

The parking subscription shop deployed in the Olivia Business Centre in Gdańsk, one of biggest office centres in Poland, was designed and developed to boost the user experience of the parking process. All transactions are done online and access to the car park is automated with the use of license plate recognition and mobile technology to the point where it is seamless for the driver.

 

Online purchase

1
purchase
purchase
A driver buys a parking subscription online and receives an electronic invoice
2
enter
enter
A few seconds after the purchase he can enter the car park without stopping

Online control

1
statistics
statistics
The car park owner controls the usage of the car park live
2
adjustment
adjustment
He adjusts the sales process to his needs and strategy

User-Centred Design at its best

As we have approached all of the development challenges within the framework of user-centred design, we concentrated on user journeys and got inspired by this holistic approach in many aspects of our digital parking service creation.

We also paid significant attention to research with users – we have conducted in-car usability tests of the Parkanizer mobile app with drivers, which helped us redesign the app and decide which functionalities we should work on next. 

 

Key Characteristics

  • Complex solution meeting the needs of different stakeholders of the system
  • Effective integration with a wide range of technologies and devices
  • Payment collection integrated with tpay.com
  • Multiple R&D endeavours
  • Full responsibility for all aspects of the product
  • User friendly interfaces

+248%
+248%
Parkanizer has helped the city of Tarnowskie Góry to introduce a short-term parking zone and raise the number of drivers that park there up to 248% monthly.
+22%
+22%
+22% more drivers can use the car park owing to the use of Pakanizer and its algorithms instead of traditional car park solutions.
Award winning
Award winning
We are also proud of the prizes awarded to our system by business and design specialists: New@Poland distinction for an innovative IT solution for the public sector and Śląska Rzecz title for the best designed service in 2016
13.11.2017
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Maciej Lukas
Product Owner
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