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A new smart cities initiative: smart parking

Innovative pilot in Helsinki

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Connected lighting enables a parking monitoring solution

With people spending an average of 12-19 minutes looking for parking, improving the efficiency of locating a parking spot can lower the levels of CO2 pollution, reduce traffic noise, and cut down on illegal parking. In addition, reducing illegal parking and monitoring violators helps cities levy fines and manage parking occupancy more effectively. However, today’s street parking infrastructure is generally difficult to monitor. There is little or no up-to-date, accessible information regarding the availability of parking spots, making it difficult to manage occupancy. Together with the city of Helsinki and Forum Virium, Philips Lighting is looking to tackle this issue. 
Helsinki City Daylight

…Helsinki, as one of the leading smart cities, is looking at IoT to help achieve many of its targets. The smart parking solution nicely complements this progress…”


Lauri Uski,
Project Manager,

Public Works Department, City of Helsinki

What is the role of connected street lighting in smart and sustainable cities?

The smart parking pilot explores new applications for connected technology. This pilot builds on a connected lighting infrastructure by using sensors embedded in the light poles and cameras to monitor parking availability. Continuous tracking helps identify available spaces and parking bottlenecks, helping drivers and allowing city planners to optimize parking spaces. The concept has provided Helsinki with insights into business models and innovative ways of utilizing existing lighting network assets as a backbone for IoT applications.
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