The experience of improving traffic flow through the use of advanced signal control algorithms has shown that it is not always possible to improve traffic flow - we come to a certain traffic volume, at which it is simply not possible to pass more vehicles through the intersection. This does not mean, however, that we, as traffic engineers, gave up, on the contrary, we started to think about how to reduce the number of vehicles.
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Of course, we immediately rejected all ideas related to the so-called "making life difficult for drivers", because it is clear to us that definitely "not the way to go". On the other hand, the idea to make it easier for drivers to find a parking space and limit the number of kilometres travelled in search of a parking space, often in the very centre of the city, seemed to us much more reasonable. This is how we started our activity related to the implementation of parking systems.
We started cooperation with WorldSensing, which offers the FastPrk solution (currently Urbiotica is the owner of the FastPrk solution). We decided to use FastPrk because in our opinion it is the most effective parking system available on the market, and the effectiveness of the system is the key to improving traffic flow - the vehicle must reach the parking space as quickly as possible, at the same time “excluding” itself from traffic.
The FastPrk solution is based on battery-powered dual sensors that detect the presence of vehicles by analyzing changes in the magnetic field and/or infrared. The duality of sensors is their great advantage, especially if they are used in city centres - underground power networks, subways, trams can interfere with the magnetic field and then a second detection channel is necessary. Battery operation ensures operation for 7 years.
Data from magnetic sensors are collected using GateWay devices, one device collects data from sensors within a radius of 500 meters. The device can be powered from the mains or by solar panels. Communication with the system server takes place via the built-in LTE modem or wired via the city network. Data transmission between FastPrk Duo sensors and GateWay is based on the open LORA protocol, thanks to which it is possible to use GateWay devices for communication also with other devices in urban areas.
Detailed information on FastPrk Duo and GateWay devices is available in information brochures.
The advantage of the FastPrk system is also the algorithm for calculating free parking spaces. In the basic version, it is a simple task - for each designated parking space there is one sensor, which sends the information "free" or "occupied" to the system server, but in the case of parallel parking along the street and no parking spaces are designated, it is possible to place more sensors than potential parking spaces, and the system will indicate the actual number of free spaces based on their occupancy and position concerning each other.
The analysis of the parking space rotation by the system enables its use and cooperation with parking toll collection systems. The system, after parking the car with a set time interval, provides information about the location of the parking space and the need to verify the payment of the fee.
The FastPrk parking system enables cooperation with the ZIR24 device monitoring system, thanks to which it is possible to monitor the occupancy of spaces, collect parking statistics and administer the system.