HAMBURG MAKES PARKING EASY - DEUTSCHE TELEKOM HELPS DRIVERS FIND, BOOK AND PAY FOR PARKING SPACES
The nerve-wracking search for a parking space will soon be a thing of the past in Hamburg, Germany. Deutsche Telekom and the city of Hamburg are connecting many of the city's parking areas so that drivers can reach their destinations quickly and without hassles. Both partners have signed a cooperation agreement that governs this project.
A smartphone app will provide drivers with information about vacant parking spaces throughout the city. Reserving spaces and paying parking fees will also be much easier in the future. To make sure that information about parking spaces will be available to drivers in real time, up to 11,000 public and private spaces, including parking garages, will be digitized. "All drivers wish that they could park their vehicles without worry and stress. We have an app that makes parking easy – you just find a parking space, book it and pay the fee – that's all there is to it," says Reinhard Clemens, Deutsche Telekom Board of Management member and CEO of T-Systems.
The project in Hamburg is a milestone for T-Systems, the corporate customer arm of Deutsche Telekom, because it signals the start of a digital marketplace for municipal parking spaces throughout Germany. Within a year other cities will also be able to profit from Deutsche Telekom's digital parking service. The cloud platform in this project serves as an open marketplace that is available to all those affiliated with the parking industry.
SMART PARKING FOR A DIGITAL CITY
Hamburg is embracing the digital parking service to further enhance its role as a Digital City pioneer. The digital parking service will be realized gradually in the city. The service will start in the summer of 2017, enabling drivers to pay parking fees via smartphone. To ensure that the app “Park and Joy“ will be able to display vacant parking spaces in the city center, Hamburg's local transport company LBV will equip the first one hundred spaces with sensors on the city's east side. "That will reduce traffic in congested areas and improve safety," says Dr. Jörg Oltrogge, CEO of LBV, at the CeBIT computer trade fair in Hanover.
SENSORS TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF PARKING
Deutsche Telekom makes intelligent use of sensors to support the smart parking concept. The sensors indicate whether a parking space is vacant by communicating through a narrowband Internet of Things solution. In addition, other sources of data can be used to calculate the probability of a parking space becoming vacant, for example information from parking ticket machines or from various parking operators. Swarm data from the mobile communications network can also be used for these probability computations.