New Smart Parking technology from Libelium enables cities to make efficient use of their parking resources. The new platform allows consultancies and system integrators to customise and deploy the solution in their local area.
Libelium, a technology leader in wireless sensor networks, announces the
launch of its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform. The new Smart Parking
sensor – part of Libelium’s Smart Cities solution – is designed to be buried in
parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles. The Smart
Parking platform will allow system integrators to offer comprehensive parking
management solutions to city councils. By providing accurate information on
available parking spaces, motorists save time and fuel and cities reduce
atmospheric pollution and congestion.
The quality of city life across the world is negatively impacted by atmospheric
pollution and congested roads. Road congestion results in lost time for
motorists, wasted fuel and is a major cause of air pollution. A significant
contribution to congestion arises from motorists searching for available
parking spaces - often requiring a considerable time before they are successful
- and is a major cause of driver frustration. Providing accurate information to
drivers on where to find available parking spaces helps traffic flow better and
allows the deployment of applications to book parking spaces directly from the
Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO, says “Systems based on Libelium’s new Smart
Parking sensor platform enable drivers to find free parking spaces quickly and
efficiently. Efficient parking not only means happier motorists, but also
reduces CO2 emissions, saves fuel and helps minimise traffic jams”. Smart
Parking sensors can be buried in parking spaces and communicate with the rest
of the sensor network using Waspmote’sZigBee radio. Alicia Asín adds, “The
first deployment of the platform will be with SmartSantander – a unique
city-scale experiment in applications of smart city technology which is already
considered as a reference in the Smart Cities field”. In fact, the Network
Planning and Mobile Communications Group from the University of Cantabria
contributed to the testing and performance improvement of the sensor.
Waspmote’s outstanding power management and over the air programming
(OTA) mean that, once installed, parking sensors do not need to be accessed for
years. Motes only need to transmit when a parking event – a vehicle arriving or
leaving a space – takes place. With suitable batteries a sensor can operate for
five years before it needs to be physically accessed for battery replacement.
OTA programming enables the software for entire networks to be upgraded
efficiently over the radio network without digging up the parking spaces. The
low maintenance involved in smart parking sensor networks means that networks
with hundreds of nodes can readily be deployed.
Smart parking sensors communicate with their gateway via radios at
either 2.4 GHz or 868/900 MHz. For 2.4 GHz ZigBee connections, mesh networks
are implemented with routing motes located in street lights. For the lower
frequency radios, it is possible for parking sensors to communicate directly
with the gateway as the propagation distance is longer.
Parking sensors must be robust enough to be buried under parking spaces.
The sensor nodes are supplied in a PVC casing rated at IK10 for mechanical
impact protection and at IP67 for ingress protection. The use of PVC ensures
that radio communication is not hindered.
The Smart Parking board will be exhibited for the first time from
6th-8th June 2011 on Booth #500 at the Sensors Expo & Conference in
Rosemont, IL, USA.
Waspmote is a modular platform for building wireless sensor networks.
The platform comprises: the Waspmote board with microcontroller, memory,
battery, accelerometer and sockets for add-on modules; open source API and
compiler; a range of ZigBee wireless communication modules offering a choice of
protocol versions, radio frequency and range (up to 12 km); wireless modules
supporting Bluetooth, GPRS, GPS; and a wide variety of sensor boards enabling
the measurement of gases, physical events, agricultural & smart metering
parameters. It has outstanding power management - an unprecedented 0.7
microamperes is required in hibernate mode. It supports over the air (OTA)
programming. Waspmote is CE, FCC and IC certified.
Libelium designs and manufactures hardware and communication protocols
for wireless sensor networks. The product portfolio consists of the Waspmote
low power platform for creating wireless sensor networks; the Meshlium
multi-tech router integrating WiFi mesh (2.4GHz - 5GHz), ZigBee, GPRS, GPS and
The company was founded in 2006, is privately held and is based at the
European Business and Innovation Centre CEEIARAGON, Zaragoza, Spain.
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