A smartphone app called “Park and Joy“ is set to make parking simpler in Hamburg after Deutsche Telekom and the Hanseatic city signed an agreement to link up around 11,000 parking spaces in car parks, public spaces and in park-and-ride facilities, a press release said Monday (March 20). The app would give drivers real-time information about available, vacant parking spaces and ease reservations and payment.
ITS World Congress 2021
The digital parking service would allow Hamburg to boost its pioneering role as a smart city as it bids to host the ITS World Congress in 2021. T-Systems, Telekom’s corporate customer division, is launching a nationwide system for finding inner city parking cities beginning in Hamburg. Reinhard Clemens, a member of Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems, noted: “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.”
Sensors to indicate free parking spaces
The digital parking service will be realized gradually across Hamburg from summer 2017. To ensure that the app “Park and Joy“ is able to display vacant parking spaces, the first 100 parking spaces near the Wandsbek Markt in the east of Hamburg will be equipped with sensors aided by the Landesbetriebs Verkehr (LBV). Speaking at CeBIT in Hanover, Dr. Jörg Oltrogge, Manager of LBV, said: “That will reduce traffic in congested areas and improve safety.” Telekom’s sensors use a narrowband Internet of Things solution. Other data sources such as information from parking ticket machines or diverse parking operators and swarm data from mobile networks could also be used to calculate the probability of free parking spaces.
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