In 2020, T-Mobile and the City of Wrocław launched a smart system for monitoring the availability of parking spaces, which will allow people with disabilities to perform real time checks and, thereby, find the available disabled parking spaces. The same solution was used to implement a system for monitoring the availability of coach parking bays, which will also operate in Wrocław. The system consists of, among others, 220 sensors that are permanently fixed on the road surface.
The smart parking network will shorten the time needed to find a free parking space and reduce excess urban traffic. It will cover a total of 220 spaces: for disabled vehicles as well as tourist coach parking bays of a temporary and long-term type (the latter allows for parking without a time limit).
The system consists of detectors, an information transmission system, an application and a data exchange platform. It operates on the basis of Narrow Band IoT, which will allow future development of the implemented system and other Smart City solutions in Wrocław.
Users of the system in Wrocław will receive ParkDots, a parking app available for Android and iOS devices. Because the detection covers disabled spaces, the mobile application has been adjusted to match the needs of visually impaired and blind people, who use a ‘screen reader’. The accessibility for the blind and visually impaired conforms to WCAG 2.0 standards.
Additionally, an application available through a website has been created for the city’s guard services, which allows to detect offenses (coaches exceeding the allowed parking time), edit the existing parking spaces or add more information to their descriptions. Parking spaces available in ParkDots also include spaces in Jelenia Góra, covered by detection as part of the previous project carried out by T‑Mobile.