Towards Smart Parking Technologies

CVA has installed a series of parking sensors in Triq San Bastjan Valletta.  The sensors are linked to an app that allows a user to know whether a parking bay is occupied or not.

One can install the app fastprk (IOS / Android) and after zooming to the street, have a visual representation of whether any parking spots are available in real time.  Thus drivers can navigate towards a street with most parking spots available rather than physically searching through all streets multiple times. Studies have shown that these technologies can reduce the time spent looking for parking by between 35% and 60%.

The project is an intelligent parking solution proof of concept exercise.  The sensors have been successfully tested during the past few weeks. The exercise will now guide the technical specifications for future implementation of the system across Malta.

The Government aims to implement smart parking technologies in various areas around Malta. The technology, besides saving time and frustration for drivers, reduces vehicle emissions.  Vehicles will spend less time with their engine running looking for parking spots but will head directly to any available spot, or seek an alternative, instead of going through all the streets, hoping for a lucky strike.

The sensors were installed beneath the top layer of asphalt, are element and vandal-proof.  The sensors detect changes in light and the magnetic field to determine whether a parking spot is occupied.  They relay information to a central gateway using wireless technology and are powered by a battery, making installation easy and relatively disturbance-free.