As the world’s population keeps growing and the congestion of cars in cities increases, drivers face a significant challenge of finding on-street parking place. Drivers cruising around the block to find an available parking space waste time and fuel, and cause street congestion. All this results in a high level of air pollution and massive headaches for city planners.
An innovative solution is about to revolutionize on-street parking in cities. Imagine this – you are on your way home, late afternoon, early evening. You are in a hurry because you have so many things to do, and all you want is to quickly find a parking space and get home as soon as possible. Five minutes before you arrive to your destination, a smartphone notification tells you about a parking space next to your house, that is about to vacate the minute you will get there. You navigate to this spot and see your neighbor getting in the car, so you can drive right into the best parking space ever.
The world’s most extensive crowd-sourced real-time parking network, powered by Anagog’s powerful system architecture, is enabling us to easily find an on-street parking space near our destination, anywhere, anytime. This network is based on millions of drivers globally and leverages their real-world movements and mobility status.
Mobility status is about using the smartphone sensors (barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, GPS, cellular reception, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) to detect how people are moving about (car, bus, train, plane) and what their parking status is (parked, approaching car, park departure). On-device detection results in data collection and powerful cloud-based backend services enable parking availability predictions and status to be shared intelligently across the network.
Smart cities are constantly looking to minimize parking issues. A smart location based services and mobility status SDK, such as Anagog’s SDK, integrated into the municipal app, will turn it into an essential and highly engaging tool that will dramatically improve citizens’ quality of life. It will benefit not only the drivers looking for a parking space, but also the other drivers that are trying to quickly get somewhere and the pedestrians that prefer to breathe cleaner air.
Improving citizens’ quality of life by turning a city into an on-street parking friendly city, will remarkably upgrade the smart city branding.
Anagog, the leading provider of mobility status services and solutions for mobile apps, implemented its SDK with Pango+, the most popular parking app in Israel. The implementation enables Pango+ new ‘parking-hunter’ feature, which is the world’s first crowd-sourced parking space prediction system, helping drivers navigate directly to a soon to be vacated parking space near their destination.
With Pango+ app popularity in Israel and the extensive number of drivers using it, Anagog uses the wisdom of the crowd, combined with its smart algorithms to offer Pango+ users an effective planning of their parking before arriving at their destination. The ‘parking-hunter’ accurately identifies and offers different parking alternatives near the destination, whether in parking lots or on-street space.
Decision makers in smart cities are using advanced planning tools to improve their citizens’ quality of life. Using mobility status detection for urban planning enables municipalities to:
For example, the city planners notice that a third of the people that are arriving to the city on a daily basis, are coming from the same area. Here’s what they can do with this data: they can improve public transportation frequency and service, from and to this specific area, in order to encourage people to use it and lighten the load on the roads and parking in the city.
Good planning leads to smarter traffic management which saves drivers time and reduces air pollution.
Every city must harness technology to improve its citizens’ quality of life. It’s up to the decision makers in each city to find better, smarter ways and tools for providing a parking friendly city to their inhabitants and visitors.
About the Author:
Ofer Tziperman is the CEO at Anagog. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and leader of High Tech private and public companies, Ofer leverages his technology and management experience to drive Anagog’s long term success.