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Smart parking systems will help address illegal on-street parking by helping motorists and enforcement agencies with intelligent, proactive solutions.

Illegal parking is a menace in big cities. Although it helps cash in millions of dollars in parking fines, most city administrations would instead opt for having no illegal parking instances rather than raking in the moolah, given a choice.

The traditional regulation, monitoring and enforcement methods have barely helped tackle the issue. For example, just a few years ago, New York City alone earned a whopping 181 million dollars just in commercial parking fines. This shows the number of instances administrators and authorities face on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.

However, cities have a ray of hope in curbing illegal on-street parking with smart parking systems.

What is Smart Parking?

Smart parking is a parking strategy that uses advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and others to optimize parking and provide faster, easier and denser vehicular parking in a smart city.

One of the most significant advantages of smart parking systems is that they can help address illegal on-street parking efficiently. They can help identify violations quickly, streamline violation enforcement and even prevent violations from happening in the first place. Here is a detailed look to get a better idea of how smart parking will help tackle illegal on-street parking.

How Does Smart Parking Help Address Illegal On-Street Parking Efficiently?

Smart parking systems detect on-street parking violations intelligently and help reduce their instances. Moreover, they can also encourage drivers to adopt positive behavior and refrain from violating parking laws. Read on to know in detail.

1. Meter Time Extension

Everyone hates parking tickets. However, in most cases, extended parking beyond time limits is unintentional. Motorists cannot keep a tab on the parking time, which often leads to parking violations.

Smart parking systems can help avoid such illegal street parking instances by placing the responsibility in the hands of the motorists. A smart parking system will be capable of notifying the motorist that their parking time is expiring soon (say in 10 minutes). This gives the motorist ample time to return and take their vehicle out of the parking spot before the timer runs out.

Similarly, motorists can also remotely extend the parking meter time through their smartphones. They can simply click on a notification and extend the time by another fifteen minutes or an hour. They can then digitally pay for the extension right through their phone. After the payment is made, the data syncs with the smart parking meter, helping the motorist avoid parking violation fines.

Thus, a smart parking system will efficiently help address illegal on-street parking with remote meter time extension functionality.

2. High-Priority Enforcements

Not all parking violations are the same. For instance, a vehicle parked in a red zone or at a bus stop is more dangerous than a vehicle parked for a few extra minutes. A smart parking system will help quickly identify high-priority instances and stop them from becoming a significant issue.

This will be possible due to AI-powered, computer-vision-enabled camera systems that can help detect violations automatically without any human intervention. After detecting the violation, the system will send automatic alerts to the driver and the authorities. Thus, quick action can be taken to resolve the issue efficiently.

3. More Smart Parking Enforcement Officers

A smart parking system will provide real-time data to enforcement officers to enable them to adopt a proactive approach. For instance, the smart parking system will alert officers of various violations throughout the city in real-time. Moreover, it will also suggest the optimum route to help them reach the spot immediately. Thus, they will no longer have to keep circling the city to look for potential instances of traffic and parking rule violations. They will be guided right to them.

4. Better Parking Space Utilization

One of the reasons why motorists park their vehicles illegally is that they can't find a decent parking spot even after searching for a long time. Thus, they leave their vehicles parked illegally, wishing that luck will be on their side and they won't be penalized for it.

Smart parking systems can help get rid of this problem entirely. For instance, the smart parking system will provide real-time data about the vacant parking spots throughout the city. This can help navigate, find an empty spot and park the vehicle quickly.

Moreover, an advanced application can see motorists reserving a parking spot well in advance through their smartphones. This will spare them the hassle of finding a parking spot at the last moment and potential parking violations and fines.

5. Providing Incentives to Motorists

What if motorists get rewarded for parking their automobiles legally? Everyone would love that, right? This concept can be applied to smart parking systems. Parking lot operators or governments can incentivize legal parking.

Number plate detection technology can identify the parked automobile, which is linked to the driver's mobile number. Upon legally parking their vehicle, motorists can be provided small benefits in the form of cryptocurrencies or other monetary values. This is set to encourage citizens to follow the law and refrain from illegally parking their vehicles on the road.

Smart parking systems bring immediate value by helping detect illegal parking in real-time. They prove beneficial to all the stakeholders involved in smart parking systems, including motorists. Additionally, providing incentives can bring about permanent behavioral changes in citizens that can gradually reduce instances of illegal parking.

Smart parking systems are already being adopted across the United States, Europe and other parts. It won't be long before smart parking systems become commonplace as we gradually move towards smart city development.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Naveen Joshi

Quelle/Source: BBN Times, 04.08.2022

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