The project “Smart Parking in Pisa” aims to implement ITS Mobility services on a small scale and in close collaboration with the City of Pisa and local partners. Therefore, it is a relevant example of a New Public-Private Management Platform for an Open Urban Network where cities and industry work closely together to deploy innovative ITS solutions.

The pilot stage of the project concerns the realization of a system about available parking spaces based on wireless parking sensors placed in Piazza Carrara, in the historic center of Pisa. The solution will enable motorists to find parking with ease through their Smartphone and thanks to variable-message signs, avoiding the useless and time consuming cruising for a vacant space and thus contributing significantly in decreasing urban traffic congestion.

The cooperation also includes a big data service, which analyzes historical traffic data to optimize the flow of traffic. Deutsche Telekom has presented this and other M2M solutions for the Smart City, including remote controlled streetlights and a holistic concept for connected stadiums, at last Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

“Turnkey and future-proof Smart City solutions are an important pillar of our growth strategy in the area of M2M. They help cities build sustainable structures to reduce CO2 emissions and offer citizens a better quality of life,” says Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “We are pleased that we can work in partnership with such an innovative city as Pisa to bring to life one of the first Smart City projects in the area of parking and mobility management.”

The system will be introduced in the historic center of Pisa – only a few hundred meters from the town’s landmark, the Leaning Tower. “We look forward to adding parking management to Pisa’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom,” says Pisa’s Mayor Marco Filippeschi. “It will ensure a better flow of traffic, reduce CO2 emissions – in accordance with our SEAP (Sustainable energy action plan) and our policies on smart mobility – and make it much more convenient to look for a parking space.”

Especially in the context of increasing urbanization and declining public sector budgets Smart City solutions like the pilot in Pisa are the way forward. According to the UN, a total of 3.63 billion people lived in big cities in 2011, and it’s estimated there will be 6.25 billion by 2050 – about 67.2 percent of the world population.  […]


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