On-street parking space sensors and people movement sensors part of Smart City projects

Sensors beneath existing numbered carpark spaces will notify motorists through the Park Adelaide App what on-street parks are available.

Nearly 2,800 parking sensors were installed across Adelaide's CBD in 2018 in the city council's latest Smart City project. The sensors beneath existing numbered carpark spaces will notify motorists through the Park Adelaide App what on-street parks are available and enable them to pay or top up through a smartphone or device.

The council also launched a project to monitor people movements in and around the city, with 60 people movement sensors across the CBD and North Adelaide. Pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles will be counted without identifying individuals, their mobile device or any other personal information.

The first video detection devices were installed on Hutt Street, North Terrace/Bank Street, the intersection of King William Street and North Terrace, and Gouger and Franklin streets.

Both the parking sensors and the people movement sensors reflect the council's part in the Australian Smart Cities Consortium led by associate professor Nick Falkner from the University of Adelaide's School of Computer Science.

The Australian Smart Cities Consortium started in 2017, with its management committee involved in projects such as improving urban transport and rainwater harvesting, turning smartphones into location-sensitive tour guides, and smart parking.

The smart parking initiatives could help replace the need for expensive multi-storey carpark stations once autonomous vehicles arrived in “large numbers” in the next eight to 15 years. It costs about $1,000 per square metre to build a vertical car park and each car needs about 30 square metres for roads and ramps, adding up to about $30,000 for each carpark space.

The Australian Smart Cities Consortium's role is to match up university faculties, academics and people outside of computing and engineering to address many problems in city living.


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