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Mobility Measure

Smart Parking Guidance System (Jan 2021)

This measure concerns the implementation of a smart parking guidance system technology in seven public parking locations in Limassol centre. Smart sensors have already been installed in seven municipally-owned parking lots, which are transferring (in real-time) the availability of parking spaces to a central server and by extension to smart applications.

These sensors provide indicate real-time availability at the car park's entrance, so that people know if they should enter that specific car park or drive to the next one. Also, seven guidance signs have been installed in key boulevards in Limassol indicating parking availability. This helps drivers decide which car park they should go to while entering the city centre and in addition guide them to find easily available parking.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Objectives

The following are the objectives of the Smart Parking Guidance System:

  1.  Improved urban accessibility
  2.  Enhancement of social cohesion
  3.  Less energy consumption
  4.  Mobility management of the city
  5.  Less emissions
  6.  Reduce unnecessary traffic congestion in the city centre
  7.  Improve the whole mobility system
  8.  Improve leisure level of tourists visiting city centre due to lower traffic

How will this be achieved?

Smart sensors and further smart electronic devices are making available to car drivers, through mobile applications and variable message systems, crucial information regarding parking space availability. With the implementation of this measure the whole mobility system was improved. The application will be generalized in order to be able to be implemented in other tourist cities/places. The measure is aiming to the implementation of the smart parking technology so that the drivers will be inform either by electronic signs in some important traffic places, either by application on mobile phones.

How did the measure progress?

The implementation of the smart parking guidance system technology in seven public parking locations in Limassol’s city centre aims to inform drivers about parking availability before they reach the parking places by providing real-time information on parking space availability. Smart sensors have already been installed in seven municipally owned parking facilities, which are relaying (in real-time) parking space availability to a central server and by extension to smart applications.

These sensors also provide the real-time availability at the entrance of parking facilities. This helps people know if they should enter or drive to another next one. Also, seven guidance signs have been installed in key boulevards in Limassol indicating the availability of parking spaces. This has been done to help drivers decide which parking places they should head towards while entering the city centre. The innovation of this measure in Limassol is that it is the first time that parking places are monitored and their availability is made visible to the public both on the main roads that lead to the city centre and online.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

In the Limassol city centre, there is a big barrier in terms of parking spaces availability and the drivers need to drive all around the centre in order to find somewhere to park, causing various problems such as traffic jams, noise pollution and more C02 emissions. This initiative allows citizens and tourists to be informed about the availability of parking spaces and avoid traffic problems.