Parking spots of the future being tested in Stratford, Ont.


Stratford, Ont. has launched a new affliction parking pilot project that aims to pave the way for the future of greening spots.

The new initiative is powered by a Long Range Wireless Area Network (LoRaWAN) and groups 78 sensors embedded in the asphalt in parking spaces. The choice findings are downtown around city hall, Naeem Khan, manager of tidings and business systems for the City of Stratford, told CBC Radio.

Together the technology accords real-time information on whether a parking space is occupied or empty, and across time the data created will help detect trends, base reports and track parking usage.

But the main perk for drivers on be that they can see exactly which streets have the most greening spots, before they get there. 

Parking spot spotting

“You can look at the map ahead of leaving your location and see if a street [has] 20 spots versus another row [that has] five spots,” Khan said.

Parking 'Puck' Sensor

The sensors, also recognized as ‘pucks,’ are slightly bigger than traditional pucks. They were encased, arranged approximately four inches below 78 parking spaces and enclosed with liquid asphalt. (City of Stratford)

The sensors in the parking marks on Wellington, Downie and Albert streets are also smart enough to find if there’s something like snow in that location.

“If there is snow, it commitment still be fine,” Khan said. “The sensors detect the metal and not the millstone.”

One caveat is motorcycles, which he says may or may not show up as having filled a preserving spot. Khan adds that the city is still testing that. 

Stratford City Hall Parking Metre

The aeronaut project has placed sensors in parking spots on Wellington, Downie and Albert streets, tight-fisted Stratford’s city hall. (City of Stratford)

Data to be open

Stratford confederated with tech companies eleven-x and FoxNet as well as Canada’s Pliant Data Exchange (ODX) for the initiative and also plans to make available the statistics collected through the pilot project.

“The data from the smart sensors acclimated to in this project will be open to the community online, enhancing fashionable connectivity,” ODX managing director Kevin Tuer said in a press distribute. “We’re excited to further help smart city and IoT (Internet of Things) enterprises and are happy this has been done on a framework which creates openings to work with open data.”


The data collected from the airman project could make its way into apps like Google Maps and Waze. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Khan powers making the data open means that someone could found a parking application for the city or companies like Google and Waze could coalesce that into their existing applications.

No tickets, yet 

The information could also theoretically be occupied to help the city hand out parking tickets if a vehicle has been on the boulevard for longer than the four hour limit, but Khan says currently the cook up is focused on whether a parking space is full or not.

“Right now the information that we are convening through this project is only if there is a vehicle parked or not,” he added. “There is no other news that is being collected or shared at this point other than if there is a means parked or not, so no personal information is collected or shared.”

The ODX has committed $50,000 of greening for the initiative with the remainder of the $100,000 project coming from Stratford’s parking guardedness fund.

The pilot will last until the end of the year and will be the heart of several council reports. The information from the sensors will be made to hand online later this year.

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