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Smart parking in Barcelona

Streetline and Cisco have deployed an advanced parking technology system in the busy Born Market area of Barcelona, as part of a demonstration project on display at the Internet of Things World Forum being held in the Spanish city. Using patent-pending wireless sensor technology embedded in the pavement, the system captures information regarding the occupancy of parking spaces, as well as parking patterns and trends, to not only help motorists more quickly find parking, but help officials better manage parking facilities across the city. The smart parking project in the city center will also provide valuable information and data that will enable planners to improve the management of urban mobility. This is the first advanced parking project implemented jointly by Cisco and Streetline in Europe.

Barcelona was selected for the project as its City Council is dedicated to it becoming a world reference for Smart City initiatives. An IBM study showed that parking is responsible for around 30% of traffic in cities across the globe, and the difficulty of parking deters 60% of people from participating city activities; underscoring the potential impact this technology could have in cities like Barcelona. Cities in North America and Europe are using the technology to improve availability and parking management, as well as help reduce congestion. “We are delighted to be team up with Cisco to demonstrate this important technology in Barcelona,” said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. “These solutions are helping to solve parking issues in cities around the world, and putting them on the first step to becoming a truly connected city.”

November 1, 2013

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