Athens trials sensor-based ‘smart parking’ system


The city of Athens is trialing a ‘smart parking’ system, which will see the deployment of wireless availabilty-sensors on streets in the Greek capital. UK-based provider of car parking technology and parking management services, Smart Parking, is partnering with the Greek company, CiTRO Technology Solutions, to trial its SmartPark space-finding system in the city. The Athens trial includes the installation of 43 V2 SmartEye infrared sensors alongside SmartLink zone controllers on Skoufa Avenue in central Athens. The trial is part of a study that is being undertaken by the City of Athens’ IT company, DAEM, to evaluate parking bay sensor technologies as part of a new automated ‘smart’ operations system for the Municipality’s controlled parking network. DAEM is a pioneer in the application of new technologies that offer reliable services to the Greek local government sector.

Smart Parking’s EMEA-region technology sales manager, Jim Short, said, “We are delighted to have been selected to trial SmartPark in Athens, and we look forward to demonstrating the value of the system within the capital. The SmartEye sensors will provide never-seen-before kerbside management information and assist in fair use of the limited parking resource here in central Athens. Analysis of this management information will help long term strategy in the required number of disabled, reserved, public and resident bays. Future integration will also allow for guidance via our Smartphone App and on-street VMS (Variable Message Sign) display boards.”

Michael Petropoulos, CEO of CiTRO Technology Solutions, commented, “When we started our collaboration with Smart Parking, we quickly understood that we had made the best choice. As Smart Parking’s authorized representative for Greece, we feel confident that we can implement similar projects in the Greek market by bidding on competitions or financing trials to those interested in parking technology. It was a challenge to install the trial system in Athens and we are proud that we did it with the support of Smart Parking and its personnel. We will continue to promote the trial project, which will allow Greek municipalities to bring in more income, and ultimately, provide citizens with a better quality of life.”

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