Libelium launches new enhanced dual-mode smart parking sensor at Intertraffic


Spanish Internet of Things (IoT) developer Libelium has released a new enhanced Smart Parking Sensor Node at Intertraffic Amsterdam, as part of the continuous quality improvement of its wireless sensor platform.

Libelium’s new parking node features two different detection systems, includes dual-wireless communication protocols Sigfox/LoRaWAN, and is able to be installed using a unique model over or under the road.

The smart parking device runs on a magnetic detection system that can be supported with a cloud software system, which evaluates the wireless node’s received signal strength indication (RSSI). If a car is parked in a space, the system detects it by variations in the magnetic field, and by the wireless signal’s weaker received power. This dual-sensing system can provide up to 99% accuracy under optimal conditions.

The new sensor is equipped with an IP68 waterproof and robust enclosure that allows twofold installation deployments, as it can be screwed on the surface or installed under the ground. This feature is particularly demanded on projects where snowplows operate in winter or to avoid theft. The node can be easily reset by passing a powerful magnet (provided) over the device.

The new sensor system, certified with CE and FCC, is fully compatible with LPWAN radio technologies, such as LoRaWAN and Sigfox, to enable long-range and low-power consumption. It can be connected with radio equipment using the European 868MHz band and the 900-930MHz band for the USA and Canada, and has recently added the Australian 915MHz waveband.

The Sigfox Parking version can also be used in LATAM and Asia-Pacific countries, operating on 915MHz to 923MHz bands. One unique feature of the system is that it allows the use of both radio technologies at the same time, or can switch from one to the other easily from the cloud.

The new device comes pre-programmed from the factory so anyone, even those without programming skills, can configure it in a few seconds with Libelium’s Smart Devices App.

Once the nodes have been installed, the Remote Setup System allows the user to remain in control and reconfigure all the parameters easily from the cloud. The smart parking nodes have an expected lifetime up to 10 years uninterrupted operation, based on the high-capacity batteries and low-consumption software algorithms.

Libelium’s smart parking technology has already been installed in numerous cities worldwide, including major deployments in Montpellier (France) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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