Smart Parking Sensors

Real-time Parking Information and Services


Smart Parking Sensors

Innovation Pilot Partner: AppyWay

Around 1,000 low energy Bluetooth sensors are being installed across Dundee to improve the management, utilisation and ease of locating parking bays and taxi ranks.

A series of high impact use cases are evaluating the benefits of this technology in addressing known challenges in Dundee. This includes managing enforcement and demand on residential streets which are recognised hotspots and sources of complaints to DCC’s parking service.

The pilot is also targeting time-limited parking bays which are challenging and inefficient to enforce. Proving that vehicles have overstayed requires multiple return visits over the course of a day, with Civil Enforcement Officers needing to take notes to record the position of tyre valves to determine whether it has moved within a specified time period.

There will also be deployments of sensors at EV charge points to make it easier to locate available bays and to support enforcement efforts against ‘ICE-ing’ – when internal combustion engine vehicles park in EV charging bays.

Data from sensors can be used to optimise enforcement operations. From deployments in other cities, the use of the sensors could result in 2% financial uplift from a reduction in payment avoidance.

Analysis undertaken by Urban Foresight for smart parking sensor deployments in other cities has also identified opportunities to create significant efficiencies in civil enforcement, as well as savings from phasing out cash payments.

The sensors will also support future planning and policy decisions by providing valuable data on occupancy, overstays and payments.