Written by Zoltán Gyarmati
This German-Hongarian company was tired of cars having to drive around in cities, searching for a parking spot all the while exhausting harmful fuels. Their solution was to develop Europe Parking System (EPS). The system, currently running in Budapest, works with sensors installed in parking spaces that register whether the given lot is occupied or not. This information can be used to feed back to drives, leading them efficiently to the nearest spot, reducing frustration, traffic jams, and pollution.
Parking space occupancy sensors developed and manufactured by EPS are based on sensing and measuring the earth magnetic field of individual parking spaces. The sensors are buried underground just below surface level, with no protruding parts. EPS sensors operate on batteries with very low power requirements, having a life span of around a decade. This means that no connection is required to the public networks neither for power input nor for communication purposes so they can be installed in a flexible manner.
Parking sensors communicate with the central parking management system via RFID technology to the on-street parking terminals or the dedicated gateways. With the help of the installed sensors, parking management systems can monitor the occupancy of each parking space real-time, informing drivers via occupancy boards, mobile apps and or navigation systems. Occupancy sensors help the municipality, the parking operator and vehicle drivers alike. Sensors collect very precise parking occupancy bulk data, showing which exact spaces are occupied and at precisely what time and for how long, contributing greatly to parking and general traffic planning and management.