Innovation: Smart Parking project officially completed

Fastprk2 data now publicly available and updates on web portal discontinued

Barcelona, March 2019

In 2016, the Worldsensing innovation team set out to enhance the current version of Worldsensing’s leading outdoor parking management system Fastprk. By means of the Fastprk2 R&D project, funded by the European Commission, the team was able to develop new product functionalities including certified parking occupancy detection and smart services for drivers which together form an advanced, end-to-end parking management solution making it one of the leading offerings available today.

“We were able to successfully complete this project due to two reasons: working with one of the best parking management systems available at hand which is Fastprk and having access to the complete Worldsensing Smart City product and solution ecosystem”, points out Jose Gorchs, head project manager and Fastprk2 Product Owner. “Being able to work with and integrate the company’s IoT core technology, OneMind, was definitely a game changer for us”, he concludes

Project achievements at a glance

Thanks to various Worldsensing departments supporting the initiative, such as the in-house engineering department, the Barcelona-based IoT pioneer was able to meet all requirements in line with the European Commission’s H2020 initiative. The main achievements of the project are:

  • Adding a more powerful, smart parking device (FastprkDuo) to the company’s product portfolio with technical features that respond to the ambitious functional requirements identified at the beginning of the project.
  • Developing a new software suite based on the company’s IoT core technology, OneMind, to help cities and parking operators easily analyze heterogeneous parking data from different sources.
  • Validating the technology through an ambitious pilot campaign carried out in different European countries and the US, involving stakeholders and key players of the smart parking industry.
  • Actively communicating the status of the project throughout, as well as performing product acceptance studies to confirm the solution will be useful for the target market.
  • Upgrading internal quality procedures to ensure the company is able to deliver according to the expected increase in turnover generated by the project’s impact. As a result, Worldsensing was successfully certified with the quality management certificates ISO 9001 and ISO 27001.

In view of these achievements, not only have the project objectives been fully met, but Fastprk2 has been a true agent of change for Worldsensing, by yielding a new commercial product and contributing to a more mature company”, emphasizes Jose Gorchs.

Project data available on Zenodo

In line with the European Commission’s strategy to share open data in order to foster knowledge transfer, Worldsensing has shared Fastprk2 data from the pilot parking campaign, as well as project deliverables labelled as public, in the Zenodo portal to facilitate the work of data scientists, and to support European scientific collaboration:

Fastprk2 – Raw data from the pilot project in Bouffemont (2018)

Fastprk2 – Raw data from the pilot project in Grudziadz (2018)

Fastprk2 – Raw data from the pilot project in Antwerp (2018)

Fastprk2 – Raw data from the pilot project in Wattens (2018)

Fastprk2 – Raw data from the pilot project in Barcelona (UPC premises) in 2018

Future of the Fastprk2 portal

A dedicated Fastprk 2 project website went live in September 2016 to raise awareness about how challenging it is to develop an efficient parking management strategy in cities, and to show how Fastprk2 contributes to this. Now that the EU project has been completed, any update or news related to Fastprk2 will be published on the Worldsensing corporate website only. The Fastprk2 project website will remain active until 2021.

About Fastprk

Fastprk is the leading outdoor parking management system and ranked among the top four systems by the International Data Corporation (IDC). The new Fastprk evolution suite is based on a Worldsensing innovation project funded by the European Commission called Fastprk2. The Fastprk2 innovation project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreement No 726607.

Commercial brand

The commercial Fastprk brand now includes highly accurate, dual-detection parking sensors and runs on an advanced software solution that can connect to 3rd party APIs and subsystems enabling cities, malls and parking operators to optimize slot utilization, implement guidance, enforcement and payments to increase revenues, minimize fraud and reduce traffic. Together with its global partner network, Fastprk enables end-to-end parking management solutions. Enriched with AI features, Fastprk is among the front runners in applying deep learning algorithms for parking predictions and is compatible with modern LPWA radio networks.

About Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 95 employees and offices in Barcelona, London and Los Angeles, Worldsensing is globally active and has customers in over 60 countries across all continents.

Press contact:
Maite Garcia
press@worldsensing.com

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