A government-sponsored ‘smart parking’ system that helps drivers find parking slots using a smartphone app, is in the offing across Bengaluru. As part of the Smart City proposal, the state government is ready with a presentation on smart parking solutions to make parking in the city systematic under the public-private partnership model.
Under the proposal, it is planned to convert parking stretches on about 85 roads into smart ones in the first phase. In order to avoid driving around in circles when looking for a parking slot, the drivers will be able to see a real-time map of parking availability and be directed to an empty space. The added advantage is that the system can work completely cashless, in tune with the latest fad — smart cards to park on or off roads will be available at Bengaluru One centres. Users can even check the parking rates and maximum time they can park at their chosen location.
The enforcement agencies – police and BBMP – will also benefit. By sending real-time information to the control centre, these sensors help the traffic police and civic body monitor parking spaces, by detecting vehicles parked in restricted parking areas. A central server will connect the management of all parking lots. This step will help make multilevel parking a success.