Hrvatski Telekom, with its partner, Mobilisis, implemented a smart parking solution for people with disabilities for Split parking, which will contribute to increasing the quality of life of people with disabilities in Split and reduce city crowds in the very center of Split.
A total of 12 sensors of Mobilisis were installed on parking places intended for persons with disabilities at the crossroad of Antun Gustav Matoš Street and Zrinsko-frankopanska Street in Split (Stari plac), working on the Narrowband IoT network of Hrvatski Telekom. The sensors are connected to the Split parking app, with which users see accessible parking spaces. All this contributes to better traffic quality in the city.
"Smart parking will undoubtedly contribute to a better quality of life for people with disabilities in Split and reduce crowds when searching for free parking places. We are especially proud as this is the first project in Croatia developed on our new Narrowband IoT network, the first such network in the region. NB-IoT technology is not only technological innovation on the Croatian market, but also a platform that enables completely new business models, with solutions for smart cities being most prominent", said Tomislav Kosanović, Director of Business Development and Partner Management, Hrvatski Telekom.
Estimates show that up to 30 percent of city traffic is caused by drivers looking for a parking space. Thanks to IoT solutions that collect occupancy data and sensor combination that provide reliable forecasts for occupancy of parking places in the city, drivers can get this information through the smartphone application. In this way, smart parking solutions help cities reduce road crowds and save time for drivers.
"We are very pleased that this new technology was used in Croatia for the first time in Split, on a project that helps our disabled citizens. This project goes hand in hand with our campaign "Do you want to take my place?" we have recently launched, whose goal is to alert citizens to improper parking on places reserved for the disabled, as well as to help our disabled citizens to move around in the traffic and improve their quality of life. All places for people with disabilities in street parking spaces managed by Split parking are already covered with sensors, and the aim is to cover all the remaining places for people with disabilities, including those not under the management of the company", said Marko Bartulić, director of Split parking.
Smart parking in Split is the first IoT project implemented on the Narrowband IoT network of Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia. The network features excellent coverage, low cost, high signal quality and a high level of security and reliability in line with global telecommunications standards in mobile networks.
The Smart parking project continues at other places for people with disabilities in the City of Split, and the plan is to implement new technology on standard commercial parking places.