Smart City Parking Linköping

Parking: The Heartbeat of Smart Cities

Thomas Doppler6 minutes reading time

Parking is not merely a convenience; it's a critical component of urban infrastructure. When we discuss parking, we're not just talking about a space to leave our cars. We're delving into the very fabric of urban design. 

 

Shaping Our Cities

Parking is instrumental in shaping smart cities. It plays a role in determining how our streets look, function, and fit into the broader urban landscape. A thriving business district, with its bustling shops and cafes, owes much of its success to an efficient parking system. Without it, customers might go elsewhere, and businesses could suffer. 

 

The Green Footprint of Parking

An intelligent parking system can have a direct impact on the environment. By reducing the time vehicles spend searching for a spot, we can cut down on fuel consumption and emissions. Fewer cars idling or circling blocks means cleaner air for everyone. Efficient parking strategies can also lead to better land use, transforming underutilized areas into green spaces or recreational zones, and enhancing the city's livability. 

 

A Vision for Urban Environments

What if we were able to develop an urban environment that is focused on the inhabitants, the visitors, and all their needs?

This vision drove Linköping to collaborate with SKIDATA, leading to the creation of connected mobility solutions.

Smart Mobility, including parking management, forms an integral part of a city’s experience. 

 

SKIDATA's Real-World Solution: Linköping's Journey to Smart Parking

Linköping, a bustling Swedish city with over 150,000 inhabitants, aspired to transform into a "Smart City". Their primary focus was on convenient and smooth parking, but they faced several challenges:
 
•    The all-too-familiar parking dilemma where residents and visitors roamed aimlessly in search of spots.
•    A fragmented mobility back office with some outdated systems.
•    The Linköping App, which was reminiscent of older tech and needed new user-friendly features. 
 
Recognizing the complexity of their challenges, Linköping sought the deep expertise of SKIDATA. Through intensive consultancy and leveraging their vast experience in Smart Parking Solutions, SKIDATA played a pivotal role in crafting a comprehensive solution. This not only addressed Linköping's immediate concerns but also set the groundwork for a sustainable, future-ready parking ecosystem.
 

Seamless Parking Experience for an Enhanced City Life

 

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Easy-to-use Digital Access to All City Parking Options:

  • Unified Parking Services: The Linpark webshop, using SKIDATA's e-commerce solution, presents a comprehensive overview of all parking services in Linköping, making both off-street and on-street parking easily accessible with a single click.
  • Simplified User Experience: Our partner, KnowIt, skillfully crafted the App's user experience, ensuring intuitive navigation and ease of use. Meanwhile, the underlying intelligence, core functionalities, and interfaces were the brainchild of SKIDATA, making tasks like registering, subscribing, and paying seamless on one's smartphone.
  • Real-time Data: The App is consistently refreshed with real-time data, thanks to the SKIDATA dynamic data interface and getting data from other systems as well.
  • Flexible Subscription Models: Users have the freedom to choose between monthly or quota-based subscriptions (e.g. 20 days out of 60), in addition to a pay-per-use model, offering unparalleled convenience.
  • User-Centric Design: The App's growing popularity is undeniable, boasting over 130,000 registered users. Its design empowers citizens to manage their parking needs independently, ensuring minimal effort for the city administration while maximizing user comfort.
  • Assured Parking: Visitors can arrive stress-free, and confident in their reserved parking spot close to their final destination.


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Parking Guidance:

  • Minimizing Congestion: The Linpark 2.0 App seamlessly guides users with its fully digital navigation, directing them to the nearest available car parks or on-street parking areas in relation to their chosen destination. This efficient guidance reduces unnecessary driving, helping to alleviate traffic jams.
  • Effortless Spot-Finding: Within the city's 18+ off-street parking garages, the SKIDATA Parking Guidance Solution streamlines the process, ensuring drivers effortlessly locate their designated parking slot.
  • Enhanced Signage: Integrated digital signage further refines the parking experience, efficiently guiding drivers every step of the way.

Advanced License Plate Recognition:

  • Entry & Exit: Advanced License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology eliminates the need for physical tickets at parking facilities, ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted flow for drivers.
  • Efficient On-Street Parking: With SKIDATA's solution, a vehicle's license plate serves as its unique identifier. Registered users can start or end their parking sessions with just a swipe in the App, streamlining the process.
  • Consistent and Transparent Enforcement: Leveraging the license plate as the personal ID, SKIDATA's system provides municipal enforcement with a clear view of permissions and potential violations. This ensures easy verification and swift action, maintaining a well-ordered parking environment.

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EV-charging While Parking:

  • Unified Experience:  EV-Charging and parking fees are combined into a single payment, eliminating the need for multiple contracts and apps with separate charging providers. Users engage solely with the parking garage operator, ensuring a hassle-free process.
  • Ticketless Convenience: Both parking and EV-charging can be managed ticketless, further enhancing the user experience.

Automatic, Convenient Digital Payment Options:

  • Seamless Transactions: The Linpark 2.0 App ensures a seamless payment experience, minimalizing the need for physical meters or pay stations.
  • Diverse Payment Options: Thanks to SKIDATA's Connect platform, numerous payment providers are seamlessly integrated, offering users a choice and flexibility of the payment methods they are used to.

Powerful Business Analytics: 

  • Insightful Metrics: The solution equips city officials and parking operators with robust analytics, shedding light on user patterns, peak times, and more.
  • Revenue Optimization: Through data monitoring and aggregated insights, centralized tariff management becomes effortless. This not only offers avenues to optimize city revenues but also plays a pivotal role in enhancing the city's appeal.
  • Uncompromised Data Security: SKIDATA's unwavering dedication ensures both personal data privacy and the security of millions of financial transactions, underscoring Linköping's commitment to its citizens.

Elevating Urban Appeal:
 
Linköping's smart parking solution is more than just convenience—it's a vision for the future. By reinvesting revenues, the city accelerates its digital transformation, enhancing its modern appeal. This digital-first approach not only underscores Linköping's commitment to sustainability but also ensures a robust, future-ready infrastructure, positioning the city at the vanguard of urban innovation.

 

 

Harnessing the Power of SKIDATA Connect for Urban Mobility

 

SKIDATA Connect is the beating heart that runs the smart parking solution in Linköping. This state-of-the-art solution is meticulously crafted for visitor management, aiming to seamlessly connect clients, partners, and visitors, enhancing the customer experience. The LinPark 2.0 App, powered by SKIDATA Connect APIs, is a testament to this synergy, offering functionalities from registration to mobile payment and tariffs.

 

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In this transformative journey, SKIDATA has collaborated closely with esteemed partners such as KnowIt and Dukaten. Their collective expertise has been instrumental in bringing about this change.

SKIDATA Connect seamlessly integrates advanced features like Parking Guidance, Digital Signage, and License Plate Recognition, enhancing vehicle flow and reducing congestion. This innovation is exemplified by the LinPark 2.0 App, which offers users comprehensive functionalities, from registration to mobile payments, all powered by the robust platform APIs.

This cutting-edge solution is not only redefining parking standards in Linköping but is also serving as an inspiration for cities worldwide. With its hybrid architecture, the platform guarantees unparalleled reliability, uptime, and data security, solidifying its role as a pivotal element in Linköping's parking renaissance.
 

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