Why are we doing this

Disabled people are having a hard time finding available parking spots when they need it. There are only a few spaces available that are wide enough, and they may as well be used by people who are not supposed to use them, making it even harder to find an available space. There are some practical issues with sensors detecting available spaces. A new network for Internet of Things allows for a new range of sensors that solve many of these issues. These are sensors you can drill into the ground, and the network enables 10+ years of battery life, and 7x better coverage than 4G, which means the sensors can stay underground for a long time. We had to try this out, and see how new technology can be used to solve day-to-day problems.

What is Smart Parking

The result can be seen in this video:

How did we build it

This is the first parking solution with NB-IoT enabled parking sensors. It provides a working solution for disabled people with a smart phone. Telia partnered up with three very different companies to make this happen:

  • APX Systems, who provides a parking app for end-users
  • the Norwegian Association of Disabled, the advocacy organisation of people with disabilities
  • Huawei, providing the newest generation of NB-IoT enabled parking sensors