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Department of Informatics - Communication Systems Group

parkITsmart (pITs)

Finding a parking space in urban areas is a daily challenge for drivers across the world, due to the increasing amount of cars. Drivers who are looking for a parking space in peak hours are often forced to drive around city blocks until they spot a free parking place. This process (a) costs a lot of time and gas for the drivers, (b) generates unnecessary tra c load, and (c) affects the environment negatively due to increased emissions. This project proposes a design of a Parking Monitoring and Management System (PMMS) that collects data about available parking places and their tariffs within an area.

General Information

Reference: Research and Industrial Project
Source of funding: University
Project Duration: April 2014 - December 2015
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Project Overview

parkITsmart requires input from driver’s smart phones. The key feature of the system is to deliver parking availability estimations on a map. Other services, such as interfaces to payment solutions, parking extension time, parking location reminder, and parking expiration reminder are also be provided as an incentive of the user to use the application and contribute on the parking availability system.

parkITsmart is platform-independent, thus the major mobile Operating Systems (OS) such as Android and iOS are supported. Currently, the mobile application has been tested on Android and iOS. But the expansion to Windows Mobile is also planned. Furthermore, the system aims to be used from drivers that are not familiar with parking-related regulations of a location. Thus, the PMMS is designed to handle multilingual interfaces concerning the User Interface (UI) and information about parking regulations for a given area. Finally, the PMMS has Parking Provider (PP) accounts that will serve parking monitoring pur- poses, such as parking fine issuing when necessary. Those interfaces could possibly be used by authorities, such as police, or private companies that are responsible to monitor parking areas.



UZH Personnel


Inquiries may be directed to the local Swiss project management:

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
University of Zürich, IFI
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 635 67 10
Fax: +41 44 635 68 09