Ethos VO, Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council
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Clearview Intelligence was approached by Ethos VO, working in collaboration with Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council, to explore the potential of the GEOmii Parking Platform. The Parking Platform is being developed by Ethos as part of a £1 millon Innovate UK funded City Scale Demonstrator project. Guildford was selected as a trial site on the basis that it is a large town which experiences the typical challenges of many growing urban locations in relation to congestion and poor distribution of parking spaces.
The aim of the Parking Platform is to monitor car parking spaces in and around Guildford town centre. Rather than just providing real time traffic data, the Parking Platform uses a predictive algorithm, which takes into account past and current data, to predict where space will be available when the motorist arrives in the town. Being able to show motorists where there is predicted availability when they arrive will help guide them to less congested areas, thus reducing queues, congestion, and related emissions.
Ethos VO required a partner who could supply and install the necessary bay sensor technology and global count equipment, as well as provide the parking occupancy data in a compatible format for the GEOmii Parking Platform.
Clearview Intelligence worked closely with Ethos, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council to map out the most appropriate locations for the bay occupancy sensors and the loop counters, agree the most appropriate type of sensor, and negotiate traffic management requirements prior to installing and integrating the system.
In February 2016, Clearview installed approximately 300 of the M300 magnetometer-only bay occupancy sensors in parking spaces on main roads throughout Guildford. In consultation with the local authorities, the client opted for the magnetometer-only version of the M300 sensor as it features a flush profile that is better suited to areas of heritage or protected cobbles. The M300 sensors provide control and visibility over parking space occupancy and patterns of use, and offer an accurate, low cost, and easy to install option that is reliable in all weather conditions.
These sensors feed live data via the M315 Repeater to the M310 Access Point and allow Ethos access to the required data directly from the systems server via a REST interface. They can then use the parking occupancy information to produce user friendly reports for visitors to Guildford.
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