Deutsche Telekom to show Smart City pilot project

February 19, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Deutsche Telekom will be announcing a Smart City pilot project with the Italian city of Pisa. As part of the pilot, Deutsche Telekom implemented a sensor-based parking management system, remote controlled streetlights and a holistic concept for connected stadiums.

Deutsche Telekom has integrated a number of parking spaces within a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city center. The cooperation also includes a big data service, which analyzes historical traffic data to optimize the flow of traffic.

"Turnkey and future-proof Smart City solutions are an important pillar of our growth strategy in the area of M2M. They help cities build sustainable structures to reduce CO2 emissions and offer citizens a better quality of life,” says Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom.

The system will be introduced in the historic center of Pisa – only a few hundred meters from the town's landmark, the Leaning Tower.

Especially in the context of increasing urbanization and declining public sector budgets Smart City solutions like the pilot in Pisa are the way forward. According to the UN, a total of 3.63 billion people lived in big cities in 2011, and it’s estimated there will be 6.25 billion by 2050 — about 67.2 percent of the world population.

Smartphone centric parking

In big cities, drivers searching for a parking space cause an estimated 30 percent of the overall traffic. This could soon be a thing of the past. With the proposed solution for parking and mobility management from Deutsche Telekom, drivers will be guided to an available parking space via the app. Sensors on the parking spaces check whether they are vacant or occupied and forward this information to the app. The parking fee can also be conveniently paid using a smartphone.

A website visualizes the entire parking situation in real time for the city administration. What's more, RFID cards replace parking passes. These can be more easily managed and applied for. By using RFID gates the city can register anonymously how specific categories of road users move through the city’s districts. The analysis of this data offers enormous potential for urban and transport planning.