USpace Smart Parking Internet of Things Case Study

Overview

Parking in Taipei is scarce, with the city enforcing tight parking regulations with steep penalties for unlawful parking. Homeowners in this area frequently lease out their own parking spaces to workers and guests using applications from a variety of companies.

Requirements

Solution

Chunghwa Telecom has designed an NB-IoT driven smart lock that may be used to prohibit unlawful parking in these spots. The lock is secured to the floor and may be lifted or lowered from a distance. With the smart lock, Chunghwa Telecom hopes to open up a new market, since limited parking spaces in Taipei may be utilized efficiently to satisfy rising demand.
The smart locks are being provided by Chunghwa Telecom in collaboration with USPACE, a shared parking space operator. Users of the Lock app may rent out their parking space and grant quick access to the area. Drivers looking for a parking spot may use the system to check the location and availability of all available spots, and once a place is picked and paid for, the lock is lowered through its NB-IoT connection. Customers receive the lock and Chunghwa Telecom provides an app from USPACE, while the NB-IoT network is used to link the locks. The locks are also equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy, which allows for short-range communication. Chunghwa Telecom also provides an IoT management solution for the service as well as big data analysis to boost the service.

USPACE's Advantages In offering this new service, NB-IoT has provided substantial advantages to USPACE and their clients. Data Analysis : To discover trends in behavior, extensive data analysis may be performed utilizing both real-time data from the NB-IoT network and historical data. The status of all locks linked to the network may be seen using NB-IoT. User behavior, such as where spots are located and when they are vacant, can give more information about when spaces are likely to be available, as well as where the most preferred spots are, allowing parking charges to be adjusted.
Accessibility at ease : The NB-IoT linked sophisticated lock is easy to operate and requires no training from the parking space owner or the user. All operations are straightforward and react promptly. Because NB-IoT has a short delay for message delivery, smart locks may be hoisted and reduced as needed — for example, if a car arrives at a spot that they have paid for, the lock may be rapidly dropped to prevent overcrowding and annoyance.
Improved Battery Life : NB-IoT is meant to be energy sustainable and depending on user profile, it can run for up to 10 years on battery power. The smart parking service can gather battery status from each lock to assess power usage and send out a signal when a battery has to be changed, ensuring ongoing operation and lowering maintenance costs by sending staff to update batteries before they expire.
Cost Savings : Because smart parking locks are spread out over a large region, NB-IoT offers significant cost savings over alternative communication technologies. Because NB-IoT makes use of an existing mobile network, it enables fully centralized device administration across scattered parking spaces, making the process of maintaining the locks simple and inexpensive. Each lock's condition may be remotely regulated and managed, eliminating the necessity for manual monitoring and upkeep.

Results:

NB-IoT has proven that it is well appropriate to link the USPACE smart locks across a wide area of Taipei, in a range of locations such as parking garages and off-street parking bays. All smart locks installed around the city have been capable of connecting to the NB-IoT network and relay the status of the smart locks to the control panel in real time. Lock open; lock closed; availability status; battery level; time and date; anomaly alert are some of the data that has been successfully provided over NB-IoT. .

The security systems can be managed straightforwardly from the USPACE app, making lock operation as easy as possible for the user. NB-IoT enables a simple concept for the parking space owner or motorist to lock and unlock spaces that they have already registered and paid for. Based on the user profile, NB-IoT is proposed to facilitate a battery life of up to ten years. The smart locks' battery performance has led to lower maintenance costs and greater awareness of any smart lock issues that may demand attention. Chunghwa Telecom and USPACE have demonstrated the smart lock in prevalence estimates, and the lock is ready for sale to the general public as part of their ongoing plan. The goal is to expand the parking service around the city and to monetize as many off-street parking places as feasible.

The smart parking service from Chunghwa Telecom and USPACE is a more sophisticated illustration of NB-potential IoT for smart city concepts. The Taiwanese market has been allowed by NB-IoT, and the devices that have been installed have a finite lifetime, low maintenance, and great service quality. Because of the current NB-IoT coverage in Taipei, Chunghwa Telecom and USPACE are able to immediately broaden their smart parking service and provide many new parking spaces to commuters and visitors. Since NB-IoT communications are reliable and high-quality, partners can emphasize on their service rather than on managing and addressing communications network difficulties