MWC 2014 Preview: Deutsche Telekom and Pisa start Smart City project

Pilot project in Pisa provides parking guide system to steer drivers to available parking spaces; Smart Stadium offers a more intense fan experience; and efficient street lighting saves up to 70% of electricity costs

MWC 2014 Preview: Deutsche Telekom and Pisa start Smart City project

Motorists in Pisa will soon be able to find a parking space more easily thanks to a pilot project instigated by Deutsche Telekom, which integrates a number of parking spaces within a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city centre.

The cooperation also includes a big data service, which analyzes historical traffic data to optimise the flow of traffic. Deutsche Telekom will present this and other M2M solutions for the Smart City, including remote controlled streetlights and a holistic concept for connected stadiums, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (Hall 3, C114).

"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.

"We are pleased that we can work in partnership with such an innovative city as Pisa to bring to life one of the first Smart City projects in the area of parking and mobility management."

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

"We look forward to adding parking management to Pisa’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom," said Pisa's Mayor Marco Filippeschi. "It will ensure a better flow of traffic, reduce CO2 emissions – in accordance with our SEAP (Sustainable energy action plan) and our policies on smart mobility – and make it much more convenient to look for a parking space."

Especially in the context of increasing urbanization and declining public sector budgets Smart City solutions like the pilot in Pisa are the way forward, said Deutsche Telekom. 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% of the world population.

No more hunting for available parking spaces

In big cities, drivers searching for a parking space cause an estimated 30% 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 visualises 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.

Out of the dark and into the light

Street lighting can also be managed more efficiently with the help of Smart City solutions. Combined with solid-state lighting, the intelligent light management can reduce electricity costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs by up to 10%percent. The city always has an overview of all the lights and can identify and fix malfunctions immediately.

Visitors can experience first-hand how it all works at the Deutsche Telekom stand, where three connected lamps are operated via the management software. The solution is unique in that it enables the creation of an open, city-wide network for Smart City solutions to run on – from smart metering to charging stations for electric cars.

The stadium gets smart

As part of the GSMA Connected City (Hall 3, stand 3A11 and 3A31) Deutsche Telekom will introduce the Smart Stadium, a connected and integrated concept for large events. It aims to create a more intense fan experience and simplify operational processes for major events. Information from all parts of the stadium is included, evaluated and used for data-driven decisions.

This makes it possible for a visitor flow management system to shorten waiting times for ticket sales or at concession stands during breaks. Fans can also use an app to get detailed information about the game or to find out about the current traffic situation around the stadium.

For event organizers, the Smart Stadium digitizes all aspects of stadium operations – from calculating waiting times at sales booths, through security and all the way to the maintenance for the stadium’s lighting. The precise and predictable use of resources can reduce energy consumption by 10%. During the event automated video analyses identify problems early on and allow quicker response times to incidents.

Universal remote management

In addition to the Smart City topic, Deutsche Telekom will be presenting more M2M solutions for industrial automation in Barcelona. These include pre-configured solutions for specific applications such as photovoltaic systems, wind power stations and the supply of fuel oil or gas.

In addition, the portfolio also offers universally applicable solutions to almost any machine that can be remotely controlled – be it elevators, medical equipment, or manufacturing facilities.

Photo by Johann H. Addicks

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