This project is looking to improve the access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure by focussing on two common problems, i.e. ICEing and bay-hogging. Our proposed solution aims to deal with the problem of vehicles parking in spaces intended for electric cars charging, without making use of or having a need to charge. This includes vehicles with internal combustion engines (commonly referred to as ICEing) and also electric/hybrid vehicle owners hogging the limited number of charge points for too long (bay-hogging).
Such issues lead to an inefficient use of charging stations and can also become frustrating for electric vehicle drivers. An increase of electric vehicle uptake will unavoidably lead to a comparable increase in demand for both normal and rapid charging points, making these problems worse.
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This project is proposing an integration layer to leverage the best smart parking technologies for end users. The gateway abstracts the technical complexity of integration by offering a range of standard radio communication interfaces, while the integration platform will store, process, and analyse data to support end users during planning, operation, and monitoring of smart parking solutions.
Providing this level of flexibility allows to use the right products for each environment, without the need to consider vendor specific requirements for integration, configuration, and operation. We are aiming to achieve this abstraction by introducing two core modules/layers:
A hardware sensor gateway supporting connectivity through a variety of wireless standards, such as LoRaWAN, WiFi to integrate with smart parking sensors, e.g. cameras or on-street sensors. The gateway's firmware seamlessly integrates with different vendors, thereby abstracting complexity, and exposing a uniform (vendor-agnostic) interface to exchange and process data.
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