Smart Parking, powered by NB-IoT technology, is making it easier for drivers to find free parking spots. Cities can better manage their parking assets and maximise the revenue available to them as a result. Drivers searching for parking create congestion and pollution by circling and hunting for available parking. Smart Parking services are able to significantly ease these problems by guiding a driver directly to a parking space.
China Mobile, together with their partner DTMobile have initiated two separate smart parking pilots using NB-IoT connectivity, one in Yunnan and another in Southeast Guizhou.
Based on LTE networks, NB-IoT is a good fit for smart parking as it has support for a long battery life and offers improved coverage which allows sensors to be placed in any location.
NB-IoT use of licensed spectrum also ensures a high quality of service. The China Mobile smart parking solution consists of a number of smart parking modules such as parking bay detection, license plate recognition, mobile payments, parking guidance for drivers and an intelligent parking management system for the city.