Imtech introduces Parckr, an app with info about occupation of parking places for goods vehicles
- Parking pressure evenly distributed, optimum use of parking infrastructure, optimum rest and driving time planning, less CO2 emissions
Imtech Traffic & Infra announces that it has developed the innovative Parckr smartphone app for goods vehicle drivers. It is now temporarily available as a free download. Parckr informs drivers about available parking spaces along motorways. Parckr’s unique feature is that it not only displays the current occupation level on arrival at a vehicle park, but also the expected level. It is thus clear at a glance on what part of the route there are still available parking spaces.
Jan Casteleijn, Managing Director of Imtech Traffic & Infra: ‘A large part of our innovation effort is directed at efficient and energy-saving traffic mobility. With Parckr, the parking pressure along motorways is distributed evenly and optimum use of the parking infrastructure becomes possible. Unnecessary hunting for a free parking space and thus exceeding journey times and extra CO2 emissions, as well as congestion in vehicle parks, are significantly reduced.’
Optimum rest and driving time planning
Parckr informs goods vehicle drivers about the occupation level on parking spaces on their route so that they can plan their rest and driving times in advance. Peek (part of Imtech Traffic & Infra), together with Rapp Trans, Adapticon and NOKIA, has developed the technology to gather information about vehicle parks, to determine the current and expected occupation levels, and to present these comprehensibly to goods vehicle drivers.
Digital ‘notice board’ with extra parking info
Parckr’s information is collected from fleet management systems and other vehicle monitoring systems. This information is converted by a ‘smart’ computer model into expected occupation levels for the vehicle parks. Parckr’s most important advantage is that no measuring equipment on vehicle parks is needed any longer. This means that information about the occupation level on vehicle parks is available at relatively low cost. Besides the expected level, the Parckr app also indicates what facilities there are for each vehicle park, and enables the drivers to exchange information via a digital ‘notice board’. In this way, drivers help each other to unlock extra information and to find the best parking places.
Test project on A16, A58 and A67
A test project has recently started on the Moerdijk-Venlo corridor. Parckr gives information about the occupation level at twenty vehicle parks on the A16, A58 and A67 in North Brabant and Limburg provinces. Further expansion of the information for other Dutch vehicle parks is to follow in short order. For the next three months, the Parckr app for Android smartphones can be downloaded for free. If successful, a European rollout will be considered.
contactperson : Hanco Hazenboom