The corona crisis is still in full swing and the news is as plain as day. It is hard. Yet, at the same time, the virus also results in the start of unexpected positive developments. The CO₂ emissions decrease and the realization that together we must make this work, is increasing. Maybe we could hold on to some of that realization when we are on the road again en masse? Because if we share, there is enough for everyone.
In our previous blog we already mentioned the decreasing CO₂ emissions and how the Venetians can see fish swimming again under the Bridge of Sighs. We also see an increase in the social cohesion. People support each other, encourage each other, thank each other and SIRE responds magnificently with its newest #Daslief campaign. However, one day life will go back to normal, we will all be on the road again: on our way to work, to the theatre or to spend a day downtown. The number of traffic-jams will rise again, and parking stress will increase.
Those moments of frustration, irritation and uncertainty, we do not want to experience that again at all. But how will we manage that, given the high demand for parking spots and the lack of available space? By gaining insight in the parking conduct of residents, employees and your guests, you can make your static parking facilities smart. Subsequently you can apply your means more efficiently and share spaces. What is the point of encouraging people to work from home and at the same time holding on to a parking spot the entire week? And why would you keep the parking spot for a visitor occupied all day, if the visitor is only there for an hour? By adding flexibility to your parking spot and keeping an eye on the total capacity on an hourly basis, there is enough for everyone.
Take the A’DAM tower for example. A building close to Amsterdam Central station where creative companies mix with an observation deck, a hotel, multiple restaurants and bars. Not all ancillary parking spots were being used. If you have spare parking spots in the heart of Amsterdam, naturally you will have to do something with them. A’DAM tower agreed with that. With the webportal we created for them, subscription card holders can reserve a parking spot, but clients can also make reservations for a parking spot on a one-off basis. The portal continuously checks our system and sees whether all spots are occupied by the companies the tower accommodates. In that case no parking spots are available to clients. That is how the available parking spots are put to full use.
No matter how it is implemented, it all starts with collecting data and gaining insight. After that you can add flexibility and start sharing. With our software we digitalize car parks. So to speak you add a software layer to the barrier. It is even possible if you do not yet have a smart barrier. You will know when people enter or exit, and you can start making your parking facilities smarter and make better use of what already is available. Danone for instance, created a sustainable long-term mobility solution for its 1800 employees even though they own only 180 parking spots themselves. Are you curious to find out how? You can read it here.
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