What is the goal of the project?
Driving and parking in a city like Amsterdam can be a nerve wracking experience to drivers and visitors. Smart Flow is a solution aiming to guide the flow of cars within the city in a smarter way. By sensing the city, Smart Flow provides drivers with advice for the best and cheapest places to park.
What is the result of the project?
Smart Flow aims to achieve two ultimate benefits±
1- For the drivers: To find quickly the cheapest, closest, fastest to reach parking place
2- For the city: Reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and noise
“It is estimated that about 30 percent of the cars circling a city at any given time are doing so as drivers look for parking. Aside from the frustration factor, those cars are creating traffic congestion, viewed by survey respondents as being the single most significant societal change affecting the parking industry. From an environmental standpoint, that translates to incalculable amounts of wasted fuel and carbon emissions.” This is from the International Parking Institute (IPI) 2012 Emerging Trends in Parking Study.
The benefits of the the Smart flow solution to the city are:
1- Less traffic jams
2- Improved accessibility within the city
3- Less noise and urban air pollution
The first benefit should materialize within the first year after the product launch.
Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?
The project was initiated by Amine Mouadden.
What is the next step?
The next steps are:
- Securing the proper Funding
- Proof of concept with a municipality
What can other cities learn from your project?
- Traffic jams and air pollution are not a fatality. These urban challenges can be contained and reduced by using technologies to smartly distribute traffic across the city.
What we need is mosly traffic and parking data. We also need amsterdam city or one municipality to pilot the concept.
Could you connect us?
It´s a combination of everything you mentioned :). The solutions will use sensors and/or Open Data to collect necessary inputs as well as an App to help drivers and change their parking behavior. The practical implementation will depend on what is available in Amsterdam in term of Open Data, obviously the more data is available the less sensors we need.
We have more details to share, It would be great to meet with the ASC team to have a first solution discussion and gather your feedback. Next week is a good time for us.
hi @aminemouadden sounds like a great solution! Can you share a little bit more about the technology you use? is this an app, or sensorbase, or iot solution? or is it about behaviour ;-)?
Any feedback from your side?
Thank you Amine for your response! That's an interesting question, I'll discuss this in our team to connect you with the right people and get back to you. What do you think @maaikeosieck @viviennegaarlandtbolsius @tijsroelofs @richardhoving ? Have a nice weekend! Best wishes, Elien
Smart flow is complementary to the smart traffic management. Smart traffic management controls directly the traffic by acting on the lights , boards etc... It does not solve the issues related to parking because people will be always looking for parking places,. without smart ways to guide the drivers, people will be always circling around, driving slow thus creating congestions.
The other objective of smart flow is smart crowd management. Which is not related to traffic but rather to people crowd. The idea is to spread the visitors/tourist crowd accross the city to avoid crowds, queues in very limited city landmarks.
I would like to dscuss the concept with city officials to elaborate more the project. Also to present some similar best practices adopted by some mega cities in China which created tangible benefits in term of congestion reduction , pollution prevention and creation of economic value.
Any help you can provide to setup a meeting?
Very interesting to develop a smart flow for Amsterdam. Could your project reinforce the project Smart Traffic Management: https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/smart-traffic-management ?