Transportation Optimization

PNI Sensor Corporation

PNI Sensor Corporation’s PlacePod™ is an IoT-enabled smart parking sensor for on-street and off-street municipal and private parking management. PlacePod solves the most mission-critical aspects of parking management: accurate, real-time vehicle detection and location of available parking spaces. PlacePod is an in-ground or surface-mounted smart parking sensor that communicates with a LoRa® gateway to provide real-time parking data over a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). It provides accurate vehicle detection in parking spaces, up to 10 years of battery life, and is stable over temperature fluctuations, even in harsh environments.

Unlike other magnetic sensor-based parking sensors, PlacePod accurately detects parking events in dense urban environments and filters out magnetic interference from underground trains, passing traffic, and overhead power lines which can trigger false parking events. Sensors and algorithms are finely tuned for ultra-low power consumption and provide continuous vehicle detection without missing a parking event.

Cities can use the real-time parking data from PlacePod to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions caused by drivers circling for open parking spaces and make parking enforcement more efficient, increase parking revenues, and foster economic growth by increasing parking space turnover. With the machineQ LPWAN service, PlacePod smart parking sensors and other connected IoT devices enable cities to make informed, data-driven decisions to improve a wide range of services offered to residents and visitors.