AI Case Study

City of Redwood City improves parking occupancy utilisation by 250% and optimises revenue using machine vision

The City of Redwood has implemented VIMOC Technologies in two multi-stoy parking garages in the city. The solution aims at detecting vehicles and accurately monitor and report the occupancy of the parking lots to optimise utilisation of the city's infrastructure. Using machine vision the solution is able to track vehicles entering and exiting the parking lots and has increased garage utilisation and parking -related generated revenue.

Industry

Public And Social Sector

Government

Project Overview

"VIMOC provides a multi-faceted and sophisticated parking garage occupancy solution that has been adopted in two of Redwood City’s main garages, Jefferson and Marshall. The vision-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) edge computing nodes use cameras to track vehicles entering and exiting the garage, while VIMOC’s RosellaTM software platform processes the data and provides highly accurate intelligence on a real-time basis. Results are displayed on beautiful, flexible format LED signs outside the garages, as well as between levels inside the Jefferson Garage. The parking data is also shared to mobile apps and online platforms.

One of the unique constraints regarding the Jefferson garage was that the City wanted to display the occupancy per level, but the ramp between the levels has no solid lane delineation. VIMOC’s solution allows the garage to differentiate between the direction of travel, not just where the vehicle was positioned on the ramp. VIMOC also provided system customization in a number of areas to assist Redwood City’s parking needs, including more data analysis than ever before."

Reported Results

The City of Redwood states the following results:

* 250% increase in occupancy rates during weekdays
* Less congestion in and around the parking garages
* Increased parking satisfaction and efficiency
* Increased garage utilization and parking revenue

Technology

The vision-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) edge computing nodes use cameras to track vehicles entering and exiting the garage, while VIMOC’s RosellaTM software platform processes the data and provides highly accurate intelligence on a real-time basis.

Function

Strategy

Strategic Planning

Background

"'People were saying there’s no parking Downtown, when in fact there were hundreds of parking spaces sitting empty,' says Christian Hammack, Parking and Transportation Demand Manager of Redwood City. 'On the weekends everyone would go to the garage below the movie theater, and that garage would get 100% percent full, and then our other garage, a block and a half away, would be around 20% full. People would think there was no more parking, so we really needed a system that clearly informed everyone of the parking options Downtown'."

Benefits

Data

tracked vehicles