Revolutionizing Urban Mobility: The Success Case in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPGC), a city located in the Canary Islands, stands out as a pioneer and highly committed city in the transformation of urban mobility. Through a comprehensive smart parking project that covers a total of 6,500 parking spaces, the municipality is accelerating the reduction of the carbon footprint and propelling its transition towards a more sustainable environment. 

This innovative milestone began in 2018 with the implementation of autonomous magnetic sensors installed in 3,488 parking spaces. The primary goal was to optimize parking availability and, consequently, improve urban mobility flow. This initiative aimed to encourage vehicle rotation, reducing congestion caused by the search for parking spaces. 

The initial phase of the project has been successfully developed in key areas of Las Palmas, where parking demand is high. The sensors detect the presence of vehicles, providing drivers with information about areas with available spaces. This information is displayed through 21 strategically located digital information panels throughout the city and is also integrated into the LPA-Park app of the LPGC municipality. Urbiotica has been integrated into the municipality’s smart platform, updating real-time occupancy data, which is then sent to the app in question to provide a comprehensive parking experience to city users. 

In addition to providing real-time information to drivers, the data obtained by the system becomes an analytical tool that enhances operational efficiency. It offers tangible information about the use of parking spaces, allowing for comparisons between actual occupancy and payments made. This intelligence enables strategic decisions, such as the reorganization of supervision routes by attendants, tailored to real needs. 

The next stage of the project includes expanding to an additional 3,000 parking spaces in the green area, thus extending the benefits and results of the first phase to new areas. On this occasion, the installation of U-Spot NB-IoT sensors has been chosen, taking advantage of the mobile network for direct communication. This choice has eliminated the need for gateways and repeaters, significantly simplifying installation and allowing for a faster and more agile implementation than in the previous phase. 

The implementation of this mobility improvement project in Las Palmas brings significant advantages to the city and its citizens. Urbiotica’s advanced technology has optimized parking, improved traffic flow, and provided a more convenient experience for drivers. 

This project exemplifies how the intelligent application of technology can shape more efficient and sustainable cities. The case of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria sets a standard and offers inspiration to other cities striving to reconfigure mobility in their urban environments to combat the pollution and chaos inherent in densely populated cities. This narrative highlights the fundamental role of digitization in this transformation. The implementation of smart technologies and advanced management systems allows for optimizing mobility, reducing traffic congestion, and creating smoother and safer journeys for everyone. 

César García – Head of Operations and Innovation at Sagulpa (LPGC) states regarding Urbiotica, “In the field of smart parking and mobility, Urbiotica is undoubtedly a reference both nationally and internationally. Their extensive experience and deep technical knowledge translate into innovative and efficient solutions that are having a positive impact on our operations. The combination of experience, technical knowledge, and personalized support makes them a great technological partner.” 

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