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Parking guidance for buses that visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to end the chaos and traffic congestion

Country: Spain
Project of: Bus guidance
Main products: U-Spot DUO
The challenge

To speed up tourist bus parking at the Sagrada Familia in order to lower traffic congestion and nuisances.

The number of tourists visiting the Sagrada Familia has increased considerably ever since the Pope declared it a basilica in 2010. As a result, a large number of people living in or near the zone have expressed many complaints about the traffic congestion caused by the huge influx of tourists and buses in the zone. In order to solve these conflicts between buses, tourists, and residents and the vehicles circulating in the zone, the Barcelona Town Hal decided to implement the U-Spot DUO smart parking solution.

The solution

A total of 164 sensors along 4 streets near the Sagrada Familia were deployed in the Barcelona project.

The sensor chosen for this project was the U-Spot DUO. The sensors were installed at a distance of 20 m on the nearby streets. The system uses magnetic sensors to detect the status of each parking spot and sends information on their occupancy to the central management unit.
The information is conveyed to users in real time via several message signs located in the squares near the basilica. Bus drivers can also check the availability of parking spots via the website.

Benefits of implementing this solution
  • Provides real-time information on the availability of parking spots
  • Reduces the amount of time needed to find a parking spot
  • Boosts satisfaction among tourists, drivers, and local residents
  • BSM is able to manage the bus fleet more effectively
  • Reduces traffic congestion and CO2 emissions in the zone
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