Smart cycle park scoops Intertraffic Innovation Award for HR Groep
Dimitry Melchiors of HR Groep with the intelligent bike parking system
An innovative intelligent bicycle parking system has been named the overall winner of the 2014 Intertraffic Innovation Awards. Entered by HR Groep Traffic & Signing, the MB Track & Trace system - which is being trialed in Rotterdam – also won the Smart Mobility section and beat off the other category winners (ITS/Traffic Management; Parking; Safety; and Infrastructure) to claim the award.
MB Track & Trace combines an intelligent back-office parking space management and inventory system (already familiar with car parking), an aesthetically designed and flexible bicycle rack system and an easy-to-navigate smartphone-based app (to check and book bicycle parking availability) in a ready-to-deploy package.
Cyclists can search for bicycle vacant parking facilities via an app and pre-book a space while frequent users or account holders can be issued with an RFID transponder. The bicycle racks are instrumented with pressure sensors to detect occupancy and the derived information about space availability is transmitted to utility managers via a central database and, in real-time, to users of the app.
The jury was especially taken with the system’s capability to address the problem of abandoned (or orphaned) bikes, as it detects how long bicycles have been parked and enabling them to be removed after a specified time.
Additionally, the jury believed the safe and secure solution would encourage more commuters to cycle – especially those with expensive bicycles or e-bikes.