Yoshinori Okawara with a Panasonic smart parking meter
is showcasing a variety of smart cities solutions that the company has deployed at a 400-acre test hub in Denver—including smart lighting, smart parking, surveillance and environmental sensing.
The solutions—manufactured by partners—are connected via open APIs to a central management console called Citywide where planners and engineers can monitor and analyse incoming data from a holistic perspective.
According to Yoshinori Okawara, general manager of Panasonic’s connected network solutions group, City Now Denver is built on vacant land that Panasonic plans to develop so people can live and work on site and test various IoT solutions in a real-world environment.
“It’s really a living lab,” explained Okawara before saying that currently only one building—housing a Panasonic partner—has been built on site.
One of the technologies being tested at City Now Denver is a smart parking meter manufactured by Panasonic partner Municipal Parking Services (MPS). The meter includes two cameras that can detect when a vehicle is parked and for how long and take a photo of the vehicle’s licence plate for enforcement purposes.
A digital display allows various payment options and can be used to serve advertising or public service announcements.
The meters can be connected to a payment kiosk or parking app as well as a handheld device carried by enforcement officers. The backend integrates directly with the Citywide management console where transit officials can centrally monitor availability and enforcement.