Cyclist Parking Expert: Parkfiets
We help the cyclists to check real-time updates on avaliable parking spaces effortless, allowing them to plan the trip in advance and save time!
University of Twente
Master of Electrical Engineering
Over het initiatief / About the initiative
Cyclist Parking Expert: Parkfiets
In welke fase zit jouw initiatief? / In what stage is your initiative?
Heb je jouw initiatief al gevalideerd? / Did you validate your initiative?
Yes, we have done market investigation and product description in details: Link to our Product Information report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m_rCrKV-pp7lsdFnTd8XxHsPvv9yZU0y/view?usp=sharing Link to our Market Investigation report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tKaYFXSkr_HJctKvOR2RYXjbR9gT6SfB/view?usp=sharing
Meer informatie over jouw initiatief / More info about your initiative
We are developing a digitized eco-system for the bicycle parking lot, which can serve both the cyclists and the parking lot owners.
Basically, our innovative system utilizes cutting-edge AI technology to digitalize all bike parking spaces. We implement cameras with cutting-edge pattern recognition algorithms to cover the parking lot and segment it into different zones digitally. The camera can recognize the available parking spaces, and then update and visualize the information via heatmap on the screen of the E-display board installed in the parking lot and our app. Cyclists are able to use both the screen and the app to check the zone with more available parking spaces. If they want to mark and save the location where they park for easy fetching, or to be navigated to the parking lot and the empty zone, they can also realize it through the app.
For the parking lot owner, no matter it is a public organization or a private company, we can offer custom analytical functions with our data-driven eco-system to help them effectively analyze and manage the utilization and condition of their parking lot. Intuitive analytical visualization and reports can be generated to help them with business decision-making processes and maintenance.
For large events held in the Netherlands, the bicycle parking situation is always a mess nowadays because of the sheer scale of people attending them. We also aim to adapt our solution to tackle such a problem. A temporary parking management system with ready-to-install cameras and special computational servers for the event can be easily implemented to eliminate such situations and ensure smooth traffic flow, and easily removed after the event ends. The screens and application would help cyclists easily find empty parking spaces. Further, the analytics would give real-time information to the event organizers, the transport department, and the police department to prepare and act for any unforeseen circumstances.
Since one camera is able to cover a large area, just few cameras are already enough to bring off the task in one parking lot. This is very likely to be more cost-efficient than installing censors for every parking spot to detect whether it is occupied. The cameras are only for pattern recognition usage and the footage will be deleted at regular intervals to protect personal privacy and comply with GDPR(or AVG in Dutch).
With the help of our eco-system, you can quickly check how many parking spots are available in real time, enabling you to organize your trip accordingly and save time!
Say goodbye to the hassle of facing messy bicycle parking and cheer for a stress-free and convenient travel experience!
Wat is er anders/nieuw aan jouw idee/oplossing t.o.v. bestaande oplossingen? / What is different/new about your idea/solution compared to existing solutions??
Currently there is no bike parking management product, similar products only exist for car management. But in the Netherlands, everyone faces similar problems when they want to park their bicycles in large and crowded places, such as (1) not knowing where to park their bicycles in a crowded place if they are in a hurry; (2) worrying about whether the bicycle gets stolen; (3) don’t know where the bicycle should be parked. (See our market research: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tKaYFXSkr_HJctKvOR2RYXjbR9gT6SfB/view?usp=sharing）
Also for big companies or organizations, they probably don’t know how to build and manage bicycle parking lots to improve efficiency, and sometimes they have problems to manage the parking bicycles, such as when bicycles block the sidewalks, etc.
Our digital solution can not only help normal cyclists to park their bicycles, but also help large companies to manage their bicycle parking area construction, which does not exist in the current market, and the problem is actually in front of everyone.
Wat zijn jouw volgende stappen om het verder te ontwikkelen? / What are your next steps to develop the initiative?
We are ready to achieve this goal because we have prepared the algorithm and know how to build the whole system, but we are lacking enough financial support to deploy the real system in reality.
Wat heb je nodig om (nog meer) impact te maken met dit initiatief? / What do you need to make (more) impact with this initiative?
We hope to gain more face-to-face guidance and experience (through workshops or communications with experts) to improve our existing ideas, making them more profitable and welcomed by the market.