The project is called Foresight Parking, and with a combination of technologies it allows students and staff to see available car parks in real-time, instead of arriving blind and circling for a park.
The frustration of trying to find a park is one NewieVentures co-founder Heath Raftery knows well.
“Having lived, studied and worked at the uni for 16 years, it’s obvious to me that many struggle to find a park. There’s a better way, and we’re building it.”
With this trial, NewieVentures aims to get a better understanding of the dynamics of parking on campus (number of cars, duration of stay, time of day, day of the week, etc). It is the first step in developing a solution that is beneficial to students and staff, and to the University of Newcastle as a whole.
On a larger scale, Foresight Parking is the start of what NewieVentures envisions for the future of Newcastle. Anne-Laure Peaucelle, co-founder of NewieVentures, says that by gathering and utilising real-time data, the trial will help the startup to further develop its product, which has the potential to help cities around the world to offer cost effective and time saving parking solutions.
NewieVentures believes that Newcastle has been the perfect location to launch their company, with great local support for innovation and entrepreneurs. Newcastle is becoming a great choice for tech entrepreneurs to relocate and it has the potential to be a dynamic, innovative and creative destination. Beyond simply offering parking sensors, NewieVentures offers end-to-end solutions that plug into the power of smart cities and provide access to valuable information.
Foresight Parking has commenced with a trial which comprises 10 car parks, each equipped with a sensor that communicates its status (available or occupied) back to the cloud. The 10 car parks are located south of the Civil Engineering building. An app is available online, which shows in real-time the available car parks and a survey is also in place to help gather thoughts, feedback and ideas.