The project which was implemented in the town involved the deployment of traffic sensors at conflictive strategic points, as well as parking sensors to optimise the use of parking spaces in order to improve mobility around the town.
“When we talk about Sète, two things spring to mind: we cannot drive around easily or park”, bemoaned the deputy mayor of the town Sébastien Pacull in an interview with the French newspaper Midi Libre.
The French town of the canals is known for its curious location and geographical distribution, and its communication at various points by bridges that cross its canals. The bridges serve as the main access routes into the town and normally cause frequent traffic congestion. To change this image of the town, the mayor says they have launched an ambitious action plan to optimise and rationalise the space dedicated to vehicles, pedestrians and their flows.
The French newspaper Midi Libre stresses what is important about this project is to know precisely the number of available parking spaces and to report on the traffic conditions on the bridges.
The parking system already works in certain regulated areas where today you can cross-reference the sensor data with the use times of the parking spaces in order to optimise and manage parking areas more efficiently. “The parking areas beneath the Canal are underused. On Saturday afternoons occupancy is only around 35% which is mainly due to the lack of information”, commented Sébastien Pacull.
Sensors have also been installed on the busiest streets to know vehicle flow and measure traffic intensity. Other sensors installed on bridges identify whether they are open or closed to vehicles.
Soon, and based on information currently provided by the sensors, a mobile application will enable drivers in Sète to know in real time the latest traffic news and parking availability in the town, as well as the traffic conditions on the bridges.
The project implemented by Citelum in collaboration with Mentis and Urbiotica was deployed quickly, efficiently and with hardly any public works necessary, resulting in major savings compared to other smart solutions.
Urbiotica is a Barcelona-based company specialised in the design and development of latest generation sensing systems which provide real-time information on what is happening in areas of mobility, waste management and environmental monitoring. It currently has projects installed in more than 30 cities.