The station square of Winterthur is one of the busiest railway stations in Switzerland. More than 100,000 people come and go to the square daily. With these high traffic flows, the pressure on the parking - and stop-and-go places causes a lot of search traffic around the rail station. To optimize the utilization of parking places and pitches for buses and taxis, Nedap's SENSIT sensors are implemented for real-time parking data. The occupancy data is implemented in an individualized application from Nedap's platform partner MOVEu2.
Central Station Winterthur (Switzerland)
The Central Station Winterthur is the main railway station for the city of Winterthur. Winterthur is a city in Zurich (Switzerland) and counts more than 108,000 residents. With more than 100,000 passengers passing by every day, the station is one of the busiest railway stations in the country and is a transport hub of the “Swiss Federal Railways” (SBB).
High Traffic Flows Cause Pressure on Parking
Curbside Management for Extra Parking Capacity
In order to keep traffic flows on the right track, it is important that parking places and pitches for buses and taxis are optimally utilized. Therefore, the municipality has opted for 'adoptively designed stops'. This means that at peak times, parts of the street/curb in front of the main station are used as additional spaces for buses and taxis. During these times, a maximum of 3 taxis is allowed in the waiting position in front of the station.
Need for Smart Guidance Solution
Despite more stops, there was still a need for a smart guidance solution to make optimal use of this capacity by referring to available pitches to reduce search traffic and remove stress from taxi drivers. For taxi drivers, no free stand in front of the station square means that the first option for another stop is at 500 meters distance, without having vision on the availability of spaces at the railway station forecourt.
Real-Time Parking Data for Taxi Dispatching Procedure
In September 2020, the so-called “Winterthur solution” was implemented: an intelligent taxi dispatching procedure for smooth and demand-oriented coordination for the taxi fleets of the various taxi providers. SENSIT’s sensors were installed at the various stops to detect and report the occupancy in real-time. The occupancy data is implemented in an individualized application from Nedap’s platform partner MOVEu2.
MOVEU2 Application to Guide Taxi Drivers
The MOVEu2 application links the occupancy data to the availability issued for that time of that particular day. This information becomes transparent via digital displays to inform the taxi drivers about how many spaces are available at the taxi stand. This will reduce needless navigation and driver annoyance.
Occupancy Data Also Used for Trends and Insights
SENSIT’s parking data not only provides a direct solution for guiding traffic flows but also extends the use of occupancy data for logistic applications (e.g. construction site management) and traffic management. The municipality, in close cooperation with the taxi drivers and the Winterthur city police, regularly analyzes the parking data to optimize parameters for the control algorithm. For the first time in such a Swiss project, Social Media channels are used for user feedback. Customer relevance is an essential aspect for the success of the implementation, in addition to the facts from the parking data.
“The city of Winterthur was able to count on the expertise of MOVEu2 in implementing a specific taxi guidance system solution for the main station, with the Nedap SENSIT products. The custom-made solution is designed according to the customer’s needs, taking into account the interaction between public transport and taxis of the numerous foot traffic in front of the main station,” says Nelson Carrasco, Head of Traffic Management at Winterthur.
“This is a perfect example where the added value of Smart Parking Technology offers an optimal utilization of the taxi stand by continuously checking the occupancy status. Both taxi drivers as well as travelers benefit from this service and make the city attractive to visit,” says Jan Hofman, Strategic Business Development Manager BU Mobility & Smart Parking at Nedap.
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