The Royal Commission for Yanbu (RCY) in Saudi Arabia is focused on smart city technologies, which contribute to smart city transformation across the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia aims to transform 10 cities into smart cities in the Kingdom. Part of the smart city program is to reduce truck traffic by allocating designated truck parking areas in the suburbs. The smart parking sensors of Nedap, a leading specialist in parking sensor technology, were implemented to monitor, control, and provide accurate parking data on the occupancy of the truck parking at RCY. IDEX Services was the implementation partner of this project.
Transformation to a Smart City
The Royal Commission for Yanbu Headquarters is located in Riyadh and was established on 21st September 1975 as an autonomous organization of the Saudi Arabian Government. In line with vision 2030, and as part of the smart city concept, RCY was looking for a smart parking technology, which could accurately monitor and control the availability and usage of parking spaces with real-time information. It also needs to help the operator to efficiently manage the parking facility to reduce violations and misuse, such as overstay.
Parking Facility at Industrial Cluster
Yanbu Industrial City is one of the busiest industrial cities in western Saudi Arabia. As a result, there is an inflow of a lot of trucks into the city on a daily basis. To avoid traffic issues resulting from trucks parked at undesignated areas while waiting for their turn to enter the industrial zone to deliver or pick up goods, RCY came up with a Rest-Zone parking hub. This parking hub was located at the industrial cluster beside the city ring road to host all types of trucks. The zone offers different services for truck drivers such as restaurants, a mosque, rest-area, and other services.
Detecting Occupancy of Individual Outdoor Parking Spaces
Nedap’s business partner IDEX Services was selected to implement the parking system at RCY based on their expertise in parking management, access, and security solutions. IDEX Services had supplied, installed, commissioned, and handed over the PGS sensors and the parking meters. The project is realized in partnership with Nedap, based on its proven track record and market leadership in accurate occupancy detection by the use of sensors in combination with the software services of IDEX Services.
Nedap’s SENSIT sensor is designed to survive the harsh environmental condition and traffic load of the truck parking. SENSIT detects the occupancy of individual outdoor parking spaces in real-time using dual detection technology. This technology ensures highly accurate parking data and concurrently transfers data to the smart city platform of RCY. The information is used to optimize the utilization of parking capacity and to detect possible parking violations in the zone based on parking data.
Seamless Integration for Efficient Parking Enforcement
The SENSIT parking data is integrated into a Huawei OceanConnect IoT platform to generate simple GUI, reports, and big data analytics. The platform is used to connect cloud and IoT services into one unified platform in smart city projects. SENSIT software API enabled seamless integration with Metric Group parking meters to detect overstay by measuring payment and stay duration per bay. The customized mobile payment app and enforcement system are developed for the Royal Commission to ensure a total parking solution.
"Nedap's SENSIT smart parking sensors have helped to operate the facility efficiently, reduce violations using enforcement, and have fairly predictable revenue generated, which is used for the development and maintenance of parking zones across RCY". - IDEX Services.
About Nedap Identification Systems
Nedap is the leading specialist in systems for long-range identification, wireless vehicle detection, and city access control. Identifying people and their vehicles without delaying them. That is how we empower security, parking, and traffic management systems all
over the world. Millions of professionals trust Nedap technology to support them. To access buildings. To drive into secured perimeters. or to find a parking bay. Combining cutting edge technology with decades of experience. That is how we secure the flow of vehicles
High-tech company Nedap N.V. creates high-quality, innovative hardware and software products that enable people to be more productive and successful in their professional lives. Nedap N.V. has a workforce of over 700 employees and operates on a global scale. The company was founded in 1929 and has been listed on Euronext Amsterdam since 1947. Its headquarters is located in Groenlo, the Netherlands.