Deutsche Telekom flags smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa.

The pilot is aimed partly at helping motorists in Pisa to find parking spaces more easily.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has deployed a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city center, while a big-data service analyzes historical traffic data to help improve the flow of traffic.

Sensors on the parking spaces check whether they are vacant or occupied and forward this information to an app that guides drivers to available spaces, said Deutsche Telekom.

The app also allows parking fees to be paid via the use of a smartphone.

Another feature is aimed at reducing electricity costs by allowing street lighting to be managed more efficiently.

A so-called intelligent light management service gives authorities an overview of all the city lights and enables them to identify and fix problems immediately.

Deutsche Telekom says this service can reduce electricity costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs by up to 10%.

“Turnkey and future-proof smart city solutions are an important pillar of our growth strategy in the area of M2M,” said Thomas Kiessling, chief product and innovation officer Deutsche Telekom. “They help cities build sustainable structures to reduce CO2 emissions and offer citizens a better quality of life.”