Deutsche Telekom kicks off smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has launched a pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa that includes the provision of smart-parking and intelligent lighting services.

The operator expects the technology to help reduce carbon emissions and energy expenses.

It says drivers hunting for parking spaces are responsible for as much as 30% of traffic in big cities, and that more efficient management of street lighting could reduce electricity costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs by as much as 10%.

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

The operator has installed sensors at parking spaces in the city center and says these will guide drivers to available spaces through the use of a mobile app.

Drivers can also pay parking fees using their smartphones.

Deutsche Telekom has also developed a big data service that gives city authorities an overview of the traffic situation across the city and allows them to identify problems.

It says the analysis of this data “offers enormous potential for urban and transport planning”.

Besides the smart-parking service, the operator has also designed an intelligent light management service that similarly provides city authorities with an overview of all the street lights they manage – meaning they can identify and fix problems immediately.

The use of the service could also help Pisa to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

“It will ensure a better flow of traffic, reduce CO2 emissions – in accordance with our sustainable energy action plan and our policies on smart mobility – and make it much more convenient to look for a parking space," said Marco Filippeschi, Pisa’s mayor, in discussing the merits of the overall solution.

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