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Guimarães Smart Parking

Smart Cities

The largest Smart Parking Management project carried out in Portugal

The largest smart parking management project ever carried out in Portugal, providing a real-time information system in Guimarães municipality, which monitors over 900 parking spaces, including on-street spaces, found on streets, avenues and public places, and off-street spaces which concern a parking area or parking lot.

In many developed or developing countries, the rapid increase in the sales of vehicles has led to problems such as limited car parking facilities and traffic, along with improper management of parking spaces. This problem can be solved by using improved features such as notification of available free space or live updates of space reservation using smart parking technology.

Our Smart Parking solution brings together all aspects of both on-street and off-street parking management technology into one integrated system, from sensor-based vehicle detection, communication gateway, digital parking panels, kiosks for payments, mobile applications for drivers and an efficient parking management system.


The smart parking system incorporates a management platform that collects parking data through sensors and video cameras and offers a real-time transmission of this information in a mobile app and a set of informative panels positioned in specific locations of the Municipality to help citizens easily find available parking spaces. Considering that the search for a parking space is one of the biggest factor influencing traffic flow, this project is essential to smart traffic, and consequently, minimise the levels of greenhouse gas in the city.

These technologies decrease the amount of time spent by users searching for vacant parking slots and automates the process of searching for the optimal parking floor or spot, therefore consisting of a parking management solution which collects key performance indicators in real-time and translates them into knowledge for better policy and optimised management.

This innovative platform offers capabilities of data administration and visualisation that allow the identification of patterns for parking occupation of each space or delimited area. This way, it becomes possible to perceive the change in the availability of parking spaces in different areas over time and define the action plan accordingly, leading to the more efficient management of the parking search.

The analytics component of the platform offers to the Municipality of Guimarães an excellent tool for urban planning, which takes into account the parking search and the consequent smart traffic flow, becoming a fundamental key for the Municipality to achieve its vision of a truly smart city.