This street light will find you a parking space

A STREET light which can find parking spaces will be unveiled this month, Lux has learned.

Osram will unveil the smart luminaire at this month’s Light + Building exhibition in Germany.

The Streetlight 11 has an integral camera and data transmission module, allowing it to detect free parking spaces and communicate this information to drivers.

The company says that on average, German car drivers spend more than 40 hours a year looking for a place to park.

In combination with its video analysis software, the camera module is also capable of a whole lot more. As well as keeping track of parking spaces, it can monitor traffic density and detect traffic jams, accidents and vehicles traveling on the wrong side of the road.

It turns the city’s lighting infrastructure into a network that helps control and secure traffic.

Osram says the Streetlight 11 also provides a technology platform for a wide range of smart city applications.

The luminaire is available as an already customised smart city solution or as street luminaire with free module slots that can be upgraded.

Its modular concept permits integration of control and monitoring systems, including radio frequency. Thanks to an optional mechanical interface, sensors or camera systems can also be added after the light has been installed.

The company says that on average, German car drivers spend more than 40 hours a year looking for a place to park. It says this is one of the reasons why it predicts intelligent traffic management and parking space management will grow in importance in the future.

Osram says the luminaires will ‘prevent drivers wasting this enormous amount of time – equivalent to an entire working week’.

The luminaire is, however, not the first on the market to find parking spaces.In July 2017, the City of Helsinki installed internet-connected street lights which find motorists a parking place.

The pilot deployment uses miniature Internet-Protocol video cameras mounted on the luminaires to monitor the spaces. These cameras generate data which is interpreted by cloud-based image analytics to assess if the parking space is available. This real-time parking occupancy information can then be pushed to city authorities and motorists. Additionally, this data can be shared with third-party app developers.

The small-scale experiment is designed to prove the concept of so-called ‘dynamic smart parking’.



  • The Safer Cities conference takes place as part of the LuxLive 2018 exhibition and conference at ExCeL London on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.


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