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Brazil's Vivo provides smart parking services in Florianopolis

Iain Morris
August 21, 2014
Brazilian telecoms operator Telefonica Vivo has revealed it is providing smart parking services in the city of Florianopolis as part of its expansion into the country’s burgeoning M2M market.

The service was apparently launched in March 2014 and works with some 3,200 spaces for cars – as well as 500 spaces for motorcycles – in the capital of Santa Catarina state.
Users can top up a smart card or buy a single parking ticket using any of 140 parking meters or 100 points of sale around Florianopolis.

The meters and points of sale are all connected to Vivo’s mobile network, allowing the transaction to be processed and the user to make use of the parking facility he or she has reserved.

Vivo (Sao Paolo, Brazil) is also providing connectivity for the smartphones of 150 tax employees of Dom Parking – its partner on the project – who are responsible for monitoring parked vehicles and also for topping up tickets.

Vivo has been investing in various smart city technologies in Brazil and in May announced a partnership with Swedish network equipment vendor Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) for the supply of smart parking and smart lighting solutions in the municipality of Aguas de San Pedro.

Ericsson is to assume responsibility for the design and deployment of the technologies and will also provide managed services after the rollout.

The system will allow the provider of the public energy system to control and monitor lighting points remotely, switching lights off when there is no traffic in a particular area, for instance.

As part of that project, Ericsson is also installing smart parking sensors in public parking spaces.

The sensors will be able to detect whether a parking spot is vacant and send messages to apps used by drivers, directing them accordingly.

The technologies should help Aguas de San Pedro to reduce energy costs and cut down on traffic congestion.
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