Another recognition has been added to its credit by the city company Operátor ICT, a. s, (OICT). The project System for Automated Entry and Exit of Vehicles from a City Car Park which was set off last year in Prague's Letňany took third place in the Parking Lot of the year in the category Innovation. The competition is organized by the Czech Parking Association.
‘’We surely revere the recognition. The most important is that our projects have been manifesting in practice and made the parking easier for the drivers using the P+R parking lot in Letňany because they have been able to use the mobile application Moje Praha for easier and faster parking payment. The parking fee is thus easy to pay directly from the car and it is possible, thanks to the application, to have all information about parking under control,‘‘ stated OICT General Manager Michal Fišer.
The project System for Automated Entry and Exit of Vehicles from a City Car Park is a part of multimodal public transportation conception in Prague and proceeds from the want to respond to the trends as intelligent transport governance, digitalization and safety, efficiency and individual transport regulation in the city. Clean mobility support is as a matter of fact amidst pivotal Smart Prague projects’ topics. One of the six fundamental Smart Prague conception areas till the year 2030 is the mobility of the future which is going to be clean, intelligent, self-governing and shared and which aim is means of transport emission decrease and to make the transport in Prague more continuous and comfortable. The support and development of sustainable modes of transportation as an alternative to the present means of individual city transport are thus inseparable from this conception.
„Also thanks to this project we strive for Prague transport to be uninterrupted and sustainable though not at the expense of users’ comfort. We assay to secure positive motivation for P+R parking lots utilization and further means of public transport in the city by way of our mobile application Moje Praha beside other things, which we incessantly improve and extend,“ added OICT Deputy Chairman Matej Šandor.
OICT’s pilot project has been positively evaluated by Prague City Council which based upon it authorized Technical Road Administration Prague to broaden the project into more P+R parking lots. The drivers thus can use the mobile application Moje Praha more frequently all the time without the need to have cash at their disposal or to spend time by payment terminals. After the project’s branching out to further parking lots all will be secured by the vehicles automated identification at entry and exit from the city parking lots and automatic number-plate recognition cameras in the Moje Praha application. “When using it for the first time you submit the RN of your vehicle and your payment card details and for the following payments, it will not be necessary requested information to be submitted again. At the exit and entry of the parking lot installed cameras will identify given RN and secure free exit of the vehicle. Users can choose whether the parking payment will take place entirely automatically at exiting or they would like to confirm it each time,” explained Jaromír Konečný, Smart Prague Department Project Manager who covers the whole project.