Five minutes with Roger Vilanou, Product Manager - Parkunload
Can you please share a little about yourself with our visitors?
PARKUNLOAD is a technological start-up, founded in 2017, that has designed, developed and patented an innovative solution to regulate “smart” loading bays. PARKUNLOAD® is a very cost-effective IoT (Internet of Things) platform to flexibly regulate and efficiently control loading bays in urban areas, by using “smart” road signs and mobile applications for both drivers and wardens. When the driver gets close to the smart road sign, PARKUNLOAD’s mobile application displays the loading permit and the maximum parking time depending on several criteria, such as: precise location, schedule, driver’s profile, vehicle emissions, vehicle type and tonnage.
The first pilot of PARKUNLOAD was realized in the city of Vic, Catalonia (Spain) in 2018 with smarter enforcement achieving a return on investment within 6 months and leading to its adoption as part of the city’s operational traffic management.
Can you please tell us why you chose to exhibit at CiTTi 2019?
As part of our business expansion plan PARKUNLOAD is participating in the SBIR Last-Mile Delivery (LMD) challenge in the cities of Dublin and Belfast, and has successfully exhibited in the US but this is our first exhibition / conference in mainland UK. CiTTi is a recognized leading national event for smart mobility and we are very excited about exhibiting here. Our aim is present our product, contact Local Authorities and Estates Managers that are confronting the LMD challenges and find partners in the research and service supply fields at national level.
What will you be sharing with visitors to the exhibition?
Our stand will have signs with the Bluetooth device. Visitors will be able to try out the product and see for themselves how simple and practical this solution is. In addition to urban mobility managers already mentioned, we are looking to meet smart city suppliers interested in distributing Parkunload in the UK. We also hope to talk with researchers interested in the Big Data analysis; this type of collaboration is already working for the US and Ireland where the dataset from Vic has generated great interest.
What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the industry at the moment?
PARKUNLOAD has enabled Vic to implement a fully digitalized mobility policy for its loading bays in a way that better allocates roadside rights to a more-segmented set of users. Other cities are also seeing how this type of solution generates precise data from which authorities can establish a baseline and then work out a credible roadmap for developing clean vehicle / air policies.
In terms of our expansion beyond the Mediterranean there are some street culture (legislative differences) that are challenging – but authorities like those in Ireland and elsewhere in mainland Europe are seeing that PARKUNLOAD® offers an easy-to-install and very competitively-priced solution: they want to give it a try.