​Q-Free NB IoT Parking Sensor featured as the future of parking in Dinside article

Soon you will not have to drive around to find parking

Imagine that you are on your way to a big and popular shopping center on a Saturday afternoon when “everyone else” is also there to shop.​

You turn into the parking lot, so you have to go on a long tour to find a place.​

Fast forwarding to a not too distant future: On the mobile you will get a map of all available parking spaces in the mall. You book and pay for one of them before driving. When you arrive, the app leads you to the place.​

Low power and low data

The technology that fixes this is called NB-IoT (NarrowBand Internet of Things-on Norwegian Narrowband for the Internet of Things).​

In short, it is about small sensors that exchange information via a new type of mini-mobile network that requires extremely low power and data capacity.​​

Currently, we are just talking about smaller pilot projects.​

But during the year, NB-IoT will be launched in Norway, and according to plan, the whole country will receive coverage by 2020.

Tried out in Trondheim

In Trondheim, Telenor conducted a collaboration with the freight company Q-Free in December, a pilot project that worked exactly the way we describe, with the exception of the order and payment bit.​

Via the mobile phone, the drivers could see if there were free parking spaces at an entry parking at Ranheim.​

– The sensors like the Q-Free team are so sensitive that they “see” the difference in snow in the parking lot and a car. Thus they could also notify about the need for salting or salting, “says communications manager Kristine Meek in Telenor.​

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