®: Parking without limitations

the surveyors' contribution for persons with reduced mobility

Implementation and realisation of the project

The detailed specification as well as the data base concept, the data integration formats, the data presentation concept and the internet portal will be implemented by the project management. The chosen option was a decentralised data acquisition based on predefined quality criteria for the geodetic data. The data capture is thus carried out independently by the surveyors on the basis of technical specifications. The specifications will include, amongst others, the structure of the required data points, modelled in conformity with the INSPIRE Directive. After technical control, the data will be entered into the central data base.

Figure 1: cartographic platform « » (Swiss prototype)

Data acquisition regarding the parking spaces for disabled persons

Certain data concerning the location can be included directly, if the quality is sufficient. Indeed, some parking spaces will be identified by existing orthophotos, because this achieves an accuracy of less than 1m on the centre of the parking space.

This criterion enables a clear identification of the objects. A photograph and a data acquisition by GPS, total station or manual measurement of the coordinates (if they are unknown) can then be added at a later stage. The data will then be entered into the GIS in use in the individual surveyors' offices for the aforementioned quality control and transferred to the® central data base. After a conformity check, the complete and error-free data will be mapped in the final application.

Figure 2: ParaMap, mobile application showing the parking spaces for disabled persons (Swiss project)

The updating of the parking space data will be another challenge. This will happen in a decentralised manner by the surveyors' offices responsible for the updating process. Information on the creation of new parking spaces should be announced within an organised system. Smartphone applications could make it possible for the disabled persons, as well as others, to transmit approximate coordinates and pictures of unlisted parking spaces (social mapping – crowd sourcing). At the same time, the surveyors can also add missing parking spaces in the context of their normal updating work. In order to guarantee high quality standards of the collected data, remuneration is provided for this task. It will be financed by the mobile user fees and probable sponsoring.

The project management hopes that the associations working with disabled persons as well as paraplegic associations will react positively.

Navigation system editors, organisations providing information for people with disabilities and organisations responsible for traffic information will certainly also be very interested in the project. An extension of the information related to parking spaces for people with disabilities can begin planning and implementation today. The project management is counting on the commitment of all involved partners for the realisation of the® project.