Parkbob and ESA join forces for satellite-driven parking availability services in smart cities

Parkbob announced today that they will team up with ESA Business Applications to develop an architecture for satellite-driven availability parking services. Their collaboration through an ESA Kickstart activity as part of the Integrated Applications program, will demonstrate the added value that satellite brings in the context of advanced digital last-mile solutions. As a first step, Parkbob will access the Earth Observation satellite images from Copernicus and use them to obtain historical snapshots of on­street parking occupancy/availability in a city. Such large amount of data describing parking behavior in cities will be further used to train and validate advanced stochastic models that will help drivers to get information on the available parking slot. Such service will be highly beneficial for the drivers, saving money, time and nerves. Furthermore, it will reduce negative environmental impacts.

The Austrian startup already has deep technological expertise due to its extensive work with satellite images from various sources. The close partnership with ESA will add a range of new opportunities and ideas for Parkbob to be discovered and tested.

Particularly, Parkbob will have the opportunity to further elaborate their business proposition and evaluate the business viability of a satellite-based approach. The next step will be to design and create a technical architecture for sourcing and processing satellite-images with state-of-the art AI. Based on this framework, Parkbob will be able to deploy a number of services and solutions for several use cases. This is part of the Parkbob DNA to be at the forefront of innovation and to use every technology available to offer the best service possible for our customers.

Parkbob Founder and CEO Christian Adelsberger emphasizes how important the cooperation with ESA is for the company: “This cooperation is a major milestone for developing advanced digital last-mile solutions for mobility and a great showcase how public-private partnerships can aid implementation of new technologies in the market. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with ESA in the future.“

Roberta Mugellesi, Business Applications Manager at European Space Agency adds. “Business Applications has many resources that could be beneficial to companies. We want to harness the huge and largely untapped potential of small companies’ innovation capabilities, which is why we are intensifying our effort to collaborate with private companies wanting to develop new solutions and services based on space assets. The project proposed by Parkbob was selected for co-funding as part of the ESA Kickstart call “People Mobility”, providing a convincing example of promising ideas to support smart mobility in cities.”

Through the ESA/Parkbob partnership, the Satellite Earth Observation data enable potential solutions for public applications, such as traffic management and city planning. The applications are not just limited to public but can also be beneficial to mobility providers, logistics companies and others. Efficiencies can be gained in fleet management, last mile issues such as drop off/pick up and deliveries in general.

Moreover, Parkbob wants to demonstrate how much can be gained from the collaboration between public institutions and private companies.

About Parkbob

Parkbob – Digitizing the last mile in mobility

By combining and digitally processing data from over 1,200 sources, such as open administrative data from local authorities, maps, satellite images, anonymous movement data from car-fleet navigation systems and parking space maps, Parkbob can accurately identify the parking regulations governing any given parking space (residents’ parking, loading area, short-term parking zones, etc.). This information, which is often unavailable to drivers in the moment, provides an immediate added value.

Founded in 2015, Parkbob now boasts some 25 experts from a range of specialist fields (18 of them women) from 12 countries and has been part of the A1 Start Up Campus in Vienna since the day it was founded. The company just recently announced at CES in Las Vegas that it teamed up with Amazon to launch a new skill for Alexa-enabled devices.

Learn more about Parkbob: https://www.parkbob.com/