A Success Story Continues: Surveillance System HecSpot Convinces Once More in Interlaken
With the cloud-based surveillance system HecSpot the traffic problems caused by parking search traffic can be solved. This very technology is currently applied in Interlaken (Switzerland); in particular for tourist coaches the real-time information of the system provides the decisive advantage.
As one of the major tourist centres of the Bernese Oberland the municipality of Interlaken not only welcomes Swiss day trippers but also travellers from all over Europe and in particular from Asia. Due to the high number of visitors one out of seven coach parking areas has been surveyed by the system HecSpot since autumn 2018.
As a follow-up project a further coach parking area for short-time parking directly at the railway station east will now be equipped with HecSpot. The municipality of Interlaken and the Hectronic team have discussed the requirements beforehand in great detail to be able to develop an optimum and individual solution for the current situation directly at the station east. The limited number of spaces, an insufficient shunting area and the access via a one-way street make it necessary to register the utilization of both parking areas and to transmit this information to a temporary prohibition sign at the entrance to the car park. If all spaces are occupied the LED-signal lights up and signals the coach driver at an early stage to avoid the car park. As the team of the municipality of Interlaken already uses the management software CityLine intensively the extension by additional cameras for a further coach parking area could be realised easily. Furthermore, a parking ticket machine Citea with parking space entry is used at the short-term parking space. Comparing information from the parking ticket machine and from the cameras allows to determine which users have exceeded the parking time or do not even have a valid ticket. This information is available to the controlling bodies in real-time on their smartphones. Respective measures can be initiated and recorded immediately. For Interlaken the parking situation around the station has significantly improved; both day trippers and overnight guests can now arrive in a relaxed way and enjoy the Swiss mountains.
„Due to the entirely positive experience both with HecSpot and the software CityLine in recent months it was clear for us to rely on technology from Hectronic again at the station east. The installation and setting up was as quick and easy as usual, and overall we are very satisfied with the individual solution which is tailor-made for our special situation.“ – Hans Peter Bühlmann, Police Inspector, Safety Department Municipality of Interlaken