About the Hackathon
T-Mobile Austria and the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten organised the “Smart Public Life” Hackathon, taking place on 21st and 22nd of March, 2018. The target was to collect ideas for new smart concepts and approaches, in order to improve and facilitate the everyday life of citizens in cities. Creating Minimum Viable Product approaches and present these after 24 hours in a 5-minute pitch was the challenge. In total, 60 participants created 13 different and innovative solutions for everyday problems in urban areas. In order to reward their commitment, the participants of the three best projects won a prize up to 3.000€. Concepts were evaluated by the jury, consisting of representatives of the St.Pölten city council, the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, T-Mobile Austria, Deutsche Telekom and the local maker scene.
Project – Lightning Parking
Two staff members of Tributech Solutions GmbH together with their three team members, developed a system where parking charges can be easily paid via a blockchain based cryptocurrency. However, the system they developed was more sophisticated than that. Enabled by the narrow-band IoT sensors provided by T-Mobile, the solution included features like tracing occupied parking lots in the city, guidance to a selected parking lot via a navigation app and automatic payment for the exact period of time the slot was occupied. Prior to using the service, the user has to sign up with the registration number of the car. For non-cryptocurrency users the service also foresees the opportunity to include conversion into fiat currency.
Moreover, owners of a private parking lot can easily apply the necessary technology on their space and offer it for the time they are at work or on holiday. As some fee is collected as parking fee in cryptocurrency, this is a profitable way of contributing to the sharing-economy. Furthermore, as parking spaces in cities in general are limited, it maximises the usage of available space. As there is no intermediate institution who profits from this business, the developers calls this model “peer-to-peer-parking”.
Additionally, citizens will benefit from this system with further expansion of the information regarding each parking space like reservation systems when navigating to the space, wheelchair accessibility and charging stations. Searching for a parking lot will become easier and inner-city traffic will be reduced. Due to the competition on the parking market, the price is expected to decrease over time.
Sabrina and Patrick from Tributech took part in the competition and together with their hackathon team and their innovative solution, they won the second prize.
If you want to read more about Lighting Parking, you can continue here:white paper – lighting parking