The City of Dublin is conducting a trial of Smart City technologies for a Connected Dublin project in the Darby Street Parking Lot in Historic Dublin. The technologies will be used to measure and analyze parking patterns in the lot and will utilize cameras, data analytics algorithms and a local high-speed wireless broadband network.
Beginning Monday, December 9, 2019, crews will be in the Darby lot to install cameras, fiber optic cables, power facilities and wireless radio equipment. Installers will need access to a few parking spaces during installation. The contractor expects to impact three or four parking spaces at a time and only when they are installing equipment on the light poles. While idle or waiting, crews will move their equipment out of the way for maximum use of the lot.
The week of December 16, installers will return to the parking lot to configure the equipment. This activity is not expected to impact parking spaces.
Once installation is complete and the equipment is operational, the 90-day pilot project will begin. The equipment will be removed at the conclusion of the pilot.
The technology will be used to identify how many vehicles are in the lot and whether they are parked or moving. The cameras are not designed to discover any personal identifying information, such as facial recognition or license plate recognition. People and vehicles will not be identified. Video from the system will not be stored long term.
The trial is part of the larger Connected Dublin initiative. The technology is being evaluated within the context of a Smart City, which may one day include Smart Parking. For now, the technology is expected to provide valuable insights to City staff about traffic and parking patterns in the thriving Historic District.
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