IoT solution alleviates urban traffic

10-09-2018 | Silicon Labs | New Technologies

Q-Free and Silicon Labs announce a collaboration on a new outdoor parking IoT sensor solution that makes it quicker and easier for automotive drivers in urban areas to find open parking spots. The companies have worked together to create Q-Free’s ParQSense Smart Parking Sensor, which employs the Silicon Labs’ Wonder Gecko wireless MCU for control and Sub-GHz connectivity. The solution was deployed as a pilot this year in the EU and North America.

“The Q-Free ParQSense Smart Parking Sensor is a great example of how IoT ingenuity can improve our lives and the overall urban experience,” said Dennis Natale, vice president and general manager of IoT Products at Silicon Labs. “As the demand for smart city solutions accelerates, IoT innovators like Q-Free are choosing Silicon Labs’ low-power wireless connectivity technologies for their solutions.”

“To develop an IoT sensor solution for outdoor parking that would succeed in today’s market, we had to deliver a combination of low-power, long-range wireless connectivity and high performance,” said Brage Blekken, a project manager in Q-Free’s R&D department. “Silicon Labs helped us overcome this challenge by providing best-in-class wireless technology capable of transmitting data over long distances in the sub-GHz band. The EZR32WG Wonder Gecko wireless MCU was the perfect fit for our application needs.”

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