Antoine Guillon and Pierre-Julien Harbonnier, both students at ISEN Lille in 5th year, received the Norbert Ségard du Jeune Espoir (student-engineer) prize, which aims to detect, promote and support young creators of innovative technology companies for their PARKKI project, a complete system for detecting parking spaces in urban areas.
This project will improve parking in the city by saving time for motorists who will be off the road for hours at a time, while at the same time reducing pollution.
Aundi 14 March 2016, Antoine Guillon and Pierre-Julien Harbonnier, both students at ISEN Lille in their 5th year, received the Norbert Ségard Young Hope (student-engineer) prize, worth €7,000, created by the Norbert Ségard Foundation; the prize aims to detect, promote and support young creators of innovative technological companies among students of the Grandes Ecoles of Engineering. Antoine Guillon and Pierre-Julien Harbonnier won the prize for their project PARKKI, a complete system for detecting parking spaces in urban areas. "This is a great recognition, very motivating for the continuation of our project. We have been working on it for almost two years, first with two people and then with a team of five other ISEN students, and this award marks the beginning of the realisation of all this work".says Pierre-Julien Harbonnier.
An ambitious and innovative project
The development of smart cities is a major challenge for the future of large cities; among other things, it will make it possible to optimise urban space, increase transport efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Parkki project for detecting parking spaces in urban areas fully meets these objectives by providing a solution to improve parking in the city, saving time for drivers who no longer turn for hours and thus reducing pollution. It is the perfect tool for cities and institutions to manage their parking lots. Parkki's parking place detection sensors could also allow the analysis of air pollution, noise pollution, traffic, etc.
PARKKI, how does it work?
The detection of free parking spaces by the Parkki system is done using sensors positioned on the facade of buildings or on street lighting. Thanks to its height positioning, it is capable of analysing all types of parking over a 40m wide zone on both sides of the roadway. The sensors then send their information to a master terminal which transmits this data to the Parkki system. This information is then analysed: size of free spaces,... in order to guide drivers to the most suitable free parking spaces.
The data is then analyzed on a larger scale to derive usage statistics and help organizations better manage their parking fleets.
"Next September, we are launching the first tests in real conditions thanks to a partnership with a player in the urban installation market and the creation of the Startup. The Norbert Ségard prize will give us visibility and will allow us to accelerate the Parkki development process. Indeed, we are going to put the money received to good use to carry out the test sensors for September and to pay the ancillary costs for the operation of the system. This will also enable us to cover the costs of creating the startup".explains Antoine Guillon.
It is the perfect tool for cities and institutions to manage their parking facilities. These free space detectors will be tested next September in real conditions thanks to a partnership with a player in the urban installation market.
The ISEN Group and The Norbert Ségard Foundation
The purpose of the Norbert Ségard Foundation is to continue the work of Norbert Ségard, founder in 1956 of the Institut Supérieur d'Electronique du Numérique (ISEN), in the field of engineering training, research and technological entrepreneurship. This is why the ISEN Group has supported all the Foundation's actions since its creation in 1984, including its scholarships and prizes.