In Israel, there are about 600 citizens who move around in wheelchairs. They often find that someone has blocked their disabled parking, or the separation area around the parking lot, and find themselves helpless. In order to find a solution to this problem, ParkVision has been developed – an IoT.based system that detects blockages of vehicles in real time.
The system is installed on the vehicle on the side or rear, and is connected to an app that sends a real.time alert to the owner of the disabled vehicle and notifies him that it is being blocked. The system detects the license plate of the blocking vehicle in real time and thus also helps to locate the owner of the blocking vehicle.
When a blockage is detected, the system alerts the blocking driver, using speakers and a public address system: “You are blocking a disabled vehicle.” In the event of continuous blockages, the device will continue to alert the vehicle to the blockage, every 30 seconds, so that passers.by will also be able to understand that something is wrong, and they too can help locate the owner of the blocking vehicle or call the police themselves.
The people behind the development of this innovative system are Noy Nir, 24, a resident of Gan Yavne, and Ilan Crotter, 26, a resident of Ashdod, with a degree in software engineering from SCE Academic College of Engineering named after Sami Shimon. A member of the faculty of the Department of Software Engineering, on the Ashdod campus of SCE, was declared an outstanding project as part of the department’s final projects.
“The idea was actually born through our friend, Idan Fadlon, a student in the department, who suffers from cerebral palsy from childhood and often encounters this problem,” says Nir. “Such blockages. Through our development, a person with a disability can know in real time what is happening and in the event of a blockage decide what to do, if he turns to the police, gets in the car and the like.”
Crotter added that “the app records previous blockages so that the user can track them. In addition, there are a number of settings for the app user, such as controlling the volume of the system, and the option to turn off alerts on the smartphone if the user so chooses.”
The two concluded: “We hope that thanks to ParkVision the blockage phenomenon in the segregation areas of disabled parking will stop and we will be able to raise awareness among the general population. We hope that the public with special needs will also use our product and that ParkVision will help them improve their quality of life.”
The head of the Department of Software Engineering at SCE, the Sami Shimon Academic College of Engineering, Ashdod Campus, Dr. Marina Kniazensky added: “This is an essential system with enormous potential and social significance that can improve the quality of life of people with special needs. “The discipline we provide to our students in the Department of Software Engineering and in college in general, gives them a significant advantage in the design and development of innovative products and solutions for the benefit of the public.”