Luqa will soon turn to the Internet of Things to tackle its parking problem, with smart sensors set to be installed across parking spaces.
The sensors will be connected to a free mobile app and will inform drivers which parking spaces are available, saving them the hassle of driving around the town in search of a free spot.
A similar system has already been introduced in Qormi and it will be rolled out to other localities in the near future.
“This will lead to a substantial reduction in traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as in fuel costs and time wastage,” parliamentary secretary for the digital economy Silvio Schembri said when announcing the deal.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat presides over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Malta and Vodafone Malta
Posted by MaltaGov on Tuesday, July 30, 2019
“We strive to facilitate access to technology to tackle problems in our localities and it is our vision to offer valuable and viable solutions. Embracing innovation-driven policies and disrupting technologies is the way forward.”
The technology for this pilot project will be provided by Vodafone, as part of a memorandum of understanding signed today between the telecommunications company and the Maltese government. Besides other unnamed projects, the MOU will also seek to improve digital literacy and and awareness of emerging technologies among the Maltese public.
Serpil Timeray, CEO of Vodafone Europe Cluster, said Malta can become the perfect testbed for innovations before they scale up to larger markets.
“We’re entering an unprecedented era of transformation underpinned by new digital technologies and telecommunications,” she said.
“Users will experience ultrafast speed and telecom services and will use their data ubiquitously in order to progress in their lives and have more fulfilling personal lives. Our role at Vodafone is to become the trusted partner of every individual and enterprise and of society in general so we can enable this digital transformation everywhere.”
“It’s very important that customers see us as a partner of choice and a partner they can confide in that will help them adapt to these new technologies. Only then can we transform to a digital society where no one is left behind.”