Data4Mobility: Summarizing Secure Parking

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This week we want to summarize our idea “Secure Parking”. We also want to analyse the feedback we got and also give a view on what comes next.

Our idea “Secure Parking” is based on Bosch Secure Truck Parking. The main difference is that cars have a lot more spots to park and we do not want to create separated car parks or car lots. Our idea is to analyse police and insurance data about burglary and thefts and create a grid to determine if an area is secure or not. As feedback we received that police might not be allowed to give us the needed information and a crime database of Chicago was mentioned. We were able to find this kind of database actually for the whole US and Canada. In the Screenshot you see a part of the map for Chicago.

We could also create a map like this. The Bundeskriminalamt probably also has useful information for us, as there are statistics online available grouped by federal states. Maybe they have more detailed information which is allowed to be published if we ask. Analysing the data and creating a grid will be done with analytical methods. With this information, the knowledge where the car is actually stated and where the driver wants to go we can suggest a secure area to park at the destination point. It will also be possible to show if the current position is secure to park or not, if the driver did not insert a destination to the navigation system. This way we can try to prevent burglaries by routing the drivers to secure parking areas.

For the future we have to think about how to analyse the data exactly. We did not yet think about the value of the data during time. For example, if a burglary five years ago has the same impact making an area unsafe than a burglary just one week ago. We also have to think about where to get the latest data from and how to join old and new data. In the feedback we were also suggested to open our service to other occasions which could harm the car. For example including weather forecasts to prevent the car from damage by hailstorms.


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  1. Summary of the idea:
    The idea proposed by team 3, Data4Mobility, in essence aims to map burglaries and thefts to parking spots/areas in a city to determine what spots are relatively safer to park your vehicles in to give car owners peace of mind while they go about their work after they have parked their car.
    The inspiration for the team’s idea, known as “Secure Parking”, was drawn from Bosch’s “Secure Truck Parking” business. The lack of truck parking facilities along German highways has wide-reaching consequences, from accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers to thefts on un-surveillenced lots. Bosch Secure Truck Parking solves this problem by linking the infrastructure of parking lots with the information and communication systems of dispatchers and truck drivers in the form of Bosch Secure Truck Parking. [1]
    While Secure Parking does not provide the actual parking spaces for cars itself as part of the service solution, but it helps to determine if a particular region where the car is currently present is safe for parking based on past burglary and/or theft data in the vicinity (for the case when the user has not entered a destination in the navigation system), and the driver could also be suggested areas where there is a statistically lower chance of a crime happening with the car once it has been parked.
    Business Potential and Feasibility:
    The major target customer segment for Secure Parking seems to be individual car owners, i.e., the idea is B2I, there might be some obstacles to profitably monetize the service if users are charged for using the service. The primary reason being that because cars are legally required to be insured, people might not see the point of having to actively look for more secure parking spots-especially if such spots are farther away from the place where they want to go, and on top of that having no guarantee of even finding a parking spot in that place. But if it is offered as a free service to end customers, with revenue generated from other sources such as advertisement, then it might be financially more feasible.
    On the development end of the service, the application intends to make use of burglary/theft data they acquire from the Bundeskriminalamt and from insurance companies. While the team saw and made use of data crime data from the US and Canada, it is fair to point out that data laws are more strict in Europe as compared to the Americas. So there might be a lot of work required to get access to the data that would be essential for developing the parking grids.
    4 Existing similar solutions:
    1) BestParking ( – A parking location search engine. having partnered with pakring service providers, the application provides users with the ability to search for parking lots in their areas of interest and compare prices, as well as reservation.

    2) European Secure Parking Organization ( – A service, somewhat, similar to Bosch’s Secure Truck Parking. It allows parking areas on European motorways to apply for a “secure parking area” certification and allows truck drivers to rate these areas. A certified secure parking area, would of course, attract more business.

    3) ParkMe app ( – A Web and Mobile application to provide users the following services:
    -> Check daily and monthly rates for lots, plus rates for street parking (where available).
    -> Set our parking timer to help you avoid overstaying, overpaying or getting a ticket.
    -> See real-time info on available parking spots and street parking (where available).
    -> Get directions to the nearest lot entrance, not just the street address. [2]

    4) ParkingPanda ( – This app sets itself apart by partnering with a slew of professional sports leagues, stadiums and family attractions so you can find a spot near your event. A referral program lets users earn free parking. [3]

    Possible Enhancements:
    The only major downside that we see with the Secure Parking idea is that while it is unique in the sense that it provides information about whether or not a parking area is safe to leave your car in, it provides no guarantee of the user actually finding a parking spot in the secure areas once they get there. Perhaps the enhancement of allowing partnership with existing parking lots and services to provide reservation services might make the application even more handy!


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