PlacePod™ is an IoT-enabled smart parking sensor for on-street and off-street municipal and private parking management.

Parking has long been a poorly managed resource, resulting in environmental and economic problems and consumer dissatisfaction. Technological advancements and societal needs are now aligned for the widespread adoption of the next generation of smart parking solutions. The biggest challenge is accurate and timely vehicle detection.

PNI’s solution is PlacePod, an in-ground or surface-mounted smart parking sensor that communicates with your LoRa gateway to provide real-time parking data. It provides accurate vehicle detection in parking spaces, 10 years of battery life, and is stable over temperature fluctuations, even in harsh environments.

Key Features

  • The industry’s most accurate magnetic sensing system for vehicle detection with the combination of PNI’s high-performance magnetic sensor and vehicle detection algorithms that accurately detect the presence or absence of a car in a parking space;
  • Sensors and algorithms are finely tuned for ultra-low power consumption and are always-on, providing continuous vehicle detection without missing a parking event;
  • Simplified provisioning and management using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for easy wireless setup, calibration, diagnostics, and software updates via mobile or desktop application;
  • IoT-enabled with complete LoRaWAN compatibility via the built-in LoRa-based radio for communication with a LoRa-enabled gateway;
  • Easy installation, either in-ground or surface-mounted, in compact, rugged polycarbonate housing.


Built-In Accuracy and Reliability

The PlacePod smart parking sensor includes PNI’s RM3100 geomagnetic sensor, which is the highest-performance magnetic sensor in its class. The RM3100 incorporates proprietary magneto-inductive technology that has more than 30 times the sensitivity of other magnetic sensors and is stable over temperature fluctuations. Unlike standard magnetic sensors, PNI’s sensor can filter out electromagnetic interference or “noise” such as direct current from overhead power lines, alternating current from utility-related facilities, and transient magnetic signatures from passing traffic. The sensors and algorithms are optimized for always-on, highly-accurate vehicle detection while maintaining ultra-low-power operation. Other parking sensors manage power consumption by putting the parking sensor into “sleep mode” during which they are unable to detect the presence or absence of a vehicle.

PlacePod In-Ground Smart Parking Sensor
PlacePod Surface-Mount Smart Parking Sensor

PlacePod Sales Sheet

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