This work presents an innovative solution for parking-sharing of private institutions based on daily occupancy patterns and using different real time tracking methods of vacant parking slots. The research objective consists in finding the most accurate cars detection method, for determining of vacant parking slots and updating them on application web page. Beside the technical innovation represented by image processing algorithms used, this paper promotes the concept of sharing economy with many social benefits like car flow optimization, reducing fuel, pollution, loss of time and creating financial advantages for parking owners. The main software component is a web application which is connected with Raspberry Pi microcontroller, 2 Pi cameras and one fix camera for parking management. It facilitates reserving a place, opening the barrier and allows entering, exiting and revising the number of vacant slots and synchronization with the web application and the supporting database. The web application provides the following facilities: real time parking status view, reservation on a specific time by license plate number, administration module that includes payment system and updates about users and prices, implementation of the gamification concept in the management of parking spaces. The solution was piloted at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS) Romania. The developed solution is flexible, extensible and applicable to crowded university cities, but also to other private organizations that have inefficiently operated parking slots.
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