From PKW1 to UPC5.Technology :
Jean-Baptiste was tired of seeing delivery vehicles on the pavement outside his home, in the way of pedestrians, and he said to himself that somewhere on the market there must be an effective solution for monitoring parking spaces. And that if he found it, he would promote it in Paris, where he lives.
So at the beginning of 2015 he began to look for various solutions on the market and started testing them: ground mounted sensors, infra-red, movement detectors etc. But for various reasons, none of them were entirely satisfactory. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and starting from a benchmark on the sensor market, Jean-Baptiste set to designing his own Smart Parking sensor.
He was still a long way from creating a company, sending the first quotes, recruiting the first employees, etc. However, after many sleepless nights and long month of hard work, Jean-Baptiste brought out his first sensor, which he called PKW1 for Parkoview 1. It was literally a solution enabling parking spots to be viewed. A few months after bringing out PKW2, the first customers began to knock on his door
Jean-Baptiste then decided to take the plunge and created Parkoview in March 2017. The production and sales of sensors went from a few dozen units to hundreds, and there very quickly followed the Parkoview PKW3 and PKW4 sensors, with modifications such as the strength and adaptation of power supplies to cope with variations in the quality of electricity in the lamp posts, the addition of a dedicated battery set for installation on old lighting infrastructures or systems to facilitate troubleshooting and maintenance.
With the success enjoyed by the Parkoview PKW4 sensor, Jean-Baptiste, who up to then was self-financing, decided to raise funds of €1.8M at the start of 2019 with Demeter, a major capital investment firm for energy and ecology transition. These funds would strengthen the R&D team in particular, and further improve the performance of our sensors (today, our sensors achieve a detection rate in excess of 99% in real situations across all the applications offered), installed in hundreds of towns and retailers in France and abroad.
PKW4 was to be the last of the Parkoview sensors and UPC5 the first from Upciti, the new name for Parkoview. A new name that perfectly reflects on the exhaustive nature of the new UPC5 sensor functionalities. In addition to monitoring parking places or vehicle segmentation, the Upciti UPC5 sensors deliver real time traffic statistics, and can also provide sound mapping when doubt needs to be removed, and enables other wired or wireless equipment to be connected to extend the range of data captured (in particular, air quality).
PKW1 sensors are still operational today after dealing with very harsh winters and hot summers, and are benefiting from the latest functionalities through regular updates. And after long months of R&D, the UPC5 sensor will be unveiled in an exclusive preview at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from 19 to 21 November 2019. So, watch this space!