ENGIE Ineo proposes an original carpooling detection solution for access to the B Line park-and-rides

As a leading actor in the zero-carbon transition for cities and regions, ENGIE Group is committed to supporting both its private- and public-sector customers in the energy transition, proposing ‘as a service’ and turnkey solutions to promote more virtuous mobility.
Local authorities are the driving force behind this zero-carbon transition, both to continue to increase the attractiveness of their cities and to meet the expectations of their inhabitants. And within this context, more and more initiatives related to smart cities are being developed. In response to a call for tenders from Rennes Métropole and its delegate, Semtcar, ENGIE Ineo, a major operator in the energy and digital transition, has designed a smart and innovative solution to count passengers in a vehicle as “objects” using cameras located at the entrance to the B Line park-and-rides of the city’s automatic light metro system. By counting and regulating access to park-and-ride facilities, this system aims to encourage carpooling over individual vehicles.

Unique in France, this solution was designed and developed by the teams and experts of ENGIE Ineo’s “Connected Cities and Regions” Labs.

Innovations for smarter cities

Like many French conurbations, the city centre of Rennes suffers from high traffic density. To combat the increasing congestion and encourage more responsible car use, Rennes Métropole offers free access to its park-and-ride facilities. Commuters and other users can thus leave their vehicles safely parked while they take public transport into the city centre.

Rennes Metropole selected ENGIE Ineo, a solutions integrator for connected cities and regions, to design and deliver a unique solution of dome (anti-glare) cameras that detect the people in each vehicle as objects, without image recording or facial recognition.

Rennes Métropole will have the necessary tools at its disposal to regulate parking space quotas depending on the context and traffic or pollution conditions.

 

A solution devised within ENGIE Ineo’s “Connected Cities and Regions” Labs

By placing technology at the service of the challenges facing communities today across France, the “Connected Cities and Regions” Labs, veritable centres for innovation, contribute to the construction of attractive and smart cities where life is increasingly better for the inhabitants. Attentive to their customers’ needs, ENGIE Ineo’s experts design bespoke solutions at the cutting edge of technology. Tried and tested, these solutions aim to best meet the needs of communities in order to move together towards an ‘as a service’ zero-carbon transition.

Thanks to its Labs and the full-scale testing they allow, ENGIE Ineo has been able to build and offer a unique turnkey solution that meets all of Rennes Métropole’s expectations concerning the reduction of car traffic in the city centre in favour of public transport.

 

A filtering solution for future deployment in five park-and-ride facilities

After full-scale testing in an ENGIE Ineo Lab, the digital solution will be deployed and tested in Rennes in the Les Préales park-and-ride facility until early 2020. Once it has demonstrated its effectiveness, the other three park-and-rides on the B Line and the La Poterie park-and-ride on the A Line will be equipped with this new technology, with full deployment expected for the end of 2020.

The long-term ambition of this car filtering system, the very first of its kind in France, is to also include moving vehicles, thereby facilitating traffic flows while supporting the evolution of users’ needs in their regions.

* Société d’Économie Mixte des Transports Collectifs de l’Agglomération Rennaise, Rennes Métropole’s representative for the project management of the B Line of the Rennes metro.