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Mönchengladbach - Monitoring e-parking


Mönchengladbach - Monitoring e-parking

Mönchengladbach wants to use smart city solutions to make various areas of the city more sustainable. In the area of mobility, one of the goals is to make the use of e-vehicles more attractive. To this end, the DKSR Urban Data Platform was set up as a pilot instance in an initial implementation phase to test the monitoring of charging stations.


  • E-mobilists spend less time searching for a charging station and existing charging stations can be utilized more effectively, making the use of e-mobility more attractive for citizens.
  • By recording usage and consumption behavior at charging stations, a data-based understanding of what is happening is enabled.
  • The analysis of the collected data can be used to develop dynamic pricing models and optimize the infrastructure.
  • The solution can be scaled by adopting and expanding it to other city districts.
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Screenshot of the Grafana dashboard showing the charging stations and their availability (red/green).


  • This application can be easily obtained from the Urban Data Community.
  • Implementation time: 3 to 6 months
  • A project owner should be appointed on the city side to define any deviating requirements and accept development steps.

Necessary technologies

  • Locally used sensors, here: Last Mile Solution charging stations + APIs und TTN Sensor (ground sensor) + API
  • Development of two connectors
  • Complex Event Processing Engine

Factor money

  • A 1:1 The application can be adapted for use in different locations with little effort.
  • UDC members with an open urban data platform can expect about 10 days of effort.
  • The investment includes the connection of different data sets, the calculation logic (data model) and the visualization of the data in a dashboard.
  • The largest cost factor is the connection of the data.

Lessons learned

Five charging stations with sensors are currently active in Mönchengladbach. In order to be able to use the full added value of the technology, field work is necessary, especially in the run-up: IDs of the sensors as well as the location of the respective charging stations must be precisely documented so that the users of the dashboard are later shown the correct data on the charging stations as well as their exact location. The unrestricted functionality of the sensors must also be checked.
In addition, there must be precise documentation of the APIs used. Once the correct description is available, a use case can be implemented in a timely manner. In this case, it is the city's responsibility to request access to the data from the sensor providers and to provide the corresponding tokens.
The visualization via the Grafana dashboard offers flexibility in displaying different scenarios and is based on the previously developed metrics. For example, it can be displayed whether or not the charging station is also being used in an occupied parking space. Other questions and corresponding visualizations can be realized with little effort. It is possible to create a detailed page for each charging pole.

Which SDGS are addressed?

In order to create globally sustainable structures, the member states of the United Nations have set themselves 17 goals by 2030, which are set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The source code of this implementation is available for free adaptation for members of the Urban Data Community. As a member, you can access the Urban Data Community's shared GitHub repository directly by clicking the button. If you have any trouble accessing the code, please contact us.

Matching data(sources)

These data(sources) provide important information for a successful realization:

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TTN ground sensor data

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Last Mile Solutions occupancy data for e-charging stations

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You need support in adapting the application for your city? You would like to know what you have to pay attention to during the implementation? You would like to adopt the application but are not yet a community member? Contact the experts who are responsible for the implementation. We will be happy to assist you!

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Verena Mutz

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