Cisco and Streetline collaborate to bring us smart parking and marriage bliss
When I was a youngster and I lost a tooth, I often wondered how the ‘Tooth Fairy’ knows when your tooth falls out.? How did they know there was a tooth ready to collect?
Now, as I’ve grown older and wiser (still with all my own teeth), I’m convinced that the Tooth Fairy was, and still is working in collaboration with Cisco!
Why you may ask?
Well when we talk about the tech company, Cisco, it’s always a matter of
- ‘watch this space’. That’s because Cisco always seems to have a new venture or partnership in the pipeline (or cloud), and isn’t that were the Tooth Fairy lives?
I will admit that Cisco’s lists of technical innovations bamboozle me but also astound me at the same time. Again I was and still am astounded and bamboozled by the work of the Tooth Fairy also (Yes its real).
"I’m convinced that if I really searched Cisco's website from top to bottom I would find a link to toothfairy.com".
Cisco envisages a world where Internet connectivity greatly enhances and aids the population in carrying out everyday mundane tasks with greater ease. What if a piece of hardware knew what you wanted before you knew you wanted it? And what if the ‘cloud fairies’ (OK, not a technical term) were guiding you towards greater peace and harmony?
Well perhaps they are aiding us, as it seems Cisco’s latest venture and partnership with Streetline does exactly what it says on the tin, it ‘watches this space’.
Cisco and Streetline have come together to jointly develop a system that can accurately give you real-time information on vacant parking spaces across the city. I’m still convinced they are behind the success of the Tooth Fairy.
And to top it all, Cisco and Streetline have developed a fix for one of life’s problems that inadvertently could also help solve another. It’s my opinion that marriage counselors and divorce lawyers will see a drastic drop in revenues because smart parking means less arguments, and less arguments mean a lower divorce rate. Right?
So on their website Cisco have crunched some numbers and come up with the following data on parking.
So how does it work?
Well Cisco and Streetline teams have been undergoing special retraining as counselors…only joking! But I’m convinced that if I really searched Cisco's website from top to bottom I will find a link to toothfairy.com.
It actually works by embedding special sensors in the pavements of the selected parking areas. These sensors can then detect if a space is occupied or vacant. This information is fed through some other bamboozling technical jargon and sent up into the cloud. It’s here were the fairies then sprinkle all that information back to the ground, where us angry arguing humans can read the information on our ‘smart connected’ phones via a special app known as Parker.
Now Parker being the nice guy that he is then provides arguing couples with a real-time interpretation of where we can find a vacant spot, as well as availability of off-street parking and garage lots with payment information.
Perhaps the Tooth Fairy should include payment info?
The bad news
So when I was naughty my parents would tell me that the Tooth Fairy might not visit, or they might send their evil twin who would steal my tooth and leave no money. I don’t know if I was being had, because the Tooth Fairy always seemed to take my teeth and leave something, although monetary value for the average tooth seemed to fluctuate. Perhaps it was linked to the commodities markets or something.
Anyway, it seems that nice-guy Parker is also has an evil twin called Guided Enforcement (GE). GE uses a special crystal ball to view images of cars in violation of parking enforcements. He then sends in his ground troops in silly little three wheeled vehicles to make your life miserable. Think of the Tooth Fairy confiscating your tooth and leaving you a parking citation.
Streetline and Cisco debuted this new technology at Cisco Live (May 18-22) and are currently working together in San Mateo and San Carlos.
In addition the companies unveiled a new Internet of Things (IoT) gateway that combines Streetline’s low-power mesh network and Cisco’s Smart+Connected Wi-Fi.
I know the description in the above paragraph is quite bamboozling to a lot of people, as it is to me. But when you think back to being a child and beveling in the Tooth Fairy, Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and that eating your carrots would enable you to see in the dark…….
Just believe me when I say that this new system could be just as magical.