Raspberry Pi car parking sensor

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By Humphrey Shotton and Nicholas Sanders

Welcome to PiPark

PiPark is a Raspberry Pi car parking sensor which uses a camera to detect vacant car parking spaces and send the data to a webserver, where it can be accessed by users.

Users can then check online before setting off on journeys to see which car park to head to.

Images of our original test setup can be seen in this album (http://imgur.com/a/VdfVp).

Setup Instructions

To setup server, see server/README.md.

To setup pi software, see pi/README.md.

What you will need

To setup this software, you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Camera
  • Computer to run as the server
  • Power and internet connection to the Pi (wired or wireless)
  • Keyboard and mouse for Pi setup

Pi Software

On the Pi, you will need to have the software for:

Most Raspberry Pi's will also already have the following installed, however they are also required to run the Pi software:

  • Python 2.7 (Python 3 is not supported)

Server Software

The server must have:

  • MySQL
  • PHP

Both of these are available on most web servers, or part of the open source XAMPP project, if running on a computer http://www.apachefriends.org/.