My Smart City Graz Quarter Ensures Dynamism by Intelligent Parking Guidance System with MSR-Traffic

MSR-Traffic & MSR-Austria Equip un Underground Car Park With Ultrasonic Sensors that Guarantee a Fast Search for Parking Spaces

MSR-Traffic & MSR-Austria equip un underground car park with ultrasonic sensors

My Smart City Graz ( stands for energy efficiency, resource conservation and the reduction of emissions. The latest energy technologies and transport concepts are applied there to protect the environment.

With the reorganisation of Graz's central station, the area around the station is currently the best-developed area in Graz. The district to the west of the main station was originally a commercial and industrial area and will in future be the first quarter in Graz to be developed according to smart criteria. In the vicinity of the Helmut List Halle, a successful mix of residential units, office and commercial space and an extensive public park is being created.

In addition to various projects and construction phases, such as the Science Tower, the school campus or the Cool City, the district is home to the Smart City Mitte project, a residential and shopping complex that has an underground car park with an intelligent parking guidance system from MSR-Traffic.

Solution From MSR-Traffic for Dynamic Parking Guidance

Sensors with different light coloursTo ensure dynamic parking search, 245 ultrasonic sensors (one sensor per parking space) and LED matrix displays are needed. The ultrasonic sensors (type Cross) from MSR-Traffic incl. coloured status LEDs enable accurate counting and single-space detection of vehicles.

5 ultra-bright LEDs per colour indicate the status of the parking space - green means available, red means occupied. Sensor and LEDs are located in one housing. The single-space and counting sensors are each mounted under the ceiling. Compared to conventional measuring techniques MSR-Traffic sensors are robust, very durable and provide precise measurement results at all times.

The Turnkey System is Individually Configured and Installed Extremely Quickly on Site

The LED indication of remaining spaces by means of the matrix displays from MSR-Traffic enables fast route guidance for people looking for parking spaces, including for finding handicapped and electric vehicle parking spaces. The live data on the parking situation enables drivers to make quick directional decisions at any time. The dynamic traffic in the underground car park also results in fewer CO2 emissions and at the same time increases the economic efficiency of the parking areas.

White box with screenThe heart of the intelligent parking guidance system - the ParkGard® Controller Center (PGCC) - establishes the connection to the ultrasonic sensors and displays the counting information on the corresponding LED displays on the car park levels. The PGCC is responsible for controlling the parking guidance system, storing historical data, compiling statistics, visualising ongoing operations and communicating with other systems.




The planning, installation and commissioning of the entire parking guidance system was carried out by MSR-Austria GmbH (, an Austrian branch of MSR-Group GmbH from Germany.

About MSR-Traffic 


MSR-Traffic offers innovative sensor technology that enables counting and single place detection of vehicles in indoor and outdoor applications. Drivers are quickly guided to the next available parking space via dynamic traffic control technology or via an app. In addition to the development, production, and sales of intelligent parking guidance systems, MSR also provides support in planning and installation on site.


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