MotionMap: stress-free parking and more

Problem: Small cities (such as Milton Keynes, UK) are growing rapidly in population, but cannot always expand physically, and thus do not have the infrastructure or space to cope with booming numbers of residents.

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Solution: Data management and the appropriate real-time mobility and movement software – such as MotionMap.

  • The app gives users a real-time view of all transportation and civilian movements in the city, to facilitate planning around traffic routes and parking, train delays, construction works and weather.
  • The interface uses a combination of user observation and sensors around the city to track information, including sensors for available bus capacity, number of wheelchairs and push-chairs on public transport etc.
  • The data will also be used by the council to facilitate town planning, as the city cannot endlessly build roads and carparks to facilitate the growing urban population.
  • MotionMap is in partnership with the Milton Keynes Smart City Project, “MK:Smart”, which is based on a Data Hub operated by the Open University.


  • University Data Hub team
  • City planners & council
  • Civilians (public transport users, drivers, cyclists)
  • Shopping centers, offices, public services (which require parking)


Steps to Deployment: 

  1. Data gathering: obtain real-time and historical data to start to forecast trends in movement
  2. Marketing: raise civilian awareness about the technology and its applications
  3. Partnerships: work with city council and private businesses to facilitate city movement through traffic, transport links and parking availability (especially in currently underutilized spaces).


Article: A multistep smart city initiative 

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