Parking study

Lot occupancy rate


Stationnement de Montréal is conducting a parking study in three of its parking lots to track vehicle entries and exits.

To this end, we are using the following technologies:

  • Camera installed on a post at each parking lot’s entrance
  • Ground-mounted sensor at each parking lot’s entrance
The camera is capturing licence plates, while the sensor is detecting passing vehicles, thereby enabling real-time tracking of the lot’s occupancy rate.

This study is also enabling us to test the effectiveness of these technological tools. Eventually, the data collected could be integrated into the mobile app to inform users of available parking lot spaces.

When: January 2017 to spring 2017

Targeted parking lots:

  • Lot 024 Saint-André, on Boyer Street, between Saint-Zotique and Beaubien East
  • Lot 243 Angrignon Park, on Des Trinitaires Blvd., north of De la Vérendrye
  • Lot 078 Boyer, on Boyer Street, between Saint-Zotique and Bélanger

Real-time data collection

Since 2013, Stationnement de Montréal has been working on a proof of concept to develop, test and implement real-time parking data collection systems.

The proposed solution includes the installation of ground-mounted sensors that provide real-time information on a given on-street paid parking space’s occupancy, among other features, thereby helping to:

  • Improve parking space management
  • Provide real-time data to develop mobile apps that can guide users to available spaces.

The proof of concept targets 350 on-street paid parking spaces in the downtown area.


Grid covered:

  • Mackay Street, between De Maisonneuve W. and Ste-Catherine W.
  • Bishop Street, between De Maisonneuve W. and Ste-Catherine W.
  • Crescent Street, between Sherbrooke W. and Ste-Catherine W.
  • De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., between Bishop and Drummond
  • Ste-Catherine Street W., south side, between Mackay and Drummond
  • Ste-Catherine Street W., north side, between Crescent and De la Montagne

This project is part of Montréal’s Parking Policy, adopted in June 2016.


Licence plate recognition system

Stationnement de Montréal is currently producing a proof of concept to collect occupancy data in its parking lots and in particular on-street zones, through a licence plate recognition system (“LPRS”). To this end, a vehicle equipped with cameras and bearing Société markings is testing the accuracy with which this technology links a car to the correct space.

This vehicle is also used to collect occupancy and delinquency data in our parking lots.

Please note that Stationnement de Montréal does not issue fines, as this is the purview of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).


The vehicle is equipped with various sensors, including a high-precision GPS, lasers and licence plate readers to photograph parked vehicles.