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Visualization and control of the parking building for bicycles in the city of Pardubice

August 11, 2017 | Reliance SCADA

In the summer of 2017, a parking building for bicycles was put into operation near the railroad station in Pardubice. The building – BIKETOWER – is named after its vertical storage system and provides service only to cyclists. It allows storing bicycles and bicycle accessories (panniers, helmets, child bike seats, etc.) in a safe and dry place.

Control system

The control and visualization of the parking facility is provided by a Siemens SIMATIC
PLC and the Reliance SCADA/HMI system. The Siemens PLC is the heart of the entire system. It is used to process algorithms and to determine what and where to park or return back to the owner. In addition, the PLC stores statistical data and controls the storage/retrieval machine's motors. The PLC is also used for direct communication with the light curtains through IO-Link and with another integral part of the parking building – the parking payment system. These systems exchange their data through the Modbus TCP protocol.

The movement of the storage/retrieval machine is provided by four NORD AC drive–controlled motors. The AC drives are installed directly on the motors. For precise movement, absolute encoders are used. The PLC and the AC drives communicate with each other over Ethernet through PROFINET.

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Bicycle tower in Pardubice