On 08th and 09th of September three teams of the S+LOADZ consortium visited the Ankara wholesale market (Hal) in Yenimahalle/Ankara. Rebecca Litauer and Cansu Yapıcı-Öztaş (Fraunhofer IAO) met Melis Selbes, Kadir Yamer and Yılmaz Oğuzhan Demir (Belka), Suna Akbayır and Esra Sunker (Artech Consulting).
The teams took photos and interviewed the market management, truck drivers as well as sellers at the wholesale market to describe the baseline situation in the run-up to the implementation of the technology.
“Ankara is a very specific case in its structure and not comparable to the other cities” Rebecca Litauer says.
“The enormous number of parking spaces to digitize makes it more difficult for Ankara than Paris, Vic or Argentauil.” “With the S+LOADZ project the municipality also tries to end the dangerous parking situation(s) in the loading zones, which means not only a change of technology and organization but also a change of the culture within the market”, says Cansu Yapıcı-Öztaş.

Next steps

The next steps of the Belka Team in Ankara are:
  • Planning and starting an awareness campaign at the wholesale market
  • Preparing the parking zones
  • Starting a pre-trial period of the PARKUNLOAD-App
The consortium will meet in Ankara again on 03rd  and 04th of November.