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Cutting-edge technology to block parking freeloaders

Metro is using cutting-edge technology to reclaim its Park & Ride parking spaces for transit riders

The LA transport giant is linking its new parking operation to its transit TAP card to keep parking spaces for commuters using the network, rather than non-transit users taking parking resources to avoid paying up to $5 an hour for parking elsewhere.

Metro says that until a nominal $3/day parking fee was introduced in April, transit riders arriving at busy stations often found it almost impossible to get a parking space unless they arrived extra early on weekday mornings.

To combat the congestion and stop non-commuters getting a parking free ride, Metro has brought in international specialists Global Parking Solutions (GPS) - whose US base is in Philadelphia - to create a solution to weed out the interlopers.

GPS responded with its “pay-by-plate” system but took it further to produce a smart meter that links parking to the use of Metro’s Transit Access Program (TAP) card, remembers transit riders’ license plates, and blocks non-transit users.

In what GPS believes to be a world first, the solar-powered meters also give change to cash-users.

“We had a unique and specific set of requirements,” said Frank Ching, Senior Director of Countrywide Parking Management for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“GPS was the only company that listened and entertained the possibility of what we were trying to achieve.

“GPS essentially custom-built a meter based on our requirements. They did what they said they would do, even before any commitment from us to buy anything from them.”

The next stage of the system will see the meter interrogate Metro’s transit system to see if the person parking actually uses the transit system, to stop people using their TAP card to get cheap parking when they are not actually commuting. If they don’t ride the system within a set period they’ll be issued a citation.

GPS Global Sales and Marketing Manager Dion Knill said the whole aim of the exercise was to get maximum parking and to serve transit riders.

“Like in a lot of big cities around the world, Metro wants to get people out of their cars and on to public transport,” he said.

“But if commuters can’t use Park & Ride car parks, that defeats the purpose.

“What we’ve done is come up with an elegant solution to the problem, that is as automated as possible, as simple for the user as possible, and as effective as possible.”

The elegance of the solution extends to the stainless steel and aluminum meter machine itself, which is solar and battery-powered, has a minimal footprint, communicates its status in real time and will accept payment in bills - and gives change - credit cards and proximity cards, and via mobile phones.

“While the research and development for these machines is done in New Zealand, GPS also uses technology from world-leading companies like Passport and Genetec for features like the mobile phone payment system,” Knill said.

GPS is part of the Linfox Armaguard Group that employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. GPS has been designing and manufacturing parking solution for over 20 years, having installed over 10,000 meters throughout the USA and Canada, as well as Britain, Australia and New Zealand managing 35+ million transactions per year and controlling 72,000 spaces.

For further inquiries contact:

Dion Knill -Global Sales & Marketing Manager

21 William Pickering Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand

+64-9-415 6588

 

Global Parking Solutions to launch new Meter at IPI 2016

Global Parking Solutions is launching the new MetroLite Ticketless Parking Meter at the 2016 IPI Conference and Expo held in Nashville, Tennessee. Stop by and see us at Booth 523 to see the future of parking, enter the unique License Plate (provided to all registered delegates in their delegate bags) into the MetroLite and win an instant prize or go into the draw to win an Apple Watch.

Gold Coast Council Parks Additional $500k In Savings

Having been a trusted partner of GPS’ for 10 years, Gold Coast Council has renewed their confidence in its use. Installing new ticketless parking meters allowing motorists to park and then pay from any meter has banked a $ 500,000 in savings for the Council. Savings are from initial capital cost as well as on-going consumables and maintenance costs. Motorists can still get receipts on request. eReceipts can be implemented at any stage however, due to low demand for receipts this is no longer a priority.

The new state-of-the-art parking meters fully integrate with a mobile application, allowing the user to only pay for the amount of time parked rather than prepay for a set amount of time. Wireless sensors will be installed to detect the occupancy status of each individual parking space. Data is transmitted to dynamic signs in real-time, guiding the motorist to the nearest available space. The technology can also alert and direct parking wardens to expired or non-paid spaces. Conforming to an eco-friendly approach, the implementation of sensors has made printed tickets obsolete.

A council spokesman said the decision to buy meters without built-in printers saved the council up to $500,000. “This matter was considered in the procurement of the new technology and the decision to not incorporate printers within each of the city’s 450 new parking machines was made partly on the basis of the more than $500,000 in cost savings which resulted from both the reduction in initial capital cost and on-going maintenance and repair savings,” he said.

“The decision was made with the recognition that the new technology was compatible with smart phones and offered many payment choices.”

Mark Oliver, GPS’s Technical Director, said there are significant savings by going printer-less in both up-front costs as well as maintenance and consumables; in addition less machines are required as motorists no longer have to return to their vehicle to display a ticket. Paper costs and maintenance make up a significant part of the on-going costs of running parking operations. “Printer-less makes a lot of sense and is something we are getting asked about more and more” When asked about those motorists who needed a receipt Oliver said “The old lollipop meters never provided a receipt; we can provide an option allowing users to obtain an eReceipt if needed”.

 

About Global Parking Solutions

GPS is the global brand of Integrated Technology Solutions, part of the Linfox Armaguard Group of companies. Established in 1956 and employing over 20,000 staff. GPS has been designing and manufacturing parking solutions for over 20 years, having installed over 10,000 Multi Space Meters managing 35+ million transactions per annum and controlling 72,000 spaces.

Contact Information

Dion Knill -Global Sales & Marketing Manager

21 William Pickering Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand

+64-9-415 6588

Global Parking Solutions To Exhibit The Metropolis Parking Meters at IPI 2014

Global Parking Solutions will be exhibiting the Metropolis parking pay station at the 2014 IPI Conference and Expo  held in Dallas, Texas. Available with a full complement of integrated payment options – including coin, bill and the fastest on-line credit card in the industry – the slimline Metropolis pay station is solar powered and customizable for pay & display, pay by plate and pay by space operation. Stop by and see us at Booth 117.

Global Parking Solutions To Exhibit The Metropolis Parking Meters at CPPA 2013

Global Parking Solutions will be exhibiting the Metropolis parking pay station at the 2013 CPPA Annual Conference and Tradeshow held in Monterey, CA. Available with a full complement of integrated payment options – including coin, bill and the fastest on-line credit card in the industry – the slim line Metropolis pay station is solar powered and customizable for pay & display, pay by plate and pay by space operation. Stop by and see us at Booth 107.

Collingswood Awards Contract for Parking Kiosks to Global Parking Solutions

August 2013

After months of frustration and potentially lost revenue, the Borough of Collingswood has named Global parking Solutions as its new vendor to replace their existing problematic multispace terminals.

After having worked "for a couple years" with kiosk manufacturer Metric on "problems with modems, with problems with control panels, problems with power, and with them being unable to repair them," Maley said, Collingswood decided enough was enough.

"Hopefully we get back into a routine where people are simply upset that they’re paying for parking and not that the machines won’t take their money when they try to pay," Collingswood Mayor James Maley said.

Installation of the meters is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea awards new pay station contract to Global Parking Solutions

July 2013

Commissioners at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea recently awarded a contract for new parking pay stations to Global Parking Solutions.

Key to the decision was the total cost of ownership over a 5 year period. The Metropolis terminals cost 65% less per year to operate than the nearest rival, and significantly cheaper when compared to a Single Space Meter solution.

The Metropolis Parking Terminal is a state-of-the-art, multi-space parking terminals featuring award winning design and lightning-fast credit card processing. All information on the Metro is communicated to a back office system in real time via the cellular network. This allows the city to view the statuses of the machines at any time as well as using the very powerful real-time reporting functionality.

Motorists will also benefit from the terminals quick and simple to use interface. The interface is built around the user and is centric to its design incorporating a large graphical screen which uses icon based menus and instructions. The terminals provide multiple payment options including Coins, Bills and Credit Cards, with credit card processing being the fastest, and most secure of any multi-space terminal on the market today.

Global Parking Solutions To Exhibit The Metropolis Parking Meters at IPI 2013

Global Parking Solutions will be exhibiting the Metropolis parking pay station at the 2013 IPI Conference and Expo  held in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Available with a full complement of integrated payment options – including coin, bill and the fastest on-line credit card in the industry – the slimline Metropolis pay station is solar powered and customizable for pay & display, pay by plate and pay by space operation. Stop by and see us at Booth 1211.

Easier, faster, simpler parking just hit LA County

April 2013

LA County motorists who have yearned for quicker and easier-to-use parking machines have just got their wish.

From Malibu to San Pedro, Global Parking Solutions has replaced dozens of obsolete parking machines with Metropolis Parking Terminals: state-of-the-art, multi-space parking terminals featuring award winning design and lightning-fast credit card processing.

LA County motorist will notice improvement right away, the Metropolis terminals are rated as the world’s easiest to use and features the fastest credit card processing in the industry. Once you insert your card you can pay for your parking in less than 5 seconds. No credit card? No problem. Metro terminals let you pay for your parking in just about any way that suits you, including coins, bills, mobile phone, or credit card.

Metro terminals feature a stainless steel and aluminum housing that is extremely durable even in harsh, coastal environments – unlike existing steel terminals that often simply rust away.

Metro terminals provide fast, secure, ‘always on’ wireless communications between the terminals and the central control system despite the terminals being scattered from one end of the County to the other. This means real-time reporting of faults, faster repairs and maintenance, greater cash security, and quicker credit card processing.

Wellington one of the first cities in the world to deploy NFC on parking terminals

NEWS RELEASE

10 April 2013

Wellington City Council has begun trialling Snapper cards and 2degrees Touch2Pay smartphones with Snapper Mobile to pay for car parking in the city.

Some 50 pay-and-display machines around the Wakefield Street and Courtenay Place area can now take Snapper payments. The Council’s Transport Portfolio Leader, Andy Foster, says the intention is that city-wide Snapper Parking will be launched mid-June.

“Over the next six weeks we’ll fit 550 on-street parking terminals covering more than 3000 parking spaces in the CBD with Snapper terminals. This new system is a first for New Zealand and means paying for parking will become a lot easier for Wellingtonians.”

The technology that enables the use of Snapper cards and Touch2Pay for parking was developed by New Zealand company Integrated Technology Solutions. Wellington is one of the first cities in the world to adopt the NFC (Near Field Communication) based technology on parking equipment. NFC is a short range wireless technology that allows the transfer of information between two devices, in this case a Snapper or a Touch2Pay smartphone with the Snapper Mobile app and the parking equipment.

“The motorists of Wellington will love using Snapper on the meters because the solution is built with the user in mind,” says Mark Oliver, Technical Director of Integrated Technology Solutions. “They just hold their Snapper in front of the Snapper panel on the parking meter, there’s no need to insert the card into the machine.

“Having already won local and international design awards, as well as being voted the ‘World’s Easiest to Use Parking Terminal’, it was important that the solution looked good and was easy to use,” says Oliver. “The terminal’s big graphical screen, which displays intuitive step-by-step instructions, makes the system easy to follow.”

Snapper CEO Miki Szikszai says, “Snapper is built on a single idea – making every day easier. It doesn’t matter if you are taking the bus, buying a coffee, catching a taxi and now paying for your parking, Snapper is all about making those transactions instant and easy so you can just get on with your day.

With close to 250,000 customers in Wellington, adding Snapper to parking meters is the next step in providing our customers with even more places to pay and check their balance; and at 25 cents the transaction fee is better value compared to credit cards and text message parking.”

You can find out more on how to use your Snapper with parking terminals at www.snapper.co.nz/parking/

For more information, please contact:

Clayton Anderson, Council Communications, tel 021 898024
Snapper, Miki Szikszai, tel 027 446 4303
Integrated Technology Solutions, Mark Oliver, tel 021994007

About Snapper.

Snapper has created a brand new payment category in New Zealand, replacing cash with instant everyday payments using contactless smart media. In May 2012, Snapper and 2degrees launched Touch2Pay with Snapper Mobile, which lets customers pay for everyday items with a simple touch of their mobile.

More than 400,000 Snappers have been issued, generating over 115 million transactions across more than 1000 buses, 3000 taxis, and 500 retailers in New Zealand. Snapper offers customers integrated ticketing and instant everyday payments. The Snapper system in Wellington also provides valuable journey data that can be used to plan better transport services for passengers.

Snapper Services Limited was formed in 2006 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Infratil Limited. Snapper launched in 2008, has offices in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand, and employs 25 people.

About Integrated Technology Solutions Ltd (ITS)

ITS has designed, built, and integrated world-leading parking technology since 1993 and leads the market in the Australasian region with more than 6000 Metropolis terminals installed since 2007. ITS has also been a trusted partner to the banking, fuel, hospitality, and cash management industries for more than 20 years. Internationally ITS trades under its international parking brand Global Parking Solutions.

Waitaki District Council Selects Metropolis to replace ageing Meters in Central Oamaru

News Release

April 2013

New parking meters are on the way for Oamaru's central business area, fees for parking will remain the same, however the new terminals will now allow payment by text or credit card.

The Waitaki District Council has decided to replace their ageing pay-and-display meters in Central Oamaru as they were becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain.

Integrated Technology Solutions Limited were awarded the contract and will start the work next month.

The council's roading manager, Michael Voss, said the company would supply and install 46 pay-and-display meters which would be more user-friendly and include options for cash, credit card and text payment.

Installation of the meters was expected to be completed by the end of June.

City of Fort Lauderdale selects Global Parking Solutions to replace pay stations

November 2013

Global Parking Solutions will supply the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, with the award Winning Metro Multi Space Solar Powered Parking Terminals. The Metro meters communicate wirelessly to their back office system, EZICOM2, in real time allowing monitoring and integration with other systems for a truly integrated technology solution.

The Metro is highly customizable, allowing the City to take advantage of multiple configurations. All information on the Metro is communicated to a back office system in real time via the cellular network. This allows the city to view the statuses of the machines at any time as well as using the very powerful real-time reporting functionality. With a published API the City of Fort Lauderdale can easily integrate with current and future technologies allowing the city to easily add new advanced parking capabilities as needed; thus ensuring they leverage their investment for many years to come.

Consumers of Fort Lauderdale will also benefit from the terminals quick and simple to use interface. The interface is built around the user and is centric to its design incorporating a large graphical screen which uses icon based menus and instructions. The terminals provide multiple payment options including Coins, Bills, Phone and Credit Cards, with credit card processing being the fastest of any multi-space terminal on the market today.

The award winning Metro terminal is proven technology, first launched in 2006. Since then it has won a number of awards including the Good Design award run by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Chicago, the Metro shared this award with the Boeing 787 airplane and the Mercedes Benz C-Class. The User Interface mode can easily be converted from Pay-and-Display, Pay-by-Plate and Pay-by-Space.

The Metro remains the worlds preferred Pay-by-Plate (PBP) solution, with the single largest site being installed in Brisbane, Australia where over 1000 PBP terminals have been in operation as PBP terminals for over 3 years.