Cale America Inc., in partnership with Gtechna Inc., will provide the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh (PPAP) with an integrated real-time pay-by-license plate and eCitation enforcement solution. Cale America Inc. and Gtechna recently implemented a similar structure in Whistler, Canada making paying for parking easier for customers with a pay by license plate / ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) system. In 2010, this pay-by-license-plate technology was also piloted by Washington DC. Cale has similar pay-by-plate meter systems installed in Calgary and Amsterdam, but this is the first system of this scale in the United States.
Parking enforcement is much more efficient and accurate with the pay-by-license-plate system and Gtechna’s innovative software for the Parking Authority’s handheld devices. Once a customer has made their purchase, enforcement handhelds are updated within 5 seconds of any payment. “Tight integration betweenCale meters and Gtechna eCitation software simplifies the parking process for both PEOs (Parking Enforcement Officers) and parkers,” states Gtechna president and CEO Michel Guay. “We are seeing a trend where, increasingly, cities like Pittsburgh are becoming technology leaders turning to integrated intelligent parking enforcement solutions for greater convenience and efficiency.”
The new pay-by-license-plate technology provides many advantages to customers. After purchasing time from the
meter, customers do not have to return to their vehicles to display a receipt. Receipts are available, but are optional
and are not required for compliance. In addition, customers are now able to pay at any pay station in each rate
zone for added convenience. With these enhancements and the added option for credit card payment, the meter
upgrade project has received much praise from the Pittsburgh business community as well.
Headquartered in Kista, Sweden, the Cale Group is a global company, offering secure, innovative and cost-efficient
technology, products and services within unattended payment. Cale America Inc. is based in Tampa, Florida and is
Cale’s newest subsidiary with more than 11,000 meters installed in over 125 cities throughout the US, Puerto Rico
and Bermuda. Cale has been a multi-space meter provider for the PPAP for nearly a decade.
Gtechna develops eCitation software to automate monitoring, issuance and management of law enforcement
activities for traffic, parking and by-law agencies in North America. For over 20 years, Gtechna has built an
impeccable track record with clients such as the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Washington DC, Montreal Police
Service and the Quebec Provincial Police (Surete du Quebec).