Advanced parking technology for Eastbournes Enterprise Shopping Centre

Eastbournes Enterprise Shopping Centre (ESC) has installed Parkeons latest Varioflex Pay-on-Foot (P-o-F) parking solution with Chip & PIN card, bank note and coin payment facilities in its 115 space surface car park.
The new solution provides a number of advanced technological features. They include Parkeons new MR40 Payment Card Industry-PIN Entry Device (PCI-PED) approved card reader, which guarantees the security of the card within the terminal and is accredited by the UK banking industry.
Eastbourne.jpgAll terminals and pay stations at the ESC handle high coercivity (Hi-co) tickets, which are the most secure and reliable available. They will function even when wet or screwed-up, and have a typical failure rate of just 1 in 150,000. Hi-co tickets are less corruptible than the Lo-co variant, which may be accidently wiped, e.g. after being in close proximity to a mobile phone.
The Varioflex solution has also enabled the operator to introduce a discount parking pass for tenants, utilising rechargeable mag- tripe cards. This bespoke system simplifies the schemes management by computerising its administration, whilst the cards replace cash, reducing revenue collection costs, explains Denise Harwood, the ESCs Commercial Director. 

The installation comprises one automatic and two manual pay stations with barriers and terminals on the single entry and exit lanes and a slave terminal on the ingress. A second manual pay station has been installed as a back-up in the Centres ground floor reception. Financial and statistical data are generated and reconciled via Varioflexs easy-to-use, web-based, centralised management system. A variable messaging system (VMS) has been incorporated to continually show the number of spaces available.
We have a good relationship with Parkeon and are delighted with the new scheme, adds Denise Harwood. They took-out their old Flexio system and turned around the installation of the new Varioflex in just two days, which was absolutely brilliant. 

The two-storey Enterprise Shopping Centre comprises 50+ retail units, offices and leisure facilities. An entry system has been installed in the main entrance lobby to provide drivers with access to the automatic pay stationwhen the actual shopping centre is closed.

Local residents are able to use the car park out of business hours for 5p per hour, giving them access to a secure parking facility that is monitored continuously by CCTV. However, in order to discourage drivers travelling from the adjacent railway station from using the ESC car park, it operates as a short stay facility when the shops are open.

About Parkeon

Parkeon is a key player in global parking and transport management solutions. With a 35-year history in the sector, the company is at the forefront of innovation and has a presence in 50 countries and 3,000 cities worldwide. The companys headquarters is in France, while it has offices across Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and in the United States, employing over 1,100 people worldwide. 

Parkeons portfolio of products and systems is designed to ease congested streets and facilitate traffic flow. As a global leader in payment and ticketing solutions for parking and mass transit, Parkeon has played a significant role in the development of Pay & Display technology. 

Formerly Schlumbergers Parking and Ticketing division, Parkeon formed in November 2003. In June 2007, Barclays Private Equity (France) became the major shareholder in Parkeon and the company posted revenues of €156 million in 2009. Parkeon prides itself on its participatory management style since December 2007, 30% of its employees have become shareholders in the business. 

Parkeon Limited, 
10 Willis Way, 
Dorset BH15 3SS, 

Tel: 01202 339494 
Fax: 01202 667293 

Press Contact: 
David Lloyd - 01628 602034
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