Offering motorists a wider range of on-street parking services: this is the aim set by the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux (France). Based on the use of parking meters, mobile phones and the Internet, these parking services are designed by the company Parkeon.
The task of putting them into service and operating them has been entrusted to the company VINCI Park in the context of a public service contract.
An innovative approachIn a similar way to the ticketing systems used for public transport, the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux wishes to put several ways to access parking services at the disposal of motorists: parking meters, mobile phones and the internet. These different media respond to the very varied needs and practices of the clients.
In this regard, Issy-les-Moulineaux has first of all requested that its parking meters accept not only payment by coin, as is the norm, but also by bank card. Favoured by the majority of French people (57 million cards in circulation and 6 billion transactions every year), bank cards have some major advantages: most users carry them in their pockets and they enable the user to pay the amount that corresponds exactly to the parking time needed, whereas the probability of having coins, especially in the right quantity, is much more remote.
When new technology puts itself at the service of parkingMobile phones are interesting parking payment tools since they open up possibilities that no other payment method allows: they save drivers from having to go to the parking meter. The initial parking time can be extended remotely, and the paid parking time can also be interrupted and the excess payment recouped.
Its extremely widespread use more than 58 million mobile lines operational in France and the possibility for users to use it to communicate make this medium even more appealing.
This new possibility will soon be offered to the motorists of Issy-les-Moulineaux. It uses the payment service Paybyphone, which can be used from all mobile phones, whatever the operator.
ExempleThis service brings about new possibilities. Lets take the case of a person going to a meeting.
I park near the meeting place. Unfortunately its raining:
- This service enables me to pay remotely, protected from the rain inside my vehicle
My meeting is dragging on...
- No need to fear a parking fine any longer. I can receive an SMS alert when the paid parking time is about to run out.
- I can then extend the initial parking time remotely.
My meeting is shorter than expected...
- I move my vehicle before the parking time runs out and recoup the excess paid.
Paybyphone serviceRegistering for the Paybyphone service, as well as secure payment transactions, which require you to provide a bank card and vehicle number plate the first time, are carried out easily by a simple phone call, by SMS or on mobile internet.
The internet serviceThe internet service, for its part, is aimed at the issuing of weekly or monthly parking permits. It enables users to obtain these permits, and to renew them from home, without having to travel anywhere or queue up. Using it is simple: the motorist selects the type of ticket or permit he requires from an internet page, he pays using secure bank card payment, and in exchange he receives a file to print showing the parking permit to be displayed behind the windscreen to be checked. This file comprises an image which displays the permit data: place, period, zone and number plate, as well as graphic security devices aimed at preventing attempts at fraudulent copying.
About Vinci ParkVINCI Park, European parking leader, designs, finances and manages parking infrastructure and equipment for public authorities and private operators. With 1400 parking facilities spread over 12 countries, managed by 5100 employees, proud to serve their clients, VINCI Park is also the world leader in car park concessions.
VINCI Park has since its inception displayed a strong desire to build its brand based on a model that brings an ever-improved range of services to the motorist, to mobility and to local authorities. www.vincipark.com
About ParkeonParkeon is a key player in urban mobility. Thanks to the wide-ranging services it offers, which are unique in terms of parking and transport management, Parkeon is today present in 40 countries. Its capacity for continual innovation has been displayed throughout its 35 year history. Parkeon systems and equipment facilitate management and mobility in over 3000 towns and cities. The leader in ticketing and systems for parking and transport payment, Parkeon employs more than 1100 staff around the world and registered a turnover of 176 million euros in 2008. Based in Europe, the company is present in France, where its head office is located, in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, and in the USA. It relies on an international network of partners to cover other markets. For more information: www.parkeon.com
About PaybyphonePaybyphone is a service for payment by mobile phone provided by the company Mobile Payment Services SAS. The company, which was founded recently by Philippe Lerouge, is the result of a partnership with Verrus UK, who bring their knowledge and technology and Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, who manage the flow of finance.
About Issy-les-MoulineauxWith its 70 000 jobs and 62 000 inhabitants, the town of Issy sets itself apart with its economic dynamism, which relies largely on the innovation and media sectors. From the youngest inhabitants to the oldest, the population has a wide range of electronic services at their disposal. Cyber-nurseries, cyber tearooms, the Citizens Panel, SMS alerts, a Facebook page, Twitter account, schools connected to high-speed internet, web-TV, remote learning links to holiday complexes and remote administrative services are all part of daily life in Issy. www.issy.com
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