London, more Varioflex automatic pay stations reduce queuing at peak-times

Parkeon, the worlds leading provider of parking space management solutions, has installed three additional Varioflex automatic pay stations at the 350,000 sq. ft., extension to the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster.
The extra machines increase the total number provided to nine and will reduce queuing during peak times, improving customer satisfaction still further.

The installation of Varioflex automatic pay stations, which provide drivers with a choice of payment methods - including Chip n PIN credit cards has been a major factor in the success of the parking facilities at Frenchgate, says Susan Harris, the Centre Manager.

The level of security provided by the machines and their ease-of-use have also played a significant role in attracting greater numbers of shoppers and rail travellers to Frenchgate where the new multi-storey car park (MSCP) is an integral part of the mainline station. The card payment facility is popular both with shoppers and passengers, as it enables them to pay easily for longer stays.

A Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system has been leased and added to the car park since it opened. Currently, it enables the operator to track vehicle entry times. In the event of a lost ticket claim, parking attendants can double-check drivers stated arrival times/days. A replacement or duplicate of an original ticket can then be issued from any of the pay stations. This facility removes the need to set fixed penalty fees for lost tickets and motorists actually pay the correct fee for the period parked. Operationally, this means fairness for genuine lost ticket cases.

Regular users of the MSCP will be able to benefit from a subscriber card scheme to be introduced shortly. It is to be linked to the LPR system, which means that users will not have to stop and lower their car windows at the entry/exit barriers. This increases security - a fact particularly appreciated by female drivers as well as speeding-up entries/exits at the car park.
A Vehicle Messaging Service (VMS) is also being introduced, underlining the adaptability of the Varioflex system, a factor that makes it virtually future-proof.
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