South Bedfordshire saves money with solar-powered Parkeon P&D terminals

South Bedfordshire District Council (SBDC) has installed 29 Parkeon solar-powered Stelio Pay & Display (P&D) terminals in eight car parks across the towns of Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable, where some of the machines have been put in for the recently-opened Grove Theatre.
The main objectives of the new terminals are to provide a more reliable and cost-effective means of operating the towns car parks. The Stelios were chosen upon the recommendation of VINCI Park, the Company that manages the Councils off-street parking facilities. The majority replace the towns
old mains-operated P&D terminals and are the first such machines that Parkeon has supplied to SBDC. A barrier system has been superceded by P&D machines in Dunstables Ashton Square car park.

In opting for solar-powered models, SBDC saved money on the initial installation, as the new terminals do not incur the costs of cabling and connection to the mains electricity supply, nor the associated disruption.
The on-going running costs are also negligible, as each Stelio relies on free solar energy to keep its internal battery charged-up. Independence from fossil and nuclear fuels also makes the terminals environmentally-friendly.

Inspecting the first Stelios to be commissioned, former Chairman of the Council, Councillor Pat Hamill said, The introduction of the new equipment and the passing on of savings to our customers is part of our ambition to be a well managed Council and Im sure they will prove very popular with residents.

In a further money-saving and environmentally-conscious decision, SBDC has opted for plain paper tickets, rather than self-adhesive. Its experience showed that many motorists did not bother to stick the old-style tickets to their vehicle windows. Now all that drivers have to do is display the plain paper version clearly on their dashboards.

About VINCI Park

VINCI Park UK employs over 1,000 people as the UK arm of the international VINCI Park Group. It operates on- and off-street parking for the local authority, health, education, retail, rail, airport and private property sectors across the UK.

VINCI Park is the number one operator in Europe:
- Present in 13 countries
- 1,400 car parks
- 860,000 parking spaces

About Parkeon

parkeon.pngParkeon is a global leading player in the fields of on-street and off-street parking and automated mass-transit ticketing equipment and systems.

Its activities encompass the development, manufacture, installation and maintenance of equipment and systems, as well as related services, including managed services, which leverage a global network of data processing centres.

Parkeon is leader of the on-street parking segment with a 60% global market share. With an installed base of 150,000+ machines, the Companys parking terminals are a familiar sight in over 3,000 cities across 40 countries.
Its Pay & Display systems control over 3 million parking spaces around the world.

Parkeon also has an installed base of 5,000 ticket vending machines for heavy and light rail, underground and multimodal transport operators in Europe, notably Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Based in Europe (Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and France - where the Company is headquartered), the United States, and Latin America (Brazil), Parkeon employs over 900 people worldwide and generated revenues of 140 million in 2006. Its manufacturing facility has production capabilities of 2,000 Pay & Display units monthly and 1,000 ticket vending machines/access control systems annually.

Parkeon was formed in November 2003 after the spin-off of the parking &
ticketing division of Schlumberger. The Company has played a significant
role in the development of Pay & Display technology, in which it has over 30 years experience.

Stelio is a trademark of Parkeon

Parkeon Limited, Peartree Business Centre, Ferndown Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7PP, U.K.
Tel: 01202 850927 Fax: 01202 850903 Web:
  • Join our community for FREE today!

  • Create and share your own profile

  • Join the discussions

  • Publish your own items

  • Subscription to our Weekly eNewsletter

your benefits?

Get connected with parking professionals worldwide

Create your account

Sign in with LinkedIn Close

FREE membership benefits

  • * create and share your own profile
  • * join the discussions
  • * publish your own items on parking-net.commanage news, jobs, tenders, companies, events, showcases, educations, associations and literature.
  • * subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter
Add news yourself


There are no comments yet for this item

Join the discussion

You can only add a comment when you are logged in. Click here to login