Woking installs licence plate recognition for season ticket holders as part of new pay-on-foot parking system

Woking Borough Council (WBC) has replaced the pay-on-foot (P-o-F) parking scheme in its Victoria Way multi-storey car park (MSCP) with a new Varioflex system from Parkeon - the worlds leading provider of parking space management solutions. It brings licence plate recognition to a car park in the Surrey town for the first time.

The additional technology has been introduced to raise barriers automatically for season ticket holders at the dual entry/exit terminals. The objectives are to provide a more convenient service for drivers and to speed-up the flow of vehicles in and out of the car park.

The facility is available to holders of WBCs Parking Season Tickets and Disabled Parking Season Tickets. Subscribers can register three different vehicle licence plates on a season ticket. If they are driving a vehicle not registered on the system, then the contactless card can be presented at entry/exit terminals to raise the barriers. The cards can be used in the same way if a number plate registered on the system is illegible, e.g. because of dirt, snow, or damage.

WBC plans to extend the system, replacing P&D parking controls in the three MSCPs that comprise Wokings Shoppers Car Parks, subject to obtaining the necessary consents. An opportunity arose for the Victoria Way MSCP to be refurbished ahead of the others.

The Varioflex pay stations accept coins, bank notes, and credit card payments.
3C International, Europes leader in integrated credit card payment solutions, authorises the card payments on-line. The pay stations have the technical functionality to introduce Chip n PIN credit card payments, as and when required the payment system being EMV-certified.

The whole installation is linked to a central Varioflex server in WBCs parking office. This generates comprehensive financial and managerial reports that will enable the Council to review, control and develop the towns off-street parking facilities using accurate historical data.
Parkeon won the order for its Varioflex system following open competitive
tendering. The Company was able to meet all of the Councils technical and
performance specifications and fulfil its requirements for a comprehensive
pay-on-foot solution that can be developed to meet future requirements, says
Phil Evans, WBCs Parking Services Manager. The centralisation system has
expansion capabilities that enable it to be deployed in additional car parks
around the town, should we wish to do so.

WBCs off-street parking facilities have a total capacity of approximately 4,500
vehicles. Monthly, quarterly and annual season tickets can be purchased either at
Wokings Civic Offices, over the phone, or by post. Application forms may be
downloaded from the Councils website. Disabled season tickets are issued
free-of-charge.
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