VINCI Park and Orange have been working together on the Simplypass project since 2013. The City of Caen, which has been a pioneer in developing NFC (near field communication) in France, has also supported their efforts. This application allows Orange customers of VINCI Park car parks in Caen to forgo the traditional paper parking pass by using a NFC technology-equipped Android smartphone.
A simplified procedure for customers with the Simplypass application
As of 19 January, hourly customers of VINCI Park car parks can use the new paperless permit system instead of their old parking passes.
Customers benefit from a more streamlined experience and no longer have to worry about losing their parking passes.
- Download the Simplypass application from Google Play.
- Hold up your smartphone to the ticket machine upon entering the car park.
- A virtual ticket is created.
- When you are ready to leave the car park, hold up your smartphone to the terminal or automatic ticket machine to validate your parking pass.
- You can then pay according to the payment method of your choice (cash, credit card, or Liber-T electronic toll collection system).
- Hold up your smartphone to the exit terminal and leave the car park.
The terminals and automatic ticket machines can recognise the NFC SIM card even if the phone is locked or out of battery. You can track your use from the mobile application; invoices are created electronically as well.
After this preliminary phase, a payment module will be added to the application so customers can use their smartphones to pay for their parking passes directly.
“We are very proud to have developed this innovative solution in partnership with Orange”, said David Kownator, Transformation Director at VINCI Park. “With the Simplypass application, we are moving forward with our innovation strategy and continuing to make customers our top priority by offering them a more streamlined system and a unique city parking experience.”
Thierry Millet, Director of the Payment and Contactless System Programme at Orange, added, “The goal of Orange is to make its customers’ daily experiences easier. Through our partnership with VINCI Park, we are continuing to expand the use of NFC services. In Caen, a leading urban region in NFC technology, customers can use their Orange smartphones to tour the city, use public transport, make purchases, and now, park their vehicles”.