Shropshire Council is opening up the benefits of contactless payments to residents and visitors using parking terminals in 10 towns across the local authority area.
The council has installed 115 new StradaPAL terminals from Flowbird as part of a drive to enhance operational effectiveness while improving the customer experience. The terminals offer contactless, Chip and PIN and coin payment options along with a capability to print vouchers for local promotions, replacing all coin-only machines coming to the end of their working lives. Terminals have been added to some new car park sites as part of the programme.
The solar-powered systems have been installed in ten locations across Shropshire, including Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch and Market Drayton. All are linked to Flowbird’s Smartfolio central management system, enabling the council to remotely monitor its entire terminal estate and access detailed parking and payment transaction data.
Councillor Steve Davenport Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport commented:
“The new terminals enable the council to meet growing demand for the convenience of contactless payments for parking among its residents and visitors. ‘Tap and go’ is increasingly a feature of modern life, particularly in retailing, and we are very pleased to extend this as an option for local people.’’
“In addition, the enhanced back office system will support our Parking Data Solutions for the Shropshire Project which will harness our new wealth of parking digital data into new management systems, facilitating improved data availability and analysis, publication and transparency.’’
The name Flowbird expresses the innate ability of birds to navigate individually within crowded spaces; mirroring the benefits for people of the intelligent parking and multi-modal systems developed for towns and cities by Parkeon and Cale.
Flowbird’s group resources include 500 R&D engineers working on behalf of customers to push the boundaries of innovation in transportation hardware, software, sensor systems, machine-learning and AI, information security and mobile development.