Is it the Next Frontier for Parking?

This article discusses the manner in which new technologies are changing driver’s parking payment methods. The technologies are being implemented for their promise of improved customer service and better operating efficiency. The three types of payment introduced are Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, contactless smart cards (CSC), and the antiquated first generation Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) systems. Instead of a magnetic strip, CSCs can read cards close in proximity swiftly, enabling faster throughput for payment purposes. The reader analyzes pre-paid balance, user profile, and trip history when the card is read, allowing for operators to keep statistical data easily accessible. Interoperable cards between parking facilities and transit providers are also suggested. The article notes that maintaining cards as well as high levels of service could establish customer loyalty.


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  • Accession Number: 01046885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2007 2:42PM