POM Has a Long History
We've come a long way, and experience has taught us how to remain the leader in meeting the needs of our industry.
Parktel Credit Card Module
POM has developed a module to fit between the upper and lower housing of POM and all major single-space meter housings. The Parktel module includes a credit card reader; wireless modem; solar panels with rechargeable and backup power supply; and simple button interface to add time to the meter or cancel the transaction. Data streams in real time to a cloud-based version of MeterManager. Contact us for more information.
Meter collectors may now purchase kits to help recondition their vintage parking meters. Visit our new online Collector Store, find the photo image that matches your meter, and enter the secure shopping cart site to order.
POM and Parkeon Coordinate Efforts
POM and Parkeon have entered a partnership to provide a mixed parking meter solution to cities, universities, and operators. This solution will provide single and multi-space parking devices that are solar powered, accept credit cards, with an integrated backoffice data management site. Read more here....
POM and Lower Merion Township, Ardmore, PA, Receive Innovation Award
At its annual conference in Pittsburgh on September 20, the Pennsylvania Parking Association presented an Innovation Award to Lower Merion Township in Ardmore and POM Parking Meters. The meters were fully loaded with features such as free-time button and refunding smart card payment system, high-visibility enforcement signal, and SmartLock collection system, enabling the Township to increase revenues significantly without raising rates. Read more here...
POM Exhibits and Training Schools
POM products were exhibited recently at the International Parking Institute conference and trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with special emphasis on the Parktel credit card module.
In the Beginning:
The history of our
parking meter line is the longest in the world. In 1933, the merchants
of Oklahoma City were trying to develop a way to increase traffic turnover
in front of their stores. Cars would park in a slot and remain there
for lengthy periods of time. Business was feeling the effects of low
traffic, so the merchants asked the local newspaper editor, Carl C. Magee,
to help them. He sponsored a contest at the University of Oklahoma for
engineering students to develop a timing device that would allocate set
amounts of time for parking. A grand prize of $500 would be awarded to
the student who could develop a working model. This first parking
meter was called the Black Maria. After the contest, Carl Magee
developed and patented his own design (see original patent #2,118,318), and
with a partner started the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Company.
Their first production run of parking meters was installed on one side of
the street in downtown Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935. Business was so
affected by the parking meters after only three days, the merchants on the
other side of the street demanded that parking meters be installed in front
of their businesses as well. The birth of the parking meter and POM
had occurred. Our company name, POM, is made up of the initials of
Park-O-Meter, which is the trademark for our parking meters and is known
(Take a moment to view our Historical Parking Photos) Also, film courtesy of Oklahoma History Center and online article courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society.
These early parking meters were produced at factories in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, until late 1963 when Rockwell moved the business to the present factory in Russellville, Arkansas, in late 1963 and early 1964. POM Incorporated was organized on October 1, 1976, to purchase Rockwell International's parking meter business and their Russellville, Arkansas, plant.
The Growing Years:
In 1981, POM parking meters came under its current ownership. Since that time POM has rapidly advanced its product line to meet the demand for parking meters in large cities. In 1992, POM began marketing and selling a fully electronic parking meter, the patented "APM" Advanced Parking Meter. No other parking meter manufacturer offered all of the APM's advanced features, such as a free-fall coin chute, a choice of solar or battery power, and a choice of LCD or high-visibility rotary signal.
In 1985 POM began a major expansion of its facilities and today has the largest plant in the world devoted to the manufacturing of digital parking meters.
Contract manufacturing is also an opportunity area for POM. In the past, significant contracts have been secured and the size of these contracts has increased in successive years.
Where We're Going:
Following continual improvement and development, POM produces a broader line of electronic parking meters and accessories than any company in the world. We market our digital parking meters throughout the world and are expanding our export business. We produce parking meters using coins of many nations, with legends in various languages as required for foreign countries. Payment methods for our meters now include coins, tokens, smart cards (open or closed system), credit cards and (soon) mobile payment.
POM has been recognized by the U.S. Senate for making major strides in productivity improvement. POM has received the prestigious "E Award" and subsequent "E-Star" award from the President of the United States for Excellence in Exporting. Our facility is ISO 9001:2008 quality certified, and we are today the only producer of 100% American-made parking meters.
||Our capabilities include mechanical and
electronic design, prototyping and production; zinc and aluminum die
casting; plastics molding; electrostatic powder painting; machine
shop; mechanical and electronics assembly lines; quality control and
testing; software development; marketing, advertising, and sales;
customer training. To insure that our designs yield the maximum
energy efficiency, POM has acquired highly accurate V-A-W precision
energy sampling equipment capable of measuring extremely low current
requirements. We have found that this is the only equipment
available which is capable of sampling at the speeds required to
obtain accurate power consumption results. This equipment is used
in conjunction with a custom software system allowing the
measurement of microwatts consumed over an extended and predefined
period of time. This is the only reliable procedure to accurately
determine the energy efficiency of the CMOS circuitry developed by
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