ParkCard Systems for POM Meters
Provide a convenient cashless payment method for your meters at a minimum cost to you.
Convenient and Smart
POM's APM line of electronic parking meters can be programmed to accept a variety* of prepaid smart (chip) cards, alone or in conjunction with coins. The benefits of using prepaid cards in parking meters are:
Convenience for motorists; no more digging for coins. A ParkCard fits right into your pocket or wallet, or punch a hole in the corner and put it on your keychain.
Reduced collection costs due to fewer coins in the meter vaults.
Reduced vandalism due to fewer coins in the meter vaults.
Encourages local shopping. Coins and credit cards may be spent anywhere, but your own branded smartcards can only be used at the meters in your town. POM meters can also accept open-system cards, i.e. Parcxmart, which are issued, reloaded, and accepted by the local merchants. They can conduct their own loyalty programs on the Parcxmart cards.
In the case of a closed card system, you keep the up-front revenue ("float") from card sales in your bank, earning interest, while it may take weeks or months before each card is used up. Additional revenue is possible by selling advertising on one side of the card.
Since each card can include a unique, sequential number, the meter can "identify" the last user and perform programmed functions, such as disallowing extra payments with the same card past the legal parking time limit, and refunding left-over time back to the card when the motorist returns (Refund-A-Card option).
Refund-a-Card is a programming option developed by POM for its closed card systems whereby the electronic APM parking meter "remembers" the last ParkCard used in the meter. When the motorist returns to find left-over time remaining on their meter, they can reinsert their ParkCard, and the value of that left-over time is refunded to that card to the penny and the meter is reset to zero. This can make motorists more receptive to paid parking, since traditionally with a coin-only system they would over-pay to avoid a citation and receive no refund.
One might think Refund-a-Card would lower revenue for the city, but the opposite is true. Refund-a-Card removes the leftover time from the meter, so fewer motorists find meters with time already on them -- everyone has to pay. Traffic congestion is reduced when people cease cruising slowly for parking spaces with time remaining on the meters. Ask your POM Sales Representative for more information on how Refund-A-Card would work in your parking system.
MeterManager "Smartcard Manager" Module
MeterManager PC software now has its own smart card management module utilizing a USB card reader interface. This allows the parking system administrator to issue smartcards and add value to depleted cards. Maintain a database of card buyers. Transaction reports for financial accountability may be custom-defined to suit your needs.
Greenwald Card Management Products
Greenwald Industries offers a line of card management kiosks to achieve card availability at multiple locations. The IntelliCard Add Value Stations can be configured to accept banknotes or credit cards, and vend smartcards to be used in the POM electronic parking meters. To add value to your card, simply reinsert the card, follow the instructions, and pay the kiosk. Reprogram the Add Value Station, or download transaction data, via smartcard.
*Atmel Cryptomemory cards (1,000-card min order), Metric 102 token-based cards -- must be purchased from Metric Parking and reloaded using their equipment; can refund at the POM meters to a token amount, i.e. nearest 25 cents. POM can develop for other card styles utilizing T=0 protocol. Open-system cards are used for multiple applications, i.e. Parcxmart, where the cards are issued and reloaded by the merchants and accepted for payment in their establishments to encourage local spending. For a closed card system involving multiple participants, make sure all vendors involved are able and willing to develop their equipment to read a common smartcard and provide audit reports to attribute their portion of card revenue to their equipment.