WPS launches touchless parking upgrades to support lockdown easing
With lockdown easing, businesses slowly re-opening and people starting to use their cars more, WPS, a subsidiary of ITS (UK) member Dynniq, has launched a set of touchless upgrades to its Pay-on-Exit ParkAdvance™ system to mitigate issues around possible virus-transfer at barrier terminals and pay stations.
The solution, which facilitates a touchless parking journey from arrival to departure, includes a replacement touchless infrared ticket printer button for entry terminals, where the customer just waves their hand in front of the new sensor and the ticket is issued without pressing to avoid any possible virus transfer.
Pay stations can also be upgraded to touchless with the installation of a new surface-mounted, optical ticket scanner. Instead of inserting a ticket and receiving it back (with a possible risk of virus cross contamination between successive customer tickets), users can now simply wave their ticket barcode in front of the optical scanner which reads a ticket without it needing to be inserted. The payment can then be made using existing contactless payment card readers to complete the touchless experience.
WPS’s high-accuracy Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology can also be added (without the need for substantial additional investment) and coupled with cutting edge cashless payment apps. WPS’ Award Winning Technology (British Parking Awards 2020) offers new cashless ways to pay allowing customers to scan their barcoded pay-on-foot ticket with a smartphone ‘Pay Station in Your Pocket’ app to avoid any need to visit a physical pay station.
Simon Jarvis, Managing Director of WPS in the UK, says WPS’ future-proof parking system is showing its strength in adapting to meet the changing needs of society as we move out of lockdown:
“It is our role as an industry is to help create solutions that keep our car parks fully operational whilst creating a safe, touchless journey for all users. With its fully-IP based architecture and modular design, our ParkAdvance™ system is yet again showing its inborn flexibility to meet emerging challenges and opportunities.