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enables users of entry-level parking systems to extend and expand with additional hardware and services suitable for local conditions, According to APT SkiData’s managing director, Sean Dunstan: ‘Traditionally, if you wanted to make your parking asset generate income for your business, you had to choose either a ‘pay-and-display’ or ‘pay-on-foot’ parking system, with limited ability to increase revenue streams outside of parking’.

Sky’s the limit He added that the combination of ANPR, a new multi-function information/payment ‘kiosk’ and APT SkiData’s Plato Pay software suite takes the concept of parking and revenue management to new heights, with almost limitless possibilities for future expansion and the ability to open additional business sales channels, eg. bus ticketing in a park and ride facility or cinema reservations in a hotel environment.

Barriers to safety

The safety of automated gates must be a priority argues Joe Baker, managing director of the Slough-based Atlas group

Despite the bewildering array of rules and regulations covering the design and installation of automated gates and barriers, there can be no excuse for not carrying out a risk assessment of every installation to ensure every eventuality has been considered and all relevant safety equipment has been installed. There have been a number of tragic accidents recently involving members of the public, some fatal, and this is unacceptable. The seriousness of the current situation has been brought home to us on a number of occasions when we have been called in to check or repair a system and found the equipment to be deficient, often of even the most basic safety features.

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Moreover, these are not all old installations, which means that there are still ‘cowboy’ installers out there, probably winning business by being the cheapest, and keeping costs down by ignoring the regulations. If this situation is allowed to continue, it will not be long before there are more accidents, and perhaps more heartbreaking fatalities. Yes, the regulations are a nightmare and the answer could be for the industry to call for one organisation, perhaps the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to be given overall responsibility for inspecting all installations to ensure compliance, as well as setting minimum standards of competence for installers. In addition, the industry must be more responsible by ensuring installers, many of whom operate on a freelance basis, are fully conversant with the regulations and are properly trained. Earlier this year the HSE issued another safety alert to gate manufacturers and installers, reminding them of their safety responsibilities when designing, constructing and installing electrically-powered gates, to minimise the risk of an incident happening. Of course, there are thousands of installations that will never meet the latest regulations, and the great majority of them will operate safely over their lifespan. But this is not a good enough reason to ignore the regulations and take the risk that someone may be badly injured, even fatally, because of non-compliance. This just gives the industry a bad reputation and this is not fair on all the responsible installers who stick to the rules by carrying out risk assessments and fitting all the necessary safety equipment.

Security measures… barriers are a must for some customers, especially in light of the proposed clamping ban on private land

The negative publicity given to wheel clampers has sent everyone out to protect their own spaces

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