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be upgraded to new systems using barcodes,QR codes and other technology to support future parkingmodels,” Buck says. In terms of connected transport systems,

Buck sees themain barrier as being budgets confined to silos. In this situation, all the affected companies can agree that connectivity is a good idea but none of themhave the ability to budget for it when ownership partially belongs to another company. Buck believes a big push is needed in

order to overcome these barriers. “There is a lot of excitement about the technology but it needs overarching political willpower in order tomake it happen,” he explains. Part of the difficulty is the scope of

technologies involved, such as infrastructure communication, smart sensors and the availability of usable smartphone apps. “The delivery of such systems doesn’t have to be complex and answer all of the questions immediately. It’s important to take a gradual approach and link all the parts together as the technology allows it,” he says.

GUNWHARF QUAYS With London, Stuttgart in Germany and other pioneering citiesmaking headway into smartmobility, it’s tempting to think that the provinces will be left behind but APT Skidata’s latest installation in Portsmouth shows that the latest in parking technology is occurring outside the capital effectively. Central to the new systemis APT

Skidata’s new Power.Gate control columns to control entry and exit. Power.Gate is a good example of the future-proof technology that Buck advocates. It provides operators with immediate benefits as well as options to adopt alternative ticketing types in the future. The control columns at Gunwharf Quays

will be fitted with optical scanners which will read e-tickets on smartphones or 1D or QR barcodes issued as validations, discounts or promotional vouchers on smartphones. The operators at Lewisham will also have a dedicated parking zone used by retail staff that will be accessed by APT Skidata’s new Lite.Gate barrier. All the columns will provide full ticket

processing using APT Skidata’s proven crosswise barcode issuers, and readers and RFID proximity readers will provide the touch point for registered users and season ticket holders. Ten automatic payment stations will also

be installed, including six Power.Cash machines that use the latest in coin and banknote processing hardware. All payment stations will also be fitted with external optic scanners to enhance the payment experience and support any promotional activity or loyalty programmes thatmay be introduced.

VEHICLE RECOGNITION Another aspect of future proofing at Gunwharf Quays is the installation of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems across all the entry and

exit lanes, giving the site options for future developments in the way the car park is operated. For example, amembership scheme could be introduced and registered visitors could be given access without requiring a ticket. Alternatively, visitors, having paid at a pay station, could have a direct passage through the exit without the need to present their ticket. According to Nigel Young, APT Skidata’s

Strategic Business Development Officer, the technology at the site has a high technology look and feel to it, including illuminated contour stripes for the control columns and barrier housings. “The barrier armwill be internally

illuminated to cycle through red, amber and green as the barriermoves frombeing closed to fully open,” he said.

CONNECTED SMART SENSORS Asked about the future potential at the Portsmouth site, Buck toldme that the single space detection systeminstalled at the car park is being used to operate barriers and guide and control traffic. “The next step is to look at other environmental factors so that the same sensors can be used for controlling the lighting as well as carbonmonoxide fans,” he said. Putting intelligence into the

infrastructure elements in this way brings significant benefits to the car park operator as well as users and paves the way towards connecting in other smart systems which formthe building blocks of a truly smart parking experience. EE

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