Parkmobile USA, Inc. launches mobile payment solutions pilot program in downtown Vancouver
Residents, businesses and visitors will be able to conduct their parking transactions by mobile phone.
Vancouver, WA -- Parkmobile USA, Inc. has partnered with the City of Vancouver to pilot its revolutionary new parking payment service for the next six months at approximately 100 on-street parking spaces in downtown Vancouver http://bit.ly/XkpqeG.
Starting Aug. 1, customers will have the option of paying to park in these particular spaces using a mobile app, the Internet, or by calling a toll-free number. After setting up their Parkmobile account through mobile app or at www.parkmobile.com, customers can immediately start using the system. Parkmobile will also send customers alerts on their mobile phone 15 minutes before their parking meter expires. If they haven’t already purchased the full time allowed at the meter, customers can also add time to their meter directly from their phones.
"Parkmobile is very excited to launch our mobile payment parking service in Vancouver – another pro-gressive thinking city," said Cherie Fuzzell, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc. “This technology offers customers a new and better way to pay for parking. Our mobile payment service is an example of another technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient.”
The City’s parking rate will remain $0.50 an hour. Parkmobile will charge users an additional $0.35 for each mobile transaction. Parking customers will still be able to pay with coins, if they prefer.
The “20 minutes free” feature on the City’s coin-operated meters will be automatically incorporated into the transaction. For example, at a 2-hour space, the customer will only pay for 1 hour, 40 minutes if they choose to park for the full two hours.
The electronic read-out on the parking meters will still say “Expired” after using Parkmobile, but the City’s parking enforcement officers will be able to see if the customer paid by using Parkmobile on their hand-held devices.
The parking meters included in the pilot are easy to spot. Just look for the bright green Parkmobile stickers on the meter.
“The City’s parking services office is always looking for ways to make parking in downtown Vancouver as easy and convenient as possible,” said Mike Merrill, Parking Services Manager. “We are looking forward to learn how pay-by-cell phone technology might improve customer convenience, parking equipment maintenance and collections.”
The Vancouver pilot program will run through February 1, 2015. For more information, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parking.
Parkmobile is the leading global provider of seamlessly integrated end-to-end solutions for mobile payments, parking guidance using business analytics and parking. Its offerings include mobile payments for on and off-street parking, digital parking permits, real-time enforcement and a seamless transit experience. Their services are used in more than 600 locations in the U.S. by millions of registered users. Parkmobile USA was founded in Atlanta, Georgia and its call center, engineering team and corporate headquarters are located in the U.S. Parkmobile’s investors include BCD Group and Fontinalis Partners. With annual global revenues of $24 billion, including $9.2 billion partner sales, BCD Group is an international market leader in the corporate and online travel, and off-airport and mobile parking industry. Co-founded by Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford, Fontinalis Partners invests in technology companies improving next-generation mobility. For more information please visit www.parkmobile.com, facebook.com/ParkmobileUSA or on Twitter @Parkmobile.