Like most large cities, Rotterdam
in the Netherlands has a parking
problem. For shoppers, visitors
or people carrying out their business,
finding a parking space is
often difficult. Parking in the
city center can also be expensive,
but the Rotterdam authorities
are at least making it easier to
pay for parking.
Since January 1st, Pay and Display parking machines in Rotterdam accept payment from special chipknip cards. To offer users more alternatives, the City Surveillance department also wants to enable payment by credit card. For this reason, a pilot project has been started involving 250 parking machines.
As part of this pilot project, the department also wanted to simplify collection. Previously, parking inspectors were forced to empty each machine manually by using a special card and performing a lengthy series of operations. Instead, the authorities wanted an alternative that would computerize electronic collection and monitoring.
The Mobitex network operated
by RAM Mobile Data was
selected for the project. As a
result, parking machines have a
wireless connection with the City
Surveillance department’s computer
system. This has several
benefits. Staff can empty a
machine remotely via computer,
spot breakdowns and implement
parking rate changes. If the project
is a success, credit-card payment
will be accepted and Mobitex
will be used in parking
machines throughout the city.