Epocavia’s PhonePark system aims to ease parking abuses
The right solution: Claudio Costa with the PhonePark system
Portugal’s Epocavia is using Intertraffic for the first international showing of its PhonePark parking control and management system.
The new system is designed to ease the problems of finding a parking space by registered users of a particular car park, while preventing the abuse of parking spaces that are reserved for groups such as the disabled.
A motorist can pre-register for a parking space, either by phone or in person. Each space has a telephone number allocated to it. Once registered, the motorist makes a toll-free phone call to the phone number. The particular space identifies itself to the approaching driver by a flashing light and a vertical or horizontal barrier is lowered, allowing access.
The barrier rises again once the space is vacated.
Although the barriers are on a flexible mount (allowing access to the space by emergency vehicles, for example) any unauthorised vehicle pushing over the barrier triggers an alert to the car park management authority.
Any unregistered motorist calling the number will receive a message giving them the necessary details on how to register.
The system is already in use in several shopping centres in Portugal and registered users can park in any of the locations. Epocavia is now looking for international partners for other countries.