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27/03/2012

ICA unveils WBL long range technology

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ICA Christan Wolff
Christan Wolff: "you can do everything with this card."

German parking solutions specialist ICA is unveiling its new WBL long range technology at Intertraffic.

Fitted in the company’s existing smartcards for residential parking schemes, WBL triggers barriers or gates to be raised when a scheme subscribing driver is five metres away – allowing for uninterrupted safe parking.

“Normally there is one SmartCard for short distance and another for longer distance parking, but you can do everything with this card,” says ICA managing director Christian Wulff.

“It means parking operator managers’ do not need to programme two cards for one resident customer. I do not know of others [companies] doing this.”

ICA is also exhibiting its new wheelchair-friendly pay station. First installed in Celle north-east Germany earlier this year, the station has a large angled down LED touchscreen display.

Further ICA technology on display for parking management will be the Web Card Multi Server (WCMS) for mobile IT devices and the eco-friendly SmartCard for short-term parking.

Operated through any IT device with a web browser, parking managers can access information including broken barriers and other faulty equipment, money taken by each car park pay machine, statistics on usage. You can also use it to operate barriers remotely, during reduced car park staffing periods.

“It is the first time we have exhibited it (WCMS) at an international trade fair,” says Wulff. “We’ve designed it for customers who run a number of car parks. We have also sold it to people who just have one car park as a maintenance tool.”

First launched in 1988, the SmartCard for short-term parking has several key advantages for Wulff. He explains: “It’s a paperless parking system which means it’s a green product. It also cuts down on the cost of printing tickets and maintenance costs due to the absence of paper dust and ticket printing units that need replacing.”

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