Interoperability and efficiency of transport and parking operations have been targeted and achieved by Thales with its range of ticket machines on display at Intertraffic 2012. Central to Thales’ exhibit is its full option RFID ‘wave and pay’ parking machine developed for the Dubai Metro system. This machine (30 of which have been installed in Dubai) issues parking and metro tickets and features an internal web camera and proximity RFID card reader.
Similar machines have been installed in Le Mans and at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris. Users of a Premium Park service in Le Mans can pre-register and prepay for parking using codes obtained on-line and entered in Thales machines via a keypad. Similarly, machines developed for the French rail operator EFFIA and the Paris Airport feature similar capability for parking space reservation, plus a barcode reader for use of pre-printed vouchers.
Thales has a range of different pay-on-foot parking and transport ticket machines on display, all of which are being used by Thales’ customers with ethernet connected central management systems. Web based reservation and payment systems are at the heart of Thales’ efforts towards transport interoperability, achieved largely since the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006.