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Park on your phone

Seems Wandsworth Council has done a deal with Parkmobile, to introduce a "pay by mobile" parking scheme in the streets round here. It all seems a little more hi-tech than I expected, as you need a transponder in the car to allow parking attendents to see if you're legally parked.

But basically all you need to do is park, and then make a phone call to register the zone you're parked in - and then it behaves just like a standard pay and display system. You do need to make another call to end the session - and the system will text you if you're running out of time...

It's an interesting idea, but I think a little too complex at the moment - it doesn't cope with visitors to the area...


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Apr. 19th, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)
We looked at building a couple of these systems and the problem is in the back end and what the traffic wardens use. I suspect it will improve over time.
Apr. 19th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm guessing the transponder talks to the Pocket PC devices our traffic wardens carry...
Apr. 19th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Actually less technical than that. You input the number of your parking bay into a WAP page, and the wardens had access to a database of elapsed time, bay and reg number.

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