|Mobile Phone-Based Parking Payment System
Systems@Work ventures into mobile commerce with 'Park 'N Pay'
Singapore, 21 June 2001
- Innovative payment facilitator Systems@Work Pte Ltd unveils at CommunicAsia 2001,
the 'Park 'N Pay' system that provides motorists with a convenient and cashless way to
pay for parking fees using their mobile phones. This patent-pending system uses
TeleMoney, Systems@Work's flagship wireless secure payment infrastructure,
to innovatively turn a mobile phone into a payment device for parking fees.
With 'Park 'N Pay', motorists no longer have to be saddled with the present
inconveniences of purchasing parking coupons or having to rush back to
their vehicles to put more coupons when the previous ones expire.
Said Mr. Ng Fook Sun,
Chief Executive Officer of Systems@Work, " 'Park 'N Pay' applies the best
of wireless and server based technologies to an existing application in a
simple and innovative manner, such that consumers are able to enjoy
maximum convenience and peace of mind when paying for their vehicle
parking. The launch of this service demonstrates Systems@Work's ability
to provide Internet and wireless e-payments."
This is how
the 'Park 'N Pay' service works. A motorist registers online or offline
to become a user of the service. Registration and usage of this
service is free. Upon submitting the required information, the user
will receive a call on the user's mobile phone from the service
provider instantaneously, after which he or she keys in a personalized
PIN into his or her mobile phone to confirm registration.
the one-time registration, the user is then able to use the
service to buy parking time of a parking lot. Upon parking,
the user activates the purchase by using his or her mobile
phone to reach the 'Park 'N Pay' service through the
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), the Interactive
Voice Response (IVR) or the Short Message Service (SMS).
The user simply needs to input the 'Park 'N Pay' Zone Code
which is displayed at the car parks, the expiry time and his
or her personal TeleMoney PIN. The system will repeat the
information to the user and if there is no error, the user then
confirms the payment. The transaction will be approved in real-time.
parking warden comes around and sees a vehicle with a
'Park 'N Pay' label, he or she simply uses a GSM enabled
handheld PC like the HP Jornada to check the validity of
the vehicle's parking duration.
on this innovative initiative, Mr Kelvin Tan, Director of Mobile
e-Services Bazaar, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific, said, "We're
excited to be working with Systems@Work, one of our key Bazaar
members, to bring this innovative mobile service to end-users
and help provide a more efficient system for them. This is another
proof-point of HP delivering an end-to-end solution, where the
application is working on HP servers, running on a GSM network
and connecting the HP Jornadas to an always-on Internet
infrastructure for information retrieval and mobile transactions."
'Park 'N Pay' can choose from a wide range of payment
methods including credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards,
charges to phone bills and direct debit. The settlement will
be handled by the 'Park 'N Pay' clearing bank.
The 'Park and Pay'
service offers many benefits to its users, including:
- Removing the need for users to purchase parking coupons.
- Enabling users to extend parking duration from a remote location.
- Notifying users when their prepaid balance is low
The service also offers
significant benefits to operators of kerb side parking such as town councils
and municipals. In Singapore this would be the Housing Development
Board (HDB) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
- It helps to save significant coupon printing and distribution costs.
- It works alongside existing coupon-based system.
- It can be easily deployed without any infrastructure changes at parking lots.
- Real-time access of parking lot information improves accuracy and efficiency
of the parking attendant.
- It is easily deployed without massive new infrastructure set up
- Its ease of use eliminates tendencies for illegal parking
Systems@Work is positioned
to implement 'Park and Pay' as a turnkey system for parking operators. This could
involve the users paying in advance with a variety of payment methods into a
repaid account system specifically managed for the parking operator. The user
then draws down from this account each time he or she uses the mobile phone to
pay for the parking fee. The solution can be customised to the needs of car park
operators. There is a readily available extensive set of features that 'Park 'N Pay'
can provide to parking operators in order to jump-start the deployment of this service
to motorists. For more information about the 'Park and Pay' service, email to
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