New Meters for Galway

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Recognising that their Parking Pay & Display Meters had reached the end of their useful life Galway City Parking Department needed to update their stock of obsolete meters. A tender was issued in 2017 for 20 meters. As Eithne Murphy, City Engineer explained, this was to replace the most critical meters that had become obsolete as well as to test how far the parking meter technology had advanced in terms of payment options, meter reliability, resistance to Vandalism and back-office management systems before committing to replacing all of our meters.

UTS Technologies were successful with our bid for the Parkeon STRADA “Rapide” meter including coin and card payment. The meters also accept contactless, Android and ApplePay e-payments in a fully PCI / EMV certified environment.

UTS were asked to project manage the installation involving civil works to remove and safely dispose of the old meters and install the new Parkeon units. Working with our own expert team of installers and Civil Works Contractor the job was completed on schedule ahead of the busy Christmas trading period.

The tender requires UTS to carry out scheduled maintenance and ticket loading which is managed through the latest SmartFolio® meter management system where the meters are in constant live communication with the SmartFolio server. This enables us to pro-actively plan ticket re-stocking and any maintenance interventions.

Galway have subsequently tendered for the replacement of the remaining 60 meters in The City which UTS are proud to have been awarded and installation is scheduled to take place in September 2018.

The new meters have been well received by the motorists who, like everywhere else are just happy to be able to find a parking spot and a meter located nearby that works!

Uptake of card payments is very encouraging and while coin payments are still the preference we believe with the convenience and awareness of “Contactless” e-payments will represent a significant proportion of the overall income.

Owing to a recent rise in Vandalism the new meters will be fitted with Parkeon’s optional security packs and as Jonathan Spring – CEO of UTS Technologies says – this feature will add to the meter price, but with the recent escalation of Vandalism is, in our view absolutely necessary to defend against current and future levels of attacks and will become standard on all future meters we will be supplying.








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