The international provider of urban mobility payments and parking systems PayByPhone, announced that Ottawa is implementing the cell phone parking payment method.
The system allows the drivers to extend and pay for their parking time by using a mobile application, calling a local phone number or online.
Ottawa is the first Canadian city to integrate QR Codes and NFC technology for its parking payments.
The Pay & Display machines have PayByPhone stickers with information on how to use the system.
The sticker includes NFC tag, so the customers who have NFC compatible phones have to wave over the logo and the app will be launched. When signed in, the system recognizes the customer, the parking location. The user enters the desired amount of time.
5 minutes before the session ends an optional message is sent, so if additional time is required it can be purchased over the phone.
For those who don’t have NFC compatible smartphones they can still use the system by launching the application manually or calling the local number.
The Pay & Display machines also include QR Codes for a mobile web transaction.