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Mobile & Wireless

PayByPhone adds NFC to m-payments for Ottawa's parking space

Friday 27 April 2012 | 13:44 CET | News
PayByPhone, an international provider of systems for parking and urban mobility payments, implemented its mobile phone payment method for parking in Canada's capital Ottawa. PayByPhone parking allows drivers to pay for and extend their parking time using a mobile app, online, or calling a local phone number. Ottawa is the first Canadian city to incorporate near field communication (NFC) and QR code features for its parking payments. Every Pay & Display machine in Ottawa has a PayByPhone sticker with instructions on how to use the system. Embedded in that sticker is a NFC tag with the location number of the Pay & Display machine. Customers only need to sign up once, after which they simply wave their NFC smartphone over the logo on the sticker and the PayByPhone app or mobile web page is launched. The system recognises the user, identifies the parking location, and the customer enters the amount of time desired. An optional text message is sent five minutes before the parking session ends, and if needed, allows additional time to be purchased via the phone (subject to time restrictions). Drivers without NFC capable phones can still use the service by manually launching the app or simply calling the local number. The signs also contain QR codes for a mobile web transaction.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: PayByPhone
Countries: Canada
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