Parkeon engineers in the UK have developed an integrated payment system that enables public transport users in Perth, Australia to pay for car parking using their SmartRider smartcards.

The new SmartParker system, developed by Parkeon in conjunction with the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, is in operation at Transperth train stations. One hundred and twenty eight (128) SmartParker meters have been installed and card users can now link parking payments to their SmartRider travel smartcards. The machines are already processing in excess of 15,000 transactions per day.

Owen Griffith, Managing Director of Parkeon Transit commented “This is a first for Australia but the innovation clearly has potential in other markets, including the UK, as we seek to develop integrated, multi-modal payment mechanisms that make life easier for consumers.”

With the Transperth system, card holders link their vehicle registration details to their SmartRider account via the scheme’s website and the parking fee is automatically debited when the transit card is used for parking. Transactions are processed via Parkeon’s centralised MyParkfolio database linked to the SmartRider scheme.

Added Owen Griffith: “We value the relationship that we have developed with the PTA of Western Australia over many years, so we were delighted when they asked us to provide this elegant and integrated solution to create a better journey experience for Transperth users.”

Dave Thompson, Director of Parkeon in Australia, added: “SmartParker is now turning the vision of a more integrated future into reality. Our technology is making car parking and urban transport a seamless experience for people in Perth…gone are the days of searching for spare change.”

Parkeon provides the equipment and back office suite of software for the Transperth ticketing system and recently won the contract to provide real-time journey tracking for passengers along with Australia’s first underground dynamic bus stand allocation system.