Shoppers at West Quay Retail Park in Southampton will soon be benefiting from contactless technology, thanks to West Quay Retail Park’s decision to upgrade the 900-space location with new Parkeon terminals.

West Quay, who work in partnership with Britannia Parking which operates over 300 car parks throughout the UK and runs West Quay Retail Park on behalf of Aviva Life & Pensions UK, has installed 13 Parkeon Strada Rapide Evo 2 terminals at the site, seven of which are solar powered. All the terminals accept contactless bank card payments in addition to Chip and PIN and coin transactions – and each one is enabled to accept the new £1 coin, which is being introduced by the Royal Mint in March 2017.

The new machines, which include a 7” colour display screen, are linked to Parkeon’s Parkfolio central management system, enabling remote monitoring of terminals and detailed analysis of parking and payment data.

A spokesperson for West Quay Retail Park commented: “Our investment in this technology, particularly with the contactless payment options, will enhance the customer experience at West Quay while also providing new levels of functionality, efficiency and security.

“The convenience of contactless payment is now part and parcel of daily life, but many people still prefer to use cash, so it was also important that the terminals were future-proofed to accept the new £1 coin which comes into circulation next year.”

Photo shows John Lewis, Area Manager, Britannia Parking.