Parking is a huge pain for both city residents and tourists. For residents, city parking seems like a tax grab as residents are already paying a lot in taxes and a $40 parking ticket is a slap in the face. For tourists, it’s going to hurt the visitor’s experience if they can’t find parking or end up with a ticket. With NFC you can now interact with many parking meters, including those in Ottawa, Canada.
When you scan the NFC tag on the city parking meter, you’re taken to the mobile website of PayByPhone.com where you enter your car details as well as how many minutes you’re purchasing. The NFC tag also includes location details so that you’re automatically registered with the right parking meter. Now, if you want to purchase more minutes, you don’t have to leave the restaurant, you can simply add more minutes to your car.
What’s missing from this parking meter is the stickers that say where you can download the PayByPhone.com app. The app is available for Android, iOS and BlackBerry.
It’s great to see simple ways of NFC being implemented that save tax payers money as well as make your city a friendlier place to visitors.