Vancouver, BC, March 30, 2011--(T-Net)--Today, Digital Payment Technologies (http://www.digitalpaytech.com) (DPT) and Associated Time (http://www.associatedtime.com) announced the deployment of 94 multi-space parking pay stations in the city of Galveston. The new LUKE pay stations, manufactured by DPT and installed by Associated Time, have replaced 800 pre-existing single-head meters and 93 multi-space stations that were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Galveston's residents and small business owners have hailed the reinstatement of a parking management solution as an instrumental step in helping the city return to normal.
In September of 2008, Hurricane Ike destroyed much of the island of Galveston, including all of the city's parking meters. As the city and local businesses began the long process of rebuilding, the negative impact of not having a paid parking solution rapidly became evident. Without a structured parking program in place to promote turnover and free up parking spaces, on-street parking was being monopolized by residents and construction vehicles. Having never given parking much thought before, in the aftermath of the hurricane, Galveston's business owners came to realize the importance of paid parking in freeing up spaces for their customers in order for the downtown shopping district to recover. Though the city acknowledged the importance of re-establishing a parking management system, it needed to prioritize other aspects of the revitalization first. Knowing how important parking was to their businesses, a group of business owners formed a grass-roots movement to bring parking order back to Galveston, and assembled the Downtown Oversight Committee for the Selection of Parking.
The committee consisted of Dr. Craig Brown, a Pediatric Dentist and on the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston; Bill Ross of the George P. Mitchell Company; Alan Flores, shop owner; and Steve Greenberg, now a city councilman. These four represented the merchants from Galveston's downtown strand and were given the responsibility of articulating the city's parking needs in a Request for Proposals (RFP). One key criterion of the RFP was the implementation of multi-space pay stations instead of single-head meters because of their superior aesthetics, their ability to operate on solar power, and their acceptance of multiple forms of payment. The committee selected DPT's LUKE pay stations, to be managed by Ampco System Parking, and installed by Associated Time.
“Five years ago, I would never have wanted paid parking, let alone advocated it,” said Dr. Craig Brown, who led the Downtown Oversight Committee for the Selection of Parking. “We took parking for granted until it was gone. Now that we have the new LUKE pay stations, the flow of traffic and turnover are back, the customers are back, and it's finally starting to feel like business as usual again in downtown Galveston.”
The new LUKE machines accept multiple forms of payment, including bills, coins and credit cards, and will have the option to extend parking via phone in the future. The machines are solar-powered, which reduces installation and operational costs in addition to being environmentally responsible. All the pay stations leverage the City's Wi-Fi network infrastructure in order to perform real-time credit card authorization, report tampering or break-ins, receive configuration commands remotely, and allow consumers to add additional time to their parking session from any LUKE pay station in the city. The Wi-Fi network infrastructure offers cost-effective communications between the pay stations today, and soon it will be used to provide a free public Wi-Fi network. This will give residents and visitors Internet access and encourage them to linger downtown and patronize local businesses. The stainless steel pay stations are sturdy and weather-proof, and if needed can be quickly removed and transported to a safe area, eliminating the need to replace them in the unfortunate event of another disaster. A portion of the revenue generated from parking is being put into the marketing efforts to rebuild Galveston's tourism industry.
“The deployment in Galveston is a great example of the positive impact our pay stations can have on downtown areas,” said Alan Menezes, vice president of product management and marketing for DPT. “Not only does this provide visitors and shoppers with easier access to local businesses, but a portion of revenues from the pay stations will be used to market and improve downtown Galveston.”
Added Glenn Rodriguez, Houston branch manager for Associated Time, “We are truly honored to be playing such an important role as Galveston continues to rebuild itself. It's amazing how an unlikely candidate - parking - could become such a catalyst for the revitalization of the community.”
About Digital Payment Technologies
Digital Payment Technologies (DPT) is an innovative leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electronic pay stations, management software, and online services for the parking industry. DPT products provide complete financial tracking, control, and reporting on parking revenue collected by cities, municipalities, universities, parking management companies, private operators, and national parks, from customer payment through to bank deposit. In 2007, DPT was named Emerging Company of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Industry Association, and has been included on multiple Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists as one of the fastest growing high technology companies in North America. For more information visit: http://www.digitalpaytech.com
About Associated Time
Associated Time & Parking Controls is a leading supplier of parking revenue control systems, providing both standard software products and custom software solutions to support its systems, along with a staff of knowledgeable software support engineers. For more than 50 years, Associated Time & Parking Controls has been committed to providing its customers with the most advanced time and attendance, parking and revenue, and access control solutions available, backed by an uncompromising drive to ensure customer service and support to establish long term customer relationships. Associated Time & Parking Controls has been selling, installing and servicing sophisticated solutions to a wide variety of businesses throughout the State of Texas since 1953, with offices in Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, LA, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sterling Communications for Digital Payment Technologies