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Tuesday, 17 July, 2007 11:39 AM

A Parking Meter That Prevents Tickets

The World’s Friendliest Parking Meter™ Calls You to Warn Meter’s Low

Most of us don’t put a whole lot of thought into parking meters until we get zapped with a ticket for an expired meter. That’s when we start complaining about how the whole parking system is stacked against us. After all, in today’s hectic world you practically need to schedule a planning session to park at a meter without fear of getting ticketed! You know what I’m talking about— you’ve got to make sure you have enough change. And who ever does? You also have to watch the clock. And if you’re trapped in an important meeting, you have to scope out someone in advance to run down to the meter for you before time’s up. No wonder expired meters account for the bulk of parking violations in most cities. But now tickets for expired meters could be a thing of the past.

Imagine parking at a meter that lets you pay with your debit or credit card. Or even change if you have some. But accepting coins is the only the similarity between the patented, state-of-the art, PhotoViolationMeter™, or PVM™, and the conventional, old meters. The PVM™, created by Photo Violation Technologies Corporation, is Revolutionizing The Parking Industry™ with its user-friendly features.

The smart parking meters are currently installed for a testing period in Vancouver, British Columbia and Niagra Falls, New York. They’ve already earned top marks from users during a test run in San Francisco. “On-street parking is a critical factor for cities to promote business and tourism locally so it must be easy to use and offer conveniences for the customers,” says Fred Mitschele, President and CEO of Photo Violation Technologies Corporation. “That’s why it’s vital for municipalities to invest in user-friendly solutions geared to the future.”

The PVM™ truly is user-friendly in every sense of the word. Not only does it offer more convenient ways to pay, the PVM™ can actually call to warn you that your meter is running low and allows you to pay for more time over the phone. No kidding. “We designed the meter so that you’re not slapped with a $30 fine simply because you ran out of change,” says Mitschele. The No-Fine™ feature offers you the option of automatically paying in timed increments with your credit card so you avoid the risk of a ticket. Or you can take advantage of the Grace Period™ option. The city gives you a grace period by pre-programming a certain amount of time that you can pay for extra minutes before it turns into a parking violation. No other meter can do that.”

Because it operates on a state-of-the-art wireless network, the PVM™ also provides free Internet hotspots for anyone with wireless capabilities. That means if you’re sitting in your car with your laptop, you can get online to check email. It adds a whole new level of connectivity to any city that installs PVM’s™ by creating so many free Wi-Fi hotspots for the general public. This technology is also useful for first responders who might require a greater level of connectivity options in the face of large scale emergencies.

While the wireless capabilities make savvy use of technological resources, these ‘smart’ parking meters are a dream come true for city governments for other practical reasons. The PVM™ photographs license plates of cars that do violate parking laws, creating evidence that’s tough to dispute. Its sensors also reset each time a new vehicle pulls into the space, allowing cities to increase parking revenue. Because PVM’s™ offer more flexible payment options they also eliminate common problems presented by on-street parking. “Many cities are trying to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid parking fines—in Washington, D.C. for example, unpaid tickets account for more than 1 million dollars,” says Mitschele. “Because our meter makes it easier for people to pay for parking and avoid a ticket in the first place, it saves everybody time, money and an awful lot of aggravation. For people who do wind up receiving a ticket, the Pay Your Fine™ feature allows them to pay the fine right at the meter at a discounted rate.”

Here are some of the main features of the PhotoViolationMeter™ (PVM) that make it so convenient:

  • Large start button
  • Greets users with welcome message
  • Large, backlit, easy-to-read LCD
  • Every Way To Pay™: 12 coin types, credit cards, ATM/debit cards, smart cards, pay-by-phone
  • No-Fine™ feature
  • Grace Period™ feature
  • Regulation Notification™ feature
  • Pay Your Fine™ feature
  • Calls to notify time is running out/accepts additional payment

While parking meters have historically been a source of aggravation for drivers and enforcement officials alike, the innovative PhotoViolationMeter™ can make life easier for everyone who uses it.

 

About Photo Violation Technologies Corporation:

Photo Violation Technologies Corp. (PVT) was founded in 2004 by Fred Mitschele, a Vancouver resident with a long history of success in the Parking Industry. With a small amount of seed capital, Mitschele started the company in Vancouver, Canada and Bangkok, Thailand with just himself and another employee.

Mitschele has managed to increase the company’s size to approximately 30 employees with offices in Thailand, Canada and the UK. He recently opened a new office in the US, with offices soon to open in Hong Kong and China.

PVT is currently exploring acquisitions of a number of global companies and expanding its partner base which includes impressive companies such as IBM & Cisco. PVT is in the process of doing a RTO by listing on the Nasdaq on the OTCBB. For more information visit www.PhotoViolation.com.

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