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12/02/2014 | APT at the ‘Centro’ of new travel scheme in the West Midlands

Sophisticated electric vehicle (EV) charging points from APT Technologies, supplier of the Evolt range of future-pr


27/11/2013 | APT introduces its greenest-ever rising bollard

APT Security Systems (part of the APT Controls group), the high-end integrator for high-performance vehicle ac




18/09/2013 | Batchworth Golf Club choose APT to provide vehicle access system

29/08/2013 | APT on song for TCCP trial in North West

APT Skidata has recently completed the installation of a pay on foot parking system at Whitehall Road,


28/08/2013 | APT Controls to demonstrate power at GreenFleet Scotland

APT Controls, provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, is set to demonstrate its broad range


28/08/2013 | APT Controls powers up for LCV 2013

APT Controls, provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, is yet again attending the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle


14/08/2013 | Bullring rings the changes with new electric vehicle charging posts from APT

A number of sophisticated electric vehicle (EV) charging points from APT Technologies, supplier of the


29/07/2013 | Staffordshire County Council chooses APT Technologies to provide vehicle charging solutions

Staffordshire County Council, in conjunction with the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and the Government fu


24/05/2013 | Increased safety to APT’s Executive Automatic Barrier

APT Security Systems (part of the APT Controls group), the high-end integrator for high-performance vehicle access


08/05/2013 | AIRPORTS CHOOSE APT’S TOLL STYLE PAY STATIONS FOR DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP ZONES

Issues with controlling large numbers of passengers being picked up or dropped off at two of London’s


12/04/2013 | Congestion Problem Fixed with Flexible Parking Solution from Veri-Park

Congestion Problem Fixed with Flexible Parking Solution from Ver




07/03/2013 | APT SKIDATA BUILDS ON ITS HISTORY WITH CASTLE QUAY SHOPPING CENTRE

Leading parking specialist APT Skidata has returned to refresh and substantially upgrade the parking technology a


27/02/2013 | APT SECURITY SYSTEMS INSTALLS BUS GATE SYSTEM IN WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN CENTRE

APT Security Systems, the high-end integrator of physical security solutions, has supplied and installe


27/02/2013 | EVOLT SAYS MANUFACTURERS NEED TO MAKE ELECTRIC VEHICLES MORE AFFORDABLE

A leading manufacturer and installer of electric vehicle (EV) charging points has welcomed the Government’s e


21/11/2012 | APT Skidata Launches Management Solution for Ticket Validation Schemes

APT Skidata, the UK's leading parking systems provider, has launched e:Val - a new hosted management solution for car park owners and operators


30/10/2012 | Luton Borough Council turns APT Security bollards into works of art

Luton Borough Council has given a facelift to bollards installed in and around the town centre, creating a new range known by locals as ‘boll-a


30/10/2012 | APT SECURITY SYSTEMS HELPS DEVELOP ACCESS CONTROL AT KODAK

High-end security integrator APT Security Systems has supplied and installed three durable raising arm barriers at the UK photographic goods ma


11/10/2012 | LEADING THE CHARGE FOR EV TRANSPORT

Justin Meyer, Business Development Manager for APT Technologies, reports on the recent implementation of a network of EV charging points acr


03/10/2012 | EV CHARGING POST FROM APT TECHNOLOGIES GIVES GREEN POWER TO UXBRIDGE COLLEGE

A further education college in the London borough of Hillingdon is leading the charge for environmentally responsible travel after becoming one


20/09/2012 | APT BARRIERS STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 35 YEARS

Four parking barriers that were installed at the Enfield Civic Centre when the building was enlarged more than 35 years ago are still operating


06/08/2012 | APT TECHNOLOGIES POWERS UP FOR LCV2012

APT Technologies, provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, is set to demonstrate an impressive selection of products from its range of


30/07/2012 | APT SKIDATA TOUCHES DOWN AT GLASGOW AIRPORT AGAIN

APT Skidata, the leading parking technology business, is to upgrade the parking equipment in Glasgow Airport's short and long stay car parks.


16/07/2012 | APT SKIDATA IS IN THE PINK AFTER INSTALLATION AT FLAMINGO LAND

Leading access technology provider APT Skidata has supplied and installed an array of sophisticated turnstiles and handheld terminals at a popu


16/07/2012 | APT BRINGS EV CHARGING INNOVATION TO MIDLANDS-BASED INNOVATION CENTRE

Pioneering electric vehicle (EV) charging points from APT Technologies, supplier of the Evolt range of futureproof charging solutions, have bee


11/07/2012 | APT SKIDATA INTERFACES ALLOW USERS TO MEASURE AND REWARD CUSTOMER LOYALTY

Access control and parking solutions from leading supplier APT Skidata are helping its clients to collect and utilise invaluable Customer Relat


14/06/2012 | APT TAKES MANAGEMENT INFORMATION TO NEW LEVELS

A new management information tool that enables car park managers, owners and operators to better manage their facilities through the delivery o


31/05/2012 | APT SKIDATA WINS CONTRACT TO REFRESH SEASIDE CAR PARKS

APT Skidata, the UK's leading parking technology specialist, has been awarded a contract to upgrade the parking systems at two public car parks


25/05/2012 | APT BRINGS ANPR INNOVATION TO THE HEART OF BARRIER-LESS PARKING

An innovative suite of barrier-less parking and payment solutions based on proven ANPR technology and flexible payment channels and utilising e


22/05/2012 | APT SKIDATA LAUNCHES NEW E-CHARGING AND PARKING INTERFACE

APT Skidata, the leading parking technology business, has launched an e-charging interface to integrate electrical vehicle charging with its pr


16/05/2012 | APT BRINGS ANPR INNOVATION TO THE HEART OF BARRIER-LESS PARKING

An innovative suite of barrier-less parking and payment solutions based on proven ANPR technology and flexible payment channels and utilising e


26/03/2012 | APT SKIDATA BRINGS CONTACTLESS PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY TO PARKING

APT Skidata, the leading parking technology business, has further extended the ‘wave and pay' capabilities of its parking solutions with the ne


22/03/2012 | NEW 2D/QR FROM APT SKIDATA BRINGS NEW LEVELS OF TICKETING FLEXIBILITY

APT Skidata, the leading parking technology business, has launched a two-dimensional quick response (2D/QR) barcode reader as an integral part


19/03/2012 | APT SKIDATA ENJOYS A LONG STAY WITH JURY’S INN

APT Skidata, the UK's leading parking technology specialist, is enjoying continued success in the Hotels sector after completing an installatio


07/03/2012 | APT SKIDATA BRINGS REMOTE CONTROL TO PARKEX 2012

(PARKEX 2012, Stand C30) APT Skidata, the UK's leading parking technology specialist, is harnessing the power of online connectivity through it



22/02/2012 | APT SECURITY SYSTEMS TO SHOWCASE HIGH-PERFORMANCE BOLLARDS AT COUNTER TERROR EXPO

(Stand E106) APT Security Systems, the high-end integrator for high-performance vehicle access systems, will be demonstrating the anti-t


17/02/2012 | APT SKIDATA HELPS ACCESS TO THE SAINTS

Sophisticated people access technology from APT Skidata has been installed at the new home of St Helens Rugby Football Club in Merseyside to he


04/01/2012 | APT TECHNOLOGIES PRESENTS PAY-AS-YOU-GO EVOLT CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

APT Technologies, supplier of the Evolt range of electric vehicle charging solutions, is to launch a dedicated pay-as-you-go network that will


18/11/2011 | APT SKIDATA LIGHTING TRIAL PROVES 60% REDUCTION IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Research from APT Skidata shows that the effective use of LED lighting in a multi-storey car park can save 60% of the site's annual lighting bi


08/11/2011 | EVOLT CHARGING POINTS POWERS THE 2011 RAC FUTURE CAR CHALLENGE

Evolt charging points, supplied by APT Technologies, provided access to the much needed power for vehicles taking part in this year's Royal Aut


31/10/2011 | AGE PROVES NO BARRIER FOR APT FLEXBOLLARDS

APT Security Systems, the high-end specialist security integrator, has created a bespoke version of its Flex Bollard Range to complement the ex


21/10/2011 | APT SKIDATA CHOSEN TO EQUIP GATWICK AIRPORT PARKING DEVELOPMENT

APT Skidata, the UK's leading parking technology specialist, has completed the installation of equipment that will manage and control parking f


12/10/2011 | APT SECURITY SYSTEMS LAUNCHES COST EFFECTIVE ‘BARRIER IN A BOX’

APT Security Systems (part of the APT Controls group), the high-end integrator for high-performance vehicle access systems, has launched a pack



14/09/2011 | APT SECURITY SYSTEMS ENSURES A PLEASANT STAY WITH MERCURE HOTELS

APT Security Systems, the high-end integrator for high-performance vehicle access systems, is engaged in an ongoing programme of supplying and


05/09/2011 | APT LAUNCHES NEW ULTRA FAST EV CHARGING POST

A new, very fast-acting charging system that will dramatically enhance the viability of electric vehicle travel as an alternative, eco-consciou


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Congestion Problem Fixed with Flexible Parking Solution from Veri-Park

Congestion Problem Fixed with Flexible Parking Solution from Veri-Park

The first Veri-Park barrierless parking system from the APT Controls Group has been successfully installed at the Peel Centre in Bracknell to help Land Securities address the issue of congestion and improve the customer parking experience for shoppers.

The Peel Centre in Bracknell town centre is the dominant retail park in the area, and retailers include a 40,000 sq ft Morrisons and an equally large Tesco Home Plus, alongside 10 other retailers, and entertainment attractions including Hollywood Bowl, Pointbingo and an Odeon Cinema.

It is a popular retail and entertainment destination, attracting 1.5 million cars a year, and at peak times congestion in the surrounding area was causing a problem – something Land Securities was keen to resolve.

“The Park came under new planning restrictions which meant that we could not allow a build up of cars,” says Paul Plumbley, Portfolio Car Par Manager for Land Securities, “so we began investigating alternative solutions to the traditional barrier system we had in place.

“The system has served us well but the congestion at peak times was a symptom of The Peel Centre’s success and one which needed to be addressed if we were to improve the customer experience and satisfy the council. We knew that removing barriers at entry makes it easier – and quicker – for cars to enter,” explains Paul, “but we did not want a traditional ANPR system, which is based on a penalty notice economy and only serves to penalise visitors who over-stay. It is imperative that the car park serves the businesses on site and does not deter shoppers from returning and this was the appeal of the Veri-park system.”



Veri-Park offers an alternative approach to parking management and control at the Peel Centre. The car park encourages visitors by offering two hours free parking as standard, and three hours for those visiting one of the leisure or entertainment destinations on site. Paul estimates that 85-90% of visitors leave within the free parking period but they would still be delayed at the barriers and still have to get a ticket.

“With Veri-park, no active interaction with the parking system is required unless people stay longer,” says Paul, “and if they do stay longer they can pay for what they use rather than being fined for overstaying their welcome.”

Andrew Hiddleston from Veri-Park says that The Peel Centre is the ideal site for Veri-park’s technology: “Thankfully ANPR technology and the thinking behind it has advanced and we know, for example, that most car park users will invariably pay if the ability to do so is there. So allowing people to make top-up payments if they go beyond the free parking limit rather than incurring a hefty fine is much more customer friendly.”

At the heart of the Veri-Park system is the payment kiosk where drivers can validate their stay using their registration plate number and pay for additional time.

Paul acknowledges that there was a hesitation in relying on a system that requires drivers to use their registration plate: “We use ANPR technology on other sites to help with lost tickets and our historic data tells us that a considerable number of people do not actually know their number plate. So it could have been a risk for us to introduce a system that relied on using the license plate as the ‘ticket’. This might have been a bigger consideration if we did not already know that the vast majority would not have to use the kiosks at all.”

To help customers that do, there are three kiosks within the car park which have large, robust touch screen displays. They are sensitive enough to detect the lightest touch and provide users with a clear and easy set of payment instructions and options.

“There is a significant age range of people using the park and therefore the machines,” says Paul, “but the interface is straight forward and the process is not too technical. We have seen people cope well and pick it up very quickly.”

For those who forget to pay for additional time when they go over the free hours, there are multiple options to pay – which do not involve a penalty fine.

In fact Paul prefers to avoid penalties wherever possible in favour of a simple reminder letter or warning: “In most case this is all that is required as most people aren’t evading the charges and are happy to pay for what they have used.”

The parking system is supported by a website where visitors can go online and pay for their charges until midnight the following day. Additionally regular users can set up an account by registering bank card details to allow their parking charges to be automatically deducted at the end of the month.

Whilst revenue generation is not the main priority for Land Securities, Veri-Park will help to make costs savings. “Raised barriers at peak times will no longer be an issue,” says Andrew Hiddleston, “and the use of ANPR will improve capture rates at the park. Therefore more income will come from the cars that do stay over the free hours.

“The Peel Centre had a very specific requirement which very much suits the benefits that can be achieved through the use of a Veri-Park system,” Andrew concludes. “We are very pleased to help Land Securities fix the congestion problem, and at the same time provide a user-friendly system for visitors that still allows them to benefit from the discounted parking.”


 

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