Metric Group took the opportunity of a special open day to launch three new products and brochures into the parking industry worldwide. Metric Mobile, Metric Leasing and Metric Plus were all introduced to visitors to the open day at the Metric Group headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire, on 27 October.
A large number of visitors, mainly from the local government and the UK parking industry, attended throughout the day which, the Metric Group declared afterwards as a ‘great success’.
Metric Mobile is the new way to pay for parking, allowing customers to pay on their mobile phone using a credit or debit card. The introduction of Metric Mobile to their portfolio of parking products now means that customers have the biggest-ever choice of payment options. The benefits for the customer are instant. No need for change or dealing with tickets on windscreens. And for the parking operator, the benefits include a completely managed online web service.
Metric Leasing offers the parking service operator a finance facility to spread the cost of introducing a parking system by using fixed payment plans. Flexibility is at the heart of the product with short, medium and long term plans. Deferred payments or payment holidays of either three or six months are available for the complete cost of supply and installation.
Metric Leasing also includes the option of comprehensive maintenance and online monitoring services via their revolutionary web ASLAN system for the period of the term. Metric Leasing will take those serious about introducing a parking system, but don’t have the working capital, to the next step.
Metric Plus is a new service which is designed to allow the parking operator peace of mind and maximum up-time of their equipment. Services include real time monitoring, comprehensive maintenance, fastest possible response, ticket stock management and maintenance, cash collection, comprehensive online reporting via Web ASLAN, fixed regular payment structures and flexible leasing options.
Metric Group sales and marketing director Bill Laurie said: “Metric’s philosophy is simple. We aim to provide a first-class service which allows the parking operator to concentrate on their core business of enforcement and control whilst we maintain and care for the equipment infrastructure.”
One of the visitors to the open day was Peter Ronan, car park supervisor for Gateshead Council, which has 52 Metric pay-and-display parking machines operating on and off the streets. Their coin operated Auras are mains powered whilst some of their coin operated Accents are solar powered. Gateshead has been a user of Metric’s parking management system ASLAN since 2004.
Visitors to the special open day were given a conducted tour of the Metric factory, which is the only one in the UK manufacturing parking machines.