A local authority is planning to use one of the parking industry’s most advanced management tools to maximum advantage.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s new Metric Aura Elite solar powered pay-and-display machines will be linked via the manufacturer’s WebASLAN system, which will enable remote monitoring and communications between the local authorities’s parking staff and the machines.
With Metric’s WebASLAN, the most flexible management tool available to the parking industry, full audit reports can be set up and generated automatically on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.
Cambridgeshire County Council intend to use the reporting system to produce all statistical data on historical usage and revenue figures. As a management tool, it can be used as an aid to assist in forecasting revenues when changes are proposed.
The Council also required the ability for cash collectors to update the system online with controlled access. They say this will substantially reduce paperwork and centralise the information needed. Metric were keen to comply with this request and recognise the benefit for its customers.
Metric say the local authority will be able to update tariffs remotely. They will have the largest label insert space of any pay and display machine, which will allow Cambridgeshire to display clear instructions on how users should operate the machines and also the charges for the particular parking area.
The first 31 new Aura Elite machines, which were won by Metric in a very competitive tender, will be installed in and around the historic town of Cambridge.
A further 32 will follow in the summer with potential for more through the introduction of a new parking scheme.
"We were very pleased with Metric’s very competitive price and their strong commitment to meet the needs of their customers," said Philip Hammer, Contracts Manager and BPA Council Member.
"Their open minded and positive approaches to developing the ASLAN system show a modern and flexible attitude," he added.