In another case for mobile pay-for-park, Ontario’s Conestoga College is using mobile payment app, HonkMobile. The app has been met with considerable praise from the campus community, leading to Conestoga’s decision to expand the program to all of its parking lots.
As reported by The Record, HonkMobile allows students and visitors to pay for their parking on their smartphones. The app was implemented at the Conestoga’s Doon campus parking lot — which plays home to 3,000 parking spaces — at the beginning of the semester, and after a few short weeks worth of a pilot program, it was clear the app would be expanded to other college parking lots.
In fact, the college reports that 104 people downloaded the app in the first week alone. As with other mobile pay-for-park solutions, HonkMobile is designed to make it easy for students, staff and visitors to pay for parking, as well as warns users when their meter time is running out.
The app also enables drivers to add time to their meter directly from their phone without having to go back out to their car. There is no cost to the college for use of the app, but rather the Toronto-based HonkMobile takes 25 cents from each transaction. The app uses GPS technology to display maps on users’ smartphones showing the location of the driver and the nearest HonkMobile parking lot.
Free to download, users create an account in the app complete with credit card number and license plate information. The app can be used to pay for parking at any lot that is covered by HonkMobile.
College officials say that HonkMobile will be rolled out to all college parking lots in time for the start of the new school year in September. The lots at Conestoga join a roster of 500 parking lots currently connected to the HonkMobile app.
At present, most of the HonkMobile accounts are privately owned parking lots in Ontario, but Conestoga College is now the sixth post-secondary institution to leverage the parking app.