Students, faculty and visitors to North Carolina State’s campus can forget about feeding parking meters, as the university has launched a new service that enables parking payments via mobile phones.
The solution is called Passport, a mobile parking payments service, and is being offered for parking spaces across campus. In addition to paying for parking spots, the service also pushes reminders to drivers’ devices before their parking meter expires and gives them the ability to extend their session without having to physically return to the meter.
To use the service, smartphone users must first download the Passport app for iOS or Android devices or register online at Passport’s parking web portal. Once registered, drivers have the option to pay using the Passport app or mobile website via credit card or Paypal.
To pay, drivers enter the zone and space number listed on the parking space’s signage and then select how long they wish to stay. The parking meters won’t show the time remaining, and customers won’t have to display any proof of payment as parking enforcement officers can view payments and meter statuses via a wireless handheld device.
The mobile pay service is offered by Charlotte-based Passport, Inc. The company has deployed its mobile payment system in cities across the U.S. and Canada. Other recent implementations include a partnership with the City of Boston for the city’s ParkBoston program, while Passport Mobile Pay is also available in Chicago, Tucson and Toronto.