Smart Parking Meters Utilize AirLink® Gateways for Secure Payment Transactions

Founded in 1997, Digital Payment Technologies (DPT) is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of parking management technologies for the North American parking industry. Based in British Columbia, the Canadian company’s highly advanced multi-space parking pay stations are supported by the Web-based Enterprise Management System (EMS), a best-in-class management software program designed specifically for the parking industry.

Business Challenge

DPT originally developed their parking payment solution using WiFi for connectivity. Unfortunately, DPT experienced “all kinds of problems with the WiFi connectivity.” As wireless technologies developed, DPT began to re-think its connectivity choice. The company saw cellular coverage growing, while both power consumption and cost were shrinking. The need for reliable connectivity, secure data transmission and low power consumption prompted DPT to begin investigating a 3G cellular solution.

Sierra Wireless Solution

With the guidance of Wireless MobileData, a value-added reseller of Sierra Wireless AirLink® products, DPT selected the AirLink gateway. Wireless MobileData was instrumental in testing the platform for use in DPT’s pay stations and acting as liaison to arrange cellular service for one of DPT’s largest parking group customers in the US.

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