What are ‘pay-to-park’ bays, and how do they operate?

 A user can avail of convenient contactless electronic payment methods in a smart parking management system. 


A smart parking management system can help vehicles use ‘pay-to-park’ bays. These bays have sensors that help in communicating their status to the vehicle owners. NEC India’s smart parking management system has several other user-friendly features that make parking convenient. 


The parking contractor can use a tariff engine to calculate the parking charges. A vehicle can use all electronic payment methods, including mobile apps and contactless payment systems. 


Many offsite parking are located where the network may not be so efficient. This makes parking in the basements and multi-level parking facilities quite inconvenient. To ensure that the IoT devices operate efficiently, the system uses 6LoWPAN technology. 


6LoWPAN is connectivity technology that consumes less power and, therefore, is better suited for IoT devices like RFID readers. It allows the different nodes to connect directly with the internet using open standards. 


A real-time remote monitoring of the pay-to-park bays is possible for the parking lot operator. Smart sensors allow the operator to know if the bays are being used illicitly. 


Since the system uses the Cloud to operate, it is accessible all the time. Access to the parking lot will require a vehicle to have an RFID tag. Alternatively, QR codes and Bluetooth can be used to facilitate vehicles' access to the parking lot. 


Seamless integration and secure transfer of data are possible with the help of Cloud gateways. The essential data like in-time and out-time of the vehicles, therefore, gets stored securely.


Cloud also allows vehicle owners to use mobile application to know about the status of the park-to-pay bays. The passenger gets an indication about the status with the help of parking sensors, which communicate the status to the Cloud. 


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