PayByPhone launches the UK’s first NFC parking in Tunbridge Wells

Motorists parking in Tunbridge Wells experienced a taste of the future over the Easter weekend as Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless technology was launched for the first time in the UK to pay for parking.    Customers parking in all 15 council car parks now have more choice in how they pay, instead of having to search for the right change every time they park their vehicle. 

Customers using the PayByPhone service can already choose from seven ways to pay; text, online, mobile web, phone call, Android, iPhone and Blackberry apps.  Those who have NFC enabled Android or Blackberry phones now have another option, to use NFC and pay for their parking in three very easy steps, as described below:

1. Tap the NFC enabled mobile phone over the NFC logo on the PayByPhone sticker.  This launches the PayByPhone app, complete with a unique parking location number. 

2. Enter the length of time you want to park.

3. Enter your card security number and confirm the details.

That’s it; the parking is paid for within seconds and the customer can carry on with their day. 

The NFC contactless parking technology has been launched by PayByPhone, which has placed stickers embedded with secure NFC tags onto all pay and display machines in council-run car parks in Tunbridge Wells.  Proving how easy PayByPhone is for motorists to use, since taking over the phone parking contract in February, the number of motorists regularly using the service has increased by 21% and the number of phone parking payments by 14% month on month. 

Emma Pell, Parking Manager from Tunbridge Wells says “We are very excited about working with PayByPhone and being the first council in the UK to roll out the new NFC parking technology.  Having seen how quick and easy it is to use, we are sure that it will make paying to park even easier for our residents and visitors.”

“NFC payments are set for rapid growth in the UK during 2012 when millions of NFC enabled smartphones will become available,” explains Robin Bevan, commercial CEO at PayByPhone.  “Using this technology to further improve our phone parking makes the service so much easier for customers to use.  That is why we have invested in developing this technology and will be rolling it out to all of our clients during 2012.” 

PayByPhone will be demonstrating NFC parking payments on its stand at the Parkex exhibition at London Olympia on 17th and 18th April, and Robin Bevan will be giving a short presentation on the subject. 

10 April 2012

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