Automated System For Payment of Parking Fees Based on 'Space' Concept
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-24
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Conventional means to pay parking fees may be inconvenient for the motorist. Stopping at the gate, waiting for a ticket to be printed when entering the premises and when leaving, finding the ticket, stopping at the gate and paying are tasks that can be fully automated, as onboard computers able to deliver geolocation information are becoming ubiquitous. The existing or proposed solutions are partially automated but still require some manual steps to be completed. For example payment automation based on short-range communication, still require manual steps to complete (i.e. stop at the gate and hover a smart phone to trigger the transaction using Bluetooth or NFC). Solutions based on RFID technology can achieve some degree of automation but they require additional equipment (RFID tags and readers). Using geolocation information allows the full automation of the process without any additional equipment and no other user action than clicking on a display screen.
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Automated System For Payment of Parking Fees Based on '
The invention relies on the 'space' concept which is a mapping of a logical abstraction to a physical location . The parking garage is a 'space' defined by its physical coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude).
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The parking 'space' is a service that is maintained and managed by an operator . This service has a subscription/notification system and users can register to the service . The detection of entering/leaving the space is triggered by the GPS information sent to the service by the onboard GPS device . A notification is sent to the user. On receipt of the notification, the user acknowledges the terms and conditions of the service (i.e. parking fee based of the duration). Later on, when leaving the premises, another event will be triggered when the user will exit the 'space' generating a new notification and the payment will occur .
Note: The altitude information is also processed to handle special cases such as underground parking or parking spaces on elevated floors. Depending of the configuration, the parking 'space' can be modeled as a 2D surface or 3D volume.
Note: Even if the GPS satellite resolution today ( ~ meter) will make some implementation approximative, a person can reasonably expect access in the near future to military grade satellite information with 'millimeter' GPS resolution.
The invention starts with the 'space' creation. The physical coordinates of the parking garage (latitude, longitude, altitude) are mapped to a surface or volume object . Then, one or more policies are attached to the 'space' object. Entering or leaving the space will lead to a specific action or set of actions :
1) Entering the space will lead to the acceptance of a contractual agreement .
2) Leaving the space will trigger the automatic payment of the parking fees .
The 'space' and its associated policies are now turn into a service managed by an application service provider (ASP) and available to the public through a client ap...