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DHP: Smart Parking with Integration of Business Discount

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243031D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

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Disclosed is a system that allows smart city parking with payment or pre-payment systems to work with businesses that provide discounts to customers. The idea proposed is a process for a smart parking system that allows users to pay for parking in a more dynamic way, while automatically receiving business discounts/incentives.

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DHP: Smart Parking with Integration of Business Discount

Businesses offer parking discounts to attract customers. This is mostly available in a confined environment, such as a shopping center or hotel parking. These environments use a post-payment system, for which payment and proof of purchase are presented when the customer leaves the parking area. With the introduction of Smart City Parking, there is a need for businesses to attract the customers through these new systems. A city parking system can operate differently from the shopping

center or hotel parking. One example is the post-payment system vs. pre-payment system.

In addition, a big percentage of city traffic is due to people trying to find parking spaces (per reference 1 & 2 below). Parking is expensive in some cities, and failure to pay (e.g., at a parking meter) can result in an infraction.

The novel contribution is a system that allows smart city parking with payment or pre-payment systems to work with businesses that provide discounts to customers. The idea proposed is a process for a smart parking system that allow users to pay for parking in a more dynamic way, while automatically receiving business

discounts/incentives. The system enables users to find parking spots in real time that offer such incentives.

The automated parking system allows users to have a payment integrated application to pay for parking with integrated discounts. In addition, the users receive discounts on the parking rate based on purchases made from the business partners. Parking spots
(i.e. city meters) or parking lots/garages are associated with some businesses. These businesses offer parking incentives to the users depending on associated purchasing behaviors related to the business.

The discounts can be based on how much the user spends in the associated business. This is not limited to money spent, but can be expanded to time, hours volunteering,

working hours, etc.

For example, if the parking user comes to Restaurant A and buys dinner worth $100, then the restaurant provides the user with a parking voucher for a $10 dollar parking discount. The system processes these transactions, discounts, and payments in a seamless manner.

The system consists of the integration between the user's device, the smart parking meter device, and the business' payment system. At the time of payment at the store, a back-end service automatically identifies that the user is making use of the smart parking meter service. The system then applies the discounts to the parking based on the user's purchases.

The smart system tracks the parking locations/spots that allow business dis...