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Electronic Parking System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007585D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Salomon Serfaty: AUTHOR [+2]


A parking system based on cellular and short-range communications is proposed.

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Electronic Parking System

Salomon Serfaty and Gadi Shirazi


A parking system based on cellular and short-range communications is proposed.


Parking meters are used to collect parking fees in public urban roads. In some countries, the driver parking his car near the meter needs to insert coins into the meter. The meter indicates for how long the driver can park his car at that location. 

This paper proposes the use of a cellular phone, the cellular infrastructure and an application server to collect the parking fee together with a short distance communication system to transmit the information to the meter.

Problem To Be Solved

There are several techniques used for parking fee collections:

  1. Pre-purchased tickets where the driver punches the date and time of parking and attaches it to the windshield of the car.
  2. Electronic version of the same pre-purchased tickets.
  3. A cellular based system where when the driver parks his car, it dials a phone number, say for example, *727. The driver gets a vocal machine response from a server asking him to enter the time he wants to stay at that location. He can then punch the digit 2 for two hours. The driver is billed through his credit card or cellular operator. The server transfers the information wirelessly, using the cellular data infrastructure, for example, to the terminal of the ‘parking warden’. When the parking warden comes to the car to verify if the driver paid the parking fee, it punches into the terminal the license plate number and receives confirmation that the driver paid the fee.

Unfortunately, in some countries including USA, none of these solutions is acceptable. The users and authorities are used to the parking meters. They would like to have some electronic payment method on top of the coin method they have today. A proposal that has been done to them is to include a ‘pager’ receiver in the meter. The procedure is then similar to item 3 above, except that when the driver, using his cell phone, has paid for the parking fee, the system, through a paging transmitter sends the information to the parking mete...