ABACUS Blue Edition

Hardware

A very special first: the introduction of three new pay stations

The fact that technical specifications and superior design go hand in hand is demonstrated by our new BlueEdition family pay stations – Pay Cash & Card, Pay Cashless and Pay Coinless. The completion of the current design generation also constitutes an upgrade of the existing design. Instead of simply having one fully equipped pay station which always involves the operating company having to make compromises if it wishes only to accept coinless payments, for example, DESIGNA is now offering three pre-defined pay stations with separate performance profiles.

All three new pay stations are designed for processing tickets and cards with magnetic strip and barcode technology. An intuitively designed user interface ensures a smooth payment process for car park customers, and a wide range of impressive services are already integrated, depending on which equipment version is selected.

The In & Out terminals – efficiency lies in calmness

The In & Out entrance/exit control terminals have by far the lowest power consumption in their class. They are based on the tried-and-tested DESIGNA operating system with all of the state-of-the art networking technologies, including the forward-looking energy management system. The device status is in sleep mode while no vehicle activity is registered, and is only activated when a vehicle approaches the terminal, which effectively reduces the power consumption. The aluminium housing is kitted out with state-of-the-art processor technology and also takes up very little space.

Networking

Unlimited performance: What PM ABACUS really has to offer

With the PM ABACUS technology, DESIGNA provides the perfect platform for large-scale regionally and internationally networked projects. The individual parking lots are linked to their respective national and international headquarters per Virtual Private Network (VPN). This is where all of the threads come together: voice and video information, reports and statistics, external alarms and signals. Thanks to the universal, open interface infrastructure of the PM ABACUS network, it can serve as a base medium for services that are both internal and external to the system. In this way, synergies and savings can be exploited to the full.

For example, outside of regular business hours all monitoring and service functions for all connected parking garages can be taken over by the international headquarters without customers noticing any difference: when they press the call button at the entry terminal they will be welcomed by a service employee in their own language.

The database concept

Every transaction that occurs during the parking process is assigned to the respective ticket in the central SQL database and made available for the reporting system. Extensive evaluations are generated at the touch of a button and made available immediately all over the world via the WebReport Internet application. From here, it is only a short step to your company database, because the automated data import into SAP or other corporate software is seamless.
The transaction data collected over a longer period of time enables the visualisation of the typical “ticket process”, from entry to the car park right through to departure – ideal for marketing purposes.

Central tariff administration

With PM ABACUS, you also have the tariff structure completely under control – individually configured for your various locations and user groups. Season parkers receive individual terms and conditions and accrued charges are invoiced automatically at agreed intervals. Car park management could hardly be any more convenient and customer friendly.

Software

Communicates and controls

Thanks to consistent Ethernet communication, PM ABACUS provides the perfect infrastructure for a maximum of transparency and control right through to the terminal units. The DESIGNA-developed software uses this infrastructure in an ideal manner.

No matter whether it’s operating, reporting or device controlling, perfected applications are available based on international standards to guarantee the reliable, efficient and interface-compatible operation of your system or car park network, even in the long term.

License Plate Recognition (LPR)

The Secure Future

Our fully integrated license plate recognition system (LPR) is a particularly successful example of how the different DESIGNA products complement modern parking management systems in one efficient tool.

Upon entry and exit, the card holder is identified by license plate recognition and unequivocally matched to his or her ticket. All this is done completely automatically and with the greatest possible reliability. As well as the additional operating data covering car park occupancy, the duration of stay and origin of the vehicles, you and your customers will benefit above all from security and service.

One of the highlights: In conjunction with license plate recognition, season parkers are able to enjoy VIP services. Once they are stored in the VIP list, customers are able to enter and leave without a ticket. Which means, they no longer need to worry about finding their ticket or having enough small change, and no delays on arrival or departure.

For every user additional individual details or conditions can be entered into the database, such as the times when they are allowed to park or agreed payment terms. And the security aspect is not to be sneezed at: since their ticket information is linked to the license plate, parkers can only enter and leave with the same vehicle.

Incidentally, using the fast exit option, even customers who are not entered on the list can benefit from ticketless departure. Once they have been recorded at the entrance, the system opens the barriers automatically at the exit – after the ticket has been paid for. LPR thus offers advantages on every level – for operators and customers alike – when it comes to security and service aspects.

Even the most basic standard version of LPR offers useful functions such as:

  • Inventory information on all vehicles located in the car park at a particular time
  • Uncomplicated replacement tickets if the original is lost, because the exact entry time can easily be established via the license plate number
  • Blacklist, with registered license plates of vehicles that, for certain reasons, should be turned away at the entrance
  • Whitelist, that relates customer cards to particular vehicles and thus prevents misuse
  • Reporting system, in which the system clearly lists all relevant information for evaluation purposes.

Easy Expandability

Additional functions such as theft protection and fraud recognition, VIP list, greylist, driver camera and overview camera increase the usability of LPR and support the operator in running the parking facility more professionally and with little extra work, thanks to the innovative technology.

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DESIGNA Australia also supplies, installs, maintains and provides support for Slimpark car park systems.