No chance for parking violators thanks to barrier-free monitoring
The Park & Ride facility in St. Valentin, which offers around 500 parking spaces, is to be used only by ticket holders of public transport. To ensure this and prevent parking violations, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG opted for Arivo’s innovative FreeFlow solution.
In the context of an innovation partnership between ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG and the province of Lower Austria, a digital and user-friendly parking solution was sought for the P&R facility. This should offer travelers the possibility of reserving parking spaces and also prevent unauthorized parking without a valid public transport ticket. Furthermore, the new system should have low acquisition costs and ensure simple operation.
ÖBB finally found the FreeFlow solution offered by Arivo. The barrier-free parking solution does not require any ticket machines, receipt printers or additional payment terminals. Cost-effective in terms of acquisition, the ongoing operation is also very resource-efficient, as all maintenance work and the otherwise necessary emergency call station are unnecessary.
A parking space can be conveniently reserved in advance via the online booking tool. Otherwise, public transport customers drive into the parking area as usual. The only difference is that the Arivo license plate recognition system records and stores the license plate number when the customer enters the facility. When the customer leaves the facility again, all he has to do is to hold his rail ticket (or public transport ticket) up to the Arivo parking column. The system automatically links the license plate number with the ticket. A green light at the exit lights, as well as ground lights, symbolizes “free passage” and the customer can exit free of charge. Particularly practical: Season ticket holders only need to scan their ticket on first use.
To ensure that friends and family can still be brought to the station free of charge, no fees are charged for the first 15 minutes. On the other hand, parking violators, i.e. those without a valid ticket, are tracked down via a holder data query and charged a penalty.
"I think we have managed the balancing act very well between a very young and dynamic company and a very large and state-owned company. The good organization, the ability to recognize what is still needed and where needed and where we still have gaps and then to react to them very quickly, that was an outstanding achievement. I liked that very much."
After a successful three-month test phase, Arivo’s FreeFlow system has been in full operation since April 2021. An evaluation by ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG shows that the majority of parkers are already very comfortable with the new parking system after the first use. It is now to be introduced at other ÖBB locations as well. (orf.at reported)