POM Unveils Parktel 2.0 Solar Smart Meter
POM, Incorporated unveiled its newest parking meter, Parktel 2.0, during a June 1 unveiling party held in conjunction with the International Parking Institute’s Annual Conference & Expo at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX.The new meter features a sleek, retro design reminiscent of POM’s signature “Model N.” Parktel 2.0 simply “drops in” to most POM upper housings and includes a new dome to accommodate the meter’s massive 4.4 inch display. Upgrading an existing meter takes less than a minute. The complete Parktel 2.0 unit also works with any conventional parking meter vault, so customers without POM housings can simply bolt the entire unit to their existing vaults.
“When designing Parktel 2.0, we tried to improve on every aspect of the modern parking meter, taking into account the perspectives of our customers and our product’s end users,” said POM President Seth Ward.
Parktel 2.0 features a 4.4 inch state-of-the-art reflective LCD display with industry leading 320x240 resolution. “Reflective technology means our display looks even better under bright sunlight,” said Ward. The new screen is also a “memory LCD,” which allows it to display a static image without drawing any battery current. The display’s vertical positioning provides optimal visibility (even from a vehicle or wheelchair) and prevents buildup of snow and condensation.
Until now, all connected parking meters have relied exclusively on individual, power hungry cellular modems. POM’s patent pending “dual mode connectivity interface” changes the status quo by having all meters in an installation work as a team rather than as individuals.
In addition to the new connectivity interface, each Parktel 2.0 meter features a large, easily replaceable battery pack with solar recharging and an all-new advanced power management chip.
Parktel 2.0 can be configured to accept coins, credit cards, chip cards and contactless (NFC) payment sources. The meter also works seamlessly with third party “pay-by-cell” applications and parking sensors. POM’s self-training coin chute electronically detects and prevents “coin fishing.” All components plug-in and are easily replaceable.
Improving on POM’s existing, patented 2x and 4x meters, Parktel 2.0 allows customers to use a single meter to monitor as many spaces as desired or necessary. “Parktel 2.0 can provide all the features of a conventional multi-space meter at a fraction of the cost,” said Ward. The meter can also be configured to work in a traditional, single space mode.
POM customers can access any electronic POM meter (including, of course, Parktel 2.0 meters) via POM’s cloud based back office suite, MeterManager.net. Using MeterManager, customers can configure dynamic rate changes, custom displays, individual LED and button functions, specify alerts, check meter status, and run revenue reports. POM’s PCI-DSS certified gateway provider, CreditCall, will continue to provide detailed reporting of credit card transactions from its secure dashboard, WebMIS.