Parkmobile adds NFC to its parking payment repertoire

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Parkmobile adds NFC to its parking payment repertoire

Let's face it, whether you're down at the laundromat or feeding the meter on a busy street, you can never find enough quarters when you need'em. Know what effectively sidesteps that lack of foresight? NFC, that's what. And that tap-to-pay convenience is ready to roll out for folks in Oakland, CA courtesy of Atlanta-based Parkmobile. There's no great mystery to the company's purpose -- the name says it all -- as it specializes in payment solutions for (what else?) parking. With the installment of special near field-equipped stickers on meters throughout that West Coast city, fine-fearing citizens will now have one extra payment option beyond the outfit's currently available mobile app and internet transactions. Naturally, you'll have to sign-up online to get started, but after that you'll never have to fear the meter maid again.

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Parkmobile USA Launches NFC-Enabled Mobile Parking Payment Solution

OAKLAND, Calif., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ - Parkmobile USA, Inc. announced today that their revolutionary new mobile payment service has been implemented in Oakland, CA. Not only can customers now pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile's native mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones anywhere in the city, but they can also choose to pay with NFC-enabled mobile phones by waving or tapping their phone on any of Parkmobile's NFC-enabled stickers.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register for free at . Once registered, they can use a mobile app, the internet, QR Code, NFC sticker or call toll free at 1-877-727-5718 to pay for parking. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. They can also select the option to receive both text message or email alerts and reminders.

"Parkmobile is very excited to launch our mobile payment parking service in Oakland," said Albert Bogaard, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc. "With this technology, customers no longer have to search for change at their destination. With the addition of NFC to our suite of payment options, our mobile payment service continues to be an example of innovative technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient."

The program is offered citywide at all on-street parking meters in Oakland. Parkmobile's progressive technologies and services will enhance the experience of motorists. Parkmobile's mobile payment solution is an ideal parking option, and is simple and convenient.

"The City of Oakland is excited to offer motorists a hassle-free and convenient payment option at parking meters," said Noel Pinto, Director of Parking Operations with City of Oakland. "Motorist can now pay for parking at a meter by utilizing their cell phone and seamlessly buying time to park at a metered space; no more digging for coins, no more frustrations and no more stress. Parking in Oakland is no longer an adventure but rather as easy as parking at a meter, making a phone call and walking away. The City of Oakland and Parkmobile are working together to make parking in Oakland a convenience and not a challenge."

Oakland marks the seventh West Coast market following Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Sausalito, Long Beach, Newport Beach and the University of Southern California, that offers the Parkmobile mobile payment solution.

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