The MacKay Guardian™ Multi Elite in Pay by Plate mode
Pay by Plate: In this mode, a customer enters their license plate number into the meter. The space manager keeps track of paid and expired plates. Enforcement officers can check at the Multi Elite or online at a secure enforcement database for paid license plate numbers.
This Multi Elite configuration works similar to the wide area “Pay by Space” configuration, only the user enters a license plate number instead of a space number. The terminal will support any combination of alpha-numeric characters up to a maximum of 10 characters. There is a backspace key supported to allow the user to correct key input errors rather than starting from scratch. The license plate data is converted to a number by the terminal and transmitted to the space manager system (hosted system) along with the transaction details.
In order to be able to enter license plate numbers, a new alpha-numeric keypad, which uses capacitive touch technology was designed and developed. The new keypad is a sandwich of several layers consisting of Lexan, keypad graphic, and PCB sensors to make it both sturdy and responsive. The entire keypad assembly is secured in place by the front aluminum cover which holds the keypad tight against the stainless steel door.
The position of the new keypad is similar to the “Pay-by-space” keypad location, i.e. on the lower left corner of the front panel. As with the Pay-by-Space configuration, the user screen prompts the user to enter their License plate number at the start of the transaction. The machines are configured with a buzzer which beeps with each key press.