The MacKay Guardian™ Multi Elite in Pay by Space mode
Pay by Space:In this mode, a customer enters a space number into the meter corresponding to the location of their parked vehicle, and then makes payment appropriate to their desired parking time. The space manager in the Multi Elite or in a remote space manager server keeps track of paid and expired spaces. There is no need to return to one’s vehicle. The only physical difference with this configuration is the addition of a numeric keypad under the 4 button keypad to allow the user to type in a space number. This keypad can be added or blocked if the customer wants the flexibility to switch from pay by space to pay and display.
The MacKay multi-space equipment supports three levels of pay by space operation. Stand-alone pay by space, Local area pay by space and Wide area pay by space. The main differences between the three levels are the enforcement options support, where the “space manager” is located, the size or number of machines associated with a given “network” of machines, and finally the distance or remoteness of each machine from the space manager.
Stand-alone pay-by-spaceas the name implies is a single machine that manages a local group of parking spaces, and it is not linked to any other machines or enforcement system network. The machine has its own embedded “space manager” to track paid / unpaid spaces.
Enforcement is carried out by first requesting at the machine through the external keypad, a printed list of either all expired spaces, all paid spaces, or a range of either and then from that list the enforcement officer can confirm if a car is absent or still present in a given space as presented on the printout, and issue a citation as appropriate. The printout is date/time stamped and provides additional source proof that a given parking space was expired.
While it can be successfully argued that a single stand alone machine is also a “Local area” pay-by-space, this second level of pay by space operation generally refers to two or more machines that are interconnected on a “local network”. One of the machines in the local pay by space network is set-up as the space manager, and all other machines are “slaves” to that space manager. The size of the network is typically defined by the number of spaces in the local area as well as the physical cable or distance from each machine. In a local pay by space network you have the option to set up the network so it’s possible to pay for any space at any machine or to restrict sale of certain spaces to certain machines.
As with the stand alone pay-by-space level, in local area pay by space operation, enforcement is carried out by first requesting at any machine on the network through the external keypad, a printed list of either all expired spaces, all paid spaces, or a range of either and then from that list the enforcement officer can confirm if a car is absent or still present in a given space as presented on the printout, and issue a citation as appropriate. The request for enforcement information is always handled by the machine set up as the space manager.
Wide-area pay by space utilizes a back-end space/enforcement manager. The on-street machines are not networked to each other but instead each has the means to connect to and communicate with the space manager. As with the local pay by space operation you can optionally configure the system so that it is or is not possible to pay for time and “top up” or add time to a given space from any other machine in the system. Local enforcement printouts are also possible at any machine in the system, and the remote space manager will send the requested information.
The MacKay wide area pay by space manager can also support requests for space status that originate from other sources such as small wireless PDAs, browser capable cell phones or citation system handhelds. These handhelds can allow the enforcement officer to check the status of any space, quickly and easily. The enforcement officer simply has to log into the SentinelTM Meter Management System using a secure ID and password and can then view the status of all the spaces; paid or expired.