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 Single Space Solutions
When deciding whether to install Single Space meters or Multi Space pay stations, it is important to consider the Pros and Cons of each solution.  Here are the Pros and Cons of Single Space meters:
SINGLE-SPACE – PROSSingle Space meters with decorative poles
  • Public awareness
  • Simple enforcement
  • Cost effective – once paid for, meters have very little overhead and operating costs
  • Maintenance is simple and inexpensive
  • If the mechanism goes down, only one space is lost
  • Less attractive to vandals
  • Meters are proven and reliable
  • Less consumable materials
  • More environmentally friendly with alkaline battery
  • Good battery performance; replacement batteries are inexpensive
  • Meter is located right next to parking space
  • Can accept coins and smart cards (new wirless meter also accepts credit cards)
  • No additional marking of space numbers required
  • Can be dressed with decorative posts and bases to enhance the local streetscape
  • Motorcycle and convertible car friendly
  • Easy to identify special purpose parking spaces, ie. Disabled parking
  • Poles unsightly, especially without decorative covers
  • Harder to administer collection - have to visit and open each meter to collect coins
  • Older meters are more labour to audit (new wireless meters are much easier)


The MacKay mkBeacon™ Mechanism

The MacKay mkBeacon™ is MacKay’s latest generation of electronic mechanisms. With a completely new design the mkBeacon offers plenty of features that set it apart from the other meters.  Some features include:

  • Green technology
  • User friendly layout and instructions
  • Quick access to all components for maintenance staff
  • Single space or 2-Bay configurations
  • Credit Card payment accepting - PA DSS validated
  • Contactless card reader optional
  • MacKay’s patented SmartChute™ coin validation technology
  • Large solar panel to charge batteries
  • Long battery life
  • Remotely monitor and scheduled profile/rate changes
  • Large front display and bright violation LEDs
  • LED lighting for low light conditions

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The MacKay Guardian™ X Series Mechanism
The MacKay Guardian™ X Series is MacKay’s most popular electronic mechanisms. The X, XL and XLE are tough, reliable and accurate. Features include:
  • MacKay’s patented SmartChute™ coin validation technologyMacKay Guardian™ X Series Meter
  • Exceptional battery life performance
  • Automatically scheduled profile/rate changes
  • LED back light for nighttime use (XL & XLE models);
  • Large, easy to see rear violation LCD

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 The MacKay MKH-Series Housings

MKH 4500 High Security HousingMacKay Meters produces some of the strongest, most secure, vandal-resistant meter housings in the industry today.

From our top-of-the-line MKH 4500, constructed completely of Ductile iron, to the more affordable iron-zinc MKH4000, MacKay has the products and experiance to find the right housing product to fit your needs.

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