Replaces old meters with smart Pay-by-Plate kiosks and Flowbird mobile app
The City of Rahway, NJ has partnered with Flowbird Group to launch a new pay-by-plate parking system to manage and support its long-term economic vitality. The city will be installing 29 Flowbird Strada parking kiosks in the downtown core, allowing motorists to pay for parking using debit or credit card, or coins. For added convenience, motorists can also choose to pay with the Flowbird mobile app.
Rahway’s downtown is bustling with many different shopping and dining options, as well as cultural activities. The City has just over 200 on-street parking spaces serving downtown patrons and visitors. The existing antiquated single-space parking meters have begun to reach end of life, many with high failure rates and system maintenance demands. According to City Officials, the Flowbird multi-use kiosks will “enhance parking operations efficiency, user convenience, and system reliability.”
The new solar-powered Strada kiosks are user-friendly with a large color screen and customized interface. The kiosks will function in pay-by-plate mode, instructing users to input their license plate number and parking duration. The user can then complete payment and is not required to display their receipt on their dashboard.
Each kiosk will now be compatible with Flowbird’s mobile app – the company’s latest version of mobile parking that offers multiple functionalities including mobile payments, coupon code acceptance, Find-My-Car, and more. The entire system will be integrated and managed using Flowbird’s back-office platform, making it easy to monitor hardware, create detailed analysis reports, and adapt to meet current and future conditions.
“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen as the preferred system supplier for this exciting project,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America, “Now that people can pay with their credit card or phone within the City of Rahway, we anticipate an increase in compliance and customer satisfaction.”
Flowbird’s local distribution partner, DEVO & Associates, provided project management services and installed the new pay stations. DEVO supports Flowbird systems in over 50 towns in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to continue its expansion in New Jersey, where cities such as Bloomfield and Trenton recently implemented Flowbird systems. The new Flowbird Strada kiosks are expected to go live by September 1st.