Affiliated Computer Services (NYSE: ACS) today announced that Miami International Airport will accept MasterCard PayPass contactless payments in its parking lots starting December 2009.
MasterCard PayPass is a fast, cashless payment option that enables travelers to pay for parking simply by tapping their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card or device on a PayPass reader. The Miami International Airport PayPass implementation is being managed by ACS, an industry leader in airport parking systems.
"As the 15th largest airport in the U.S. ranked by passenger volume, Miami International saw more than 34 million passengers in 2008," said Ray Diaz, chief of Commercial Operations at Miami International Airport. "With such a high number of passengers passing through our airport each year, implementing MasterCard PayPass will enable us to simplify parking for our customers and avoid congestion by ensuring speed and efficiency using our airport parking facilities."
Miami International Airport is one of the first major U.S. airports to sign up for MasterCard PayPass with ACS, with more than 20 current installations at the nation's busiest airports. PayPass will be installed in more than 50 entry and exit lanes, including parking lots and the central collection plaza. Miami International Airport has more than 8,700 parking spaces available.
"By accepting MasterCard PayPass, Miami International Airport can streamline parking payments and save travelers' time spent waiting in line to pay, making airport parking more convenient," said Cathleen Conforti, senior vice president, Global PayPass, MasterCard Worldwide. "We are pleased to partner with ACS, an innovative and proven provider of best-in-class technology solutions, to implement innovative technologies that improve the airport experience for busy travelers."
ACS' airport revenue control solutions will continue to accept traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards along with this contactless payment technology and will continue to work with all payment card providers.
"As the nationwide leader in large airport parking systems, we strive to make the parking experience quicker and easier. We have worked in tandem with MasterCard for several years, providing value and efficiencies to the airports we serve by helping them simplify travelers' lives," said Dave Amoriell, executive vice president and president of ACS Transportation Solutions Group. "MasterCard PayPass eliminates the hassle of making payments with cash and coins for travelers and makes leaving the airport easier and faster."
ACS offers a wide range of transportation solutions, including airport parking, public transit agency, toll collection agency and car park operator solutions that rationalize and automate revenue collection. A high service level optimizes revenue intake, while user-friendly tools enhance the customer experience. ACS solutions can be seamlessly integrated into existing environments and are geared for the requirements of the future. At ACS, transport infrastructure operators can find a complete range of products and systems for fare collection, parking and toll collection. The "one-stop shopping" principle enhances tailored solutions and long-term investment protection.