Source: Barclays Bank
Barclays has today announced that Parkonomy, the new way to find parking online, will be offering Pingit as a payment method for its service.
The partnership allows for fast, simple mobile transactions to be made in advance, from any internet-enabled device.
Launched earlier this year to bring a comprehensive, user-friendly car park search engine to the market, Parkonomy enables users to search for the perfect parking space from an impressive list of car parks via the Parkonomy website (www.parkonomy.com). Once found, users then complete their booking and payment, all in approximately 30 seconds once registered.
Parkonomy allows customers to amend details such as vehicle registration numbers with ease if required, and does not require them to display any print-outs in their vehicle as proof of their parking session. Parkonomy has grown quickly and already has 12 operators live on the site, with more going live all the time.
Pingit, which currently has over 2.7 million registered users, is available to download for free on Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices. Users don’t even have to bank with Barclays to have a Pingit account.
Barclays Managing Director for Mobile Banking and Pingit, Darren Foulds, comments: “With more than £1.5 billion transferred to date, Barclays Pingit is proving to be a popular way to pay businesses and transfer money to friends and relatives. There’s nothing more frustrating than realising you don’t have any coins in the glovebox to pay for your parking, so we’re pleased to be working with Parkonomy to extend Pingit’s acceptance to many car parks across the UK.
“This move demonstrates our commitment to helping the transport sector offer greater convenience to their customers as they adopt new technologies, be it a bus operator moving to mobile phone-based tickets or car parking operators accepting mobile payments."
Jim Harrow, Head of Business Development at Parkonomy adds: "We see ourselves as innovators in the parking business, so this is a really exciting step for us to expand and simplify our booking process. With the addition of Barclays Pingit we have managed to further simplify our already user-friendly system.
The Payments Council recently announced that cashless transactions have overtaken the use of notes and coins - 48% of transactions last year were made using cash, and that figure is predicted to fall to just 34% by 2024. Digital payment solutions such as Pingit and electronic parking solutions such as ours are the wave of the future."