NO MORE EXCUSES: No more looking for lost parking tickets or cash, just swipe your phone with an app to pat for shopping mall or airport parking. Image: LES STEPHENSON
WizzPass - Available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play
Whether we like to admit it or not, we’re always going to opt for convenience over safety – we’d rather park on the side of the road than go through the hassle of searching for coins or the nearest ATM to pay for parking.
This is exactly what WizzPass is hoping to change.
If you’re tired of wasting time looking for a misplaced parking ticket, or you’ve too often been waylaid at a pay machine that is out of order or keeps rejecting your money, you will appreciate this new card-free, cash-free parking system.
It allows the driver to enter and exit car parks at malls, office parks and airports by opening the boom using only their smartphone.
To use WizzPass, all you have to do is download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and then load your credit or cheque card details.
Using your location, the app allows you to simply drive up to the parking boom, open the WizzPass app and swipe right to enter and exit. The parking tariff is automatically calculated and deducted from your bank account.
Using a combination of geo-location and connected technology, the app converts your phone into a remote control for you to open the boom or gate.
The app does not require an internet connection to work. The WizzPass parking system also uses a 3D secure code process verified by Visa and MasterCard, so bank details are securely encrypted.
The only problem? Not all malls and parking lots are signed up with WizzPass yet, so sometimes you’re still going to need to go old school.
The technology start-up company has also developed a web dashboard that allows office employees and residents to effectively manage and book visitor parking – you simply log on, load the visitor’s email address and select the time, date and parking area. The user receives an email notification informing them of their booked parking and a link to download the app.
The visitor then simply drives up to the parking boom or gate and opens the WizzPass app, which automatically connects to the WizzPass hardware device installed in the boom or gate. The visitor swipes right on the app and the boom opens. An email notification is then sent directly to reception and the host, informing them of the visitor’s arrival.
Visit wizzpass.com to learn more.