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Contactless parking payment and control at Canadian zoo.

LEGIC Identisystems Ltd : 04 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Parking system at busy Toronto zoo has been improved using smart cards providing the zoo with the ability to monitor traffic and collect payment on exit thus alleviating entrance queues during busy periods.
The Toronto Zoo, Canada's premier zoo that serves over 1.2 million visitors a year, operates a very busy parking operation with over 250,000 vehicles using the Zoo's surface lots each year.

The zoo selected LEGIC's secure contactless smart cards in order to alleviate long parking lines as visitors attempt to enter the zoo. The reusable cards allow the zoo to audit the number of visitors and collect parking fees upon exiting the zoo providing visitors with the ability to quickly park and begin their day.

Zoo members with prepaid parking passes, and visitors who are provided with contactless smart cards upon entrance, pay for parking at readers upon completion of their visit rather than at entry. At the end of each day, staff members retrieve the collected cards from the terminals for redistribution the following day. In addition to efficient trafficking, the cards are also highly waterproof, a key requirement as one of the popular areas at the zoo is a water park. Canadian Parking Equipment's Flex-18 barrier gates were installed at each of the Zoo's four entry lanes in a free running mode. This permits quick entry for visitors while preventing unpaid exits from these lanes. Each admissions cashier is equipped with an off-line smart card validator that is used to provide a quick validated plastic card to each parking vehicle.

ICA Chipkartensysteme, Germany, offered through its distributor Canadian Parking Equipment the Toronto Zoo the LEGIC technology as the best solution for its trafficking, payment and auditing requirements. The deployment of the new technology has eliminated wasteful disposable paper tickets, and offers a four way read standard, a highly water resistant ticket medium, cost effective merchant validators, integrated lane intercoms and fast exit lane verification.
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