Traffic management solutions provider SWARCO Traffic Systems GmbH starts cooperation with technology provider evopark for SWARCO’s mobile parking app PARCO. By connecting the app to evopark‘s mobility CONNECT platform, PARCO users will be able to park digitally in many car parks. Instead of drawing a parking ticket when entering, parking and paying in connected car parks with the PARCO app works contactless and cashless via licence plate recognition (LPR).
PARCO is the end customer parking service of SWARCO and is currently available in more than 200 German cities for on-street parking. With the PARCO app, road users can conveniently find and compare curbside parking spaces or in public parking areas, have themselves navigated there and pay for their parking session via their smartphone.
By connecting to mobility CONNECT, PARCO is now also entering the field of off-street parking. The parking process in the car park then starts and ends automatically with the entry and exit, thanks to evopark’s technology. End customers no longer need a ticket or cash, but instead, settle their payment conveniently via the PARCO app as usual. All parking transactions can be accessed in the personal customer account permanently and at any time.
Both companies benefit from the cooperation; evopark gains another strong partner for the expansion of its mobility CONNECT network and PARCO benefits from the network of car parks and parking operators already connected. The cooperation is focused on the nationwide connection of car parks in Germany for now. However, the extension to other international markets is a significant milestone on the roadmap for both companies in the course of the next few years.
Uwe Pertz, Head of Parking & Electromobility at SWARCO Traffic Systems GmbH says: “The cooperation with evopark is another important step towards simplifying the parking process for road users in cities. With our PARCO app, users can already park in more than 200 German cities today. We display detailed information on available public parking spaces at the curbside and in parking areas, enable easy navigation via smartphone, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, and finally offer convenient payment of the parking session directly from the mobile phone using payment methods such as Google Pay, Apple Pay, credit card or SEPA direct debit. All of this without paper tickets – instead, we provide cashless billing to the minute for on-street parking and parking tariff-based billing in connected car parks. We are pleased to integrate evopark car parks that are already connected to mobility CONNECT into the PARCO app and thus further broaden the offer for our customers.”
Henk de Bruin, Managing Director at evopark, adds: “For us, the cooperation with SWARCO and their parking app PARCO is an important milestone building block on the way to becoming the leading provider of an integration platform between mobility providers and car park operators. SWARCO has been an important strategic partner of the Scheidt & Bachmann Group for many years, and we are looking forward to the cooperation in the field of “digital parking”. We are convinced that this will lead to a higher acceptance of digital solutions in the parking industry and increase the number of digital transactions. Parking garage operators will thus have another important app provider available for the application in the off-street sector in the future.”