September 30, 2010 09:00 ET

Group Techna Enables Pay-by-Plate Parking in Whistler, British Columbia

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2010) - On Monday, July 12 the Resort Municipality of Whistler launched a new and innovative "permitless" parking management system making it easier for users to pay for parking based on the licence plate number. Group Techna is the first company in North America to implement a real-time pay-by-plate system using Automated Licence Plate Recognition technology.

Group Techna has partnered with Cale Parking Systems to deploy a pay-by-plate parking solution for Whistler Parking Authority. With so many visitors during high season, parking enforcement in Whistler presents unique challenges. In order to accommodate for the local population as well as frequent population fluctuation, Whistler has constructed massive parking lots the size of four football fields.

In the past, parking access has been controlled using a "pay-and-display" system but this process has proven to be less effective and cumbersome for both users and enforcing officers. With so many cars coming in and out of lots, to visually scan and enforce time-delimited parking for thousands of vehicles in an off-street setting would be inefficient and impractical.

Sandra Smith, Director of Parking Enforcement for Whistler states, "In today's challenging times, we have to utilize technology to improve performance, maximize efficiency and reduce costs. Group Techna's pay-by-plate system has allowed our parking operation to increase our patrol areas without additional staff."

Whistler's parking authority required an automated, user-friendly parking management system to properly serve its visitors. Group Techna's solution allows users to pay for parking using a vehicle licence plate number; no need for a permit on the dashboard, no need to remember a space number. Further, the officer no longer has to walk around each vehicle to manually validate permit expiration.

Group Techna has successfully deployed its state-of-the-art pay-by-plate software MES™PLATES, streamlining a large-scale parking operation. Parking authority vehicles are now equipped with infrared cameras manufactured by ELSAG North America, which automatically scan licence plates to determine whether or not the vehicle has the right to be parked in the lot. Once a plate has been scanned, MES™PLATES immediately performs a 'white-list' look-up on the vehicle record. A single officer can now scan up to 8000 vehicles per shift making it possible to sweep large areas in record timing while the officer attends to other routine duties.

Gtechna at the Canadian Parking Association Conference and Trade Show in Whistler, BC 

Octobre 2- 6, 2010

Gtechna will be demonstrating the Pay-by-Plate solution at booth 109/110. Please contact to schedule a private demo.

About gtechna

Founded in 1992, Group Techna is a world-class software developer and integrator of turnkey solutions specializing in the automation and management of citations, permitting and code enforcement processes for traffic, parking and by-law agencies throughout North America. With 17 years of industry experience, Group Techna has provided state-of-the art solutions for large-scale operations with astounding results. Group Techna has built an impeccable track record forming lasting relationships as well as a rapidly growing list of clients including Washington D.C. and the Montreal Police Service. Group Techna's success stems from its capacity to adapt, integrate and automate solutions fulfilling the operational requirements of various parking, traffic and other enforcement organizations from coast to coast.

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