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Metric Group Selects Access-IS Barcode Readers for Its Award Winning VivoPark System

June 2, 2015 | By Business Wire News

READING, England

Access-IS delivers high-performance barcode readers to Metric Group, the parking terminal manufacturer, for integration into their award winning, parking management solution, VivoPark. Awarded the Parking Technology Award at the 2015 British Parking Awards the system uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition to create a barrier-less, free-flowing parking experience which can be used for pay-on-foot, free and discounted parking.

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Access-IS barcode readers installed in VivoPark machines at Tesco supermarket (Photo: Business Wire)

Access-IS barcode readers installed in VivoPark machines at Tesco supermarket (Photo: Business Wire)

Many supermarkets and retail parks offer free parking as a value-added benefit for their customers, but keeping spaces solely for the use of customers is a problem. This was an issue that supermarket giant, Tesco, had been puzzling over for 10 years.

VivoPark provided the ideal solution for Tesco; customers entering the car park would be registered by cameras and following their shop, would be given a voucher. At the VivoPark terminal, customers simply input their car registration, select their vehicle and scan the voucher to validate their parking.

One of the crucial factors in determining the scheme’s success is customer perception. In order for the system to win approval from customers it must free up spaces whilst not adding delay or inconvenience to the shopping experience. This is where the Access-IS LSR116 devices add significant value to the system.

Tried and tested in thousands of front-line installations, the LSR116 reads barcodes instantly, regardless of orientation. For the Tesco implementation of the VivoPark scheme, vouchers are printed on paper although the LSR116 will read just as easily from smartphones and tablets, providing flexibility for VivoPark across a wide range of applications. In fact, the LSR116’s sibling, the LSR118, will also read NFC devices making for a future-proof system.

Following a successful trial at Tesco’s Truro store, their Slough store was next to benefit from VivoPark. Pre-deployment, the car park had a higher vehicle than customer count. The change was dramatic with Tesco estimating the system has freed up 3,000 spaces weekly.

Richard Boultbee, Metric Group’s Sales and Marketing Director said: “We are delighted with the results being delivered by VivoPark to Tesco and we look forward to expanding the number of installations. The Access-IS barcode have performed faultlessly and add significantly to the usability and efficiency of the system.”

Andrew Covey
Marketing Manager
Tel: +44 (0)118 966 3333


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