PayByPhone Parking Goes Live In Switzerland

The mobile payment service from PayByPhone that specializes in parking is now available in all spaces across Geneva. Drivers can pay for their parking via the PayByPhone app on their smartphones. After a successful year and a half pilot trial in 500 spaces across the city, the technology was rolled out citywide as of June 2015. The city is hoping to encourage more people to park in the city, which helps support local businesses.

Kush Parikh, president of PayByPhone Global, said in a statement: “Geneva is following in the footsteps of some of the world’s biggest cities by offering stress-free, cashless parking for drivers. It’s another big milestone for PayByPhone as we look to globally connect even more cities by helping them efficiently manage their parking assets.”

With PayByPhone, drivers can use the location number on the relevant machine as a reference point to pay for their parking via the PayByPhone iPhone or Android app, or with the Internet.

PayByPhone is one of the 44 developers to officially launch with the Apple Watch. The Watch-enabled app effectively personalizes time through parking, as users can use the glance feature to check the time remaining on their parking session.

Currently, PayByPhone has 10 million app users worldwide and offers services to virtualize the parking experience. Geneva is the first city in Switzerland deploying mobile innovation in a traditional cash industry and the latest in a line of global cities to use the PayByPhone service. Other cities include London, Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver and Paris.

Antoine de Raemy, president at Fondation des Parkings, which runs the parking for Geneva, said: “We want to encourage more drivers to park within our city and think PayByPhone is a great way to do that. From the pilot, we saw how much mobile parking payments can reduce hassle for drivers. Thanks to PayByPhone, we’re hoping to see more people have the confidence to drive in our city, safe in the knowledge that their parking is taken care of.”

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