It is in Wellington, the only city in the country where you can pay for your parking with a contactless card, and also one of the first places in the world where you can pay with your smartphonne if you have a 2degrees Touch2Pay smartphone with Snapper Mobile.
It’s as simple as holding your Touch2Pay phone or your Snapper contactless card against the reader. It’s a joint initiative by the Wellington City Council and Snapper, the company that’s based in the capital.
The Snapper payment system is now available on all the 550 inner-city parking meters covering 3000 parking spaces. This follows a successful trial period that began in April where an initial 50 pay-and-display machines offering the Snapper payment system were introduced.
Snapper allows consumers to pay for goods and services by using contactless smart cards. In May 2012, Snapper and 2degrees launched Touch2Pay with Snapper Mobile, which lets customers pay for everyday items with a simple touch of their mobile smartphone.
More than 400,000 Snappers have been issued, generating over 115 million transactions across more than 1000 buses, 3000 taxis, and 500 retailers in New Zealand. Snapper offers customers integrated ticketing and instant everyday payments. The Snapper system in Wellington also provides valuable journey data that can be used to plan better transport services for passengers.
“Feedback and usage from the trial period exceeded our own high expectations. Customers have told us that Snapper Parking is the easiest way to pay for on-street parking in Wellington. We’re pleased to move from the trial to make this service available at all on-street meters in Wellington.
Any customer can now easily pay for their parking in Wellington with their Snapper card or Touch2Pay smartphone. We truly appreciate the support of our partners, Wellington City Council, Integrated Technology Solutions and DPS in making this project happen.” says Snapper CEO, Miki Szikszai.
It’s also cheaper. You pay half the fee that it costs to text or use credit cards as payment for parking.
“It was important that the solution looked good and was easy to use and the parking terminal has already won local and international design awards, as well as being voted “The World’s Easiest to Use Parking Terminal”, says Mark Oliver, Technical Director of Integrated Technology Solutions.
It’s part of the continuation of the Snapper success story with Snapper and 2degrees creating the world’s first mobile wallet in May 2012. Snapper and 2degrees launched Touch2Pay with Snapper Mobile that enables customers to pay for everyday items with the simple touch of their smartphone.
“Snapper is built on one single idea. That is, to make every day easier,” says Szikszai. “It doesn’t matter if you’re taking the bus, buying a coffee, catching a taxi and now paying for your parking, Snapper is all about making those transactions instant and easy so you can just get on with your day.”
Snapper has also been selected as one the top technological performers in the Deloitte Fast 500 for the Asia –Pacific region.