Convenient Parking Media

Magnetic Stripe

A magnetic stripe stores data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a tape in the ticket. This converts the paper ticket into an “intelligent” means of identification. The magnetic stripe ticket can be read by being swiped over a magnetic reading head.

The magnetic stripe technology shares a number of advantages with the barcode technology, for instance relatively low cost of materials for the supply of paper tickets, the possibility of placing and selling adverts on the tickets, and printing human-readable information on the ticket.

The main advantage of magnetic stripe technology is the possibility to change the data on the magnetic stripe multiple times. This results, on the one hand, in a high degree of flexibility in terms of issuing multiple validations and, on the other hand, in very good offline capabilities of a magnetic stripe car park installation.

An additional advantage of magnetic stripe technology is the overall security. In our system, data is redundantly stored on the magnetic stripe. Due to special encodings, manipulations of magnetic prints can be easily detected and lead to exclusion.


One-dimensional barcode is a widely-spread technology which can be used in combination with both a paper ticket and a plastic card. A barcode is a visual machine-readable representation of data stored in the Parking Management Solution database.

Used as a short term parking media, paper based ticket barcodes are printed upon a vehicle’s entry. The system specific barcode includes a unique identification number, system identification, and date and time. No tickets from other car parks will be accepted and the barcode can only be used once due to the unique identification, even if copied in the attempt to commit fraud.

Barcode technology tickets need to be specially coated for thermal printing. The thermal printing technology itself requires very little maintenance. At Automatic Pay Stations and Exit Control Devices the barcode technology is, in general terms, a contactless technology similar to modern cash registers at supermarkets. Due to the contactless characteristic of this technology, maintenance of the ticket terminals is reduced to a bare minimum.


ChipCoin technology is unique and consists of sturdy plastic coins with an embedded chip and aerial. ChipCoins can be supplied in various colours and with the option of high-quality advertising printing on both sides.

Consisting of a smart RFID chip and a rigid plastic cover, ChipCoins, naturally, cost more than simple paper tickets. Although the purchase price of a ChipCoin is significantly higher, overall spending on “consumables” are substantially lower over the lifetime of the installation and return on investment can be quickly achieved as ChipCoins can, theoretically, be reused for an unlimited length of time. Limitations generally only exist due to physical loss or mechanical damage.

Proximity Card

Paytech offers for their car park systems different types of contactless card systems for the season parker application. Paytech transponder card is a contactless card based on a ChipCoin technology with the Hitag chip in the card. The data carrier specifications are:

  • Dimensions of the transponder card: 85mm x 54mm
  • Data carrier provided with HITAG chip with Read/Write memory
  • Paytech transponder card made as a plastic card with embedded chip and aerial, both sides in specified sections with colored information and advertising imprint.