By: James Fedor, Director, PARCS Product Management
The parking industry is rapidly evolving as more and more technology is being developed to manage parking, mobility, and transportation. In many operations, multiple software platforms, LPR systems, enforcement applications, PARCS equipment, data analytics, and more have made parking professionals’ jobs more challenging.
However, T2 can help you navigate and significantly reduce the complexity. Whether you’re an existing T2 customer and are tired of managing a separate PARCS system or you’re thinking about replacing your entire software and hardware platform, T2 offers a single, all-encompassing, enterprise system to meet your permit management, enforcement, AND PARCS needs.
T2 Flex is most commonly known as the industry-leading permit management and enforcement software platform. However, Flex also includes state-of-the-art PARCS capabilities, which current Flex customers can easily update within their existing Flex software. In fact, PARCS is already built into every Flex instance, and to start the process all T2 needs to do is turn on the PARCS functionality.
Once PARCS has been enabled in Flex, the T2 Professional Services team will then work with you to perform the remaining value-added implementation and configuration, enhancing your already robust Flex Permit and Enforcement solution. This can include adding facilities or surface lots, permit configurations, rates, and validations, as well as the installation of our T2 Logan hardware suite, which includes access control stations, ticket dispensers, credit card exit verifiers, pay-on-foots, cashier stations, and barcode validators.
T2 Flex software for PARCS allows you to monitor and control your equipment in real-time from any computer or mobile device, configure unlimited occupancy types, and link permit control groups to facilities or surface lots. Flex for PARCS also allows your organization to easily set up customizable rate structures at an enterprise level or for each facility and entry lane. In addition to your existing tasks related to permit management and enforcement, you can schedule PARCS tasks such as raising and lowering gates or lane direction changes for day-to-day operations and special events.
There are several key benefits to adding PARCS to your existing Flex solution:
One System to Manage Your Entire Parking Operation
T2 provides a single, unified platform to manage all aspects of your operation – meaning no more switching back and forth between software, additional servers in external facilities, unnecessary manual labor, or limited data integrations. With Flex, you have all the tools you need to be efficient and effective at your fingertips, with one place to manage permits, enforcement, PARCS, and more. Flex also integrates seamlessly with external systems, such as payroll, enterprise systems, and databases, or other 3rd-party providers via T2’s open API platform.
Enterprise-Wide View of Your Operation
Monitor all of your facilities, lanes, and hardware individually or in an enterprise-level view, ensuring that your operation is running smoothly and your equipment is working properly. You can remotely manage all of your devices, transactions, exceptions, and activity history for each lane; control and monitor oversell capacity and active permits by facility; or update rate structures for your entire operation in real time, all from any computer or mobile device with internet access.
Real-Time Data & Comprehensive Reporting
With Flex for PARCS, you can access real-time data from every area of your business on any device with a browser and internet access. Set up customizable dashboards to monitor key performance indicators across all areas of your operation and gain deeper insight into your operation. You can also utilize Flex’s comprehensive suite of standard and customizable reports, which can be run on demand or scheduled, to make informed, data-driven decisions.
Industry-Leading Hosting Environment
When T2 hosts your Flex application, you get the benefits of an environment designed to support hundreds of organizations. Our industry-leading hosting environment, backed by over a decade of experience, offers superior reliability and performance. With 99.99 percent uptime and full offline functionality, you have access to your parking information anytime, from anywhere, without having to worry about your network going down. Plus, you won’t have to install and maintain servers in all your garages. T2 is also Payment Card Industry (PCI) Level 1 compliant, so hosting with us ensures that you are protected from external threats and data loss and reduces the complexity of your annual PCI audit by up to 90 percent.
If you’re interested in adding PARCS to your existing Flex software, or if you’re new to T2 and interested in learning more about our unified parking management solutions, contact us here to speak to one of our experts.