KaChing, the ticketless parking app is fast becoming a preferred payment method for parking. Just over seven months ago KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres. The system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking much easier.
This ticketless, cashless parking app is being installed at all 22 Netcare hospitals across the country. This will really add value to the hospitals, which serves as more than just a healthcare facility, it will also greatly assist in lessening the time it takes to park during emergencies.
The drive in drive out experience uses number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit, which automatically picks up customer details and opens the boom; customers don’t even need to stop, which not only saves on time, but comes at no extra cost to the driver. It also provides for the safety of the driver, particularly at night or in big parking lots where security guards are not always close at hand.
This, the first such parking technology in more than a decade makes your parking experience, a non-event – you no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets.
KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payments to securely pay for their parking. In addition to the ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing currently do in excess of 1500 parking instances, per day.
Other property management companies that have also come on board with this technology include GrowthPoint, Investec, Attacq, Resilient and Pareto. Whether you are stopping off to make a purchase at a mall, to enjoy a meal or working out at a gym, it all can now become a convenient and seamless experience, Jaco Marais, MD of KaChing at Servest says “Our short term strategy includes linking up with partner loyalty programs, where points contribute towards benefits, such as not paying for parking, which will enable people to pay for parking with loyalty points.
Signing up for KaChing is easy and effortless; customers can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. All customers need to do is register with their vehicle number plate, load their pre-paid account, or choose the credit card option. “We are proud of the technology, the software of which is updated weekly and is at its sixth iteration – there is a lot of complexity in keeping technology simple”, concludes Steve Wallbanks, CEO of Servest.