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Ottawa parking payment system set to go mobile with PayByPhone service

Canada-based mobile payments service provider PayByPhone has just unveiled a new plan to finally launch a parking payment system by mobile phone in Canada. This type of service has long been in place throughout Europe and other parts of the world, though it was only a matter of time before launching in Canada.

PayByPhone allows motorists to pay or extend payment for parking spaces using a mobile application, online, or by calling in to a specific number. Ottawa was a likely target for an early adoption of payment technology, namely incorporating NFC and QR codes into various city payment systems.

NFC technology is integrated into every Pay & Display parking station throughout Ottawa. Through the simple use of a chip embedded sticker, patrons sign-up for the app once then when ready to pay, simply pass their device over the NFC sticker and the application boots up automatically. The system recognizes secure payment information, links to the desired parking space and processes payment. An option to receive a text 5 minutes before time expires can be selected as an option and also allows patrons to extend and pay for additional time if needed.
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Users with non-NFC based mobile devices can access this service through a website-enabled QR code, launch the application manually or call a local phone number.