Gemalto was selected by IEM1 to provide the payment element of their TIMO2 software solution for SAGS Marseille, the body delegated to manage Marseille’s on-street car parking. Gemalto leverages its skills in digital security and mobile telephony to manage securely the SMS flow, and allow to directly debit time-based payments from customers’ mobile phone bills.
The new cashless payment service for parking is available from any type of mobile phone, without having to pre-register or download an app. Motorists text their vehicle number plate to a short code number as soon as they park. When they leave, the message ‘’END” is sent to the same number. Traffic wardens in the city are equipped with PDAs that enable them to verify instantly that payment has been made by entering a vehicle’s registration number into the handset.