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Control Electronics for Sophisticated Parking Meter
VenTek International Inc., Petaluma, California, USA
(Photo of "Model 450Z Parking Meter" courtesy of VenTek)
To design the control electronics for the new
"Model 450Z Parking Meter". Requirements included:
- To accept credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, bills and coins;
- To give change;
- To operate under AC power, battery power, as well as under solar power;
- To allow for data transfer in a wired or wireless network.
- To integrate up to 90 seconds audio playback for ADA and help systems
Electronic design, PCB layout, and production of 10 sets of the
electronics controlling all the peripheral devices in the
VenTek placed the order with KLN on April 9, 2001 with the
request to have as many production boards as possible ready
eight weeks later, as our client intended to introduce this new
and sophisticated parking meter at the IPI 2001 trade show in
Las Vegas on June 4, 2001. Two very intensive work months
followed, that included providing a testing
breadboard to verify the correct functioning of the
electroluminescent display module, the two keypads, and the
communication with the currency handling devices.
Additionally, KLN supported VenTek's software team to program the device
drivers and designed and manufactured sheet metal brackets for
easy mounting of the electronic boards into the parking meter.
The picture below does not reveal that it was taken on Sunday
morning, June 3rd at 4:00 a.m. after a night worked through.
Everybody was too happy to show any tiredness. The
under-the-time-constraints seemingly impossible goal had just
Four of the 10 ordered sets had been fully tested and could be
packed. They were flown to California a few hours later,
installed in the afternoon into four waiting parking meter
housings, and then driven over night to Las Vegas.
Monday morning, June 4th, four brand new Model 450Z Parking Meters
were demonstrated in working condition in VenTek's trade show
booth at the IPI 2001, one of the biggest parking meter
conventions and trade shows in North America, hosted by the
International Parking Institute.
As informed a few days later by our client, the new parking
meter became an instant hit at the show and attracted lots of
interest from potential buyers. It even produced a number of
unexpected, immediate sales!
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