New Straits Times

App way to pay for park­ing

Paper­less and with a time tracker, the JomPark­ing app of­fers a quick and ef­fi­cient pay­ment solution, writes Nur Za­rina Oth­man

- Com­piled By Nur Za­rina Oth­man

PAY­ING for park­ing is one of the lead­ing prob­lems in cities. As we move to­wards a tech­nol­ogy-driven so­ci­ety, many have pre­sented solutions to park­ing woes, in­clud­ing a com­pany called JomParkir. Of­fer­ing a quick fix to the pay­ment has­sle faced by many Malaysian driv­ers, the app pro­vides a seam­less pay­ment solution.

RE­DUCES COST

First in­tro­duced in 2015, the JomPark­ing app helps re­duce the long queues caused by lack of pay­ment ma­chines at a premises.

JomParkir chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Muhamad Nasir Habizar says that it all started with his own ex­pe­ri­ence.

“After awhile, you get tired of wait­ing in line. I be­gan to won­der about pay­ment be­ing made through one’s mo­bile phone.” Muhamad Nasir has more than 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in mo­bile con­tent.

JomPark­ing is de­signed to al­low driv­ers to pay for park­ing with­out a need for park­ing coupons or pay­ment ma­chines, and re­quir­ing one to then re­turn to the car to dis­play the to­ken or coupon.

With pay­ment made on the app, there is no need to hunt for small change to pay for park­ing. Since it doesn’t re­quire a printout, it helps save pa­per too.

“The paper­less solution also solves lit­ter­ing and there is no need to print coupon books or park­ing tick­ets, re­duc­ing cost. It also doesn’t need reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing too.”

Avail­able in key ar­eas in the Klang Val­ley and ma­jor cities in the Penin­su­lar and East Malaysia, the app al­lows users to keep track of time and prompts them 15 min­utes be­fore the al­lo­cated time is up, so users can de­cide if they need more time for park­ing. This helps re­duce is­sue of sum­monses.

Apart from street park­ing, JomPark­ing is also avail­able at strate­gic build­ings in the Klang Val­ley.

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY

The app has over 300,000 reg­is­tered users since it was in­tro­duced and has 400,000 reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles. “Some peo­ple own more than one ve­hi­cle so they reg­is­ter more than one car un­der their ac­count.

“We are ready to make our pres­ence known in other states here and ex­pand to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Mid­dle East,” adds Muhamad Nasir.

Widely used near mu­nic­i­pal build­ings, JomPark­ing is ex­tend­ing cov­er­age to lo­ca­tions such as LRT sta­tions, pub­lic sports cen­tres and bus ter­mi­nals.

RECOG­NI­TION

This homegrown park­ing solutions provider is the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Award 2018 (ARBSAwards) re­cip­i­ent in the Best IoT Startup cat­e­gory. It is also one of the win­ners of the Selangor Ac­cel­er­a­tor

Pro­gramme 2019 or­gan­ised by Selangor IT and e-Com­merce Coun­cil.

“Our vi­sion is to bring park­ing pay­ment con­ve­nience to all driv­ers. And ul­ti­mately, strengthen the cash­less com­mu­nity." .”

NOT JUST PAY­MENT SOLUTION

Re­al­is­ing that pay­ment is not the only is­sue re­lated to park­ing, JomParkir has also de­vel­oped var­i­ous sys­tems to com­ple­ment JomPark­ing.

JomForce and JomValet were set up to pro­vide con­ve­nience to both en­forcers and park­ing op­er­a­tors.

JomForce is a back-end sys­tem that en­ables en­forcers and lo­cal coun­cils to man­age park­ing op­er­a­tions eas­ily and safely.

With a mo­bile app, en­forcers can mon­i­tor park­ing by us­ing li­cence plate read­ers and hand­held de­vices.

The en­forcer scans the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion plate to iden­tify whether park­ing pay­ments have been made. It 4 elim­i­nates the use of stick­ers, re­ceipts on wind­shields and park­ing tags, and the solution comes with on­line re­port­ing which helps coun­cils to man­age and plan op­er­a­tions.

"It has been proven that park­ing au­thor­i­ties and lo­cal coun­cils save up to 30 per cent of op­er­at­ing cost by us­ing the sys­tem.

"JomValet al­lows paper­less man­age­ment of the ve­hi­cles for valet ser­vice op­er­a­tors," says Muham­mad Nasir.

JomValet al­lows data to be au­to­mat­i­cally trans­ferred into a sys­tem for more ef­fi­cient data en­try and min­imise the risk of er­rors.

Our vi­sion is to bring park­ing pay­ment con­ve­nience to all driv­ers. And ul­ti­mately we want to strengthen the cash­less com­mu­nity.

Muhamad Nasir

MAX OF­FER­INGS

At MAX 2019 in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, Adobe an­nounced the next gen­er­a­tion of Cre­ative Cloud, com­pris­ing faster and more pow­er­ful prod­ucts span­ning mul­ti­ple sur­faces.

The com­pany also of­fi­cially launched Adobe Pho­to­shop on iPad and ex­tended Adobe Fresco to Mi­crosoft Sur­face, while also pre­view­ing the highly an­tic­i­pated Adobe Il­lus­tra­tor on iPad and the all-new Pho­to­shop Cam­era.

It also pushed the bound­aries of cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion with the in­tro­duc­tion of Adobe Aero. Aero helps users cre­ate aug­mented re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences by lever­ag­ing fa­mil­iar tools like Pho­to­shop and Di­men­sion to pro­duce cre­ations that pop in an im­mer­sive, three-di­men­sional en­vi­ron­ment.

Up­dates to the Cre­ative Cloud desk­top soft­ware are avail­able to all Cre­ative Cloud sub­scribers. The mo­bile apps are avail­able for down­load from the Ap­ple App Store and Google Play Store.

HELLO, PHILIP

BEN Go­ertzel from Sin­gu­lar­i­tyNET pre­sent­ing a Philip K.

Dick ro­bot dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion about ro­bots and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence at the Web Sum­mit in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal.

Ac­ti­vated in 2005, the Philip K. Dick (a.k.a. Philip K. Dick An­droid) was de­signed by David Han­son as a robotic paean to the sci-fi writer of the same name.

How­ever the orig­i­nal an­droid was lost on a flight from Dal­las to San Fran­cisco in late 2005.

MINI IN SIZE, BIG IN CA­PA­BIL­I­TIES

DJI, a global brand in civil­ian drones and aerial imag­ing tech­nol­ogy, re­cently an­nounced a new model un­der its Mavic line — Mavic Mini — an ul­tra-light fold­ing drone.

Weigh­ing only 249g, the fully cus­tomis­able Mavic Mini is por­ta­ble, easy to fly and de­signed for safety, mak­ing it per­fect for both new and sea­soned drone fly­ers.

Of­fer­ing high-qual­ity footage in­clud­ing 2.7K video at 30 frames per sec­ond, 1080p at 60 frames per sec­ond, or 12-megapixel pho­to­graphs us­ing the ½. 3-inch sen­sor, the drone fea­tures a three-axis mo­torised gim­bal for stable and smooth footage.

To com­ple­ment the new drone, DJI has also re­leased the new DJI Fly app suite packed with cre­ative fea­tures for pro­fes­sional-qual­ity pro­duc­tion.

The DJI Mavic Mini re­tails at RM1,599 and is open for pre-or­der un­til end of the month, with ship­ping as early as mid of this month.

E-WAL­LET WITH PHYS­I­CAL CARD

U MO­BILE has launched Go­Payz, a univer­sal e-wal­let that of­fers com­pre­hen­sive dig­i­tal fi­nan­cial and life­style ser­vices for all, in­clud­ing non-U Mo­bile cus­tomers.

Go­Payz is ac­cepted by Master­card, Union­Pay and Visa and is avail­able both vir­tu­ally and/or with phys­i­cal card.

Avail­able for down­load on the Ap­ple App Store or Google Play Store, users can per­form any trans­ac­tion at their con­ve­nience, either us­ing the card or via the app and also on­line at www.go­payz.com.my.

NEW GAME FROM KO­JIMA

JA­PANESE video game de­signer, writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Hideo Ko­jima pre­sent­ing his new video game, Death Strand­ing, dur­ing the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, Chiba pre­fec­ture.

The much-hyped ti­tle for Sony’s PlayS­ta­tion 4 is his first cre­ation since he went in­de­pen­dent in 2015.

Ko­jima is the ac­claimed de­signer of the Kon­ami stu­dio’s mega-sell­ing Metal Gear se­ries.

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JomPark­ing at the PWTC LRT park­ing lot.
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Photo by SyARAFIQ AbD SAMA
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Photo by ChARLy tRIbALLEAU / AFP
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Photo by PE­DRo NUNES/REUtERS
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