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What are Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) and what are the latest options available for my parking facility?

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PARCS stands for Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems. Available in varying levels of functionality and complexity, PARCS allow parking owners and operators to control access and collect parking revenues from users. Available in varying types of equipment platforms, PARCS, when combined with policy and procedure, can speed entry and exit from a facility and secure revenues through audit records.

As pay on foot machines become more common, cashiered parking is being phased out. Upfront costs for pay on foot equipment are considerable, however, the payback period is a function of labor cost and benefit savings.

Another innovative PARCS approach includes automated license plate recognition systems that are integrated with pay on foot equipment that makes possible for what is known as “frictionless” or hands free systems. The benefits of these systems are reduced capital costs, improved facility throughput and customer convenience.

*Federal, State, and Local codes govern most of these requirements and should be thoroughly investigated. Data presented herein should be considered guidelines only.  For more specific information and assistance with implementation of these guidelines, please contact THA Consulting, Inc. via email at