COMET The ultimate system for paying “On street” parking fees
About Ganis Systems Ltd.
Ganis Systems Ltd., was founded in 1993.
Over 100 cities and campuses, in 13 countries world-wide are using Ganis’ technology making it the world’s leader in the field of Personal Parking Meters (PMM).
In addition to PPMs Ganis is also offering parking management and enforcement technology and Time Attendance Systems.
Partial List of Ganis Customers
Norway – 24 cities including Baerum , Harstad, Alesund, Kritiandsand, Hammer, Rana, Arendal, Bergen, Lillehammer, Narvik, Voss, Hammerfast. Gjovick, Alta and Bodo.
Belgium – 19 cities including Anwerp, Gent, Liege, Namur, Geel, Zottegem, Boom, Sint Truiden, Torhout, Deinze, Aarschot and several others.
Holland - Amsterdam, Dordrecht, and Rosendal.
Italy – Desio and Codroipo.
Spain - Lorca, Totana, Segovia and Santnader.
Austria - Innsbruck, Hall and Braunau.
Sweden – Stockholm and Goteborg.
New Zealand – Wellington, Hamilton and Hutt.
Australia – Shepparton.
Canada – The town of Whistler.
US – Buffalo, Fort Lauderdale, University of California Santa Barbara , UC Davis, University of Binghamton, UMASS, University of Wisconsin Madison, New Brunswick, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Grand Rapids and Washington State University..
Argentina – Cordoba.
Finland – Helsinki.
The challenge of collecting “On Street” parking fees
Collection of parking fees is essential both as a tool for managing scares parking resources as well as a source of income for the
All available parking fee collection systems suffer from some major drawbacks :
Curbside parking meters – Vandalism, maintenance, cash collection, inflexible, unfair to the user, visual pollution.
P&D – High investment, vandalism, maintenance, inconvenient for the user, difficult enforcement, cash collection, not friendly to the user.
Cellular – Expensive for the user, difficult to operate, high transaction cost, difficult and expensive enforcement and subject to the big brother effect.
What is a Personal meter ?
A Personal (in-car) meter is a small electronic device used to pay the “on street“ parking fees and to regulate parking time.
Contains all parking rates and regulations.
The customer pays for the device and the parking fees, the city can assist providing a discount on parking fees or meters.
Various models are available offering a variety of technical features.
User Friendly, Easy to operate
No need for cash
Charges only for actual time parked
Proof for revoking unjustified summons
Provide receipt for parking fees
Meeting the needs of special groups: disabled, senior citizens, doctors etc.
Same device can be used in various cities.
City Operational Benefits
No cash collection and management.
Easy and efficient enforcement.
Flexible, easily modified to accommodate new regulations.
Improve service to the customer, make city residents happier !!
City financial benefits
Reduce operational costs.
No investment in infrastructure.
Improved cash flow (pre- paid).
Increased net revenues.
Encourage short-period parking payment.
Benefits the non-used pre-paid fees.
Ganis’ family of Personal meters
Ganis is a world leader in the field of Personal Parking Meters.
We propose three types of in car meters:
The Spark – A low cost device in a disposable or re-loadable configuration.
The Comet – Can be connected to the internet.
The Smart Park - a smart Card based device.
The Comet The Smart Park The Spark
What is COMET
COMET is a state of the art “On Street” parking fee collection, control and management system based on a personal parking meter and the latest in cellular and Internet technologies.
COMET gives the user and the operator the most cost effective solution without the shortcomings of competing technologies.
COMET main features
Very small upfront investment both for the user and the operator.
The compact “personal parking meter” is easily and conveniently operated by the user without having to leave the vehicle.
No transaction cost (unlike competing technologies such as cellular phones).
The user can buy and pay his parking fees in advance using his computer and/or mobile phone at home or on the move any time.
Fair to the user – the driver pays only for the time parked.
Friendly and easy to use.
State of the art technology for easy and convenient enforcement.
COMET System Architecture COMET Personal In Car Meter User’s Computer USB cable Codes GANIS Main Server Internet Main Management &loading systems Codes Cellular (GPRS) on line enforcement (Optional )
COMET – Personal Parking meter
The COMET is an electronic device operated as
a personal parking meter, offering following
Allows parkers to pay for actual time parked only
Multiple parking zones.
Variety of parking rates (Max, Min, Grace, Progressive etc)
Real Time Clock & calendar.
Replaceable Standard battery. Typical operating time of 300 hours.
User friendly and easy to operate.
Dynamic LCD display of 4 large Alpha Numeric characters.
Can be adopted to extreme temperature conditions.
Dimensions: Less than 60x90x11 mm, (2.4”X3.5”X0.4”)
Weight: ~ 50 gr.
Battery Compartment City name Zone HEL 03 13245 Unit ID No.
Using the COMET as easy as 1, 2, 3! Driver parks the car 1. Driver turns the COMET ON 2. Driver selects Zone, clicks on OK and hangs the unit on the car window 3. Driver turns the meter OFF upon returning to the car
Loading the COMET
The user can reload his COMET meter using
one of the following methods:
Using his personal computer or cellular phone * through a special coding systems.
Using his personal computer via the USB cable.
Going to a point of sale (e.g. gas station).*
Calling a service center via code.*
Using his personal computer and the USB cable,
the user can also update parking rates. and
regulations as required by the city.
* where the service is available.
The COMET can be enforced:
Visually, using the clear dynamic display. The Comet displays a strongly encrypted security code every minute.
Real time control using cellular GPRS and Bluetooth technology in order to confirm a S/N dependent security code.
Cellular phone Bluetooth Printer Cellular – Internet Secure Internet Connection Real time information flow Secure Internet Connection Enforcement and citations On-Line through Cellular connection (Optional) Ganis Server
Back End System (BES)
The Web based Back End System is responsible for:
Controlling the loading providing good visibility to the municipality over the complete process.
Update of the parking parameters.
Update of the Comet’s S/W.
Generation of management reports including parking records and loading information.
Simplepark – the US & Canada www.simplepark.com
Laatukilpi /Helsinki - Finland www.comet.fi
Setex/Santander – Spain www.recargacomet.es
Setex/Santander – Spain www.recargacomet.es
Back End System Financial Controls
Actual Screens – Finland
The CPSS is a special BES allowing enterprises and Point of Sale to provide the following services to customers unable or unwilling to use their own computer:
Loading pre paid parking fees
Change of parameters and S/W
Clock change (if needed)
The CPSS uses codes instead of a credit card
The CPSS enables the enterprise to generate its own management reports.
Actual CPSS Screens
The Distribution process
The COMET distribution process can be designed as to allow an “Hands Free” operation from the Municipality stand point.
The user can order the device over the Internet or at a point of sales (POS)
The unit is shipped to the user (by regular mail or a fast courier) unloaded or containing a minimal (parking) fee.
The user charges the device to the required amount at his computer or mobile phone.