Dijon transitions to sustainable energy through scheme delivering technological innovation and serving the public
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As part of its drive to go green, the city of Dijon called on Citeos to install 150 parking meters equipped with solar cells and wireless communication capabilities.
The change in rules for paid parking in French cities may not be all that popular with drivers, but in Dijon it has led to a significant technological and environmental breakthrough. Indeed, half of the 300 new parking meters installed throughout the city run on solar power.
Topped with solar cells, the parking meters are self-operated and don’t need to be connected to the grid.
Citeos (VINCI Energies) installed the 150 devices “in a short timeframe so as to fit in with the schedule of a project that involves removing existing power lines,” says Toni Ferrentino, Citeos business unit manager, before adding that “the works are part of a drive to transition to sustainable energy,” a specialism of this VINCI Energies brand.
Topped with solar cells, the parking meters are self-operated and don’t need to be connected to the grid. Nor do they need cables to communicate with the management system since they are linked via a radio-based wireless network.
Equipped with a screen, keyboard, and payment terminal, these state-of-the-art parking meters allow users to pay by credit card, including contactless, and cash.
As well as offering various payment options, these smart devices installed by Citeos make people’s lives easier. Tickets are electronic so drivers no longer need to display their paper tickets on the car windscreen. Instead, a receipt is issued for card payments, and the new type of flat-rate parking fine (“forfait post-stationnement”) can be settled at any parking meter.