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Texas Tech Goes Mobile with Pay for Parking

Texas Tech University in Lubbock has implemented Verrus Mobile Technologies' Pay by Phone service in its parking lots. The system was installed to help decrease the number of tickets drivers were receiving while reducing reliance solely on parking meters for collection of revenue.

The service allows users to pay for parking via credit card through their mobile phones. They can also extend their parking time by phone and access parking expenses for reporting purposes via a Web site. The organization running the parking lots can log in to view parking revenue in real time and e-mail parking receipts to users.

"The Verrus pay by phone system has made paid parking extremely convenient for our customers," said Brian Brand, manager of parking enforcement at the campus. "Our students really like the text message reminders and the ability to add time from anywhere and avoid possible citations. In addition, this system has made things much more convenient for us to operate. We spend a lot less time maintaining pay machines and processing credit cards manually."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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