After a lengthy tendering process that scrutinised in great detail the car parking requirements for 2 hospitals within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, APS Ltd won the contract in 2011 to install the Skidata Pay on Foot system at both Antrim Area and Causeway Hospitals.
Special Features integrated with Skidata Pay on Foot system
|Integration with Trust Wide Area Network (WAN)|
On site, cabling costs were reduced considerably as a large percentage of the Skidata system devices were linked back to central control via the hospital LAN.
Furthermore, the 2 hospitals are linked via the hospital WAN to allow remote monitoring, voice and data control.
|Commend Intercom System|
Voice over IP installed using hospital LAN and WAN connections to allow clear voice communication between the control rooms and all parking equipment.
|Mifare Smartcard integration|
Standard Skidata integral readers can read Mifare smart cards and these were used to provide staff with parking access. Cards can also be used for future integration with other smartcard applications such as door access, cashless vending and canteens. This one card solution reduces administration costs and provides a more convenient service for staff.
|Variable Message Signs|
A large VMS sign was installed on the main access road and integrated with the Skidata system to provide the public with SPACES or FULL information on the main public car parks, thereby improving traffic flow and reducing congestion.
Further signs were installed at important access points to give real time information on each car park area.
|Stand alone validation units|
These Skidata units were installed to enable some hospital departments the ability to provide certain patient and visitor categories with parking concessions
Original Installation – 2011
Pay stations – 4
Entry lanes – 5
Exit lanes – 5
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"We are delighted with how APS applied themselves in terms of working closely with the Trust's IT department, meeting our strict handover deadlines and the expertise that they shared throughout the project."
Head of Support Services Northern Health and Social Care Trust