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Boise State first in Idaho to offer pay-by-phone parking

Boise State University announced on Monday that it is the first in Idaho to provide pay-by-phone parking service. With the implementation of Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7 and Blackberry smartphones, students, faculty, staff and visitors are now able to pay for parking at any meter or garage on campus with their smartphone.

Additionally, Boise State says it is the first university to offer near field communication (NFC) capability. Users simply wave or tap their smartphone on any of the NFC-enabled stickers on the meters and signs in the garages to instantly access the parking application, making paying for parking more convenient.

With pay-by-phone parking, those who park on campus no longer have to hunt for change or remember when their parking session expires, whether they use a smartphone or standard cell phone. By registering at www.parkmobile.com and downloading the mobile application, parking customers can use the application, the Internet, QR code or NFC sticker, or call toll free 1-877-727-5993, to pay for parking. These options can be found on Boise State meters and signs at the pay stations in the garages.

After setting up an account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. They also can select the option to receive text message alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to their parking session expiring, enabling them to pay for additional parking time where permissible. Parkmobile charges a small convenience fee of $.35 per transaction.

Campus parking patrons can start paying for parking by phone immediately, as parking meters and signs in the parking garages already have been updated with QR codes and NFC stickers. Patrons with iPhones can use the Parkmobile mobile application to pay for parking but cannot access the NFC capability as iPhones do not have NFC technology built into them.

“Technology like Parkmobile pay-by-phone is at the heart of our effort to improve the parking experience at Boise State,” said Casey Jones, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services for Boise State. “Our goal is to lead in making parking convenient and enjoyable for Boise State students, faculty, staff and visitors. Being the first in Idaho to offer Parkmobile’s pay-by-phone service and the first university to offer the added convenience of NFC helps us reach that goal.”

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