Techie Parking Police in Makati

by Ka Edong on October 9, 2008

Two weeks ago, I went to Makati and found that they’ve upgraded the ticketing system for street parking. In the past, they used to issue pre-printed receipts with hand-written time-in.

Now they have electronically printed receipts. The device has a simple touch-screen Liquid crystal display PDA. It has a software running behind it where the parking officer enters time in and out. Upon clicking “print”, the thermal printer coughs out the receipt that is issued to the car owner.

Makati Parking Tickets upgraded: PDA and Thermal Printer

When the parking time is expired, the PDA starts to beep alerting the parking officer to watch out for the owner of cars with overdue tickets.

Makati Parking Tickets upgraded: PDA and Thermal Printer

I’ve seen similar devices in the past. First in Australia (2005), second in a bus from Tagaytay (2007).

Glad to see the Makati local government is taking-up the technology.

Other benefits …

The mobile ticketing device allows the parking system to get more accurate data about parking trends (how long people park their cars, which areas are hot, turn-over of cars, how many go overtime etc.) . All this info can, theoretically, be gathered in a database for data processing. I don’t know if they actually do this.

Further, collections are less subjective. There’s an electronic record of the transaction, thus it is less vulnerable to human … what’s the word … dagdag-bawas.

Keep up the innovation and technology uptake!

ka edong
temporary parking


  • Astig diba? I’ve seen these gadgets in provincial buses since last year. Sosyal ang mga mga konduktor ng bus, naka-PDA. 😀

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  • This is interesting. I haven’t been using Makati public parking slots, so I haven’t noticed these gadgets. But it sure is a welcome development. I hope other key areas follow suit.

    What caught my interest is the database you mentioned. That certainly would be public information, right?

  • HM bus transit has high tech ticketing devices with one touch ticketing technology. Lol…galing

  • That’s a Palm Zire, the same PDA model used by some bus companies going to Laguna.

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  • yan ang galing ng pinoy! Yup, that’s the same pda (probably the same makers) as the ones used in buses to tagaytay and laguna

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  • jha

    san kea nakakabili nyan…nid nmin yan para sa system nmin…

  • pablo

    kami may gawa niyan!

  • Ris

    Nagtratrabaho din ako sa gumawa nyan. At oo, nare-record yung mga transaction nyan at napro-process sa software.

    Sa mga gustong ma-contact yung office namin, punta na lang kayo sa site:

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