CONNECTIVITY: Integrated systems require open interfaces

Our modern life is based on intensive technological networking. Open interfaces are the key to a modern world, as users expect them to be in parking. The most diverse services are linked via platforms and devices to provide the user with a comfortable user experience. To achieve this, the prerequisites must be created in the background to ensure the exchange of data and thus the integration of extended functions. The DESIGNA SUITE EXTENSION Connectivity provides the prerequisites for integrating third parties.

Integration as portal to a wide range of new functions

DESIGNA offers open interfaces based on web services to integrate third-party providers into a parking management system. The web services are based on XML and SOAP to integrate software systems. The SUITE EXTENSION Connectivity enables its users to access the database used by the SUITE.

The EXTENSION Connectivity covers a total of three web services: System, Operations and Cashpoint. The DESIGNA SUITE uses the “ABACUS“ database as its underlying system. The web services are used to access this “ABACUS“ database system via third-party software. It goes without saying that data integrity and security standards are maintained. The use cases include the tracking and control of the ABACUS database/the ABACUS system, but not the possibility to configure the system

The three web services at a glance:

1. Web service System

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This web service is used to give third party systems access to the “ABACUS“ database system, including system alarms, remote production of replacement tickets - lost tickets, real replacement (if illegible ticket is available), manual replacement (with specific entry time) and vehicle counts for each parking lot.

2. Web service Operations

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To integrate third-party platforms for the reservation of parking spaces, the web service Operations is required. Services such as SpotHero or Parkwhiz can be integrated via this interface. Furthermore, this web service can also be used for the integration of third party billing and invoicing applications, e.g. IntegraPark.

3. Web service Cashpoint

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The third web service is used to integrate payment applications. Third-party providers can be integrated in the environment of mobile and/or web-based ticket payment systems. A typical area of application is the payment and discounting of parking tickets. The web service Cashpoint represents a virtual cash register with a digital front-end, which can be controlled via this interface.

Typical use cases

The Connectivity extension is delivered with extensive documentation, which is the basis for the technical integration of thirdparty services. The following use cases are typical applications made possible by DESIGNA SUITE EXTENSION Connectivity. These applications can be triggered or used by external programs.

  • Web service System: the connection of a control center, the query of information on a ticket/ license plate number, e.g. cab ranking, the query of the occupancy of the facility, and processing of requests from the DESIGNA system to an external system to allow access to the parking facility, e.g. multifunction card.
  • Web service Operations: the external management of customers and cards and pre-booking by third parties,
  • Web service Cashpoint: the query of expected parking costs as well as external payments

Advantages of the SUITE EXTENSION Connectivity:

Advantages for the operator of a parking management system:

  • Functional extension of their own parking management system.
  • Integration of dedicated platforms such as in the pre-booking SpotHero or in the billing and invoicing IntegraPark.
  • Possibility of further sources of income via revenue shares development.

Advantages for customers of the parking garage:

  • Use extended functionality spectrum.
  • Use already existing, established mobility platforms.
  • Simplification of the parking process