Rugged RFID-tag parking program seeks to cut commuter traffic 50% by 2030


Schreiner PrinTrust, a Germany-based developer of customized RFID solutions and security labels, is supplying universally adopted stickers (above) for a next-generation parking system in Vienna, Austria. 

Austria’s capital city uses connected parking zones for all residents, complete with standardized prices and parking periods. Visitors must park in lots, and are encouraged to park in “p+r” parking garages and use public transportation. In doing so, the city has devised a system that is uniform, understandable and fair to residents, with a goal of halving daily commuter traffic by 2030. The model is seen as a possibility for North American cities with long-standing congestion issues, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Moving forward, parking throughout Vienna is permitted only with an electronic parking-permit sticker or special parking ticket. Outfitted with an RFID chip, the rugged, ultra-adhesive stickers can be used interchangeably throughout Vienna’s various parking districts. The chip-reading process is contactless from a few meters’ distance – even without line of sight. The result has been significantly reduced administrative effort for both parking enforcement and drivers. Based on these successes, the system was officially adopted on a city-wide scale.

"The ability to read traffic permits from a distance is much faster and efficient, requiring far less hassle and manpower,” says Dr. Kai Schnapauff, president of Schreiner PrinTrust. “It eliminates the need for authorities to develop and manage a variety of complex, disparate parking systems, and benefits drivers because they have one uniform system for the entire area.”

Vienna plans to use revenue generated from the seamless new parking-billing system to fund a variety of projects – including sustainability-minded public transportation infrastructure.