Monday, June 19, 2017
Jackson airport provides high-tech app to better parking
By Emmalyne Kwasny
The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is the first U.S. airport to offer a high-tech parking app, according to the CEO of the company behind the technology
Arriv.io, implemented last weekend, is included in the airport's new parking technology.
Robin Reyes, CEO and co-founder of arriv.io, said Jackson has the world's latest in parking technology and this app "revolutionizes parking."
The technology, developed in Huntsville, Alabama, allows users to park with speed and convenience, eliminating the necessity of paper tickets and rolling down windows.
The app has a "park" and "check out" button to scan the QR Code at the parking gates. When checking out at the parking gate, users are charged through their registered form of payment in the app and emailed a receipt.
Scanning the QR Code at the parking garage gives users immediate access, freeing the area from possible traffic buildup caused by drivers taking a parking ticket at the entrance or searching for money to pay when leaving.
"It makes getting in and out super fast," Reyes said. "Frequent fliers love it."
The app also provides accessibility, eliminating the need to be a certain distance from a ticket dispenser or place of payment.
Jackson attorney Dorsey Carson, who flies from Jackson about once a month, said positive things about the new technology.
"I'm in favor of anything that will more efficiently get you in and out of parking," Carson said.
Carl Newman, chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, said the airport primarily installed the new technology because the old parking equipment was outdated and would break down, forcing airport employees to manually accept people into the parking garage.
He said arriv.io provides airport travelers with modern conveniences.
"(The technology) will provide a much better customer experience," Newman said.
According to the airport's Capital Programming Department, the cost to install the parking technology was approximately $373,000.
Reyes said the app is important because it provides airports with speed and convenience as traffic tends to come in bursts at airports because of flight times.
"We are giving people back their time," Reyes said.
Arriv.io, first launched in December 2015, operates in two countries and 13 international airports. Reyes said the parking technology is being installed at all five New York and New Jersey Port Authority airports and is looking to expand in the Jackson area.
The arriv.io app is free to download and ready to use once the registration is complete.