Scheidt & Bachmann’s Barrier-Free Automatic Pay Station Meets Recent ADA Guidelines and Saves Parking Operators on Cost

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Scheidt & Bachmann’s PKA30-BF barrier-free automatic pay station exemplifies the latest step the parking industry is taking to provide technology equipment that is compliant with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines, accommodates users of different accessibility and saves parking operators and owners long-term equipment costs.

Scheidt & Bachmann’s barrier-free automatic pay stations can be found across the world

There is an ongoing discussion among industry operators and owners about the migration to using barrier-free automatic pay stations to save long-term costs and to remain in compliance with ADA guidelines.

One vital, but sometimes overlooked, factor that parking operators and owners need to consider when installing automatic pay stations (a.k.a. pay-on-foot station) in their parking facilities is the height accessibility of the pay stations for a variety of users. Scheidt & Bachmann’s PKA30-BF automatic pay station model, which was launched in Europe in 2011 and made available also in the U.S., is designed to be “barrier-free (BF)”.

The PKA30-BF provides the same functionality as S&B’s standard PKA30 models. However, the distinct difference between the models is that the PKA30-BF’s barrier-free design makes the operating elements easily accessible for all users. The pay machine is constructed at a lower height that accommodates both disabled and non-disabled users with ease and is wheelchair accessible. The screen interface also displays large text and strong color contrasts to allow anti-glare viewing of the screen from any angle.

According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements by Federal Law, Title III requires that “all ‘new construction’ (construction, modification or alterations) after the effective date of the ADA (approximately July 1992) must be fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).” In order to comply with the ADAAG, “the standard is whether ‘removing barriers’ (typically defined as bringing a condition into compliance with the ADAAG) is readily achievable, defined as ‘...easily accomplished without much difficulty or expense.’"

Previously, operators would have to install separate pay stations mounted on various bases to accommodate all height accessibility requirements. However, the PKA30-BF saves owners the extra cost of installing a separate automatic pay station by now providing one machine that can accommodate both ADA and NON-ADA customers. The renowned Stanford Hospital in Stanford, CA has been the U.S. launch partner for the new design. They recently installed a number of PKA30-BF automatic pay stations, along with a comprehensive S&B revenue control system in its new parking facilities.

Scheidt & Bachmann is one of the first industry leaders to combine user-friendly designed models and the special requirements of a parking facility operator in one device. There is an ongoing discussion among industry operators and owners about the migration to using barrier-free automatic pay stations to save long-term costs and to remain in compliance with ADA guidelines. Scheidt & Bachmann continues to be an advocate for implementing products that commit to its philosophy of striving “beyond barriers” and allow for easy access for both operators and users.

Please contact Scheidt & Bachmann for more information regarding the PKA30-BF automatic pay stations or go to http://www.ada.gov for more information regarding the ADA federal guidelines for disability-friendly equipment.

About Scheidt & Bachmann
Scheidt & Bachmann has been a leading international transportation solutions provider since 1872. The family-owned German company operates two of its largest divisions – Parking Systems and Fare Collections Systems – in the U.S. market from its subsidiary headquarter in Burlington, MA. The Parking Division offers parking access and revenue control systems to various industry clients including airports, hospitals, universities and municipalities. All of the software and hardware equipment are made internally at the S&B factory either in the U.S. or Germany. The company prides itself on maintaining a reputation as the top leader in the industry through its focus on innovation, reliability, flexibility and service. For more information on Scheidt & Bachmann, please visit http://www.scheidt-bachmann.com.

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