About Smart Meters

Park with one easy swipe or with your smart-phone!

The City of Paterson is installing new parking meters in the downtown area on a trial basis, as we strive to provide more payment options for customers. The new meters accept coins, credit or debit cards, smart cards, and in the future can also be paid through a new smart-phone application.

The new smart meters are easy-to-use and reliable, with a big screen that makes it easy to see all of the key information, such as remaining time and time limits.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Paterson's smart meters in the
FAQ section.

How it works

Whether you're shopping, dining, enjoying culture, nightlife, or events at Downtown, parking has never been easier. Now you can simply park and swipe, or pay with coins.

Follow these easy steps to complete an easygoing parking experience:

Look at the smart meter’s display to find parking rates, hours, time limits, and other important information. If it is dark, press any button to light the display.
If paying with coins, simply insert them in the coin slot until the desired time is reached on the display. Quarters, dimes, nickels, and $1 coins accepted.
If paying electronically, insert and remove your credit or debit card. The smart meter accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
With the blue [+] and [-] buttons, select the amount of time. The cost for that time will be displayed underneath.
Press green [OK] button to confirm your payment, or red [CANCEL] button to stop your transaction. The meter will attempt to authorize the payment shown on the screen if neither button is pressed after 35 seconds.
Wait for authorization of the card.
  *Please note that time purchased at this meter corresponds only to the adjoining parking spot. The time purchased is not transferrable.

How to Use IPS Smart Meters

Customer convenience is the number one reason cities and universities around the world are upgrading their parking operations. IPS Meters are not only convenient because they take both credit cards and coins, but they also allow the parking public to pay where they park. They simply pull up, pay, and walk away. It's that simple. Watch this Demonstration Video and see for yourself. San Diego-based IPS Group, Inc. is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focused on low power wireless telecommunications and parking technologies.

Smart Cards

In addition to payment by credit card, pay-by-cell and coins, The Paterson Parking Authority will also be offering payment via Smart Card. These can be purchased from the The Paterson Parking Authority and are used in the same way as credit cards.

Directions for Use:

  1. Insert the card chip first, with the chip facing up.
  2. Meter will first display remaining card value.
  3. Use the + Time or – Time buttons to select the amount of desired time.
  4. Remove card immediately when desired time is reached.
  5. The dollar amount displayed will be the amount removed from your smart card.


Frequently Asked Questions about Smart Meters

Why is the City of Paterson replacing the meters in Downtown area?
The current single-space meters are reaching their end of their useful life. The new smart single-space meters will not only be more reliable than the old meters, but if and when there are maintenance issues, the new smart meters will wirelessly alert the Paterson Parking Authority's staff to address the problem quickly.

The second reason is to improve customer service. The current meters only accept coins, whereas the new smart meters will accept multiple forms of payment. We know that maintaining a supply of quarters and other change is inconvenient, so while the new meters will continue to accept coins, they will also accept credit cards, debit cards. You will also be able to pay for parking at the new meters through our own free mobile app, using credit, debit, or smart card, or through your own prepaid “wallet”. When you use the pay-by-cell option, the new mobile application will text you an alert in advance of your meter expiring, giving you a chance to extend your time or return before the meter expires.

The Paterson Parking Authority is installing parking meters to provide the best paid parking experience possible. With state-of-the-art meters the time is right to replace the old meters, so we may continue to provide a State of the Art parking experience in all of the business districts. districts.

Why do we call the meters “smart”?
The new IPS Model M5 meters are smart for various reasons. They are smart because of the many options for convenient payment they offer. They are smart because they communicate wirelessly to The Paterson Parking Authority with operational alerts and financial and occupancy data, and to customers via smart-phone application. The M5’s are smart also because they are powered by the sun. A solar panel on each meter powers its rechargeable battery.

Are the hours during which I have to pay for metered parking changing?
The days and hours when you have to pay at the meters is staying the same: Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm, holidays excluded.

Will the metered parking cost the same as it does now?
During the trial period, the parking rates will remain the same $1.00 per hour.

Which credit cards are accepted at the smart meters?
The meters will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Is there a fee for using a credit card with the smart meters?
During the trial period there is no fee to use a credit or debit card with the smart meters.