October 5, 2007
Car park meters can call for help
A town is introducing "intelligent" car-park ticket machines which can automatically text for help if anyone attempts to break into or damage them. [via The Guardian]
The 150 pay-and-display ticket machines equipped with Sim cards will also automatically request a service if they malfunction and, if full, will call for their money boxes to be emptied.
The £3,000 solar-powered wireless machines will come into operation in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on Monday.
Their cries for help will be sent via text and picked up at a 24-hour control centre in Bristol and a new parking information centre in Eastbourne. Staff could then alert police."
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