Photo from the 1950’s of a parker paying at a Park-ur-self meter
Since 1950 VenTek International has been providing a simple to use, reliable, secure and highly modular product for unattended revenue collection. As the longest-standing US manufacturer of unattended parking Revenue Control Systems in North America, we continue to advance our products to ensure “customer friendly” use while simultaneously maximizing a variety of fee collection applications.
Started as “Park-ur-Self”, VenTek is the longest-standing, US manufacturer of unattended parking Revenue Control Systems in North America. We build our Automated Pay Station (“APS”) products in Petaluma, California. For over 55 years VenTek has remained a leader and innovator. Thousands of VenTek machines operate in on-street, off-street, garage, parks & recreation and transit settings where high transaction volume and the ability to provide change have become their hallmark features. This remains our competitive edge in an industry where lower performance, multi-space parking meters are frequently offered.
Throughout the evolution of our American-made APS product lines, a usability approach was developed that fundamentally differs from comparable European products. Specifically, VenTek machines employ the simple-to-use customer interfaces adopted by American ATM and gas pump machines, rendering them highly comprehensible and usable by most people; young and old. Our “Quick Pick” interface makes customers instantly feel comfortable when they walk up to a VenTek pay station. This enables them to perform their transactions quickly and confidently, without confusion. In fact, the large, highly visible Liquid Crystal Display and integrated ATM-style function keys clearly differentiates our APS units from others in the parking industry.
In side-by-side comparisons focus groups have predominantly rated the VenTek product as “easier to use”. Accordingly, this rating has translated into higher user satisfaction and more revenue for owners or operators of VenTek equipment.
VenTek’s APS units and electronic payment technologies are currently deployed across North America in a variety of parking, transit and controlled entry applications. From government agencies to college campuses to state and national park settings, VenTek has a proven track record of helping our customers maximize their revenue collection.
As a company that focuses on our customer’s uniqueness and specific needs, we pride ourselves on our advanced engineering and product development capabilities. We routinely work with customers to customize the VenTek Online System to meet specific needs. We understand that one solution may not be right for everyone, and unlike our competitors in this space we are eager to hear about your specific goals and how we can help you meet them.
We employ more engineers in North America than any other manufacturer in the industry. We continually develop innovative capabilities, features and functions aimed at efficiency, operational flexibility and value. VenTek is ready, willing and able to personalize a customer’s solution to provide future extensibility and/or technical adaptability for unique applications.
Gary is the President of VenTek International and founder of the Caracal Group of companies. He has more than 30 years of experience in embedded systems development, communications engineering and automated payments, including projects with state-of-the-art wireless and real-time controller applications. Gary has been involved in a hands-on capacity in many recent VenTek installations, and always takes an active interest in product development and customer issues.
Phil is Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than 40 years of experience in Point of Sale (POS) transaction processing systems and services, executive management, legal strategizing and high-profile project oversight.
David is the Project Manager for enforcement systems. He has 35 years’ experience in Project and Operations Management, and a strong knowledge of VenTek enforcement products. He works closely with the development team to ensure our enforcement solutions fit clients’ needs.
Victoria is VenTek’s National Sales Manager. She has been with VenTek for five years and has a strong knowledge of VenTek machine and communications technology. She has acted as a Sales Liaison for many of VenTek’s more complex automated payment systems.
Randy is VP of Engineering. He has been an R&D leader for over 20 years, with experience in communications, power electronics, embedded software systems and lean manufacturing/continuous improvement. He manages both roadmap and customer product development.
Matt is VenTek’s IT Director. He oversees the Data Center and is VenTek’s resident expert in Pay Station software. Matt has been an integral part of all of our networked pay station installations and his knowledge will be called upon during implementation of your pay station network.
After only three months of operation more than 72% of the monies collected are in the form of credit cards. We issued a purchase order and the complete system with 26 machines was installed and running in just 35 days!
I own a 4 tier parking garage in San Francisco and VenTek came to the rescue of my old system. They updated my system and their customer service was top notch.
In the few times we have logged a support call with Technical Support, they were really responsive in addressing our needs, or providing us a work around solution. We appreciate the effort they booth (put) forth in solving our issues.
We really like our venVUE® software management system. It allows us to manage all of our pay stations from a single web page. We can see the vital information we need to ensure our systems are generating revenue in real time.