Looking securely to the future: The new 5 € banknote

- Europe

Eleven years after its introduction, it is being redesigned: the Euro. The new banknotes are to be made even more secure because there has been a significant increase in the number of forgeries in circulation of late. Only a few of the security features are to be publicised, the rest are secret and are intended to deter would-be forgers.

The DESIGNA parking management systems will also be well-prepared for the introduction of the new banknotes. The software for the banknote recognition is currently being programmed so that it will recognise the new notes with the familiar certainty and be ready for delivery from March.

In the vast majority of cases, an update of the banknote scanner software is all that will be necessary for the changeover of the DESIGNA systems; for older models, hardware modifications may also be necessary. Concrete information on the changeover routine will be sent to you by post before the end of February so that you are prepared in good time for the introduction of the new 5 € banknote. The information is available even faster by e-mail. That is why we have set up a special e-mail address for the changeover period where you can register to receive further information. Simply send your contact data (company, name, address, e-mail address) to euro@designa.com to receive the latest information by e-mail.

The ECB will be gradually replacing also the other banknotes in ascending order over the coming years. A comparison of the old and new banknotes with an explanation of the security features can be found at http://www.new-euro-banknotes.eu.


In 1951 DESIGNA became Germany's first producer and supplier of parking meters. DESIGNA's history of innovation continued. At the end of the seventies, the Kiel-based enterprise was able to to introduce its first fully automatic parking system. The company's programme has now been further developed to encompass fully comprehensive solutions, from the design and planning phase right through to the installation and service of fully automatic parking systems. The experience DESIGNA has acquired over the last 50 years continues to benefit customers at every stage of the project.


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