Small size, big effect - ilogs multifunction card launched in Würzburg in cooperation with DESIGNA

Workers in larger companies in particular will know what we are talking about: always needing to have enough coins in their wallet for the ticket machine, having to have a special card to gain access, and another for timekeeping. And then yet another for the canteen.

This was the case for around 6,600 employees at the University Hospital in Würzburg. So what could be more obvious than to combine all of these things?

This is what the hospital operators thought too, and so, together with ilogs information logistics GmbH and Würzburg's municipal transport services, they developed a suitable, extensible solution, based on DESIGNA's ABACUS parking management system. The clou: the new individually coded card “Master Key” can be loaded with money as required – both manually at automatic pay stations and online via the web. A detailed breakdown of canteen and parking charges will be made available to the cost control department at the end of every month. The system is to launch in November.

The multifunction card can be used anywhere where several payment functions come together, for example in almost every hospital, in local authority areas and in larger companies. The only prerequisite is the DESIGNA parking management system, ABACUS, and open interface architecture for connection to the central online Server.


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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