Many car parking operators today use SmartPhone technology, especially for self-ticketing. The solution is appealing - simply download an App to your SmartPhone, then use the camera to record contraventions and date and time stamp them before uploading them to the operator.
UK Parking Control use such a solution called iWarden2. The App can be downloaded to your SmartPhone, and then you are up and running, earning 10% of the revenue you generate.
However, a number of UK Parking Control wardens appear to be abusing the system, by taking photographs with fake timestamps. Presumably this is done by altering the time on the SmartPhone before taking a photograph.
If done deliberately, this would appear to be fraud.The Prankster has received 5 reports so far, making a total of £500 apparently fraudulently demanded. This may be the tip of the iceberg and the true scale of fraud may be much larger.
This of course sheds doubts on all operators who use SmartPhone technology. The Prankster calls on legitimate operators to declare if they have safeguards built into their applications to prevent fraudulent use. There are many ways to detect this type of activity. For instance, the App could monitor the time when it is running, and silently alert the operator if the time ever goes backwards.
The App could also check system settings when it retrieves the time to check that the time zone has not been altered and also that the time is being provided by the network, rather than being manually set.
This Android programming site gives some details on how this could be achieved.
No doubt other devices have similar properties.
Until this is done all tickets issued via SmartPhone are suspect.
The Parking Prankster