Nedap’s MACE makes Security Essen debut

September 23, 2016

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Nedap’s MACE makes Security Essen debut 

 

 

Just a few months ago, Nedap Identification Systems launched MACE: the mobile access control platform. This platform enables the use of smartphones to identify people based on Bluetooth, NFC or QR-codes. Nedap’s MACE will now make its Security Essen debut.

 

 

Virtual credentials

With the introduction of this platform, Nedap responds to the global shift of smartphone credentials replacing physical cards. MACE supports Bluetooth, NFC and QR-codes to identify people using virtual credentials, which are stored in a MACE app. This app is available for both iPhone and Android. QR-codes are used as an alternative in situations where it is undesirable or impossible to use wireless communication technologies.

“The first responses and feedback we got after announcing the MACE platform was overwhelming. We have engaged into interesting pilots and also interesting discussions on how to further shape the future of the platform. We are continuing the discussion and introduction in Essen now with our industry partners and we are very much looking forward to that,” says Maarten Mijwaart, General Manager of Nedap Identification Systems.

 

Highlighted solutions

In addition to the new MACE platform, various other Nedap solutions will be highlighted during Security Essen:

Highly secure vehicle & driver identification and advanced license plate recognition

MOOV is worlds’ first dedicated vehicle access control system for entrances in cities, industrial estates and parking facilities

Convenient hands-free access with Nedap’s uPASS Access

 

All of these solutions will be showcased at Nedap’s stand during Security Essen in Germany, on September 27 – 30 this year. Visit booth 3D12 to find out more.

 

ParkCloud puts Genoa Airport P1 car park on sale

September 23, 2016

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ParkCloud puts Genoa Airport P1 car park on sale

 

 

ParkCloud is very pleased to offer parking at Genoa Airport’s Central Car Park with immediate effect.

 

ParkCloud is working with the airport’s parking management company, Quick No Problem Parking, to offer the spaces, following previous collaborations at Palermo airport and in city centres across Italy.
The P1 car park has 1,000 spaces and is open 24 hours a day. A fantastic secure and safe place for travellers to leave their car, it also has a 24/7 surveillance system.
Quick No Problem Parking Spa, founded in 2000, provides management services across 20,000 parking spaces throughout Italy, and has established itself as one of the leading companies in the market. The car parks managed by Quick are located in a variety of venues including airports, ports, shopping malls and city centres, alongside the official car park of Genoa Airport.
The Aeroporto di Genova, also named for Christopher Columbus, saw passenger numbers increase by 7.5% to the end of 2015, and is the most important airport of Liguria. A wide range of airlines operate from the terminal, including existing ParkCloud partner airlines Ryanair and Vueling, as well as KLM and British Airways.

 

About ParkCloud

ParkCloud, founded in 2008, lets drivers book a parking space in advance, in the same way as it’s possible to do with hotel rooms, restaurant tables… and even a coffee these days.

When travelling, parking is usually the last thing on anybody’s mind, but research shows that as much as twenty minutes is wasted when searching for a parking space. ParkCloud’s award-winning service aims to solve that problem by letting customers make a parking booking, whether they are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, catching a train, or visiting a city or event. In 40 countries and counting!

http://www.parkcloud.com

Contact Details

Grace Scott

PR & Communications Executive

grace.scott@parkcloud.com

 

 

 

 

National Parking Association Recognizes 2016 Volunteer Leaders

September 23, 2016

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National Parking Association Recognizes 2016 Volunteer Leaders

 

 

Washington, DC (September 23, 2016)—The National Parking Association (NPA) recognized its volunteer leaders at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20 at the NPA’s 65th Annual Convention & Expo in Atlanta.

 

Each year, NPA recognizes its top volunteer leaders who have made invaluable contributions to NPA through their dedicated service and support. This year, NPA named Tiffany Yu, marketing specialist, Scheidt & Bachmann, as Volunteer of the Year.  Kathy Phillips, CPP, senior vice president, Alliant Insurance Service, Inc. was recognized as Chair of the Year.

Tiffany Yu has been an active volunteer with NPA and has taken a lead on the 40 Under 40 program, encouraging more parking professionals to apply and get involved in NPA.

“Tiffany is a champion of NPA membership and the value of NPA. She has become a tremendous ambassador for the organization and exemplifies the younger generation of proactive leaders in parking,” said NPA president Christine Banning, CAE.

Kathy Phillips is the immediate past chair of the Certification Advisory Board (CAB). Kathy continues to actively contribute to the CAB. She is a long-term leader on national committees and contributes her contacts, insights, support and management expertise to lead committees critical to NPA’s value for membership.

 

“Kathy is an outstanding leader supporting the parking industry, as we appreciate her leading the NPA Education Committee,” said Banning. “She rally members from multiple sectors to provide insights that have shaped the direction of NPA education.”

 

About NPA: The National Parking Association, established in 1951, is the voice of the $28 billion parking & industry composed of private parking owners and public parking operators that together employ more than 143,000 people. NPA is the premier association for parking owners & leaders—providing research, advocacy, and education and credentialing. Visit NPA at WeAreParking.org.

National Parking Association Elects New Board Officers and Members

September 23, 2016

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National Parking Association Elects
New Board Officers and Members

 

 

Washington, DC (September 22, 2016)— The National Parking Association (NPA) today announced the election of new board officers, as well as seven new board members parking industry leaders to its board of directors. In addition, four current board members moved into officer positions.

 

Elected officers to the board on Sept. 19, 2016, at the NPA’s 65th Annual Convention & Expo in Atlanta, for two-year terms were:

  • Board Chair, Alan Lazowski, chairman & CEO, LAZ Parking (Hartford)
  • Chair Elect, Nicolle Judge, president, SkyPark (San Francisco)
  • Vice Chair, Robert Zurisky, president, Parkway Corporation (Philadelphia)
  • Treasurer, David Damus, CEO, System Property Development, Inc. (Pasadena)
  • Secretary, Frank Ching, CPP, director of parking management Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles)
  • Immediate Past Chair, Mark Muglich, retired, ABM Parking Service (Cleveland)

Newly elected NPA board members are:

  • Marc Baumann, CEO, SP+ (Chicago)
  • Jeff Becker, vice president, Amano McGann (Minneapolis)
  • Bijan Eghtedari, president, Citizens Holdings (Atlanta)
  • Alex Israel, general manager and vice president, parking, INRIX (Seattle)
  • Meredith McLaurin, finance & operations manager, McLaurin Parking, (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Robert Pohrer, president, St. Louis Parking Company (St. Louis)
  • John Roy, CPP, chief information officer, MVP Parking REIT (San Diego)

 

 

About NPA: The National Parking Association, established in 1951, is the voice of the $28 billion parking & industry composed of private parking owners and public parking operators that together employ more than 143,000 people. NPA is the premier association for parking owners & leaders—providing research, advocacy, and education and credentialing. Visit NPA at WeAreParking.org.

 

National Parking Association Announces 2016 Innovation Award Winners

September 23, 2016

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National Parking Association Announces
2016 Innovation Award Winners
Facilities, Companies and Individuals Recognized for Parking Innovation

 

 

Washington, DC (September 22, 2016)— The National Parking Association (NPA) announced the winners of its 2016 Innovation Awards at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20. The NPA Awards Luncheon occurred during the organization’s 65th Annual Convention & Expo in Atlanta.

 

“The NPA Innovation Awards recognize companies and individuals who demonstrate the highest professionalism and parking best practices while using leadership and state-of-the-art technology to improve safety, sustainability and bottom line results,” said NPA president Christine Banning, CAE.

The 2016 NPA Innovation Award winners are:

  • NPA Innovator of the Year: Reginald Randolph, general manager, Houston First Corporation (Houston)

Reginald Randolph oversees Houston’s Theater District Parking Garage, serving more than 2 million customers each year. Having worked with Houston First Corporation for 25 years, Randolph manages the 3,400-space garage that serves nine performing arts venues, as well as office workers.

 

In order to best serve customers, Reginald Randolph led a fully integrated, organization-wide technology upgrade to enhance the parker experience and increase operation efficiency. He also instituted a parking access revenue control system upgrade to a cloud-based structure, which has improved ingress times and streamlined operations.

 

He spearheaded the installation of the INDECT parking guidance system. Additionally, his idea to install 95 two-way cameras in the garage allows customers to interface with parking staff at the touch of a button. A customizable matrix signage and wayfinding system further supports parking guidance, and a barcode system simplifies parking validation for customers and employees alike.

 

 

  • Innovative Organization of the Year: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Colorado State University is experiencing rapid growth in its student and faculty population. With the increased number of people visiting the campus each day, more buildings have been constructed, creating less available parking.

 

To address this issue, the university, including Doug Mayhew, CPP, CAPP, associate director, parking and transportation services, sought sustainable solutions to decrease congestion and increase efficiency for 1,750 daily parkers.

 

In 2010, the university opened its first parking structure. The 878-space Lake Street Parking Garage was designated LEED® Gold. In 2013, Colorado State’s parking and transportation service changed its business model from a displayed permit and meter payment model to a virtual model. The university integrated license plate recognition technology, online permit purchasing and pay-by-plate multi-space pay stations.

 

Under the “Reinventing the Wheel” campaign, the university partnered with ZipCar, and emphasized alternative transportation to reduce traffic congestion. The university also installed INDECT’s parking guidance system to increase parking efficiency and further reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

 

In 2016, the university incorporated a mobile payment app to its meter program, and opened the new South College Garage with a parking guidance system.

 

  • Innovative Facility of the Year: City of West Hollywood Automated Garage

The city of West Hollywood, Calif. has built the first fully automated, municipally run parking structure on the West Coast. The new, 200-space automated parking structure replaced a 68-space surface parking lot adjacent to West Hollywood City Hall. The automated garage incorporated a SKIDATA parking access revenue control system.

 

The West Hollywood automated garage has enhanced parking for city visitors and staff as it provides a valet-like experience without the costs and risks of valet parking. Through the use of a computerized parking storage and retrieval system, the automated garage has provided a dense configuration of parking spaces on a smaller footprint than a traditional parking structure.

 

The compact nature of the project afforded the city the ability to create a 4,000 square foot community plaza between city hall and the garage.

 

The parking structure includes a rooftop photovoltaic system that powers the garage. Other sustainable features include the use of composite wood panels that were made from recycle plastic grocery bags and milk jugs. Additionally, emissions are reduced due to the lack of drivers searching for an available space.

 

  • Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year: Pomona College Parking Structure by Watry Design, Claremont, Calif.

Pomona College determined that it could reclaim four acres of open space and pedestrian walkways by moving to structured parking. Watry Design created a parking structure into the sloping campus and integrated a new campus entrance road.

 

The 608-stall parking structure, led by Watry Design’s Francisco Navarro, senior project manager and associate director, BIM, provides sustainable parking for more than 1,600 campus users and a rooftop lacrosse field, which reduces the heat island effect. Energy-efficient lighting, a solar canopy and a fully automated lighting system offset energy use by the garage.

 

Bioswales filter storm water and an open design allows for natural ventilation. The facility employs electric vehicle charging stations, preferred parking for carpool and energy-efficient vehicles and covered bike parking.

 

Pedestrians access the field using walkways and have a direct connection from campus. A bus stop is within 100 yards of the facility.

 

Through this project, the college reclaimed four acres of open space, decreased energy usage by 20 percent and saved 50,000 gallons of water per week.

 

About NPA: The National Parking Association, established in 1951, is the voice of the $28 billion parking & industry composed of private parking owners and public parking operators that together employ more than 143,000 people. NPA is the premier association for parking owners & leaders—providing research, advocacy, and education and credentialing. Visit NPA at WeAreParking.org.

 

INSAR’s Avanta Gardens Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor System for Enhanced Parking Experience

September 21, 2016

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INSAR’s Avanta Gardens Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor System for Enhanced Parking Experience

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – September 20, 2016 – Park Assist is installing their M4 camera based, smart-sensor parking guidance system at Avanta Gardens in Monterrey, Mexico. Avanta Gardens is a new high-end, mixed-use development with retail and office space located in the upscale neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia.

The property is owned by INSAR S.C., a leading real estate developer in Mexico. Avanta Gardens is looking to differentiate the mixed-used property from the many shopping centers in Monterrey.

Park Assist was chosen to offer shoppers a stress-free parking experience, as well as enhanced security coverage. The M4 smart-sensor system uses license plate recognition technology and streaming video to monitor spaces and enhance security. When entering the property, colored sensors and signage guide customers to the nearest available space. Signage with real-time parking availability will be displayed throughout the property.

“With our M4 smart-sensor system, Avanta Gardens has an edge in customer service and improved security over the local competitors. We look forward to helping distinguish Avanta Gardens as a premier property in Monterrey,” said Gary Neff, CEO of Park Assist.

Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera based parking guidance installations in the world. Our technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.6 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.

Contact:
Lizzie Burger
Marketing Coordinator
Lizzie.Burger@parkassist.com
Ph: +1 646-937-6085

CITIZENS PARKING PARTNERS WITH INRIX TO BRING END-TO-END PARKING SOLUTION TO VENUES ACROSS THE U.S.

September 20, 2016

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CITIZENS PARKING PARTNERS WITH INRIX TO BRING END-TO-END PARKING SOLUTION TO VENUES ACROSS THE U.S.

 

 

Colloboration gives drivers parking and travel time technology in the palm of their hand

 

 

Atlanta, GA – Sept. 20 2016 – INRIX, Inc., the world leader in connected car services and movement analytics, and Citizens Parking, a parking and travel services platform of leading parking operating companies in the U.S., today announced a strategic partnership to bring INRIX Parking and Autotelligent to parking operators, stadiums and venues across the U.S.

 

 

Citizens will leverage INRIX parking services to help guests find, reserve and pay for parking at thousands of lots including airports, hotels, stadiums and event venues. In addition, Citizens Parking will use Autotelligent, INRIX’s new software development kit and integrated cloud platform for mobile applications that provides machine learning to predict and personalize routes, destinations and alerts. INRIX Parking and Autotelligent will be available across Citizens’ major parking brands – Lanier, ICON, Park One, AmeriPark, Quik Park — that cover more than 1,100 locations and over 320,000 parking spaces in 28 states.

 

Citizens Parking brands provide services for large national and international clients specializing in retail, office, healthcare, gaming and hotels throughout the U.S. Additionally, it is focused on municipal and airport verticals.

“The INRIX partnership allows us to offer a next generation parking solution that’s geared towards extending customer touchpoints beyond our parking companies,” said Bijan Eghtedari, president of Citizens Lanier Holdings. “We’re excited to be providing customers across the U.S. the best parking services and latest technology solutions in the industry.”

“The addition of INRIX services will allow Citizens to offer its customers an end-to-end solution that includes when to leave, how to get there and where to park,” said Alex Israel, vice president and general manager – parking, INRIX. “We are eliminating a major painpoint and changing the way people think about parking through cutting-edge technology and services.”

INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, and introduced the first integrated on-street parking solution in 2015. In August 2015, INRIX acquired ParkMe, a leader in parking location, availability and reservations. INRIX works with a number of parking operators, reservation and payment companies worldwide, making it the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading automakers, including Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as transportation agencies and drivers around the world.

 

 

About INRIX

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward.

 

Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 65 countries.

 

About Citizens Parking

Created in 2014, Citizens has written a new story that originated leadership in branded parking services. With 5 brands, 1,100 locations and 7,800 employees it has harnessed the power of our brands and leveraging a collaborative business platform to seize and capitalize on exceptional opportunities for long term performance.

 

 

Media Contact

INRIX Americas

Mark Burfeind

425-284-3825

mark.burfeind@inrix.com

 

Citizens Parking

Lane Kaufman

404-881-6076

lkaufman@lanierparking.com

Leading the Advancement of Parking Education, Technology, Research & Advocacy: Alan Lazowski is New Chairman of the Named National Parking Association

September 20, 2016

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Leading the Advancement of Parking Education, Technology, Research & Advocacy: Alan Lazowski is New Chairman of the Named National Parking Association

 

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2016  — The National Parking Association (NPA) has elected Alan B. Lazowski, chairman, CEO and founder of LAZ Parking, as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lazowski takes office for two-year term, effective Sept. 19, 2016.

 

Over the next two years, Lazowski and the board of directors will focus on the three pillars of NPA’s strategic direction: education, research and advocacy to build strong parking communities in the private and public sector.

“It’s vital that the parking industry meet the future of technology, transportation and talent in a changing global marketplace, said Lazowski. “To be successful parking professionals, managers and leaders need relevant tools and best practices. The launch of NPA University, The Parking Venture Forum and skill certificates all signal the Board’s strategic commitment to parking education at all levels within the industry.”

“Alan’s leadership and entrepreneurship will continue to foster the strong knowledge networks that connect parking peers across sectors. His focus on the information imperative of NPA research and development of a strong advocacy platform, signal NPA’s growth and focus on the thought leadership,” said NPA President Christine Banning, MA, CAE

Lazowski co-founded LAZ Parking in 1981 while attending the University of Connecticut. Since then, LAZ Parking has grown into a national hospitality parking company with revenue in excess of $1 billion and more than 10,000 employees.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Lazowski believes that he has “an obligation to give back.” He’s a well-respected philanthropist, and has given his time and money to various charitable efforts. In 2009, he started the LAZ Parking Charitable Foundation. He is also the founding Chair of Voices of Hope, an organization that collects, categorizes and shares the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations. He serves as a member of the United States Holocaust Museum Council appointed by President Obama.

Lazowski is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Thomas and Bette Wolff Family Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Connecticut, the NAACP Civil Rights Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hartford Business Journal. Lazowski has also received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Hartford.

In addition to serving as chairman of the NPA board, Lazowski also serves on the boards of the Goodwin College Foundation, the Bushnell Theater, the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, the Hebrew Home and Hospital, the Anti-Defamation League, The Jordan Porco Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Hartford Economic Development Corporation and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford.

About NPA: The National Parking Association, established in 1951, is the voice of the $28 billion parking & industry composed of private parking owners and public parking operators that together employ more than 143,000 people. NPA is the premier association for parking owners & leaders—providing research, advocacy, and education and credentialing. Visit NPA at WeAreParking.org.

Contact:
Christina Garneski, CAE
202.296.4336
ChristinaGarneski@WeAreParking.org

INRIX Selected by Waze to Supply Global Parking Data

September 20, 2016

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INRIX Selected by Waze to Supply Global Parking Data

 

  • North American and European parking lot information added to current Waze insights, further helping Wazers find and navigate to lots near destinations.

  • INRIX parking information to be incorporated globally within the coming months.

 

Kirkland, WA and Mountain View, CA – September 19, 2016 – Drivers wasted an average of 55 hours last year searching for parking, representing nearly $600M in lost time and fuel[1]. To make each trip as efficient as possible, INRIX parking lot information is now incorporated into Waze, the free, real time traffic and navigation app powered by drivers. The collaboration between the two companies extends smart driver services from INRIX to more drivers through the Waze app to further improve urban mobility.

 

Available as a feature on Android and iOS, Waze recently introduced its first “where to park” feature, which suggests parking lots closest to a destination and allows users to navigate there directly. Additionally, if a user doesn’t select a parking lot prior to arrival, Waze will give the option to select and navigate to one when approaching a final destination. INRIX parking data adds to the Waze database, comprised of parking lots sourced by the Waze community and other company partners.

 

“Driving from point A to B is only part of the journey,” said Alex Israel, vice president and general manager of parking at INRIX. “The addition of INRIX Parking enhances Wazers’ end-to-end driving experience.”

 

“Driving around looking for spots impacts arrival times and adds unneeded frustration and stress to the entire driving experience,” said Flavia Sasaki Siqueira, Head of Business Development for Waze. “As the co-pilot for driver navigation, Waze has begun to rollout the first of its parking suite features to solve this issue for drivers. Combining INRIX parking information with our own parking database expands reach and accuracy of the ‘where to park’ feature.”

 

INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015. In August 2015, INRIX acquired ParkMe, a leader in parking location, availability and reservations worldwide. INRIX is the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading automakers, including Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

 

 

 

About INRIX

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and movement analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward.

 

Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries.

 

About Waze

Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps.

Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from more than 50 million users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favorite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace.

To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com/get. For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit www.waze.com/legal/privacy.

 

Media Contacts

INRIX Americas

Mark Burfeind

425-284-3825

Mark.Burfeind@INRIX.com

INRIX Europe

Matt Simmons

44-20-7012-3509

Matt.Simmons@INRIX.com

 

Waze

Meghan Kelleher

MeghanK@google.com

 

Park New Haven Announces New Partnership with Smarking

September 20, 2016

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Smart Parking Data leads to Smart Parking in New Haven

 

Park New Haven Announces New Partnership with Smarking

 

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — (September XX, 2016) — The New Haven Parking Authority (Park New Haven), which maintains and manages over 8,000 public parking spots across 7 garages and numerous surface facilities in Downtown New Haven is pleased to announce a formal partnership with San Francisco, CA-based parking data analytics company, Smarking. The two entities will collaborate to share, integrate and visualize parking data for New Haven’s on and off street parking assets.

 

 

Smarking specializes in integrating parking data from parking systems (meters, mobile payments, revenue control equipment and others) into a single web based dashboard. In working with Park New Haven and the City of New Haven, Smarking is streaming data in real time from four distinct sources to create a holistic understanding of the parking dynamics within the City.

 

“I’ve long been an advocate for Professor Shoup’s policy ideas on parking” said Doug Hausladen, Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of New Haven and Executive Director for Park New Haven, referencing parking’s leading academic figure Donald Shoup, who advocates for using pricing as a mechanism for managing demand and reducing traffic associated with searching for a parking space. “We understand that parking is an ecosystem, what happens off street affects what happens on street. Smarking provides our team with the tools necessary to understand parking demand, durations, and revenues across all available inventory and timeframes. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made with Smarking through the pilot and are excited what else we can accomplish.”

 

The pilot between Smarking and Park New Haven laid the groundwork for a demand based pricing program. Pricing on and off street parking based on demand helps redistribute some long-term parkers to cheaper, less crowded, areas. This helps visitors and short-term parkers find available parking quickly rather than circling to look for a space. For instance, some blocks in New Haven almost always have in excess of 95% paid occupancy during the peak period – indicating a lack of available spaces. This causes driver frustration, cruising for parking, increased congestion and emissions. Meanwhile, there are blocks just a few blocks away are almost never above 50% paid occupancy. The goal of demand based pricing is to use limited parking resources more efficiently.

 

“Working with Doug and his team at New Haven has been a fascinating project for us and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our work there” said Kelly Clonts, Smarking’s lead Transportation Specialist, “from the start we’ve focused on providing our municipal client base with a holistic understanding of all parking inventory. Working with New Haven has been so rewarding simply because by integrating data sources across systems and organizations, we found a clear opportunity for new and improved parking policy. Our early analysis suggests that by reducing the price and time restrictions of parking in lower demand areas, and raising the price on select busy streets, the city can increase space availability, making parking more affordable for residents and make parking easier to find for visitors.”

 

Through the formal partnership, Smarking and Park New Haven plan to work with the city’s Board of Alders, downtown businesses, interested residents and others to implement many of the policy ideas uncovered during the pilot.

 

For more information on Park New Haven, please visit, www.ParkNewHaven.com, and for more on Smarking, please visit, www.Smarking.net.

 

 

About Park New Haven

Park New Haven proudly serves the people of New Haven and its visitors with over 8,000 economical public parking spaces at the Air Rights, Crown Street, Temple Street, Temple Medical, Granite Square, Gateway Community College, and Union Station Garages, and at numerous surface facilities conveniently located in downtown New Haven and in surrounding residential neighborhoods. Additionally, Park New Haven serves the well-being and economic development of the New Haven community by providing financially self-sustaining, safe, convenient and economical off-street parking and related services. For more information on Park New Haven, please visit www.parknewhaven.com

 

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