parkbytext Surpass 100,000 Registered Users, and Record over 900,000 Parking Transactions, in 2016
- Record year for mobile parking payments as 40% of parkers now choose to pay with their phones over traditional ‘pay and display’ machines –
parkbytext, one of Ireland’s leading mobile parking operators, recorded a 20% increase on 2015 transaction numbers to 602,000 transactions for customers parking by text, app, online or over the phone. When considering Visitor Parking and Virtual Permits issued, both of which accounts mainly for staff, residential, and student parking, total parking transactions in 2016 came to over 900,000, or over 2,450 parking transactions per day, an increase of 13% on 2015 figures.
The biggest adopters to parkbytext is Irish Rail customers, with an average of 44% choosing to pay through parkbytext over traditional ‘pay and display’ machines. On average 22% of customers choose parkbytext as their preferred payment method, over traditional ‘pay and display’ machines, with 50% of parkbytext transactions originating from the app.
In regards to transaction numbers the busiest day of the year was Monday 12th December, with the busiest location being Luas Red Cow Park and Ride. The most popular duration with customers is for one day’s parking.
parkbytext provides quick, easy and convenient parking payments in over 300 locations across Ireland, such as Luas and Irish Rail locations. The company operates in a further 125 locations across the UK and USA. Registered users increased 40% in 2016, bringing the total amount of registered account holders to over 100,000, across all territories.
Jim Moore, CEO, parkbytext, has said: “2016 has been a good year for us. Customers are more at ease with creating parking transactions on their phone and we’re seeing this with the increase in parkbytext transactions across all locations.
2016 has seen the rollout of our parkbytext 2Bill service to all of our Iarnród Éireann sites, which allows customers to charge the parking amount directly to their mobile phone bill or credit. Our focus for 2017 is with our customers’ experience across all our channels, with some improvements being rolled out in the coming months. We are also looking to establish the company more firmly in the UK this year”.
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parkbytext is the leading mobile parking operator hailing from Ireland and provides convenient, cashless and cost effective parking by text, IVR, phone, app, web and by parkbytext 2Bill – parking payments direct to your mobile phone bill or credit – which was a European first in the mobile parking payments sector.
In November 2014, parkbytext™ secured a five-year contract with Transdev, the largest private sector provider of multiple modes of transportation across the globe, to provide managed parking systems in the Park + Ride car parks attached to the Luas, Dublin’s tram system.
parkbytext was a finalist at the 2016 Social Media Awards under the Customer Care Across Social Media category. 2015 saw the company runner up at the inaugural Eir Elevation Fast Company Awards. In addition, the company was selected as a National Champion in the 2013/2014 European Business Awards, being the first Irish finalist from the parking sector in the history of the awards to be given this accolade. The company was also named in the top Tech100 by Business and Finance in July 2014.
Visit www.parkbytext.ie or @parkbytext
parkbytext, IrelandÕs leading mobile parking operator, has today officially launched a brand new mobile phone application that is set to make parking simpler across IrelandÕs streets and carparks.
Using the App, registered users can top up their account; create monthly and weekly parking permits; search nearby and favourite car parks and view their parking history. After launching the App in beta mode last April, 4,570 Apple users and 2,410 Android users have downloaded the app, equating to 23% of all parkbytext customers.
Pictured are Jim Moore, CEO, parkbytext and Jason Ballard, MD, parkbytext.
Picture by Shane O’Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2013.
Apriva and Metric Parking Usher in Future of Parking Payments with Latest EMV-Certified Unattended Solution
Comprehensive Solution Supports EMV PIN Ahead of Adoption
Scottsdale, Ariz. and Wiltshire, U.K., January 19, 2017 — Apriva, the leading provider of secure end-to-end wireless transaction processing solutions, and Metric Parking, a leader in parking and ticketing payment solutions, announced today that they have completed EMV integration and certification on the strongest unattended EMV payment solution in the U.S. to date. The certification spans all major card brands including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, enabling the use of EMV chip card technology over Apriva’s processor connections.
“The U.S. market for unattended payments has been ignored as we move towards EMV and is in dire need of upgrades in security and technology. Now is the time to deploy new, flexible and more secure unattended payment solutions,” said Peter Aylward, Managing Director at Metric Parking. “We chose to partner with Apriva because they could not only help us deploy EMV ahead of the competition, but also bring a wide array of flexible payment options to our partners and their patrons.”
As a leader in worldwide parking and ticketing solutions, UK-based Metric Parking operates over 60,000 parking terminals worldwide. In the United States, Metric Parking works with Amano McGann to offer flexible solutions to operators and patrons. Incorporating Apriva’s solution into Metric’s offerings will provide comprehensive payment capabilities that connect any supported payment form to any integrated credit card processor. This will allow parking owners and operators the freedom to choose the partners that are right for their specific needs.
This solution will utilize Globalcom Engineering’s BV1000 hardware units, which are ruggedized for use outdoors and can withstand extreme weather conditions, making them ideal for this purpose. The units can include PIN keypads to accept EMV PIN credit cards ahead of their arrival in the U.S., and support the new Globalcom NFC reader.
“We are excited to partner with Metric Parking to offer this secure EMV payment solution,” said David Riddiford, President of Apriva. “The powerful combination of Apriva’s payment gateway and Metric Parking Systems gives parking operators what they need to accept cashless payments in a variety of forms, plus the flexibility to reduce their total cost of payment processing far into the future.”
Apriva’s Integration Services Program allows Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and mobile and embedded developers, to easily implement credit, debit, EBT, loyalty and closed-loop payment processing into their solutions. Once integrated, applications and POS solutions can communicate with the Apriva Gateway over a wired or wireless network. Apriva maintains relationships with more than 30 payment processers in North America, along with all of the leading wireless carriers, and currently works with more than 1,100 merchant acquirers and ISOs across the United States and Canada, giving merchants and partners the choice to deploy end-to-end solutions best fit for their business.
For more information on Apriva’s integrated services and point of sale solutions please visit the company’s website, read the company blog, or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.
About Apriva – Formed in 2003, Apriva is the leading provider of end-to-end transactions and secure information messaging solutions that meet the exacting security and reliability requirements of financial services providers, government entities, and public service sectors. Through its two operating groups, Apriva Point of Sale (POS) and Apriva Information Security Systems (ISS), the company offers customers fully-managed, end-to-end, security solutions that incorporate hardware, software, network infrastructure and management tools. For more information, visit www.apriva.com.
About Metric Parking – Metric Parking is a division of the Metric Group Ltd, a responsible and respected international company with over forty years of experience within the parking industry and over 100 years of designing and manufacturing ticket issuing machines for bus, train and revenue controls for installations worldwide. Metric has always manufactured equipment to a consistently high standard and provided first class after sales care and maintenance services. For more information please visit www.metricgroup.co.uk
Metric Parking Contact:
Metric Group Limited
+44 (0) 1793 647800
Pango USA has launched Pango Select
Pango USA has launched Pango Select which provides local businesses with a suite of tools that will enable them to better market and show their appreciation to customers. Pango Select offers Validations, Coupons, Advertising and Business Intelligence to Local Businesses. Pango Parking Validations and Coupons offers paperless validation of On-street and Off-street parking transactions to Local Businesses and Government Agencies, offering Coupons and Advertising Services to Local Businesses that tracks engagements, Pango has also including Pins that remind parkers that your business is nearby with an in map digital billboard. Pango Coupons help drive awareness and in-store visits along with Validations that reward your customer’s loyalty. Pango continues to provide innovative state of the art solutions and strong customer friendly options.
Pango is the FinTech company providing mobile payment services for parking, transit, ride-hail and other city services. Its offerings include mobile payments, navigation, and smart routing. Pango offers real time enforcement and traffic analytics and is available in more than 60 cities worldwide, serving more than one million active accounts. Invented in 1997, Pango received US Patent No. 5,940,481. With its Corporate Headquarters based in Miami, Florida, Pango has introduced first-of-its-kind technology in the United States; it has been in use since 2006. For more information visit www.mypango.com.
SP Plus Corporation Elects Seth H. Hollander to Board of Directors
CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SP Plus Corporation (SP+) (Nasdaq:SP), a leading national provider of parking, ground transportation and related products and services to commercial, institutional and municipal clients throughout North America, today announced that Seth H. Hollander has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors, effective January 12, 2017, until the next annual meeting of stockholders in May.
Mr. Hollander’s election as director fills the vacancy left by Paul Halpern, who resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors on December 14, 2016.
Prior to the merger between the Company and Central Parking, Mr. Hollander served as a director of Central Parking Corporation and its parent company from May 2007 through September 2012. He has served as a partner of Kohlberg & Co., LLC, a private investment firm, since January 2009, and as an associate from July 2001 through December 2008. He is currently a member of Kohlberg’s Investment Committee, and he is also a director of various privately held companies. He received his B.B.A. in 1999 from the University of Michigan.
“Mr. Hollander’s experience in various service industries, including parking management and ground transportation, is a particularly important attribute for an SP+ director,” stated Karen M. Garrison, Chairman.
About SP Plus
SP+ provides professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security, and event logistics services to property owners and managers in all markets of the real estate industry. The Company has more than 22,000 employees and operates approximately 3,700 facilities with 2.0 million parking spaces in hundreds of cities across North America, including parking-related and shuttle bus operations serving more than 60 airports. USA Parking System, a wholly owned subsidiary, is one of the premier valet operators in the nation with more four and five diamond luxury properties, including hotels and resorts, than any other valet competitor. The Company’s ground transportation division transports over 40 million passengers each year; its facility maintenance division operates in dozens of U.S. cities; and its SP+ GAMEDAY operating group provides a wide range of event logistics services. For more information, visit www.spplus.com.
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Chief Financial Officer
SKIDATA, Inc. announces the successful implementation of their 3M Asset Refreshment Program.
Hillsborough, NJ January 17, 2017 SKIDATA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SKIDATA AG is pleased to announce the successful implementation of their 3M Asset Refreshment Program by their partner, Linkology, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Linkology, USA, a long-time SKIDATA distributor has just completed the implementation of the 3M Asset Refreshment Program at a large garage in Cincinnati, Ohio. The implementation was completed as a proof of concept to ensure full functionality as designed. With the success of the 3C Payment EMV installation on one Pay In Lane terminal and integration with one Power Pad, the site will begin preparing for the implementation of this solution across the entire facility which includes 18 PILs, 17 Power Pads, and 18 Columns.
This is an exciting phase in the process of beginning to transition these sites using SKIDATA’s custom designed solutions. Toby Asbury, CEO of Linkology described his enthusiasm for this project, “This solution is of enormous value to our customers. SKIDATA’s proprietary technology gives our customers the unique option of continuing to operate automated facilities with Federal/3M equipment in a PCI compliant manner. It also provides for a phased migration path to a world class fully supported revenue control system – SKIDATA.”
SKIDATA’s 2015 purchase of 3M’s Parking Business software (EFMS, ScanNet) and firmware, along with PARCS equipment drawings gave them exclusive rights to develop and produce 3M’s parking products (formerly known as Federal APD). The 3M Asset Refreshment Program has been developed to offer existing sites the ability to run 3M / FAPD hardware with SKIDATA software (Parking.Logic) or migrate to SKIDATA hardware. This program extends the life cycle of current equipment and allows for sites to accept credit cards equipped with PA DSS validated terminals.
SKIDATA is passionate about its commitment to deliver superior, reliable, and trend setting solutions. We are ready to help our customers to unlock the power of SKIDATA.
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in major airports, municipalities, shopping centers, sports stadiums, ski resorts, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. Our access solutions empower our customers to drive their business forward.
SKIDATA, Inc. (www.skidatausa.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) which belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
Contact: Matthew Gooley From: SKIDATA, Inc.
Email: Matt.Gooley@Skidata.com Website: www.SKIDATA.com
METRIC Elite LS ‘bueno’ choice for Mexican city
The citizens of San Pedro Cholula in Mexico are saying ‘hola’ to new METRIC Elite LS parking terminals being installed across the city. This is the first time the city has charged for on-street parking, with the scheme part of the municipality’s urban mobility strategy. The paid parking zones will mainly be in commercial and tourist areas of the city, with the municipality offering guaranteed insurance against stolen cars if parked in one of these zones.
The solar powered parking machines are coin only and include a 40-way key pad to capture vehicle registration plate details. Whilst they were installed in December, the machines only went live at the beginning of January to allow the municipality time to roll out a communication programme to citizens on the benefits and usage of the new machines. There will also be no fines for the first few weeks that the terminals are operational as motorists adjust to paying for parking. Funds raised through charging for parking will be reinvested in the city such as maintenance of parks and street lighting.
This is the second major installation of METRIC terminals in Mexico, with a large quantity of Elite terminals in Mexico City, the country’s capital.
About METRIC Group Ltd: METRIC are the No 1 UK manufacturer of parking terminals. METRIC have designed, manufactured and supplied over 60,000 parking terminals worldwide. METRIC won the BPA Parking Technology award in 2015 for the VivoPark solution – for barrier-free parking in retail.
Traffex & Parkex gives YOU the green light to promote 2017 exhibitions
Traffex & Parkex 2017, the leading co-located trade shows for traffic and parking management services and solutions have re-appointed YOU Agency for the tenth consecutive year. The three day event is being held from 4th – 6th April 2017 at the NEC Birmingham, and leading integrated marketing agency, YOU has been tasked with managing all pre- and post-show social media and PR. The partnership continues following the success of previous years – attendance levels have risen steadily, bucking the trend for exhibitions of this kind.
Traffex, the leading international traffic management exhibition, and Parkex, Europe’s largest dedicated parking exhibition and the British Parking Association’s flagship event, are together predicted to attract record numbers next year. 2017 sees the 28th incarnation of Traffex, as Parkex reaches its 25th year. The events are as always, free to attend and visitors can now register online at traffex.com or parkex.co.uk.
The event will showcase 350 exhibitors of products and services such as traffic management services and solutions, highway infrastructure services, and parking management services and solutions. The wide range of seminars and keynotes will discuss the future of the industry, tackle today’s issues and encourage attendees to share their personal experiences and successes.
The organiser, Brintex, part of Hemming Group, is keen to build on the success of 2015, providing the opportunity for industry influencers to meet, network and discuss future trends. Traditionally the co-located Traffex & Parkex shows have acted as a forum for some of the greatest minds in the industry to come together and set the topic agenda for the next two years.
Kirk Hoatson, Director at YOU Agency will head up the account with a dedicated team of experts in media relations, PR and digital communications. He comments; “It is great to have been asked to promote the show again this year. We have been working with Traffex in some form or other for over 25 years – since its inception. It is always a pleasure to deal with a world-leading event and with 2017 looking to be bigger and better than ever, we are very excited to be taking part.”
Jon Gibson, Group Event Director at Hemming Group comments; “YOU has been an absolute asset to the event in previous years and we are happy to reunite with an agency we know and trust. Traffex and Parkex will yet again provide attendees with quality insight, up to date information and attract the who’s who of the industry. We are looking forward to reaping the rewards of this year’s efforts again with what we believe will be a record number of attendees and some great topical debates.”
For free tickets to Traffex & Parkex 2017, visit traffex.com or parkex.com
For further media information contact Traffex & Parkex’s press office team at YOU:
- 020 7420 3550 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @YouAgency
Traffex & Parkex 2017 will take place on 4th, 5th and 6th April at NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom. Traffex is organised by Brintex Events www.brintex.com. Parkex is organised by Brintex Events on behalf of the British Parking Association.
About Hemming Group
Hemming Group has been connecting people for over 100 Years. From exhibitions, conferences and awards to magazines, directories, data and digital publishing, we strive to find innovative ways to connect businesses and professionals while providing insightful news, analysis and comment.
About YOU Agency
YOU Agency is an integrated marketing agency developing and delivering campaigns for global brands through to start-up businesses. Based in the heart of Leicester Square, YOU deliver strategic media planning and creative PR through the same communication channels in total conjunction with content both advertising and editorial.
The combined PR, creative, marketing and media agency offers clients a different approach to the current offering on the market with a combined solution to the marketing mix. The focus is to take all the difficulty away from the client and offer a holistic approach to focusing their message across all platforms.
McKeesport PA to Launch MeterFeeder™ App for Parking
McKeesport, PA On Tuesday January 17th, McKeesport will be accepting payments through the MeterFeeder app along with MeterFeeder’s parking enforcement tools. The onstreet meters in the downtown area will be enforced daily for both shortterm and longterm parking. Drivers parking in designated areas will have the added advantage to pay for parking with the MeterFeeder app which syncs payments with enforcement in realtime.
McKeesport has close to 300 onstreet meters in their downtown area and the mobile payment app will be available as an added convenience to all business customers, residents, and visitors who frequently must pay for parking in the area. The Mayor and City Administrator of McKeesport is excited and hopeful that patrons will be happy to have more options for parking and use the app often.
“The most appealing part of MeterFeeder’s service is that customers don’t need to return to their vehicle to add money to the meter,” states Mayor Michael Cherepko “If you are waiting longer than expected for an appointment or if you spend extra time shopping, all you have to do is tap your smartphone or tablet and your meter is paid.” City Administrator Matt Gergely said this convenience should boost McKeesport’s parking revenue. “By giving our downtown visitors a chance to pay their parking tab electronically, we are giving them more opportunities to do the right thing,” Gergely said. “Many people use debit and credit cards for all of their daily transactions. They don’t keep cash and change in their pockets.”
The free MeterFeeder app offers locationbased parking, which can be paid for from mobile devices. Customers will enter license plate numbers and credit card information and the app is ready to be used. The app sends push notifications to customers to extend parking time for their expiring meter and sends notifications via email for payments. Customers can also opt to pay any parking citations issued by the McKeesport Police Department by scanning the unique QR code printed on the ticket through the MeterFeeder app on their smartphones. Tickets can also be paid online at www.meterfeeder.com/tickets.
As a technology first company, Meter Feeder, Inc. focuses on usability and efficiency and taking a new approach to solving the existing parking issues and presenting new ways to introduce smart parking solutions for cities and municipalities.
Saturday Parking Fees Purchased Online for Chicago’s Millennium Garages to Benefit Local Residents
Largest U.S. Underground Parking System Launches Park4Purpose Program, Donating Portion of 2017 Saturday Proceeds to Inspiration Corporation
CHICAGO, Jan. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SP Plus Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq:SP), one of the nation’s leading providers of parking management services and the operator of Millennium Garages in downtown Chicago, announces the Park4Purpose program created to benefit the Chicago community. Under Park4Purpose, Millennium Garages will work with local charities and community organizations to provide support to help those in need improve their lives.
Park4Purpose’s first charitable endeavor is its Inspiration Saturdays program, where Millennium Garages is donating a percentage of the fees from Saturday daily parking purchased online at www.millenniumgarages.com to Inspiration Corporation. Donations will help people who need assistance paying the costs of various documents and licenses required to work toward their employment goals.
“The one-time fees to obtain birth certificates, identifications, GED testing, professional licenses and certifications can be a serious financial obstacle to people trying to overcome homelessness and poverty,” stated Shannon Stewart, Executive Director and CEO of Inspiration Corporation.
Kim Hyla, Marketing Manager at Millennium Garages said, “We were looking for a way to invest in the Chicago community. We chose Inspiration Corporation because they reach residents who are really trying to improve their lives and just need a little help.”
The Inspiration Saturdays program at Millennium Garages continues for Saturday parking purchased online throughout 2017. More information is available at www.park4purpose.com.
About Millennium Garage
Millennium Garages is a 3.8 million-square-foot parking facility with approximately 9,176 parking spaces located in four underground parking garages underneath Millennium, Grant and Maggie Daley Parks. As the largest underground parking system in the Unites States, Millennium Garages offer customers in downtown Chicago parking near restaurants, hotels, theaters, universities, offices, retail shops, cultural venues, tourist attractions—plus events, including concerts, sports and seasonal festivals such as the Taste of Chicago. Millennium Parking Garages LLC is a joint venture between Northleaf Capital Partners and AMP Capital. MPG purchased concession interests from the City of Chicago in May 2016. For more information, visit www.MillenniumGarages.com.
About Inspiration Corporation
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. For more information, visit www.InspirationCorp.org.
SP+ provides professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security, and event logistics services to property owners and managers in all markets of the real estate industry. The Company has approximately 22,000 employees and operates approximately 3,900 parking facilities with 2.0 million parking spaces in hundreds of cities across North America, including parking-related and shuttle bus operations serving more than 70 airports. USA Parking System, a wholly owned subsidiary, is one of the premier valet operators in the nation. The Company’s ground transportation division transports approximately 40.2 million passengers each year; its facility maintenance division operates in dozens of U.S. cities; and it provides security services in several states. The Company also provides a wide range of event logistics services. For more information, visit www.spplus.com.
Senior Communications Manager
Fairmont Launches Parking App at Downtown Meters
Passport app now available at downtown parking locations
Fairmont, WV- The City today announced a new app that will make paying for parking easier downtown.
The City of Fairmont has launched Passport, the industry-leading parking app that allows drivers to pay for their parking conveniently from their phones.
The app offers a quicker option of payment while also helping users avoid parking citations.
With Passport, users can:
- Pay for metered parking
- Monitor their session
- Extend time remotely (up to the maximum allotted time)
- View all parking history
Passport is the leading provider of parking payment apps in North America, with its solutions available in large cities like Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit.
“Passport’s app will give our drivers more user-friendly payment options as well as a more efficient way to manage their parking,” said Robin Gomez, Fairmont City Manager. “Passport’s technology is the most advanced in the industry, so we’re especially excited to introduce this service to our meters downtown.”
The new Passport app is now available at Fairmont’s on and off-street metered parking locations. Passport signage will instruct users how to download and get started with the app.
The PassportParking app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at ppprk.com.
Passport is North America’s leading mobile technology company specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 20 of the top 50 cities in North America and over 2,000 locations including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.
Passport is backed by a respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.