NSL awarded Platinum status as an Investor in People

July 27, 2017



NSL awarded Platinum status as an Investor in People




NSL, the country’s leading provider of civil enforcement and specialist support services, has been awarded Platinum accreditation for the Investors in People standard. The accolade reflects the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest possible performance through the quality of its people management.


With 4,000 employees in 250 locations around the country, NSL is part of the Marston Holdings group of companies and specialises in the delivery and management of frontline, back office and customer support services in complex public sector and highly regulated environments. Investors in People accreditation has  been at the heart of the business since 2005. The company was awarded Gold status in 2011 and, in the same year, was recognised as an Investor in People champion.


“This is a significant achievement for NSL and Marston Holdings and reflects the company’s commitment to maintaining high performance in people management,” says Gareth Hughes, Chief Executive of Marston Holdings. “Congratulations to the NSL team on such a success.”


“This is the highest award that Investors in People offers and is a credit to everyone within the business,” adds NSL’s Managing Director Mark Hoskin.  “In all of our operations and across all the services we deliver for  clients throughout the UK, we know people really do make the difference. So, naturally, we’re delighted our determination to excel in people management has been recognised at the highest possible level within such a widely respected standard.”


Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. The standard enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.


Representatives from Investors in People visited NSL in April and met with 128 members of staff to discuss the company’s approach to its people, the quality of its leaders, its business behaviours and its management organisation. The assessment also entailed close scrutiny of the company’s business practices, processes and culture and culminated with the award of Platinum status.


Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate NSL on receiving such a coveted award. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outstanding place to work and a clear commitment to success.  NSL should be extremely proud of its Platinum award.”






For more information, please contact:

Ron Dyson –             tel 01935 83622                       mob 07477 174674                   ron.dyson@auroracomms.net




NSL is a trusted outsourcer to government and businesses across the UK, helping clients innovate and improve services to deliver better outcomes. The company provides frontline, back office and customer  support services to design and manage places used by the public and provide national enforcement expertise at our borders and infrastructure. With over 4,000 colleagues in 250 locations across the UK, NSL serves over 150 clients and 20 million citizens.



About Investors in People

Investors in People is the Standard for people management. The international people management Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. With a community of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries, successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success.


Based on a tried and tested framework and a rigorous process of assessment, organisations that meet the Investors in People Standard proudly display their accreditation to the world because they understand that it’s people that make the difference. Since 1991, the standard has evolved to keep pace with modern practices. The current sixth generation was launched internationally in 2015 and there are four levels of accreditation – Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum.


For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.com




Issued by The Aurora Partnership on behalf of NSL

Hartford Introduces New Way to Pay for Parking with Mobile App Powered by Passport

July 26, 2017



Hartford Introduces New Way to Pay for Parking with Mobile App Powered by Passport



City introduces “Woonerf” for simpler parking payments




Hartford, CT — The Hartford Parking Authority today announced the launch of “Woonerf”, a mobile parking app for the city’s metered parking spaces.


The app was created by Passport, the global parking technology leader who powers the parking apps for large cities like Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Passport pioneered the private label parking application, launching custom solutions in large cities around the world. With the introduction of the Woonerf app, the Parking Authority’s goal is to deploy one total parking solution for Hartford residents and visitors.


“By providing Hartford with a custom mobile parking solution, we are able to make our city more livable, walkable, as well as continue to attract younger generations to the downtown area,” said Eric Boone, Chief Executive Officer for Hartford Parking Authority. “We also realize that the world has gotten to a point where they feel comfortable that parking is app-based and not hardware-based.  We’re excited to partner with Passport to continue to broaden our aspirations for a more connected city.”


Woonerf allows users to quickly and easily pay for parking, extend their session for free, and keep track of all parking history, as well as receive notifications when their parking session is low on time.


The Hartford Parking Authority named the app “Woonerf”, which means a “living street” in Dutch. Woonerf is a technique that is used by urban designers to encourage the steady and comfortable flow of mobility within a city. The Hartford Parking Authority chose this unique name to reflect its broader aspirations to make the downtown area more livable and the roads more shareable for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.


“Woonerf is only the beginning of many exciting transportation initiatives,” said Mike Mohler, Project Manager at Passport. “We are thrilled to provide a custom mobile parking technology that helps power a vibrant and growing city of Hartford.”



The Woonerf app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at www.WoonerfCT.com.




About Passport


Passport is North America’s leading mobile technology solution 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, and Portland. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.


Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.


About Hartford Parking Authority


The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) meets the needs of parkers Citywide by consistently providing convenient and affordable parking, and strives to be a leader by incorporating parking industry best practices and actively partnering with the City of Hartford in promoting economic and community development.  The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the City-owned MAT Garage, Sheldon Street Lot and DoNo Surface Lots.  For more information, contact the Hartford Parking Authority at 860.527.7275 or visit www.hartfordparking.com.










Amano McGann adds new dealer Frontier Technologies to their network of parking professionals

July 26, 2017



Amano McGann adds new dealer Frontier Technologies

to their network of parking professionals




July 26, 2017– Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Frontier Technologies has signed a contract with Amano McGann Canada, Inc. to become an official dealer and service provider of Amano McGann parking and security solutions.



Starting this month, Frontier Technologies will provide services to the eastern coast of Canada including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. “We are thrilled to partner with a company with such breadth of knowledge and experience as Frontier Technologies,” said Murray Arkinstall, vice president of Canadian operations for Amano McGann. “Through this new partnership, we will be able to continue to meet customer needs with incomparable support and innovative solutions.”


Frontier Technologies has an extensive background in providing security solutions to Canada’s east coast. Adding parking access and revenue control (PARCS) to their offering compliments their existing service base. “Frontier Technologies continues its growth by adding Amano McGann as a new strategic partner,” said Jerry MacDonald, vice president of structured communications for Frontier Technologies. “We feel Amano McGann’s line of security and parking solutions are a great fit with our already robust repertoire of communications solutions.”

Contact information for Frontier Technologies is as follows:


JK-61 Randdall Ave

Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T4

Ph: 1-800-213-7974


About Frontier Technologies

Frontier Technologies is part of the Kerr Group of Companies; a Maritime owned and operated company with their head offices in Dartmouth N.S., Canada. Established in 1997, the company has grown to almost 200 employees located in ten offices across Canada.


At Frontier Technologies, they have grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most trusted providers of technical expertise to the telecommunications and security industry. From small business network wiring, to large scale turnkey technical infrastructure; they have the ability to take on any project, on-time and on-budget. For more information about Frontier Technologies visit www.frontiertech.net.


About Amano McGann Canada, Inc.

Amano McGann Canada, Inc. is a parking and security technology company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario and is a wholly owned subsidiary of United States-based Amano McGann, Inc. The next-generation products Amano McGann offers allow their clients throughout North and South America to effectively manage on and off-street parking operations as well as monitor and secure their facilities. For more information about Amano McGann’s integrated solutions visit www.amanomcgann.com.

#PIEshow 2018 Floor Now Open

July 25, 2017



PIE 2018 show Floor now open




The Parking Industry Exhibition 2018, (PIE) show floor is open to the public.  We are 40% filled just from pre-sales alone.  Please click on the below link and reserve your space for PIE 2018 in Chicago, IL March 26-29.



PIE is the first trade show of 2018 – make sure your company has a booth for this upcoming event.





Call or email Marcy with any questions:

Marcy Sparrow



Village of Palos Park Introduces PassportParking® Parking App

July 25, 2017



Village of Palos Park Introduces PassportParking® Parking App




Village adds parking app for simpler, quicker parking payments




Village of Palos Park, IL — The Village of Palos Park announced the launch of PassportParking® mobile parking application. The app is available at 318 commuter parking spaces throughout Palos Park Metra lot. The PassportParking app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.


The app will provide drivers with the convenience of making payments from their smartphone, which makes paying easier and reduces the chance of receiving a parking ticket.


In addition to paying for a parking session, customers can:


  • Receive alerts when parking session is about to expire
  • Extend parking sessions remotely
  • View parking history
  • Receive email receipts
  • Get updates and alerts


The app also features a digital wallet, which provides parkers with the ability to pre-load funds using their debit or credit card to pay for parking. Parkers can add funds to their wallet in increments of $20.



“The PassportParking app provides a convenient and stress-free approach to handling the parking experience,” said John Mahoney, Palos Park Mayor. “Launching the parking app provides users with alternative options of payment so that they can quickly and easily pay and manage their parking sessions.”


Passport is proud to partner with Palos Park and add a pay-by-cell option to the community,” said Mike Mohler, Project Manager at Passport. “We’re excited to provide a solution that brings a more convenient and innovative approach to parking.”



The PassportParking app is free to download through the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at ppprk.com.



About Passport


Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution 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 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster 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 group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit passportinc.com.

HTS Teams up with DESIGNA

July 24, 2017


HTS Teams up with DESIGNA


HTS to deliver complete LPR solution for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airports



Salt Lake City, UT, July 19, 2017– HTS, a global leader in License Plate Recognition solutions has collaborated with DESIGNA Access Corporation (“DESIGNA”), to deliver a complete LPR solution for the 4 major Airports owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“PANYNJ”). HTS is no stranger to Airport projects, with its recent successful completion of similar scopes of work in Sacramento International, Dallas Love Field, Rochester, Fort Lauderdale, and more.

“We are very proud to join forces with DESIGNA’s team, with their long list of successful Airport deployments around the globe” Said Sagy Amit, HTS’s director of Sales. “There was an immediate chemistry between our teams as we started discussing this partnership, it became clear to everyone involved that we share the same passion for exceeding customer expectations”.

Spanning 4 of the largest Airports in the U.S. the PANYNJ Project is a flagship project for both companies and is the largest Project in the history of the parking industry globally.

“HTS has a reputation for supporting a project from A to Z” Said Paul McIlvride, DESIGNA’s VP of Major Projects, “It became clear to us during the deliberation process that we have a partner we can trust to make both of us look good when we get to the finish line”

The Project commence in November, in 2016 with the fist installation scheduled for October this year.  Completion is expected by 2020.




About HTS: “HTS- Extending your vision”


HTS Americas is a subsidiary of HTS Ltd. a global leader in License Plate Recognition solutions for Parking, Safe Cities, and Law Enforcement. With offices in Israel, The Netherlands and the U.S. and deployments in more than 50 countries around the globe, HTS delivers one of the most accurate LPR solutions that include fixed, mobile and hand-held devices and is known mostly for its relentless support and customer service.



If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sagy Amit at 858-779-9155 or email at sagy.amit@htsol.com.

iPayment Announces Hiring of Industry Veteran John Badovinac

July 24, 2017




iPayment Announces Hiring of Industry Veteran John Badovinac



Leading Company’s expansion into integrated payments




Westlake Village, CA – July 24, 2017 – iPayment, Inc., a trusted provider of payment and processing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is proud to announce the hiring of industry veteran John Badovinac. Serving as Vice President, Integrated Payments, John will be responsible for all activities in and around integrated payments including the management, development and evolution of the Company’s payment gateway, Expinet™, as well as new business development and the integration and implementation of and ongoing relationship management for all integrated partners.


John joins iPayment from TSYS, where he most recently served as Vice President, Developer and Partner Services. In that role, his responsibilities included partner and integrated software vendor (ISV) integrations to TSYS platforms, development and implementation of ISV-focused tools, and ownership of the roadmap for point-of-sale (POS) hardware. Prior to joining TSYS in January 2016, John spent more than eight years with Discover Financial Services. While with Discover, John was chartered with building the firm’s integrated payments solutions from the ground up, which he successfully achieved. His vast background in payments and financial services also includes extensive sales and account management experience, pre-paid and emerging payments and general operations leadership.


“When I learned the details of this opportunity at iPayment, I was immediately excited as I knew we had the opportunity to build something very special and differentiated in the payments space,” said John Badovinac, Vice President, Integrated Payments, iPayment, Inc. “iPayment has proven core processing capabilities and decades of demonstrated expertise in serving merchant needs. When I met with the leadership team and took a deep dive into Expinet, our payment gateway, I knew that both the foundation and commitment to succeed in this channel were there. Now, I cannot wait to get started building a team of fun and experienced individuals that are as passionate about this channel as I am.”

“We understand the complexities around integrated payments and, as such, knew that we had to find the precise right individual to lead this critical team for us,” said O.B. Rawls IV, CEO and President, iPayment, Inc. “When we met with John, we witnessed an energy and passion that we had not seen with the other candidates, and we knew we had a special opportunity at hand to not only source the right talent for this important role, but add a leader to our culture with both the experience and passion to succeed.”


About iPayment

iPayment is a trusted provider of payment processing solutions in the U.S. With over 18 years of experience and more than 140,000 SMB customers, the company is consistently recognized for its depth of payments experience, breadth of product offerings, and commitment to transparency and SMB support. From new product innovation to customer service satisfaction, iPayment is an organization focused on small business enablement and delivering relevant and impactful services and solutions that help partners and SMB customers grow their individual businesses. For more information on iPayment, please visit http://www.ipaymentinc.com.




Frogparking drives North American growth with new United States sales team

July 24, 2017


Frogparking drives North American growth with new United States sales team




Parking technology firm Frogparking has appointed two new senior sales executives to lead its ongoing expansion into the United States off the back of a multi-million investment.



The New Zealand-based firm, a pioneer of cloud-based parking management solutions, has recruited Grant Johnson, a senior sales consultant in the parking industry for over 20 years, and Shaun Donaghey, who’s led a number of technology companies expanding their operations in the US.

Frogparking Managing Director Shareena Sandbrook says the firm is building on its successes in the US aggressively boosting its research and development capacity and its international sales and marketing presence in the country.

“With a number of successful sites and happy customers, Frogparking already has a strong foothold in the United States. Our well established brand and reputation gives our new sales team a strong base to work from in the US,” says Shareena.

“Grant and Shaun are at the top of their game, both well known in the parking industry and with innovative technology companies, so they’re a perfect fit to join our team and lead the charge.”

Grant, who’s based in California, says he has seen the industry undergo a technological revolution in his 20 years as a sales consultant and sees Frogparking as a future-focused innovator.

“It’s about staying at the cutting edge of parking technology, because that’s where the advantages lie for parking providers. Frogparking is a fast and furious innovator, always one step ahead and looking for ways to provide even greater efficiencies and better user experiences.”

Frogparking’s suite of solutions includes wireless indoor and outdoor guidance solutions, solar and hybrid occupancy sensors, cloud-based management and user apps with Bluetooth user engagement.

Grant says one of Frogparking’s most sought after solutions is wireless indoor and outdoor guidance, which is fast to install, integrates easily with any existing system and delivers a smooth, stress-free user experience.

“Parking is the first interaction people have when they go to a shopping mall, stadium, or an airport where the facility is likely to be large and very busy, with available parking at a premium.

“Everyone knows how important a first impression is. So what Frogparking provides is a customised solution, which combines wireless technologies with real-time data to deliver an accurate and efficient system that makes the parking experience and, in fact, the overall facility experience easier and stress free.”

Both Grant and Shaun will be exhibiting Frogparking’s range of indoor and outdoor solutions for airports at the upcoming annual ACI-NA Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, September 17-20.

About Frogparking

Frogparking is a world leader in the design and development of innovative parking systems. It delivers a full suite of parking management solutions for a range of customers globally from local authorities, private parking operators, hospitals and airports through to major shopping malls and property developers.


Car Chases, Super Spies, No Ticket Jams – Oh, the Magic of Hollywood

July 21, 2017


Car Chases, Super Spies, No Ticket Jams – Oh, the Magic of Hollywood



Jordan Weiss – Sr. Director, Marketing




I was watching one of the Jason Bourne movies recently.  I really love those movies, and get “sucked in” every time one of them is on (much to my wife’s dismay). One thing dawned on me as I was watching it. Something I never would have thought about prior to working in the parking industry. What I noticed was, during every one of the Bourne movies’ obligatory car chase scenes, they inevitably end up driving either in or out of a parking garage. That is not the interesting part, though. The speed at which they can get in or out of the parking facility is astounding! What kind of PARCS system is being used? You never see Jason Bourne having to insert a ticket or credit card, getting frustrated from a ticket jam, and waiting for someone to come fix it so he can get out of the garage and evade the assassins that are chasing him.

So that got me thinking, what if parking control was as simple as in the movies?  Now, I’m not suggesting your guests use your facility as a high-speed getaway route, but what if you didn’t have to deal with those frustrating ticket and credit card jams?

What would you do with that extra time?  How different would your day look? How many points would your blood pressure go down?  Just imagine the possibilities.

Sound too far-fetched, that it can only exist through the magic of Hollywood? Let’s face it, maintenance issues like ticket and credit card jams, and the frustrations that come along with them, are regarded as simply the norm in the industry, and there really isn’t anything that can be done about it.

This however, doesn’t have to be the norm anymore. There are simple reasons for these issues and even simpler solutions to minimize or completely avoid lost productivity and revenue due to jams. So, what really causes all these jams? That’s easy. It is the moving parts within your ticket spitters and exit verifiers. The more components in your machines that have parts that “move,” the more instances of those components jamming and breaking down.  Whether it is credit card insertion slot with a spinner, a ticket spitting component, or bill accepter, each part has a component that moves and can break.

You’re probably thinking, “yeah I know this, but not much I can do about it, since every solution has the same types of components.”

But what if the machine components didn’t have a credit card insertion slot, or ticket slot? What if the credit reader was a simple magnetic card reader, just like at gas stations? And how about replacing the ticket inserter with a simple bar code scanner? That’s right, less moving parts = less jamming and breakdowns.

Why is it that when you look inside a typical PARCS station, it looks like you’ve just jumped back into the role of super spy Jason Bourne and broken into NORAD? Are you planning on launching missiles or trying to control parking revenue and access? With all those components, it is no surprise that issues occur daily. With technology advancements however, simple, more elegant solutions are possible. With less components inside, requiring less moving parts, the headaches start to melt away.

Now technology innovation may seem scary, but with the right technology powering your operations, simplicity and efficiency should rule. Technology doesn’t have to equate to complexity. It should be the opposite.

So, wouldn’t it be great if you could do away with those pesky ticket jams and start to focus on the more interesting aspect of your job that will help you on your career path, like maximizing revenue, and providing top notch service to your guests?

Find out more about your options to minimize breakdowns and maximize your value. Because, if you could redefine the norm and essentially create a “new normal” in parking operations, what a Hollywood ending it would be! www.flashparking.com


The Harman Group Celebrates the Groundbreaking of 700 Jackson Street’s Residential Tower

July 20, 2017



The Harman Group Celebrates the Groundbreaking of 700 Jackson Street’s Residential Tower




New York, NY (July 17, 2017) – On July 6th, The Harman Group, a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, celebrated the groundbreaking of the residential tower portion of 700 Jackson Street, a 14-story mixed-use building, located in Hoboken, New Jersey.



Located by the Palisades Cliffs, the 684,000-square foot building includes integral parking for 443 cars, 424 apartments including 42 affordable units, 30,000 square feet of ground level retail space, an outdoor pool and a fitness center. It also includes luxury amenities such as a penthouse pool and a roof deck.

The Harman Group partnered with real estate groups Bijou Properties, Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. and Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, the designers of this project, to create a flood-proof system to avoid future damages based off the negative effects that Superstorm Sandy had on this area. The Harman Group is providing structural engineering and parking planning and design services for the project.

The Harman Group’s team of engineers and parking experts also worked collectively to combat the structural challenge of the residential tower overlapping the parking levels, and designed the optimal parking layout to allow for the maximum amount of parking while adhering to a cost-effective design.

Tuna Yelkikanat, Senior Associate and Director of Harman’s New York office stated, “We’re excited to begin work on this project, which will provide Hoboken families with sustainable, long-lasting housing and community space for years to come.”

In addition to the residential complex, this project also includes 605 Jackson street building which is a 6,650-square foot gymnasium building with public outdoor spaces.

The residential portion will top off in early 2018.

About The Harman Group

Founded in 1984, The Harman Group, Inc. provides structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering services. The Harman Group has the unique ability to provide outstanding engineering solutions, using state of the art computational methods, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other technology, combined with high-level, personal customer service. For more information, please visit www.harmangroup.com.

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