Parking BOXX Expands Operations With Opening Of New Ontario Manufacturing Plant

May 23, 2017


Parking BOXX Expands Operations With Opening Of New Ontario Manufacturing Plant



Sarnia, Ontario (May 23, 2017)—Parking BOXX, the North American based parking systems manufacturer and software developer, announced today that it has expanded the company’s operations with the opening of a second manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario. The manufacturing plant, which is located on the Ontario/Michigan border, will permit Parking BOXX to double North American production capacity to meet increasing demand for the company’s parking technology products. In addition to the new Sarnia plant, Parking BOXX will continue to operate the company’s flagship manufacturing plant in Milton, Ontario.

“This is an exciting time for Parking BOXX,” said Renee Smith, President & CTO of Parking BOXX. “We are experiencing extraordinary demand from municipalities and private parking owners for our parking technology systems, and this new factory will permit us to double our production capacity. We already offer one of the industry’s shortest delivery times for new equipment, and by opening a second manufacturing facility we will be able to deliver our technology to customers even more quickly.”

The Sarnia location was selected for a number of reasons, including the excellent access it provides to major highways and other transportation routes in both the United States and Canada. The Sarnia area also provides access to an outstanding workforce, and ultimately Parking BOXX plans to hire numerous manufacturing professionals to staff the facility.


About Parking BOXX

Headquartered in North America, Parking BOXX is a leading parking system provider. Parking BOXX accommodates the needs of small lots as well as large, complex parking systems. Parking BOXX has over 75 years of parking industry experience, dealers throughout North America, and parking sites in operation from Los Angeles to the Caribbean to Newfoundland. Parking BOXX systems reliably run sites with thousands of daily vehicles and millions in annual parking revenue. For more information on how Parking BOXX can help meet your parking system and parking lot equipment needs, please visit, call 800-518- 1230, or email

HUB Parking Technology to Demonstrate Innovative Smart Solutions at IPI

May 19, 2017


HUB Parking Technology to Demonstrate Innovative Smart Solutions at IPI



The 2017 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo is just a few days away from welcoming over 3,000 parking professionals at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.



At booth #1317, HUB Parking Technology will showcase its latest innovations in digital and mobile technology for a total system solution that will simplify operations and maximize profits for parking management and enhance the parking experience for customers.



HUB Parking Technology system experts will be on hand to demonstrate our intelligent, web-based management system, JMS, accessible also from your mobile phone. JMS brings innovative value-added capabilities to parking managers with integrated, real-time operational data available from multiple parking facilities and powerful analysis, reporting and customization options. Outcomes are easily measurable at the push of a button and operators can always be able to intervene as necessary – at any time and from anywhere. Complex and rich statistical analyses can be accessible and easy to understand for everybody thanks to the visual graphical output and the possibility to interact with data, allowing you to communicate insights in the most effective way.


Another smart solution that will be presented is JunglePass, which allows end users to easily, smoothly and securely pre-book, find, enter, pay and exit a designated parking facility by simply using a smartphone.  JunglePass provides a seamless parking experience to the user and precious insights to the operators who can now track their transient customers’ behavior and usage patterns, plan long-term business strategies, engage and reach their clients through mobile technology that is synched with personalization opportunities (send discounts or relevant information to your customers).


HUB is equipped to meet the new challenges faced by business owners with system solutions that provide operators with the tools necessary to grow their business, learn valuable insights into their customers, provide statistical data ready for analysis, and maximize revenue potential.


About HUB Parking Technology

HUB Parking Technology is the FAAC Group Business Unit that develops, manufactures, installs and provides after-sales services for Parking Revenue Control Systems branded ZEAG, DATAPARK and FAAC. Through its local Group companies and distributors it is represented in all five continents and more specifically in North & South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

For more information about HUB Parking Technology, visit:

About FAAC Group

FAAC Group is a privately owned multinational Group, a pioneer in the automated systems industry for the control of pedestrian and vehicle access in both residential and commercial applications.

The Group activity is developed through three Business Units: Access Automation, Access Control and Parking Revenue Control Systems. FAAC Group was founded in 1965 and has today become an international industrial Group with over 2,400 employees, 18 production plants and 32 foreign subsidiary companies throughout the world. The Group is based in Zola Predosa, Bologna, Italy.

For more information about FAAC Group, visit:

SFMTA Upgrades Technology in City Parking Garages

May 18, 2017


SFMTA Upgrades Technology in City Parking Garages



San Francisco — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages the Municipal Railway (Muni) and all surface transportation within the city, today announced the installation of new 21st-century technology, which will enhance the customer experience at 22 city-owned parking facilities. The new parking access and revenue control systems will bring faster exiting, improved customer service, and enhanced credit-card security in a three-year rollout to be completed by 2019. The Polk-Bush Garage is the first to completely receive these state-of-the-art upgrades.



“Our goal is to provide convenient and safe parking to visitors, employees, and business customers around the city,” said Cheryl Brinkman, SFMTA Chairman. “Parking in San Francisco will be easier and more efficient for customers as we bring the latest technology to our city-owned facilities”.

The new system, called PARCS, is a combination of hardware and software that provides the infrastructure to run a parking facility. This operational investment in the city’s infrastructure will make for a smoother experience for city drivers.

“The new state-of-the-art technology we are installing in our 22 parking garages is more than an update to our infrastructure, it’s an investment in our customers’ experience,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “Our new PARCS system is making easier payment, quicker entry and exit, and enhanced security a reality at our public parking garages.”

New software and hardware will make parking in city-owned garages:


New system will address lost tickets with a license plate recognition system
Will eventually allow for pre-payment at all city-owned garages, preventing long queues from forming during rush hour

New system will reduce fraud and allow for improved auditing and credit card security
Types of payment will be expanded to “chip-enabled” credit or debit cards
Garages in busy pedestrian neighborhoods will be equipped with a flashing light and alarm when a vehicle exits

Smart-pricing strategy set by SFPark to encourage drivers to use garage spaces first and use street parking for shorter stays
Parking rates in city-owned garages typically cost 50 to 60 percent less than private garages

Shanghai residences prefer Nedap’s TRANSIT

May 18, 2017


Shanghai residences prefer Nedap’s TRANSIT



Secure vehicle access to the high-end residences without compromising on convenience; that was the main requirement for this residential project in Shanghai. Both residents and personnel had to be identified in order to maintain a high level of security, but without creating queue’s at the gates during peak hours. Nedap’s TRANSIT system was the preferred choice to offer reliable, automatic vehicle identification. 


Excellent services

High quality services and products to satisfy its property owners; that is the main aim for these residences in Shanghai Wanyuan City. To provide a high service when it comes to access control as well, the residences needed a reliable solution to automatically identify vehicles. Preferably one that requires few (or rather: no) maintenance.


Robust quality and performance

After a comprehensive evaluation, Nedap’s TRANSIT was the preferred choice to offer the required security and convenience. The developer of the residential project was impressed with the robust quality and performance of the solution. The installation was realized by Shanghai UTIS.


The TRANSIT reader identifies vehicles up to 7 meters in combination with the Compact Tag. Residents and the personnel all have this tag in their vehicle. As soon as they enter the reading zone of the TRANSIT reader, the vehicle is identified. The convenient solution allows authorized vehicles to enter the residential area, without the need to stop at the gate. As the tag is not attached to the vehicle, drivers can easily take it with them when they leave the vehicle.


Customer satisfaction

Both the TRANSIT reader and the Compact Tag have proven to be very reliable, and even show an excellent performance with high-end vehicles. The residences have stated to be very satisfied with the Nedap solution and mentioned they will definitely use it for future projects.


“The TRANSIT reader is of good quality and reliability. The battery lifespan of the Compact tag is really long and have shown to outlast all domestic products,” says Jackson Gong, General Manager Shanghai UTIS.


“This was a high-end project and therefore, the end user was willing to try out much higher quality products to satisfy its property owners,” says Marc Chia, Business Development Manager at Nedap Identification Systems.



Portland Launches Mobile Parking Payment App, Parking Kitty, Powered by Passport

May 18, 2017


Portland Launches Mobile Parking Payment App, Parking Kitty, Powered by Passport

City is leveraging technology to create a seamless parking experience




Portland, OR (May 18, 2017) –  Portland, Oregon is changing the city’s parking experience. Doing away with a few of the hassles traditionally associated with city parking, Portland has launched Parking Kitty, a mobile payment app powered by Passport, the global leader in mobile payments for parking and transit. The mobile application will also be available throughout the region at Washington Park and Portland State University.



Parking Kitty is like a meter in your pocket. More convenient than paying at the meter or worrying if you’ll make it back before your time expires, Parking Kitty utilizes the industry’s most advanced parking technology, offering parking payment, reminders, and parking extension options to simplify paying for parking. The app will be available at 15,000 parking spaces across the city of Portland.



“We want it to be easy to pay for parking in Portland. We also want it to be fun. Parking Kitty helps us do both. As a mobile app, it makes it convenient for Portlanders and visitors to pay for parking. We chose the name to reflect some of our city’s creativity and hopefully bring a smile to Portland’s drivers,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We want it to be simple and efficient to find and pay for parking because well-managed on-street parking is good for drivers, good for business and good for our transportation system.”



Why did Portland choose the name, Parking Kitty? A community with a unique culture needed a standout product to match. The name also represents a play on words, in that “kitty” refers to a pool or reserve of money. Additionally, the city is extremely welcoming to cats and it wanted to celebrate that culture.



Portland has made significant investments to better understand the city’s parking needs and strategize for its growing population. With estimates of Portland households growing by 122,000 and daily trips an additional 1.2 million by 2035, Parking Kitty allows the City to continue its renowned quality of life while growing gracefully.1



“Our goal at Passport is to help our clients take the stress and inefficiency out of parking and transit through our innovative payment platform,” said Bob Youakim, CEO at Passport. “We’re proud to serve and partner with the City of Portland to introduce this new service to their community and create a customized and seamless parking experience.”


The Parking Kitty app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play and parkers can also manage their parking online at Parking Kitty signage is being displayed at Portland parking locations, which will direct parkers to download the app.




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


Best-in-Class Parking Enforcement through ParkiFi Partnership

May 18, 2017


Best-in-Class Parking Enforcement through ParkiFi Partnership




Denver, CO (May 18, 2017) Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), Inc., new leaders in Parking Enforcement and Collections Services, is excited to announce its partnership with ParkiFi in Denver. The PRRS All-Inclusive Enforcement Program delivers a turn-key enforcement solution to clients that includes enforcement staff on the ground, collections, payment processing and state of the art technology with real-time reporting.


PRRS’s enforcement expertise combined with ParkiFi’s loT-enabled, wireless smart sensor technology will provide operators with the most advanced end-to-end enforcement solution. The partnership will kick off with 2,800 spaces in 34 locations throughout downtown Denver, and will enable ParkiFi to add over 2,300 additional spaces to the ParkiFi mobile app.


PRRS and ParkiFi plan to expand to markets such as Nashville, Knoxville, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston.


Parking Revenue Recovery Services, Inc.’s Senior Vice President John D. Conway stated, “we are extremely excited to partner with ParkiFi in order to deliver the best turn-key enforcement solution to our clients. The addition of the ParkiFi technology will enhance our team’s efficiency while allowing us to deliver customized reports and dashboards to our clients. Our team is confident that our services will change how the industry approaches Parking Enforcement and Collections.”


ParkiFi’s Founder and CEO, Ryan Sullivan, stated, “We are excited to work with PRRS to extend ParkiFi’s available parking inventory across Denver and beyond. We believe this relationship will significantly impact our growth and will help our team enhance the enforcement reporting and dashboard that we offer to our clients in the future.”



About Parking Revenue Recovery Services


Parking Revenue Recovery Services, Inc. (PRRS) is the leading provider of Parking Enforcement and Collection Services in North America. PRRS provides customized enforcement and collection programs designed to increase revenue while reducing expenses. PRRS creates exceptional value  for clients, municipalities, universities and other entities by (1) increasing overall customer compliance while delivering exceptional customer service; and, (2) maximizing their collections revenue. PRRS has over 50 clients that represent the parking industry, including municipalities, parking operators, universities, public transit and property owners across North America. For more information visit


About ParkiFi


ParkiFi, a parking occupancy and payment platform, provides real-time utilization data and actionable insights to municipalities and parking operators via a cloud-based analytics dashboard. ParkiFi installs smart sensors in individual parking spaces at lots, garages, and on-street to monitor occupancy, parking times, pricing optimization trends and outcomes, violations and more. Plus, ParkiFi’s payment-enabled app directs drivers straight to your open inventory, increasing revenue and brand exposure, while reducing city congestion. For more information visit





SKIDATA, Inc. announces the successful implementation of their 3M Asset Refreshment Program.

May 18, 2017


SKIDATA, Inc. announces the successful implementation of their 3M Asset Refreshment Program.




Hillsborough, NJ May 18th, 2017 SKIDATA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SKIDATA AG is pleased to announce the successful implementation of their 3M Asset Refreshment Program in Brooklyn, New York.



SKIDATA has just completed the implementation of the 3M Asset Refreshment Program at Brooklyn Junction in Brooklyn, New York. This large garage includes 6 APM’s (including one inside of a Target store) that were all outfitted with 3C Payment EMV terminals. Additionally two lanes were also installed with the new EMV readers – one exit lane with a 3M Ticket Spitter and a Transaction Panel built into an exit booth. The garage is now able to process credit card payments in a fully PA DSS compliant manner.

SKIDATA’s 3M Asset Refreshment Program has been rolled out throughout the United States, however this is the first installation in the New York Metropolitan Area. Jim Meany, Senior Sales Professional for SKIDATA, Inc. expressed his excitement for this installation, “I’m proud to offer a solution that adds secure payment terminals to a legacy 3M revenue control solution, therefore helping to secure hundreds of credit card transactions each week. The owner has taken advantage of the SKIDATA secure payment terminal solution while postponing equipment replacement costs to a more convenient future date.”

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. ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SKIDATA Group ( which belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (, a leading provider of digital security solutions.


Contact: Matthew Gooley

From: SKIDATA, Inc.



Parking Today Media in NOLA

May 17, 2017

“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
Everywhere else is Cleveland.”
Tennessee Williams



Parking Today Media in NOLA – JVH



Three members of the PTMedia staff will be in New Orleans next week to celebrate parking with the IPI.  We will have a booth at the event (404) and look forward to seeing you.  Marcy, Astrid and I will be staffing the booth. We will have copies of my new book, “Death by Parking” plus full information about PT Media, the Parking Industry Exhibition and neat places to visit in NOLA.



From Astrid: Please visit our booth #404 and share your press releases with me at  Due to the IPI Show, our next newsletter will come out after the Memorial Day Weekend.



Have the most amazing IPI Conference, great time in New Orleans and a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

Thank you,

Astrid Ambroziak


WallyPark Declares April “Earth Month” to Plant Trees

May 17, 2017


WallyPark Declares April “Earth Month” to Plant Trees



To celebrate Earth Day and an ongoing commitment to sustainability, WallyPark Airport Parking ran a month-long campaign to help reduce their carbon footprint and green-up the earth. Turning Earth Day into “Earth Month”, the company offered to plant a tree for every parking reservation made in the month of April. The “More Trees, Yes Please!” campaign offered WallyPark’s premier airport parking to all 18 locations serving travelers at 11 U.S. airports, including Orlando airport parking. The campaign produced 20,746 reservations, which will fund reforestation efforts in Central America and Native American Reservations in the U.S. The reforestation will be conducted by Fort Collins, CO-based Trees, Water and People.

“We’ve made a serious commitment to moving toward omitting our carbon footprint via a combination of initiatives,” said Kevin Montgomery, Chief Operating Officer at WallyPark headquarters in Los Angeles. He added, “Our sustainability efforts include low/zero emission vehicles, completely waterless car and bus washing, and LED lighting retro fits in our facilities.” In March 2017, WallyPark Premier LAX location deployed 16 Zero Emissions Utility Shuttles (ZEUS) manufactured by Phoenix Motorcars LLC. The 14-passenger fully electric buses are being used to service off-airport parking at Los Angeles International Airport. This deployment makes WallyPark Premier the first all-electric airport parking operation in the nation. By June, more than 40 all-electric buses will be in use at WallyPark-owned LAX parking brands.

Each of the buses is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 tons of carbon dioxide per year, compared to a conventional diesel shuttle. All buses have fast-charging capability, which allows full charging to take place in less than three hours.

Over the next five years, WallyPark will continue to roll out a fully sustainable bus fleet.

About WallyPark

WallyPark is a premier off-airport parking provider, with 18 locations serving travelers at 11 U.S. airports: Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Newark, Atlanta, Orlando and Jacksonville. WallyPark operates in the travel space, providing convenient, hassle-free parking with complimentary shuttle service to and from airport terminals.

Experts from 33 countries met in Circontrol’s Headquarters to talk about the future of efficient parking

May 17, 2017


Experts from 33 countries met in Circontrol’s Headquarters to talk about the future of efficient parking


During two days experts from the sector have been discussing the role of parking in a new context where the presence of autonomous, connected and electric vehicles is out of question


Efficient mobility is one of the most important challenges of the XXI century. Nowadays there are about 1,2 billion cars circulating and in year 2035 this figure could reach 2 billion. Besides, these cars will be geographically concentrated in big cities, where the biggest population growth is expected. That’s why pollution and traffic management are key areas and parking has a very important role on these issues.

Parking can no longer be just a dark and hostile space where you leave your car. A good design, the use of new technologies seeking energy efficiency and a better user experience are more important every day and these are objectives that Circontrol seeks in its Efficient Parking concept. Moreover, new kinds of vehicle are here to stay. Electric Vehicle is now a reality and in some countries such as Norway the number of EVs sold is higher than the oil vehicles. But also autonomous vehicle is in every car manufacturer plan, and connected vehicle, that nowadays has the capacity of 30 computers and will optimize the maintenance offering a more comfortable experience.

First day of the meeting was dedicated to Efficient Parking concept, Circontrol’s solution to meet the challenge of the parking sector in these new times. It consists on a global platform, CirPark Platform, that manages guidance and illumination systems, and EV charging solutions integrating all these solutions offered by Circontrol. On this Expert Meeting Circontrol has also opened its eyes to what the sector is doing and that’s why they invited representatives of leading companies: Max Kordylas (CEO at Yellow&Co), Albert Sant (Head of Parking Unit at B:SM), Sylvia Rausch (Marketing Director at SABA), Anis Samdaie (Project Manager at Traffic Tech).


About Circontrol

Circontrol is a company founded in 1997 with headquarters in Viladecavalls (Barcelona). Its mobility division designs and manufacture a global platform for efficient parking management (guidance system, LED Lighting, energy efficiency). eMobility division manufactures EV charging solutions adapted to all market needs (domestic charging, public charging, dynamic load management…).
Circontrol has an R+D department and invests a 6% of its annual invoicing in research and development of new products.
An 80% of Circontrol’s sales are produced in the international market, being present in 45 countries. Circontrol’s technologies manage over 400.000 parking spaces and 25.00 EV charging stations.

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