Barnacle® Parking Enforcement Integrates their Enterprise Management System with United Public Safety’s (UPsafety) CityCiteÒ  parking enforcement management solution

January 21, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnacle® Parking Enforcement Integrates their Enterprise Management System with United Public Safety’s (UPsafety) CityCiteÒ  parking enforcement management solution

 

 

 

Barnacle® Parking Enforcement has integrated their Enterprise Management System with United Public Safety’s (UPsafety) CityCiteÒ  parking enforcement management solution.  The new integration will support mutual customers including Allentown (PA) Parking Authority.  The integration allows for seamless functionality between systems, including deployments directly from the UPsafety application as well as payment processing for both Immobilization Fees and Violation Fees due.   Additonally, all tracking and real-time locations of Barnacles will be available in the UPsafety system.  John Morgan, the Executive Director of Allentown Parking Authority, stated “This system is a very powerful tool with a robust, thoughtfully built integration”.

 

About Barnacle

Barnacle® Parking Enforcement was formed to modernize parking enforcement with a customer service-oriented technology that enhances compliance and collects on unpaid citations.  Barnacle has developed a patented solution that embeds mobile connectivity and online payment processing within consumer and enforcement friendly immobilization.  Barnacle is leveraging technology to improve process efficiencies and provide unmatched standards in terms of deployment, cost savings and motorist satisfaction.

 

About United Public Safety

Founded in 2012, UPsafety is a leading provider of enforcement solutions to modern governments, parking authorities and campus operations across the US and Candada. The Company is committed to the idea that government technology doesn’t have to be outdated, software doesn’t have to be complex to be smart, and that small teams can do big things. Their mission is to bring governments in to the modern age by making cutting edge technology accessible to even the smallest departments.  UPsafety specializes in enforcement lifecycle applications, with a focus on the latest technology, seamless implementations and a dedication to 24/7/365 in-house support.

 

FlexPost® Welcomes New Team Member – Jeremy Johnson

January 20, 2020

 

 

 

FlexPost® Welcomes New Team Member – Jeremy Johnson

 

 

FlexPost Inc., a leader and innovative manufacturer of flexible signposts and bollard units, is proud to welcome Jeremy Johnson to our already-talented team.

Jeremy has recently joined FlexPost as an Internal Sales and Marketing Coordinator.

 

Jeremy brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience to FlexPost, with a focus on developing business-to-business (B2B) programs that have positively affected growth throughout the distribution channel.

 

About: FlexPost Inc. started in 2006 to help the owners of malls in West Michigan. Their dilemma of replacing 20-30% of the rigid parking lot sign posts every year due to damage was all too common and expensive. To solve this problem, a flexible signpost was invented. FlexPost products are now being used all over the world!

 

Learn more at www.flexpostinc.com.

 

Contact Info:

Jeremy Johnson

FlexPost Inc.

2236 112th Ave. Suite 80

Holland, MI 49424

(888) 307-6610

Oklahoma City Approves Contract to Deploy Mobile Parking App In Partnership With Flowbird

January 20, 2020

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Approves Contract to Deploy Mobile Parking App In Partnership

With Flowbird

 

 

 

Customized App to Elevate Downtown Mobility and Visitor Experience

 

 

Moorestown, New Jersey – Oklahoma City Council approved a contract on Tuesday, January 7th, to implement a mobile phone parking app in partnership with Flowbird, a leading supplier of urban mobility solutions. The smart mobile parking solution will bring ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices.

 

 

Flowbird’s app platform has over 2.5 million users worldwide, and offers an easy, fast and secure option to make mobile parking payments. Once the app is downloaded to a user’s mobile device, a quick registration process walks them through their profile and payment set up. When ready to park, users simply select their parking location from the GPS enabled map, choose a duration and confirm payment. A notification will be sent to the user when the parking session is about to expire with an option to extend right from their phone. Payment methods can be securely stored for quick and easy parking transactions in the future.

 

The app is being customized for the City with EMBARK, the city’s transportation agency.

 

“Having an app will make it even easier to pay for on-street parking in Oklahoma City, especially for people who use downtown parking regularly,” said EMBARK Administrator Jason Ferbrache, “Convenience is key for parking, and we’re glad to make it more convenient than ever when you’re downtown.”

 

Flowbird’s app features more than just mobile payment capabilities. The multi-function platform offers advancements in technology such as:

  • ‘Find my Car’ – Walking directions back to the user’s parked car’s location
  • Off-Street Parking Reservations – Allows motorists to pre-pay for parking based on location or based on a specific event
  • Validation codes – A function that allows the City or local merchants to distribute validation codes to app users so they don’t have to pay for parking
  • Bookmark – Saves the user’s favorite parking locations

 

 

Oklahoma City has been a partner of Flowbird since July of 2012 when they began implementation of 175 Flowbird multi-space pay stations in place of single, coin-operated meters. The digital upgrade 8 years ago gave drivers the option to pay with credit or debit cards rather than coin only. The importance of customer convenience then, holds true to the City’s values today, as they add a new era of digital upgrade in the form of mobile app payment, joining neighboring Flowbird App customers, Norman, OK, and University of Oklahoma.

 

The mobile app will be integrated with the parking rights system and back-end reporting system of the Flowbird Pay by Plate pay stations, providing the City’s parking administrators a unified parking payment solution.  All transactions from the mobile app and the pay stations will be available in real-time to the City’s parking enforcement system.

 

“We are very appreciative that Oklahoma City has put its trust in Flowbird to deliver their new mobile parking payment application,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America, “The City continues to grow and we are proud to be part of its overall transportation solution.”

Oklahoma City Approves Contract to Deploy Mobile Parking App In Partnership with Flowbird

 DESIGNA Impulse January 2020, Ed.1: Trends in parking 2020 (USA) and DESIGNA’s Largest Installation to date 

January 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

DESIGNA Impulse January 2020, Ed.1: Trends in parking 2020 (USA) and DESIGNA’s Largest Installation to date 

 

 

Kiel, 2020-01-20: At the beginning of 2020, we venture a look at the parking trends of the year, written by Steve Gorski. The CEO of DESIGNA USA shares his insights on key trends in the parking industry today – covering digital transformation, customer experience and data analysis. Also: Read about DESIGNA’s major project at New York’s four airports in cooperation with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, which is nearing its successful completion and get first impressions from our new DESIGNA India operations. 

1. Key Trends in the Parking Industry Today 

By Steve Gorski, CEO of DESIGNA USA 

Businesses are in continuous change – and this is also the case for the parking industry. Entering 2020 is a perfect opportunity to take a quick look at the upcoming items that will influence our industry. We have identified five trends that will have a short and long-term impact. DESIGNA’s strategical and operational activities in 2020 will reflect these big trends. We are looking forward to sharing our ideas and solutions to convert changes into your business opportunities. 

Digital Transformation – Cloud-based, seamless and frictionless solutions are all components of the digitization of the parking industry and the changing needs of today’s parkers. Customers rely on their smartphones for finding, evaluating and booking parking. Payment for parking moves away from coins and bills to cards and online payment services. Parking operators reduce staff and invest in automation and digital control of their parking systems. The paper ticket is becoming a thing of the past, with other means of identification such as license plates, Bluetooth emitters or QR codes gaining relevance and market acceptance. 

Customer Experience – Customer experience is the number one trend driving decisions in many vertical markets within parking today. Customers want the same frictionless and stress-free experience for parking as they have when utilizing Uber or mobile apps for hotel check-in and digital keys. Within the hospital vertical for example, parking is the first and last impression patients and visitors have of a hospital visit, and the parking experience clearly impacts the overall patient experience and subsequently each hospital’s overall rating. To add to the optimal parking experience, customized graphics on a large color TFT display can show a variety of digital content, including available spaces/guidance by level, rates and other hospital-specific information or videos. 

Data Analytics – Everyone is leveraging data to make better business decisions and improve the customer experience. Parking operators can benefit from data analytics to more efficiently and accurately manage their parking operations. Data provide precise information regarding parking occupancy, average time to park and average time to exit, for understanding and analyzing parking volume over time, enforcement and the potential of implementing dynamic pricing. Data analytics are also critical for ensuring a positive customer experience 

Internet of Things – From smart cities to smart homes, the Internet of Things is affecting our daily lives. This is also the case in parking where we see connected cars and devices such as sensors, parking meters, smart parking and guidance, cellphones and digital signage. Data can be shared across various platforms through APIs. For example, organizations can easily integrate their internal security/access system for managing access control for staff. Security credentials can be automatically shared with the parking system – eliminating the need for double data entry and thus providing the ultimate in parking access control and accurate counts of transients and staff. 

Mobility – Many industries will be impacted by the significant changes predicted for mobility, and parking is certainly one of them. While parking will change, it will still remain very necessary. For example, what will you do with your autonomous vehicle when you are at work? How and where will consumers charge electric vehicles? Many experts predict parking “hubs” positioned on the outskirts of cities. Customers would then utilize different transportation modalities for first and last mile journeys. 

https://info.designa.com/trends-in-parking-management-in-2020 

2. DESIGNA’s Largest Installation to date: The Port Authority of New York 

In 2016, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) awarded DESIGNA the largest airport PARCS replacement project ever undertaken. The contract is in excess of $70 million and replaces the Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems at all four of the Port Authority’s international airports. 

The three-year project launched in 2017, with phased installation beginning in 2018, plans to replace parking systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), three large hub airports that process a combined 7.8 million parking transactions and over $250 million in revenue annually. The project also includes New York Stewart International Airport (SWF), a public and military airport run by the Port Authority. 

Phased implementation and installation of the new DESIGNA PARCS solution, configured to meet the specific requirements of the Port Authority, was completed at LaGuardia Airport in 2018 and has been operating for over a year now. The installations at Newark Liberty and Stewart International Airports were then completed on-target in 2019, while work at JFK International Airport is already more than half finished. 

Paul McIlvride, Vice President of Major projects for DESIGNA USA, has led the three-year project. “The program is on schedule to be completed in March of 2020,” states McIlvride, who adds, “New York winter weather permitting, of course.” 

For Peter Carbonaro, the Port Authority’s Manager of Airport Access Programs, one of the major considerations in choosing DESIGNA was its “future-proof” architecture. “DESIGNA’s modular architecture and system design give the Port Authority the flexibility to expand our enterprise and incorporate today’s latest technology, as well as tomorrow’s emerging technologies,” says Carbonaro. “Being future-proof is essential in maximizing the life expectancy of our investment.” 

Kyle Sundin, Manager of Airport Parking and Revenue Systems for the Port Authority, stated that additional objectives were increased automation and next-level customer service and system capabilities. “Automated parking facilities can offer minimal effort and maximum convenience for customers while making better use of space,” says Sundin. “The latest parking technology can decrease costs, increase profitability, streamline operations and increase the efficient use of airport parking services.” 

The new enterprise system includes pre-booking, E-Z Pass RFID functionality, and numerous new electronic payment options. The Port Authority is moving towards its plans for completely automated, cashless exit lanes. The new In/Out payment capabilities allow both ticketless and ticketed payment on both entry and exit by a number of payment methods, including EMV credit card and mobile apps. An automatic pre-booking parking system enables ticketless parking with online reservations and prepaid mobile QR codes. E-Z Pass payment and mobile pay options such as Apple Pay and Samsung Wallet are also available for parkers. 

Entry and exit plaza cameras are providing Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) to link 

individual vehicles to their actual time of entry and exit and to ensure proper fee calculation. A Mobile License Plate Inventory (MLPI) solution has also been implemented to provide Port Authority operations and public safety personnel and parking customers with the location of individual vehicles within the parking facilities. Variable message signs and parking space guidance systems provide customer convenience in communicating space availability, traffic flow requirements, seasonal messages and other useful messaging. 

“Automated parking and smart parking technologies will expand electronic payment options and take the revenue control system to a new level,” says Sundin. “This will allow airport parking to evolve from a logistical exercise to a customer service and revenue opportunity.” 

https://info.designa.com/designa-largest-parking-system-installation-for-panynj 

3. DESIGNA India – A story of success 

The exploration of a new DESIGNA market started last year with the foundation of DESIGNA India. Thanks to a great team and reliable parking management solutions, DESIGNA has been able to win more and more tenders here, e.g. to provide a complete parking management solution at Como Plaza, Paryag Raj and Chandigarh Airport. The Indian market is 95%+ driven by ‘Payment at exit’. Traditional parking systems in India utilize payment at exit through a manual pay station, and this method is the most common. Manual operation is also more prevalent in smaller cities. This is quite different to the European market, where payment is carried out at a centralized cash station before the customer gets back in the car to leave the premises. But, also in India, the parking management industry is changing somewhat. This is especially the case for tier 1 cities and large parking premises, e.g. at airports. At the same time, the Indian government is promoting a digital payment option under which payment service providers are playing an increasing role in parking payment through Credit Card, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, PayTM and BT Mobiquick. 

DESIGNA’s parking solution with software-enabled features like pre-booking, mobile payment, C&P and PayTM payment have really made an innovative difference. Even more features such as long-range RFID and integrated LPR functionality have been used in recent DESIGNA parking management solutions. Now, after nine months, customers are very satisfied with service and performance of DESIGNA India. Additionally, a recently won big tender is very satisfied with the performance and guidance to incorporate features that enhance operational performance and help manage business more profitably. 

We are curious and want to know what’s to come. 

https://info.designa.com/parking-management-systems-for-india 

Tattile introduces vehicle identification system with on-board intelligence to read license plates and recognize vehicle features

January 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Tattile introduces vehicle identification system with on-board intelligence to read license plates and recognize vehicle features

 

 

Italian ITS specialist Tattile expands its range of vehicle identification systems by the new Vega 1, an intelligent camera specifically designed for single lane vehicle tracking; traffic limited areas and priority lanes. Congestion charge and parking management are two other important fields of application in the ITS sector where the new Tattile Vega 1is a perfect fit.

 

 

The core of the new Tattile Vega 1 with an onboard ANPR engine is a dual channel camera built in a compact case. This extremely compact design and embedded intelligence provides a maximum output at extremely low system costs since all algorithms are inside the system and deliver an output ready to be interpreted by the user. The camera allows an easy setup to minimize the installation and maintenance time. Thanks to its local storage it can work stand alone in case the connectivity is interrupted.

 

Single lane traffic management

During single lane intelligent traffic monitoring the system provides color video streaming via standard RTSP protocol. Even with an impressive working distance up to 25 meters the Vega1 does not require an external IR lighting. Thanks to its high sensitivity image sensors ANPR reading and video streaming is possible even in harsh and low light conditions.

 

The standard features are complemented by several optional functionalities for the new Vega 1. They provide further information on the vehicles tracked by additional vehicle brand, vehicle class and vehicle color identification. As to connectivity there are options to connect the Vega 1 to Wifi, LTE and GPS. These additional features together with the standard functionalities turn the Vega 1 into a compact but powerful collector of all relevant data needed for vehicle identification and road control.

 

All features for intelligent parking management

Parking has become the third highest revenue source for many cities. With its abilities to read license plates and recognize vehicle features such as brand, color, model, and class the new VEGA1 matches all requirements of modern parking management. The vehicle recognition allows defining its dimension (small, medium, big) and to differentiate the parking fee or direct larger vehicles to a designated area. For security purposes matching the ANPR with Brand, Model, Color and Class info at the entrance and the exit allows preventing vehicle from being stolen or other frauds. Furthermore, this data connected to the authority’s database even allow detecting wanted vehicles and thus contribute to public security. With its features the VEGA1 also enables the installation of smart parking systems that reduce the number of physical barriers, ticket and cash machines, managing all the aspects of parking through APPs and digital platforms.

www.tattile.com

CivicSmart Selected by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Upgrade its Smart Parking Program

January 16, 2020

 

 

 

CivicSmart Selected by the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Upgrade its Smart Parking Program

 

 

MILWAUKEE, WI. (January 16, 2020) – Duncan Parking Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of CivicSmart, Inc., (“CivicSmart”) is pleased to announce that it has contracted with the City of Colorado Springs, CO, to upgrade the City’s Smart Parking program.

 

 

Following a successful field trial and a competitive procurement, CivicSmart was selected to upgrade the City’s existing smart meters with Liberty Next Gen (LNG) Smart Parking Meters, as well as provide new Meter Housings.  In order to help advance the sophistication of the City’s parking program, the City is installing Vehicle Detection Sensors to provide real-time information about on-street occupancy and availability.

 

Installation of the first 1,100 LNG meters and sensors is occurring in the first quarter of the year with a total of 2,500 LNG meters and sensors being installed when the project is complete.

 

“Smart meters are an established part of our parking program, and our residents and visitors expect the convenience of paying by credit and debit card,” said Scott Lee, Parking Enterprise Director of the City of Colorado Springs.  “But we need to be careful stewards of parking funds, and the opportunity to reduce our upfront, ongoing and spare battery costs made financial and operational sense.  Our trial with CivicSmart convinced us that they had the innovative technology and service to meet our requirements.”

 

Mike Nickolaus, President and CEO of CivicSmart, added, “Colorado Springs has operated a smart parking program for years and we are delighted that an educated client evaluated and recognized the advantages our LNG meter has to offer.  Further, the deployment of our patented vehicle sensors will unlock an array of Smart Parking and Smart City benefits and keep Colorado Springs on the cutting edge of innovation.”

 

 

About CivicSmart

CivicSmart, Inc., is a leader in citywide, on-street parking solutions with an 84-year track record providing parking meters, sensors, housings, enforcement, and software products for over a million parking spaces.  Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CivicSmart’s patented “Smart Parking” solutions have been deployed globally on five continents and serve over 1,500 clients.  More information about CivicSmart is available at CivicSmart.com.

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Digital Curb Challenge Across North America

January 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Digital Curb Challenge Across North America

 

Up to three cities across North America will be selected to partner with Coord to undertake a free, curb space management pilot program in 2020 to create more efficient, safe and accessible streets  

 

NEW YORK— January 15, 2020— Coord, the industry-leading curb management company, today announced the launch of the Digital Curb Challenge. Starting today, cities of all sizes and other curb managers such as airports, entertainment venues and universities across North America can apply to partner with Coord to undertake a curb space management pilot program, free of charge and tailored to their unique mobility challenges. Applications can be submitted at https://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge-2020 and are open until February 14, 2020.

 

With Coord’s comprehensive curb management platform, cities are empowered with the necessary tools to digitally inventory, price, allocate and manage the curb. For example, cities can reduce double parking and congestion by providing fleet drivers with the tools and incentives to park legally through a Smart Loading Zone Program. Created by city planners, Smart Loading Zones enable commercial drivers to locate nearby loading zones, see whether they’re available, and book space in them, all through a City-authorized app. Coord’s platform puts the city at the forefront of curb management programs like this with tools that enable everything from site selection, driver communication, rule enforcement, and program performance.

 

“We know that to solve some of our most critical transportation challenges, cities must be in the driver’s seat with scalable solutions in hand,” said Stephen Smyth, Co-Founder and CEO of Coord. “With our platform, cities are empowered with just that — a Digital Curb, built with the necessary ground-level insights to improve their streets more seamlessly and effortlessly than ever before. We can’t wait to bring these tools to more cities and expand access to the curb as we kick-off our first-ever Digital Curb Challenge.”

 

Cities or organizations selected for the Digital Curb Challenge will have free and complete access to Coord’s full suite of curb management solutions for the duration of the partnership and the opportunity to work closely with Coord experts to develop an effective, scalable pilot program to be deployed in 2020.

 

“As cities are grappling with increasing demand for curb space, the best way to figure out how to respond is to pilot different solutions,” said Beth Osborne, Director for Transportation for America, which is focusing on the curb in its third year of the Smart Cities Collaborative. “Every opportunity to innovate provides valuable information to the city and better use of public assets to the taxpayer. Coord is providing three cities with exactly the help they need.”

 

“We were delighted when we learned that Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative would be focusing on curb space pilots this year,” said Dawn Miller, Head of Policy and Partnerships at Coord.  “They had tremendous interest from cities, and we created the Digital Curb Challenge to both facilitate more cities launching curb space management pilots in 2020 and to expand this opportunity to other organizations that experience curb space management challenges, such as universities, health systems, transportation hubs and entertainment venues.”

 

Just as every city is unique in how it approaches curb management, each Digital Curb Challenge pilot program will be tailored to the host’s challenges, resources and interests. Pilot programs may include, for example:

 

  • Smart commercial loading zones: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by double-parking vehicles by creating tech-enabled commercial loading zones, bookable by app for participating fleet drivers
  • Ride-hail management: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by ride-hailing congestion by creating passenger loading zones the City can easily manage and evaluate
  • Demand-responsive pricing: reduce circling for parking while maintaining parking availability by regularly re-pricing metered parking to target one or two available spaces on every block

 

Since 2016, Coord has been building tools that enable cities to better manage their curbs as new transportation modes continue to change the way people get around. Cities can view and analyze their curb supply and demand data in Coord, allowing them to easily quantify the impact of alternative scenarios and communicate tradeoffs to stakeholders. This data can be supplemented with the Coord Collector mobile app, which leverages augmented reality to collect detailed, precise curb inventory and occupancy data quickly and easily. Mobility companies use the Coord API to ingest comprehensive curb regulation data and incorporate it into their day-to-day operations to improve efficiency, safety and compliance along the curb.

 

With the help of leading engineering firms and municipalities, Coord now supports 15 cities across North America, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Austin, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Vancouver.

“Dynamic curb management has quickly become the most important topic in our industry today, with practitioners trying to adapt policy and practice to support ever-changing needs and using all means of data to support those decisions,” said Brett Wood, Parking and Transportation Consultant at Kimley-Horn. “In that arena, I’ve been very impressed with Coord’s approach to curb management, creating data streams and analytical tools that help practitioners better understand how the curb works today and how future changes could impact the overall mobility ecosystem.”

 

“I’m excited at the opportunity to leverage resources that streamline processes and allow more time to be spent developing solutions that achieve community goals,” saidJane Wilberding, AICP, Senior Transportation and Parking Planner at Sam Schwartz. “Curbside data applications like Coord’s provide policy makers with meaningful insights into the complexities of today’s designations that enable them to make more informed decisions when balancing the amount of space and time allocated to the growing number of users competing for curb space in the future.”

 

“Curb management is an increasingly critical part of making cities work. The historic lack of tools and data have made it impossible to think intelligently about the curb, much less to allocate and manage it well,” said Rachel Weinberger, Principal Weinberger & Associates and Senior Transportation Fellow at RPA. “The contributions of Coord to enhancing our ability to know what’s happening and figure out what needs to happen are absolutely game changing. I’m excited about the Digital Curb Challenge and psyched to see the creative responses that will pour in.”

 

“The Neighborhood Empowerment Project and Streetopia UWS at Open Plans are working to inspire local stakeholders to take ownership of and re-imagine their curb space to meet 21st Century demands. The first step is understanding what exists and how it’s used. Coord has been an invaluable partner, providing info on existing rules and regulations and the amount of free parking space in NYC,” said Janet Liff, Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Project, Open Plans. “We look forward to their new project, getting dynamic information and discovering how the existing rules dovetail with demand. From there, we’ll have a solid springboard for change.”

 

For more information on the Digital Curb Challenge, please visithttps://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge-2020 or contact Coord at challenge@coord.com.

 

About Coord

Coord helps cities manage their streets, starting with the curb. The company was founded in 2016 with the belief that streets should serve people – not vehicles. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with the necessary tools to digitally inventory, allocate, price and manage the curb. The platform supports over 17,000 curb miles across 15 cities, with the goal of serving over 100 cities across the globe by 2021. Coord is based in New York City, and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. Learn more at Coord.com

 

FLASHPARKING SECURES $60 MILLION FROM L CATTERTON’S GROWTH FUND

January 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

FLASHPARKING SECURES $60 MILLION FROM L CATTERTON’S GROWTH FUND

 

Company to Aggressively Scale Cloud-Based Parking System for Cities and Real Estate Owners to Optimize Value and Tap into the Mobility Ecosystem

 

 
Austin, Texas and Greenwich, Conn., (January 15, 2020) — FlashParking, the leader in parking technology, today announced that it has received a $60 million strategic investment from the Growth Fund of L Catterton, the largest and most global consumer-focused private equity firm. The investment will be used to scale FlashParking’s industry-leading extensible, cloud-based parking system that enables 21st-century parking and the evolution of isolated parking assets into connected mobility hubs.

 

Launched in 2011 as the industry’s first cloud-born parking technology, FlashParking is perfecting the parking experience with real-time data visibility and actionable intelligence, including supply data and dynamic pricing, to diversify revenue and deliver a frictionless experience. Today, FlashParking’s mobility hub operating system is the connective layer that transforms parking assets into multi-purpose mobility hubs where parking, transportation, mobility, and logistics intersect within a smart city environment. FlashParking’s operating system empowers real estate owners, parking operators, and cities to tackle complex mobility issues such as congestion, lack of visibility into supply and demand, and fragmented consumer experiences.

 

“FlashParking is a best-in-class parking solutions provider with proven technology and an industry-first cloud-based software solution,” said Michael Farello, Managing Partner, L Catterton Growth Fund. “We are pleased to partner with the FlashParking leadership team to accelerate the Company’s growth and facilitate the delivery of mobility services to consumers and businesses.”

 

The mobility industry is facing a paradigm shift that is moving the conversation toward systems that can support today’s and tomorrow’s mobility services rather than typical “to” and “from” mobility technologies. To get ahead of this evolution, in the coming months FlashParking intends to announce new partnerships with transportation, logistics, and mobility companies that are leveraging its platform.

 

“Over the last nine years, we have built the FlashParking platform with quality and adaptability in mind by making it cloud-based, mobile-first, and future-ready. This unique platform has allowed us to configure an operating system that’s not only the best solution for parking infrastructure today but also a model that’s ready for tomorrow,” said Juan Rodriguez, co-founder of FlashParking. “With this funding from L Catterton, we’ll be able to quickly scale our mobility hub operating system and become the only company that can turn customers’ parking assets into facilities that enable every facet of mobility, including mobile-enabled parking and valet, staging for TNCs, charging for electric vehicles, cleaning and servicing, drone launching and landing, and points for delivering.”

 

FlashParking’s ability to innovate the parking experience has never been more evident than through its partnership with Texas Medical Center (TMC), the world’s largest medical city. In May 2018, TMC chose FlashParking to help modernize its facilities and better respond to the evolving mobility ecosystem. Today, FlashParking’s mobility platform controls 30,000 parking spaces via 230 lanes across 34 facilities while simplifying parking, reducing congestion, improving traffic flow, and enhancing the experience for the more than 10 million patients, visitors, staff, and students who visit TMC annually.

In addition to TMC, FlashParking is delivering at an enterprise scale of more than 6 million parkers per month and processing $1 billion in transactions at more than 1,300 locations worldwide.

 

Rodriguez continued, “L Catterton has an unparalleled track record of building leading brands and rapidly scaling operations, which makes them the ideal partner for us as we grow and expand our business. We look forward to leveraging L Catterton’s expertise and experience scaling multi-sided marketplaces as we work together to build out connected mobile hubs that deliver value to all stakeholders.”

 

L Catterton has significant experience in investing globally in technology-enabled marketplaces and businesses. Current and past investments include ClassPass, Artsy, Vroom, Get Your Guide, and Enjoy.

 

BofA Securities served as financial advisor to FlashParking.

To learn more about FlashParking’s mobility hub vision and operating system, please visit www.flashparking.com.

 

About FlashParking

FlashParking is a leading parking technology company that addresses some of the most complex transportation problems facing urban societies. Founded in 2011 to perfect the parking experience, FlashParking has grown to serve thousands of operations, enterprise portfolios, and smart cities nationwide. Today, the company is enabling traditional parking assets to evolve into next-generation mobility hubs by implementing future-ready hardware and software infrastructure, a powerful business intelligence engine, and a robust partner ecosystem. FlashParking is the best parking solution for today and the only mobility solution for tomorrow. Visit us at www.flashparking.com to learn more. 

 

About L Catterton

With approximately $20 billion of equity capital across seven fund strategies in 17 offices globally, L Catterton is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. L Catterton’s team of more than 190 investment and operating professionals partners with management teams around the world to implement strategic plans to foster growth, leveraging deep category insight, operational excellence, and a broad thought partnership network. Since 1989, the firm has made over 200 investments in leading consumer brands. L Catterton was formed through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH, and Groupe Arnault. For more information about L Catterton, please visit www.lcatterton.com.

Enel X Launches Next-Generation Smart EV Charging Product Line Including The New JuiceBox®, JuiceStand™, JuicePedestal™, JuicePump™ and JuiceRouter™ Solutions

January 14, 2020

Enel X Launches Next-Generation Smart EV Charging Product Line Including The New JuiceBox®, JuiceStand™, JuicePedestal™, JuicePump™ and JuiceRouter™ Solutions

 

 

– Designed and manufactured to expand Enel X smart charging solutions in North America for residential, commercial, utility and automotive customers

– Gillette Stadium, Kraft Sports + Entertainment join a growing customer portfolio

– Recently named the number one Vehicle Grid Integration solution provider by the premier research group Navigant, Enel X builds off of its success to accelerate the decarbonization of the energy and transportation sectors with its JuiceNet® smart charging platform


SAN CARLOS, Calif.  Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy business line, today launched its next generation of smart EV charging stations to speed the adoption of electric vehicles and support the decarbonization of the energy and transportation sectors. The North American product line builds off of its flagship charger, the JuiceBox® 40, which has held best-seller status on Amazon for the last five years, and includes a suite of new charging stations: JuiceBox 32, 40, 48 and 80.

The new JuiceBox Level 2 smart charging stations provide speed, performance and value to EV drivers businesses, automakers and utilities. Compatible with all EVs on the market, they can charge electric cars up to 14 times faster than a standard Level 1 charger. The new JuiceBox smart charging stations also come with upgraded specifications including de facto open standards OCPP and OpenADR, built-in cable management and security lock, easy Bluetooth setup, upgraded WiFi via JuiceRouter™, dynamic LEDs to show connectivity and charging behavior, and access to Enel X’s JuiceNet® Green program across the U.S., which was previously only available in California. The new JuiceStand™ and JuicePedestal™ solutions add flexibility to the new product line with several installation, mounting and cable management options like retractable cables for workplaces, multi-unit dwellings and other commercial usage.

Enel X’s IoT platform, JuiceNet is now available in four editions – Home, Business, Enterprise and Utility. This provides a customized smart charging experience for residential users, small and medium sized businesses, larger enterprises and energy providers. JuiceNet provides tailored capabilities to each customer segment and makes charging convenient for all by managing charging demand, providing real-time flexibility to the grid, and helping the grid become cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable. The JuiceNet smart charging platform also reduces the total cost of EV ownership through grid programs, rewarding customers with JuicePoints, and infrastructure incentives.

“As EV ownership and renewable energy generation continues to increase, there’s a growing need for smart charging solutions to help communities reach ambitious clean energy and zero-emission transportation goals more efficiently and cost-effectively by using EVs as grid assets,” said Giovanni Bertolino, the head of e-Mobility for Enel X North America. “We’ve demonstrated smart charging at scale with our 40MW virtual battery in California and look forward to expanding new market opportunities for vehicle-grid integration with this new product line.”

Enel X offers fully-networked, grid-responsive charging stations that enable businesses to maximize their EV infrastructure investment. Designed for durability, reliability and efficiency, the new commercial charging stations offer a variety of cost-effective configurations that can be wall-mounted or ground-mounted. JuicePedestal and JuiceStand are all-purpose commercial charging infrastructure, with universal EV compatibility and are perfect for workplaces, multi-unit dwellings and electric vehicle fleets. Affordably priced, JuicePedestal and JuiceStand offer multiple payment options. Additionally, Enel X’s expanded product line now includes JuicePump, a 50-kilowattt DC fast charger, which is a good fit for commercial customers like electric vehicle fleets. And the new JuiceRouter will provide connectivity for all commercial stations in areas with weak WiFi signals.

Timed with the introduction of this new commercial smart charging infrastructure, Enel X is installing 50 new JuiceBox Pro 32s on 25 JuicePedestals at Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Revolution and six-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. These new installations will support Enel X’s broader energy advisory initiative with the stadium as the official energy partner of Kraft Sports + Entertainment.

“Kraft Sports + Entertainment greatly values sustainable operations, and these new electric vehicle charging ports will allow our players and guests to charge their electric vehicles through the cleanest energy sources possible,” said Murray Kohl, vice president of sales for the Kraft Group. “We look forward to furthering our relationship with Enel to continue to provide our visitors with sustainable resources.”

Enel X, the number one leading Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) solution provider according to Navigant, has also recently achieved strong momentum with electric utilities in regions where there are ambitious carbon-neutral electricity goals. Recently, Enel X added two Washington State utilities and Hawaiian Electric Companies to its portfolio of more than 20 utility partners across the U.S. Additionally, Enel X is part of DTE Energy’s Charging Forward program, which is providing significant EV infrastructure incentives and will encourage DTE customers to charge their electric vehicles during off-peak hours to help spread the demand on the electric grid.

“DTE Energy has recently set a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 which strongly supports a move towards electric transportation. DTE has also launched the Charging Forward program to bring the benefits of electric transportation to all of our customers by supporting the deployment of EV charger infrastructure,” said Camilo Serna, DTE’s vice president of Corporate Strategy. “Through our Charging Forward program, DTE residents and businesses can qualify for home and commercial charging station incentives, with the JuiceBox being a qualified option.”

Currently in the US, 23 states have implemented statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets, signaling a growing commitment towards a net-zero carbon future. Enel X’s continued investment in electric mobility solutions, with its evolved product lineup, including the market’s best-selling home charging station, and continued expansion of OEM, utility and commercial business partners, supports a dual-decarbonization path and speeds progress towards this zero-emission future.

Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility. Enel X holds the leading position in demand response programs globally, with over 6 GW of demand response capacity currently managed and assigned in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Enel X’s electric vehicle charging station technology, called JuiceBox®, and its JuiceNet® platform, provide smart management of electric vehicle charging and other distributed energy storage facilities. Enel X operates over 60,000 electric vehicle smart charging stations in 20 countries.

Enel X in North America has around 3,700 business customers, spanning more than 10,400 sites, representing approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 20 operational behind-the-meter storage projects. The company’s intelligent DER Optimization Software is designed to analyze real-time energy and utility bill data, improve performance, and manage distributed energy assets, including behind-the-meter storage projects.

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ParkMobile Partners with the University of Georgia in Athens to Provide Smarter Parking Options Around Campus

January 14, 2020

ParkMobile Partners with the University of Georgia in Athens to Provide Smarter Parking Options Around Campus

 

 

Atlanta-based company continues to add users and expand service in cities, venues and universities across the state of Georgia


ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 14, 2020  — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., announced today the launch of service at the University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens. Students and visitors will be able to use the ParkMobile app to easily pay for parking at 2,400 spaces across campus in both lots and decks.

The ParkMobile app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. To pay for parking using the app, a user enters the zone number posted on stickers and signs around the lot, selects the amount of time needed and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. The user can also extend the time of the parking session on their mobile device, without having to go back to the kiosk. The user can even receive a push notification when their time is nearing expiration, so that they may extend their session.

The launch of ParkMobile service at the University of Georgia expands the company’s footprint across the state. ParkMobile is already widely used in Atlanta, Decatur, Roswell, Alpharetta and more. There are currently almost 120,000 users of the ParkMobile app in the state of Georgia and that number has grown 113% over the past two years. ParkMobile can also be used to make parking reservations for events at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, State Farm Arena, Georgia World Congress Center and Bobby Dodd Stadium. Beyond the state of Georgia, ParkMobile is available in most major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Miami Beach.

“As an Atlanta-based company, we are beyond excited to partner with the University of Georgia,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “There are a lot of UGA alumni who currently work for ParkMobile, so it’s great to see our signs all around Athens.”

About ParkMobile

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, helping millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile device. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 7 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.

ParkMobile Contact: Jeff Perkins, CMO, jeff.perkins@parkmobile.io

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