Coord: City of West Palm Beach Makes Rosemary Square Streets More Efficient with New Smart Zone Pilot

January 19, 2021

Coord: City of West Palm Beach Makes Rosemary Square Streets More Efficient with New Smart Zone Pilot

 

In partnership with curb management platform, Coord, West Palm Beach and Related Companies pilot innovative Smart Zones to improve safety and efficiency of bustling Rosemary Square



West Palm Beach, FL– The City of West Palm Beach and Related Companies, in partnership with Coord, a leading curb management company, today announced the launch of the City’s first-ever Smart Zone pilot program to better manage the city’s curbs. This follows West Palm Beach’s selection by Coord as one of four U.S. cities to participate in the company’s inaugural Digital Curb Challenge to undertake a brand new curb management program. 

Smart Zones, powered by Coord’s technology, enable commercial drivers to use the mobile devices they already use every day to locate nearby available loading zones and to hold, book, and pay for time in them. As a result, Smart Zones promote the economic vitality of commercial areas by making it easier for businesses to receive supplies and fulfill customer requests for deliveries, all while improving the experience for people who visit the area. While offering a more streamlined experience for drivers, they can improve mobility for everyone visiting the downtown neighborhood by reducing safety and congestion challenges, such as double-parking and blocked pedestrian access.

In the heart of West Palm Beach, the City will use the Smart Zones to streamline the bustling downtown area’s commercial deliveries that serve the restaurants, retailers, cultural institutions, and other businesses. This pilot program builds upon West Palm Beach’s recent switch to flex zones, rather than metered parking, in Rosemary Square as part of their efforts to modernize their curb management strategy and provide an enjoyable and safe public space for all users.

“As the county seat and region’s economic driver, West Palm Beach is a vibrant, growing city that is committed to utilizing the latest in technology,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We are pleased to participate in Coord’s new Smart Zones pilot program to help improve the mobility experience for residents, visitors and our business community.  This new technology will help make our downtown streets safer for our businesses, residents and drivers and will make visiting Rosemary Square even more enjoyable.”

“Rosemary Square is the cultural, entertainment and shopping crossroads of one of South Florida’s fastest growing commercial centers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the City to implement innovative new ways to improve accessibility and ease the flow of traffic for our expanding visitor and tenant base,” said Gopal Rajegowda, Partner, Related Southeast. “Coord’s seamless solution for the future of walkable destinations will build on the momentum of the dramatic streetscape improvements we’ve made over the last year, and we are excited to be part of their initial pilot launch,” he adds.  

The City of West Palm Beach has deployed seven Smart Zones located in Rosemary Square:

 

  • 701 S Rosemary Avenue West Side, by Capital One
  • 113 S Rosemary Avenue West Side, by Natuzzi
  • 700 S Rosemary Avenue East Side, by Venture X
  • 137 S Rosemary Avenue West Side, by Casper
  • 699 S Rosemary Avenue West Side, by H&M
  • 590 Hibiscus Street at S Rosemary South Side, by Harriet Himmel Theater
  • 590 Hibiscus Street at S Rosemary North Side, by Brio

 

Coord’s Smart Zones will also provide the City of West Palm Beach with information that is essential in empowering the city to make data-driven operational changes. For example, program data can be used to understand when and where loading space is most needed and to help manage demand for it through pricing and time limits. Because Smart Zone availability, rules and prices are digitally communicated to drivers, Coord’s platform allows a city to make rules adjustments for zones in response to policy changes, special events or emergencies without the hassle and expense of modifying signage on the street. 

 

“Smart Zones are a valuable tool to help cities improve safety and traffic flow, streamline the experience for commercial drivers, and provide a better experience for everyone doing business in or visiting commercial areas,” said Dawn Miller, Coord’s VP for Policy and Partnerships. “We are thrilled to be working with West Palm Beach and Related Companies on this pilot program and look forward to bringing the insights developed in Rosemary Square to other cities across the country tackling curb management and congestion challenges in their downtowns.”



About City of West Palm Beach
The City of West Palm Beach is in the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida. West Palm Beach is 55 square miles including a downtown intercoastal waterfront. It has a population of 102,000, one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Known for its beautiful beaches and weather year-round, West Palm Beach is proud of its ethnic and cultural diversity, both in the community it serves and in its workplace. The City of West Palm Beach is focused on: the recruitment of new businesses, the retention of local companies, and the expansion of existing industries to increase employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth.

 

About Related Companies
Related Companies is a global real estate and lifestyle company defined by innovation and the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States with over $60 billion in assets owned or under development including the 28-acre Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, The Grand and Related Santa Clara in California and The 78 in Chicago. Formed over 45 years ago, Related is the largest private owner of affordable housing and a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of design, development, acquisitions, management, finance, hospitality, sustainability, and sales. Related’s mixed-use, residential and commercial office properties have been consistently heralded for their placemaking vision – bringing together iconic design, arts and culture, dynamic programming, and innovative wellness programs. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and London, and boasts a team of approximately 4,000 professionals. Related was named to Fast Company Magazine’s list 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. For more information about Related, please visit www.related.com.

 

About Coord
Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

evTS Announces Endorsement by Former World No. 1 and Hall of Fame Golfer for Its FireFly®ESV Electric Vehicle

January 19, 2021

 

 

evTS Announces Endorsement by Former World No. 1 and Hall of Fame Golfer for Its FireFly®ESV Electric Vehicle

 

BOSTON, Jan. 19, 2021  — ev Transportation Services, Inc. (“evTS”), an electric vehicle manufacturer focused on the essential services and urban mobility markets, today announced that Ernie Els, a former world No. 1 golfer with 72 professional career victories to his name, including four Major Championships and two World Golf Championships, is endorsing the company’s flagship all-electric, FireFly ESV lightweight commercial utility vehicle and will serve as the FireFly ESV Global Brand Ambassador.

The multiyear agreement allows evTS to utilize Els’ name, endorsement and likeness in connection with the advertisement, promotion and sale of evTS’ vehicles.

“We are proud to have excited the interest in our vehicle by such a well known and talented sportsman,” said evTS Chairman and CEO David Solomont. “It is an honor to be associated with a gentleman who is respected not only in South Africa, but throughout the world for his competitive spirit, genuine personality and extensive philanthropic work.”

Ernie Els said, “We’ve been in talks with evTS for a while and I’ve been seriously impressed by the company’s products and services, as well as its focus and ambition in the specialty vehicle market. We all know where the world is heading in terms of the switch to electric vehicles and we feel evTS has unique opportunities and competitive advantages in the commercial sector. It’s exciting for me to be able to jump on board and I look forward to working with the team and proudly representing the company on my travels around the world.”

About Ernie Els

As a former world No.1 golfer, Els is one of the most prolific winners of his generation and the global reach of his victories is almost without parallel. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and the South African Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Away from the golf course, Ernie has uniquely transcended his sport by virtue of his business interests which successfully encompass golf course design and hospitality, as well as his groundbreaking charitable work and fundraising efforts.

Together with his wife, Liezl, they founded The Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, spearheading a campaign that led to the opening in 2015 of The Els Center of Excellence in Florida, a world-class site hosting leading-edge programs and services for individuals with autism. He has received numerous awards for charitable endeavors, including being named one of the Top Five Most Positive Athletes in the World by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy and receiving the Heisman Humanitarian Award 2017 in recognition of his work in autism. A proud South African, he currently resides with his wife and two children in Jupiter, Florida.

About evTS

ev Transportation Services Inc. (“evTS”) is a specialty vehicle manufacturer that produces purpose built, all-electric lightweight commercial utility vehicles and provides fleet management solutions. The Boston-based company is currently focused on the essential services transportation and urban mobility markets, which represent an annual domestic replacement market of approximately 100,000 vehicles, or roughly $2.5 billion annually. End user applications for the company’s vehicles include parking management, security and perimeter patrol, parks and sidewalk maintenance, utility meter reading, property and building management, airports, seaports, sanitation, university and corporate campuses, and last mile on-demand urban delivery. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.evts.com.

 

ParkNews.biz Week of Jan 12th-18th, 2021 – Will raising taxes or fees on parking help or hurt the economy? 

January 18, 2021

 

ParkNews.biz Week of Jan 12th-18th, 2021 – Will raising taxes or fees on parking help or hurt the economy?

 

 

 

This week, Hartford, CT is in the news due to the city’s “considering an expanded fee on private commercial parking lots and structures that mimics some of the important features of a land value tax.”

Two articles address the issues: Jan 18, 2021 – Higher parking lot licensing fees in downtown Hartford, CT sought to spur redevelopment, but opponents just see the cost of parking going up and Jan 18, 2021 – How to Stop Giving Parking Developers A Free Ride.

In the first article, “John Q. Gale, an attorney in his second term on the Hartford council, is proposing to raise the licensing fees private commercial parking lot operators must pay to the city every other year. Right now, the fees range from $500 to $1,000, but under Gale’s proposal, the fees could jump to $29,000 or higher for the biggest lots downtown.”

Gale believes that it will give developers an incentive to find different uses for the land currently occupied by parking lots.

However, many believe that such an increase would come at a wrong time when we are striving to get over the pandemic and revive the economy.

“Alan Lazowski, chief executive of LAZ Parking, which owns, leases or manages 14,000 spaces downtown, said he expects the higher fees would boost parking rates in a city where parking already is perceived as expensive. He’s also troubled about the potential effect on apartment renters downtown that have been growing in number in recent years.”

In the second article, Donald Shoup is mentioned and his The High Cost of Free Parking. Shoup’s premise is that by giving so much land to cars we weaken our cities by taking away opportunities for interactions. However, how did it all change with the pandemic? The car ownership is growing and people need spaces to park.

As JVH wrote in his Jan 5th, 2021, “cars are freedom” and “how can we help?” Still the opponents of personal cars and parking such as The Parking Reform Network’s Tony Jordan says: “. . . parking stall fees are good policy because they would contribute simultaneously to several important policy objectives. Parking stall fees, particularly surface stalls, will encourage better uses of urban space, which I think is a big consideration in Hartford. Per stall fees internalize more of the costs of someone’s decision to drive and raise revenue that can and should be used to encourage and subsidize other modes. The environmental and traffic benefits from mode shift are obvious.”

Diverse thinking is a wonderful thing. Yet, the key right now is to jump start the economy and get people back to work. And if they want to drive and park it is up to them.

“Downtown businesses, trying to hang on in the pandemic, are struggling with a dramatic drop-off in customers. Some worry that the potential for higher parking fees would hurt efforts to recover after the pandemic eases.”

Recovery right now is the ultimate and most important goal.

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CAME Integrates the Parking System of the Regina Garage in Trieste

January 18, 2021

 

 

 

CAME Integrates the Parking System of the Regina Garage in Trieste

 

CAME has integrated the parking system of the Regina Garage in Trieste city center. The PKE system by CAME Parkare, thanks to a network of automatic devices, guarantees a better user parking experience, simplifying and speeding up the transit of users even in the absence of staff, and facilitates the search for parking spaces in an urban setting such as Trieste, where the great presence of squares, suggestive narrow streets, continuous uphill and downhill slopes, make parking a real challenge.

The parking system, integrated and fully controllable by the PKE software, allows freedom of use of the 210 spaces at Entry to the parking garage with sign “Regina” above itany time, even in the absence of staff on-site, for both pedestrian and car access. During the day, the Came GO sectional doors remain open from 7 am to 8 pm, allowing entry to all users, whether subscribers or occasional users. During night-time hours, the parking facility remains closed to outsiders to guarantee maximum security; it is only accessible to subscribers who can independently open the barriers, the sectional door, and the pedestrian door, thanks to a personalized card and RFID readers in the parking system in-out columns and the CAME Thangram entry panel.

Thangram, with its attractive Made in Italy design consisting of rounded lines and reduced thickness, is unbelievably sturdy and has an IP54 protection rating, resistant to all weather conditions. This new entry panel can also be used to remotely manage assistance to the public and open Came GO barriers and sectional doors when necessary, for example, if a user has lost their subscription card. If the parking facility is not manned by staff, the call can be diverted directly to another phone line, ensuring a prompt and efficient service at all times.

Young man inserting parking ticket into the pay stationWith the new CAME parking system, it was possible to automate the process of generating and dispensing tickets, which was previously carried out manually by staff. Thanks to the new automatic pay station – which complements the manual one – it is possible to pay autonomously using the preferred payment method: from traditional coins and banknotes with change management to the most modern ATMs, credit cards, or mobile cards, also with NFC technology. It is also possible to manage and renew subscriptions and cards, process system data, and resolve any issues. The automatic pay station also allows users to top up their subscription cards easily and independently, even when the car park staff are not present.

A further important advantage for the Garage Regina parking facility, guaranteed by the PKE system, is the reduction of operating costs. Thanks to the high availability of the system and the redundancy of critical components, such as the use of continuous thermal paper, CAME’s automatic parking system requires very little maintenance.

 

About CAME Parkare

CAME Parkare is a company of CAME Group. We are leaders in the automation, control, management, and distribution of equipment for car parks (on-street) and parking meters (off-street). We also do the maintenance for all our machines and systems with our customer service.

At CAME Parkare our main asset is the satisfaction of our customers. As a service company, we constantly aim to deliver quality solutions to our customers.

Our value chain contains concepts like feasibility of the study, development and engineering, manufacturing, installation, and after-sales service. Due to this, we can offer tailor-made solutions for our customers.

CAME Parkare is a new concept, stronger than ever, and operating in 118 countries.

City of Eugene Airport is Now Using Parker Technology’s Customer Service Solution

January 18, 2021

 

City of Eugene Airport is Now Using Parker Technology’s Customer Service Solution

 

 

Parker Technology’s customer service solution is successfully providing live customer service support for City of Eugene Airport. Four pay-on-foot stations and 17 lanes now utilize Parker Technology’s integrated FlashParking solution.

“We are excited about our recent upgrades to our parking system,” said acting Airport Director Cathryn Stephens, A.A.E. “The new equipment provides an improved customer experience, including touchless technology and faster self-serve options, while still offering personal service for our guests who need it.”

“It is always such a positive sign when an existing customer asks us to help them in bigger and better ways,” said Brian Wolff, CEO & President of Parker Technology. “We are grateful to be expanding our relationship with the City of Eugene by serving their airport customers. It is a testament to the strength of our integrated solution with FlashParking and the value of our call center services.”

Parking patrons expect to enter and exit garages without interacting with staff, but when they call for help, they want it immediately. An intercom call solution can instantly connect parking guests to trained professionals who can guide them through a successful transaction. Each year, an estimated 85 million parking intercom calls are made in the U.S. This statistic is from the Parker Technology platform, which records and analyzes call data to help parking operators better manage their facilities.

About Parker Technology
Parker Technology is a software and services company that helps parking facilities provide excellent customer experience, by resolving issues for parking guests when they fail in the face of automated payment kiosks. Parker’s patient, well-informed specialists virtually answer and resolve intercom calls 24/7 and is the only company in the parking industry that can deliver this service with face-to-face, two-way video communication. Putting this personal, human touch back into an automated situation enhances the customer experience, provides metrics to improve operational efficiencies, increases successful payments, and ensures customer service calls are answered. Learn more at www.helpmeparker.com.

About FlashParking
FlashParking is the leader in parking technology powering the transformation from isolated parking assets to connected mobility hubs with the first Mobility Hub Operating System. Once underutilized parking assets are optimizing operations, gaining real-time visibility, and connecting to the smart city through FlashParking’s suite of enhanced 21st-century parking, a robust business intelligence engine, and partnerships in the logistics, transportation, and mobility ecosystems. In an age when we have more ways of getting around than ever before, FlashParking is creating value at every turn of the modern mobility experience and opening opportunities in the present and future markets. Visit FlashParking.com to learn more.

Eagle Hills Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart Sensor System for its Latest Development Project, Marassi Galleria

January 15, 2021

 

 

Eagle Hills Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart Sensor System for its Latest Development Project, Marassi Galleria

 

 

CHESHIRE, CT – January 14th, 2021 – Park Assist, recently merged with TKH Security, has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Marassi Galleria, Eagle Hills’ latest development project located within Marassi Al Bahrain. Marassi Galleria is a 200,000-square-meter shopping mall, operated by Emaar, that will house a myriad of world-renowned vendors and set a new standard for the retail experience throughout the region. Slated to be the defining centerpiece of the development, the mall will be a mid to high-end lifestyle shopping center extending to the beach. Marassi Galleria will host five interconnected districts, each with a theme tailored to a specific customer taste: the high-street, the Family Plaza, a Waterfront Dining Promenade, an animated rooftop and The Luxury Courtyard. It will be the largest mall in Bahrain and the first TKH Security (Park Assist) project with Eagle Hills.

While Eagle Hills first planned to install an ultrasonic system at this facility, the proprietary M4 PGS proved to be the superior alternative, offering a cost-effective, advanced-tech, customer-centric solution. With the customer experience top-of-mind, the camera-based M4 smart-sensor system provides increased functionality and flexibility for future upgrades while offering patrons a world-class experience from the moment they arrive.

The digital wayfinding signage will help quickly steer visitors to available parking spaces. As visitors arrive at the garage, exterior and entryway signage show real-time vacancy counts for each facility level. After entering, interior wayfinding signage and directional in-aisle pointers provide follow up parking guidance, helping guests make quicker decisions about where to park.

The state-of-the-art M4 PGS then directs visitors to available parking spaces. The patented, camera-based technology guides visitors to vacant bays using color-coded smart-sensors. The sensors’ LED lights are triggered to change from red to green when spaces become available, removing confusion from the parking journey, saving visitors time searching for open bays, and ensuring a smooth flow of traffic.

“TKH Security (previously Park Assist) is excited to be working on such an iconic project, further solidifying our position as the only next-generation camera-based Parking Guidance System deployed in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This project would not have been possible without our local partner, Mantech, and we are thrilled to be working with them again.” Said Adam Fitzgerald, Regional Manager – MENA.

This will be the fourth camera-based parking guidance installation in Bahrain, all of which are Park Assist systems. Partnering with Mantech Commercial services company, design work is well underway, and the installation is due to begin in February 2021.

About TKH Security

TKH Security specializes in the development of smart electronic security, safety, and parking guidance systems. With over 25 years of experience, we offer complete innovative solutions for Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Personal Surveillance, Parking Guidance, Parking Facility Management, and Asset & Site Management. We are always looking for innovative solutions for the market with a focus on creative, flexible and open architecture integration. Recently merging with seven companies (Park Assist, ParkEyes, Aasset Security, Flexsposure, Key Processor, Siqura, and VDG) TKH Security has a strong position in North America, Australia, Europe, and multiple offices all over the world. TKH Security is a member of TKH Group NV.

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Katie Rodenhiser
Global Marketing Manager
k.rodenhiser@tkhsecurity.com

Rekor Redefines Privacy, Security and Sharing for License Plate Data for Commercial and Government Users

January 14, 2021

Rekor Redefines Privacy, Security and Sharing for License Plate Data for Commercial and Government Users

 

 

Company adds new features, greatly expands existing capabilities on its AI-based platform now called Rekor Scout™

Rekor Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: REKR) (“Rekor”) (the “Company”) a Maryland-based company providing real-time roadway intelligence through AI-driven decisions, today announced that it released a major update to its automatic license plate and vehicle recognition software, Rekor Scout, formerly known as Rekor Watchman. Known for its ability to turn nearly any IP, traffic, or security camera into an AI-powered vehicle recognition system, the new version of Scout adds extensive new privacy, security and sharing controls for its commercial and government users.

“With growing concerns over data privacy worldwide, it’s no surprise that we need to continually innovate our solutions to meet customer needs far into the future,” said Chris Kadoch, CTO, Rekor. “This version of our Scout software makes generational leaps in enabling commercial and government customers to take highly granular control over security, privacy and sharing settings to comply with their own policies and outside mandates. This sets a new bar in privacy and security in the use of license plate recognition.”

Policy-Driven Retention

In response to recent and increasing concerns about license plate privacy, Scout now allows customers to define how long the vehicle information and license plate image will be retained based on their own privacy, data retention and data management policies dependent on the severity and class of infraction. Agencies and enterprises can set policy and severity-based auto-retention policies for every individual type of data capture rather than the traditional “blanket” time-based model. For instance, the retention policy for “felony offenders” can be set to a longer period than that for “misdemeanors,” and plate reads that are not associated with an offense can be different still — perhaps even not retained at all.

Enhanced Sharing and Privacy Controls

Following the general theme of providing the individual enterprise or agency more control of their data, Scout delivers three key means to share and control who has access to data:

  1. Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN): For government agencies and law enforcement that want to securely share their Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) data with other jurisdictions, the RPSN is an extensive network of Rekor clients that opt-in to contribute to and/or access a global database of information. It serves as an open data sharing infrastructure for the global public sector and speeds collaboration for cross-jurisdictional investigations such as Amber Alerts.
  2. Peer-to-Peer Sharing: Transferring data to a “global database” inherently introduces some loss of direct control over data retention and usage. Consequently, Rekor Scout provides a peer-to-peer (federated) secure search that allows government agencies and enterprises to define sharing relationships so that data can be shared without the need to transfer it to an external data lake. This type of federated search model allows agencies to define who may search their data, and the searchability of data can be further restricted to specific cameras using defined and secure pathways.
  3. Rekor’s Open API: Unlike competitive products in the market, Rekor takes a different approach to data sharing. At Rekor, we believe the customer truly owns their data—which is why we created an open API, wherein an agency can send data to and receive data from any 3rd party system that they choose (provided the party is accepting). As an example, an agency can now forward reads to virtually any willing 3rd party system or seamlessly accept reads using an API specifically for law enforcement. They can also share ALPR data to a separate application such as one that publishes the real-time availability of parking spots to assist local government in the coordination of a regional approach to parking management.

Enhanced Situational Awareness

Rekor Scout software brings real-time video access to the thousands of current roadside ALPR systems to increase situational awareness throughout a region. The Rekor Edge series of vehicle recognition hardware allows both “near real-time” streaming from the edge through its Scout interface for situational awareness, as well as an optional 30-day archival video record of roadway activity to support investigations.

The new version of Scout is even easier to use and implement with simplified user account creation and management, effectively reducing administrative workload.

Rekor Scout is available immediately to all current Rekor public sector and commercial customers at a cost between $49 and $79 per month depending on local or cloud implementation. New customers can try the software for free for 14 days. Scout is also available with baseline features to homeowners and smaller business for just $5 a month. Learn more about Rekor Scout at https://www.openalpr.com/software/scout.

State of California Extends and Expands Contract With Beam Global for Rapidly Deployed Sustainable EV Charging Products

January 14, 2021

 

State of California Extends and Expands Contract With Beam Global for Rapidly Deployed Sustainable EV Charging Products

 

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2021  — Beam Global, (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW), the leading provider of innovative sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media and energy security, announced that the State of California has extended Beam Global’s contract #1-18-61-16 to supply EV ARC™ systems to State of California Departments and other governmental entities, and expanded the contract to include government entities in other U.S. states at the California negotiated price, without their having to go through a lengthy procurement or technology review process. The award extends the contract through June 23, 2022.

Use of the contract is mandatory for all State of California Departments and is available for use by local governmental agencies. The contract includes Beam’s emergency power solutions which provide a secure and reliable source of electricity for EV charging and first responders during natural disasters or other periods of utility grid interruption. The new contract also reflects the name change from Envision Solar to Beam Global.

“Now all 50 states can use the California contract to buy Beam’s rapidly deployed solar-powered EV charging systems at the same volume price we offer to the State of California,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “Governments and companies nationwide are under increasing pressure to deploy EV charging infrastructure quickly to accommodate the accelerating adoption of electric vehicles. The EV ARC™ is the fastest deployed and most scalable infrastructure solution. It requires no permitting, no electrical work and no construction. It’s sustainably powered with no utility bill and no loss of charging during a blackout. We are delighted to get this expanded contract renewal especially right on the heels of our recently announced Federal GSA contract which does the same things for all Federal agencies including the military.”

President-elect Joe Biden has announced a plan that represents the most ambitious clean energy vision by any U.S. president in history with billions planned for EV charging infrastructure and $4 trillion sought for green jobs and infrastructure spending. On January 5, 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that California Governor Gavin Newsom pledged to spend $1.5 billion in boosting the purchase of zero emission vehicles and building new charging stations across California, seeking to pair an economic incentive with progress on California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. In September 2020, Governor Newsom pledged to fast-track California’s environmental goals in response to the climate crisis. He issued an executive order that would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state to be zero emission by 2035. The contract Beam has with the State of California supports these goals, along with the goals of other states

About Beam Global
Beam Global is a CleanTech leader that produces innovative, sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media, and energy security, without the construction, disruption, risks and costs of grid-tied solutions. Products include the patented EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® lines with BeamTrak™ patented solar tracking, and ARC Technology™ energy storage, along with EV charging, outdoor media and disaster preparedness packages.

The company develops, patents, designs, engineers and manufactures unique and advanced renewably energized products that save customers time and money, help the environment, empower communities and keep people moving. Based in San Diego, the company produces Made in America products. Beam Global is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW (formerly Envision Solar, EVSI, EVSIW). For more information visit https://BeamForAll.com/, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter.

 

Global Smart Parking System Market Is Estimated To Account For US$ 385.0 Mn In Terms Of Value By The End Of 2027

January 14, 2021

Global Smart Parking System Market Is Estimated To Account For US$ 385.0 Mn In Terms Of Value By The End Of 2027

 

 

 

The Global Smart Parking Systems Marketis expected to be valued at US$ 385.0 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 17.5% during the forecast period (2020-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.

 

 

Rising need for scalability, space efficiency, and flexibility is expected to boost the global smart parking systems market growth over the forecast period

There is a high demand for sustainable transportation policy. The primary objective of sustainable development is to increase welfare in the present while ensuring good economic, social, and environmental conditions for future generations. Currently, there is a requirement for better land-use planning and housing development, in order to reduce the generation of traffic. In many places, failure to integrate land use planning sufficiently with transport policy has been the cause of traffic congestion, which is difficult to manage. They can be easily relocated and deployed in small land spaces, owing to the small footprint of smart parking systems. This allows for better planning and for optimum utilization of land space. Smart parking is highly scalable and can be deployed whenever needed. Therefore, these factors are expected to propel the global smart parking systems market growth over the forecast period.

 

Market Opportunity

Growing focus on improving customer service can present lucrative growth opportunities

Key companies in the market are focused on improving customer service. Better customer service leads to a longer operational cycle of smart parking systems at lower costs. Moreover, duringrecent years, the number of electric vehicles has been increasing which is also aiding the demand for electric vehicle charging stations. Further, some companies are focusing on installing solar electric vehicle charging stations at parking spaces. For instance, in September 2014, Lumos Solar launched its SmartPark solar electric vehicle charging station, in order to tap the growing electric vehicle charging solutions market using clean technology.

 

Market Restraint

Non-availability of supporting infrastructure is expected to hamper the global smart parking systems market growth over the forecast period

A smart parking system requires supporting infrastructure for proper functioning. This infrastructure includes robust building, adequate space, and advanced technology. Moreover, such infrastructure requires significant investment, which is not affordable forevery government authority. Hence, these factors are expected to hamper theglobal smart parking systems market growth over the forecast period.

 

Market Trends

North America Trends

Large smart parking projects in major cities such as San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles, as well as small projects in the rest of the region, have made North America a major market for smart parking systems. For example, San Francisco’s SFpark program has provided many benefits to the city and drivers both. Drivers can find parking spots up to five minutes faster on SFpark blocks than on those equipped with the oldmechanized parking systems, which has significantly reduced the distances traveled by various vehicles and increased sales tax revenues. For instance, in March 2014, Streetline, Inc. announced a project with Stationnement de Montreal, which manages the parking for the city of Montreal in Québec, Canada. The major goal of this project is to improve the parking experience by increasing parking availability for motorists.

 

Europe Trends

Europe has some of the oldest cities in the world, are full of narrow roads. With reserved land resources, large populations, and old infrastructure, cities in Europe are ideal environments for the implementation of smart parking in their existing infrastructures. Instead of building any new structures, which can be expensive, many cities across Europe are adopting the smart parking solutions of various vendors. For instance, in March 2014, Manchester City Council, NSL Services Group, and Streetline, Inc. launched a complete integrated parking solution that wouldenable drivers to find parking space using Streetline’s smartphone application, Parker, while businesses guide their customers in finding parking through Streetline’s website, ParkerMap. In 2012, Siemens AG and Streetline, Inc. launched a smart parking project in Braunschweig, Germany. This advanced parking solution checks parking space availability provides real-time parking information through the Parker app and helps city officials manage parking throughout the city.

 

Global Smart Parking Systems Market – Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, many industries witnessed significant shift in their business. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected smart parking system market. This is due to lockdownimposed by several countries to stop the spread of coronavirus. Many companies worldwide have closed their premises and all the workforce are working fromhome and this have impacted smart parking system in a huge manner. As parking system is not getting used and data is not transmitted over IoT system and due to this there is no new enhancement in the parking system. As payment gateway are also integrated with smart parking system and this have also impacted the payment gateway business. This will severely impacted the growth of smart parking system market.

 

Competitive Section

Major companies involved in the global smart parking systems market are Streetline, Inc., Worldsensing, Smart Parking Limited, Swarco AG, Amano McGann, Skidata AG, Nedap N.V., ParkMe, Inc., Cisco System, Inc., Parkmobile LLC, and Urbiotica.

 

Key Developments

Major companies are focused on partnerships and collaborations, in order to expand the market presence. For instance, in June 2020, Parkmobile LLC partnered with City Birmingham, Alabama to allow residents to pay for parking through their mobile devices.

 

ParkMobile Partners with UC Davis to Provide Daily Parking Rates on Campus

January 12, 2021

 

 

 

 

ParkMobile Partners with UC Davis to Provide Daily Parking Rates on Campus

 

 

Students and employees will now be able to purchase discounted daily parking passes via mobile app

 

Davis, CA – January 12, 2021 – ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, announced today the launch of new daily parking rates at the University of California, Davis campus. Students and employees with a valid university email address will be able to use the ParkMobile app to access special daily parking rates at nearly 11,000 spaces around campus in the open surface lots and multi-level garages. Paying a daily rate with the ParkMobile app will replace the monthly permits program, providing more flexibility to students and faculty. You can find more information about the changes to the UC Davis parking program at taps.ucdavis.edu/dailyrates.

 

ParkMobile is the #1 parking app in North America, with over 21 million users, and available for iPhone and Android devices. Students and employees will have to create a ParkMobile account using a valid UC Davis email address to access the rates for the daily parking passes. To pay to park with the app, a user enters the zone number posted on stickers and signs around the lot and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. Visitors to campus will also be able to use the ParkMobile app to pay for parking, but they will not qualify for the special daily rates.

 

ParkMobile has over 2.3 million users in the State of California. The app is widely available in major cities in Northern and Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Berkeley, Fresno, Newport Beach, and more. Additionally, ParkMobile can be used to pay for parking at many colleges and universities in the state including, UCLA, Stanford, University of San Diego, Cal Poly, and San Jose State. Beyond California, ParkMobile is available in most major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Miami Beach.

 

“UC Davis is excited to welcome Aggies back from winter break and offer an easy new way to pay for parking around campus with ParkMobile,” says Perry Eggleston, Executive Director. “With more virtual classes and less time spent on campus, we want to provide a more flexible daily parking option rather than a monthly permit to meet the evolving needs of our campus community.”

 

“ParkMobile is proud to partner with UC Davis to provide daily parking passes on campus,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “Universities around the country are changing the way they manage campus parking permits, and we are pleased that our app can be part of the solution.”

 

About ParkMobile

 

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 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. 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 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and 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

 

UC Davis Contact: Ryan Jones, Engagement Coordinator, transportationservices@ucdavis.edu

 

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