City of Tacoma Introduces Touchless Parking Payment With Flowbird
New Mobile Payment App to Elevate Downtown Mobility and Parking Experience
Drivers in Tacoma will now have the option for a ‘touchless experience’ when paying for their parking downtown. The launch of a new mobile parking application, Flowbird App, will bring ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to safely pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices.
“Through the use of this new payment option, our customers can enjoy the convenience of paying for parking on their mobile devices,” said City of Tacoma Parking Services Manager, Eric Huseby, “Not only does the use of the Flowbird App provide a more convenient way to pay for parking, it also does so without the need to interact with and touch a pay station. It was an easy decision to deploy this technology during a period where touchless pay transactions provide more confidence to our customers.”
The Flowbird app, with over 2.5 million users worldwide, offers an easy, fast and secure option to make mobile parking payments in just seconds. Once the app is downloaded, users simply open their app, select their vehicle, select their parking location from the GPS enabled map, and choose the amount of time they wish to park. 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 multi-function app also offers advancements in technology such as a “Find My Car” feature that provides walking directions back to the user’s vehicle. No more searching for your car! The app can also bookmark a user’s favorite parking locations, remembering them for their next trip.
The Flowbird mobile phone app can be downloaded from the App Store onto an iPhone or from the Google Play Store onto an Android device. Users register their license plates and credit card with Flowbird through the app or through www.flowbirdapp.com.
The Flowbird app is available for use in over 80 parking locations across the United States and Canada.
Flowbird is the world’s leading parking services and urban mobility company.
The name Flowbird expresses the innate ability of birds to navigate individually within crowded spaces; mirroring the benefits for people of the intelligent parking and multi-modal systems developed for towns and cities by Parkeon and Cale.
Flowbird’s group resources include 500 R&D engineers working on behalf of customers to push the boundaries of innovation in transportation hardware, software, sensor systems, machine learning and AI, information security, and mobile development.
Westward Industries Study Highlights Increased Efficiency and Revenues through Parking Specific Vehicles
As communities across the country begin to reopen following the COVID-19 shutdowns, parking departments will once again begin to enforce on-street parking. As always, it will be essential to provide parking enforcement officers with safe, efficient, and private workspaces.
Westward Industries recently conducted an efficiency study to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of parking enforcement operations, while creating a safe alternative for parking staff to perform their daily operations.
Westward’s study addressed the productivity gains achieved by parking departments using a parking-specific vehicle instead of walking or driving standard vehicles. The study found that parking-specific vehicles significantly increase PEO citation rates over walking. The narrow profile of parking specific vehicles allows the officer to park the vehicle along the street between the on-street parking and the road without impeding traffic. This is an improvement over standard vehicles that often need to be parked, and require the officer to take the time to walk to the vehicle to write a citation. Further, parking-specific vehicles allow PEOs to enforce significantly more territory, resulting in increased citations and revenues over walking and standard vehicles. The study highlights a 42% improvement in time efficiency compared to conventional vehicles, and 100% improvement over walking.
Now more than ever, parking organizations will be looking for opportunities to create more efficient parking operations, while generating revenues. Increasing the speed in which parking enforcement officers can cover their territories results in significant increases in citations, as well as increased revenues.
About Westward Industries
Westward has a strong history of designing and manufacturing task-specific vehicles for use across cities, colleges and universities, healthcare campuses, corporate parking facilities, and more. Their GO-4 series of parking enforcement vehicles adapt to many environments, offering a cost-effective and functional solution to parking management department needs through license plate recognition and digital chalking, while offering flexibility and efficiency not offered with standard vehicles.
As one of the largest manufacturers of task-specific on road vehicles in North America, Westward is leading the industry with smart enforcement vehicle technology that will propel parking enforcement solutions into the future.
For more information, visit https://westwardindustries.com
Patriot Parking Pivots to Cash-Free, Touch-Free Business Using Honk’s Technology
Boston-based parking operator goes completely contactless with Honk’s tap-to-pay and mobile app
BOSTON, MA, July 7, 2020 – Honk, North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for parking, is equipping Patriot Parking, a Boston-based parking operator with payment technology to pivot from labor and cash-based commerce to cash-free and touch-free. Thanks to Honk’s touch-free payment technology suite and easy setup, Patriot was able to quickly adapt their parking operations to ensure a safe and secure parking experience for both parking staff and customers in record time. Drivers now have two ways to safely pay for parking: 1) Download the free HonkMobile app from the AppStore or Google Play, or 2) Tap their phone on tap-to-pay smart stations for a quick guest checkout experience – no app download required.
Using Honk’s contactless payment technology, Patriot Parking was able to quickly pivot their parking operation when the pandemic hit in a matter of 3 weeks. Patriot Parking went from being a labor and cash-based operation to a cashless and contactless operation.
HonkTAP smart stations are now set up and installed at all Patriot Parking locations in the Metro Boston area as a safe and clean way for drivers to pay for parking. With no paystation or cash to touch, drivers simply – and safely – tap or scan their smartphone on a HonkTAP smart station to pay for their parking session. HonkAPP is a second onsite payment option – available for download from the AppStore or Google Play. Customers can pay for parking and manage their session directly from their phone.
“Pivoting to a cash-free, touch-free business in the middle of a pandemic was so important for us as a company, and we couldn’t have done it without Honk’s technology and know-how,” said Eric Lane, Operations Manager at Patriot Parking. “The transition was easy, fast and efficient. And best of all – the HonkTAP smart stations were absolutely no cost to us thanks to their zero cost initiative.”
“Back in March, everything changed in the blink of an eye – pivoting from a labor-based operation to a cash-free, touch-free model became paramount for so many. Going forward, the ability to handle transactions safely is and will continue to be extremely important,” said Michael Back, Honk President and CEO. “Our technology and expertise in contactless payments enabled Patriot Parking to be a forerunner in making the change.”
Drivers in Boston are encouraged to search for Patriot Parking locations by accessing www.honkmobile.com to find the absolute safest locations to park in Beantown!
About Patriot Parking
Patriot Parking is a family business dedicated to providing superior customer service and value. After running the largest parking company in Boston for over thirty years, Charles Lane and his son Eric set out to start a different kind of parking company. Our simple formula is to concentrate on our operations and maintain a long-term, talented and caring staff – dedicated to relieving customers of the stress of parking in Boston. From a greeting upon arrival, to the prompt delivery of your car, all at a competitive price – our goal is to earn repeat business.
Honk is North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for the parking industry. Since 2013, Honk has been creating touchless solutions to make paying for parking easier, faster and safer for drivers. Motorists can download the HonkAPP to search, find, pay for, and extend parking right from their phone or use HonkTAP, Honk’s patent-pending contactless smart stations to safely pay for parking with a simple tap or scan of a mobile phone – no app download or pay station required. Honk is accepted at over 2,500 locations and trusted by millions of drivers across the United States and Canada.
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Mobile Smart City to provide Hectronic PARCS solution at
LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda.
LF Wade International Airport, has chosen Mobile Smart City to provide Hectronic’s Parking Access and Revenue Control solution for the new airport on the Island.
Mobile Smart City will install Hectronic’s Hectwin solution for their short-term parking lot, along with access control at their security entrance and a contactless RFID solution for their taxi location.
In the Short Term Lot, Mobile Smart City with install two Hectwin entrance, and two Hectwin exit units, a pair of Hectronic Citeas Payment Kiosks accepting Credit Cards and both US and Bermudian Currency in the Terminal and 2 Citeas Credit Card Only Pay in Lane machines at the exits. The Taxi location will be managed by RFID window tags along with a long-range RFID reader for a secure and seamless entrance to the airport for registered livery drivers.
” Mobile Smart City has developed a flexible Access and Control solution, that can be configured to meet the requirements for all Access Control applications”, states John Incandela, President and CEO at Mobile Smart City.
For more information www.mobilesmart.city or contact Mark Tulloch email@example.com or call 1-844-726-4644
FlashParking Announces Acquisition of CSI
Access to Future-ready Technology for Current CSI Customers
Accelerates FlashParking’s Market Reach in Northeast
AUSTIN, Texas, July 6, 2020 – FlashParking, the leader in 21st century parking mobility technology, announced it has completed the acquisition of the Parking Division of Control Systems Incorporated (CSI), a Connecticut based company that served over 1,600 customers over the last 30 years. The deal expands FlashParking’s customer base in the Northeast, and provides CSI customers access to reliable, future-ready technology that diversifies revenue and helps operations thrive in today’s rapidly evolving mobility landscape.
“CSI has focused on delivering the highest caliber parking management services to our valued customers. Over time, we have evolved our service offerings to ensure our customers have the best and most reliable technology at their fingertips,” said Barry Lazowski (CSI COO and founder). “The next step in that evolution for CSI and our customers is joining FlashParking which offers the most advanced parking technology on the market today.”
The CSI founder added, “Under the FlashParking umbrella, our customers will be cared for with the same high level of service, integrity, and accountability they are accustomed to, while gaining access to FlashParking’s innovative parking and mobility platform.” CSI will retain its maintenance business to support customers with legacy Tiba, Designa, or 3M/Federal PARCS equipment, while the rest of the CSI team will join FlashParking.
The acquisition supports FlashParking’s mission to deliver 21st century mobility technology and comprehensive parking services powered by FlashOS, the industry’s only mobility hub operating system, to a well-established customer-base that already expects the best.
“We are bullish about serving the 1,600 CSI customers with industry-leading innovative solutions, from our evergreen delivery system with lifetime warranty and upgrades to our touchless FlashMotion access and entry, which transforms their operations from isolated parking assets to revenue generating connected mobility hubs,” reinforced FlashParking’s CEO, Dan Sharplin. “CSI is the first of future strategic acquisitions. We are excited about shifting the paradigm and establishing a new model to drive growth.”
With triple-digit year-over-year growth for several years running, FlashParking is driving the transformation of the parking industry with its cloud-built parking platform. The new customer base will have the opportunity to optimize from legacy operations, gain real-time visibility, and connect to the smart city through FlashParking’s suite of enhanced 21st century parking tools, robust business intelligence engine, and partnerships in the logistics, transportation, and mobility ecosystems.
Terms of the deal are not disclosed.
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. Visit www.flashparking.com to learn more.
Gabe Klein, Founder of Cityfi and Former Chicago & D.C. DOT Commissioner joins
Automotus Board of Advisors
Gabe Klein has joined the Automotus Board of Advisors. Gabe has been a leader in the
transportation industry for both the public and private sectors for nearly 20 years, having held positions as the Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington D.C. Departments of
Transportation and as a Vice President at Zipcar, before co-founding Cityfi.
Automotus , a mobility-focused video analytics company, uses video analytics to help
automatically analyze, monetize, and enforce all forms of curb activity. Gabe’s experience in spearheading mobility innovation in city governments is a natural fit with the company’s mission of creating more accessible and equitable urban mobility.
“Automotus is entering the market at a critical point for city governments. As cities try to tackle the growing challenges and opportunities presented by shifting behavior at the curb,
Automotus’ technology provides solutions that make it easier for cities to align policies and planning with the more complex set of demand we’re seeing today, while also helping cities generate revenue from the freight, ride-hailing, and delivery services that continue to grow their presence at the curb.”
In both Chicago and Washington D.C., Gabe revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare to reach each city’s mobility goals. Gabe advises governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities including Singapore where Gabe has been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state. In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom-line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future.
“We are incredibly excited to have Gabe join our team,” said Jordan Justus, CEO of Automotus. He also added, “his experience in the mobility world is unparalleled, and he has unmatched insights into the ways companies like ours must go about addressing the mobility challenges that cities are facing today, and will face further on down the road.”
Automotus was founded in 2017 by Jordan Justus, Harris Lummis, and Prajwal Kotamraju to help communities more easily understand and manage their shifting mobility landscapes, specifically at the curb. They are a Techstars-backed company serving cities across the US, Italy, France, and Austria.
Automotus is building a world where people spend more time where they want to be and less time getting there. The company’s technology empowers communities to measure all forms of mobility, monetize commercial parking, craft data-driven policies, and ensure compliance from all stakeholders. Automotus can be found online at www.automotus.co .
New CEU Discusses Expanding Design Capabilities of Architectural Metal Fabric
Cambridge, MD – GKD-USA’s newest CEU is an informative and engaging discussion that offers insights into the latest, most innovative applications of architectural metal mesh. The on-demand course, which was recorded during a live webinar event, is worth AIA continuing education credit, 1LU/HSW.
Architectural metal fabric is a versatile interior and exterior material used to create dynamic and functional facades, balustrades, ceilings and screening for libraries, academic buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and other public and commercial buildings.
Architects who complete this course will establish expertise in metal fabrics for interior and exterior applications, including the performance benefits of semi-permeable metal membranes spanning safety, security, solar management and sustainability. An exploration of coatings and graphics technologies illustrates how to use metal fabrics in establishing unique branding or a remarkable visual signature for a building.
Finally, several case studies coach architects to spot ideal exterior and interior applications for metal fabric. The projects illustrate exemplary specifications and installations, and how the material helps achieve top building performance.
About GKD Metal Fabrics
As the leading provider of woven metal fabric for architectural solutions, GKD Metal Fabrics offers architects the ability to create dynamic, modern environments that address numerous building challenges. Drawing on more than 95 years of German engineering excellence and precise American manufacturing, GKD revolutionized the category of metal fabric applications. With thousands of interior and exterior installations constructed worldwide, architects and specifiers recognize GKD as the metal fabric authority. With its headquarters in Germany and five other facilities in the US, South Africa, China, India and Chile – as well as its branches in France, Spain, Dubai and worldwide representatives, GKD is close to markets anywhere in the