Scheidt & Bachmann Acquires Majority Stake in evopark

December 11, 2017

 

Scheidt & Bachmann Acquires Majority Stake in evopark

 

 

Porsche remains a close strategic partner

 

Fort Collins introduces FC parking application, powered by Passport

December 08, 2017

 

Fort Collins introduces FC parking application, powered by Passport

 

 

 

FC Parking makes paying for parking easier and quicker

 

 

 

FORT COLLINS, Colo., (Dec. 8, 2017)  The City of Fort Collins today announced the launch of the FC Parking mobile application. The app was created by Passport, the global parking technology leader who powers the parking apps for large cities like Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Detroit.

 

 

“It is really important for us to make parking as easy as possible,” said Craig Dubin, communications and administration manager at the City of Fort Collins. “By partnering with Passport to launch FC Parking, we are bringing a more convenient way to pay for parking at the new Firehouse Alley Garage.”

 

The app is now available to use to pay for parking sessions at over 200 parking spaces and drivers will soon be able to pay at parking meters across the city.

 

The FC Parking app makes parking easy by allowing users to purchase parking with a debit or credit card from their smartphones. Drivers no longer have to carry around change or run back to the meter.  In addition to paying for parking, users can monitor their parking sessions, extend parking time remotely, view payment history, and receive email receipts.

 

“We are proud to bring our mobile payments technology to Fort Collins,” said Phil Endres, sales executive at Passport. “With FC Parking, users can conveniently navigate their parking experience with a few taps on their smartphones.”

 

The FC Parking app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at parking.fcgov.com.

 

 

 

 

 

About Passport

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 400 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients. Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.

 

 

 

 

Impark Deploys  New Parking App in Canada

December 08, 2017

 

Impark Deploys  New Parking App in Canada

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 7, 2017): Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) announced today the deployment at parking facilities throughout Canada of hangTagTM, a new parking app. HangTag allows parkers to conveniently locate parking facilities on a map, view lot details, get driving directions, and pay for parking without going to the meter. The app also provides an early notification when a session is about to expire, allowing parkers to extend time right from their phone.

 

 

 

“Impark is excited to deliver this innovative and improved digital experience to our customers. We conducted extensive consumer research into what parking app users would find most valuable, and hangTag precisely matches those results,” commented Gordon Craig, Impark’s president of Canadian operations. “We’re confident that parkers will appreciate the new search features, and with the ability to easily add more time as needed, they can park with the peace of mind that they won’t overstay. In addition, we know that being able to access parking receipts from the app is an easy and secure way to track those business expenses.”

 

HangTag was first launched in August at Impark facilities in Vancouver, BC, and has since expanded to over 860 Impark locations across Canada, with plans for further expansion of the service through the company’s operations in the United States.

 

Hangtag is currently available for use at parking facilities in Vancouver and the B.C. Lower Mainland, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

 

 

hangTag™ is a new parking platform that allows you to pay for parking right from your smartphone in a few easy steps.  For more information: www.hangtag.io

 

 

Imperial Parking Corporation (Impark), with headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is one of the largest parking and transportation management companies in North America with approximately 3,400 locations, and over 9,000 employees.  For more information: www.impark.com

Sixt Wins Expedia Award for Innovative Marketing

December 08, 2017

 

Sixt Wins Expedia Award for Innovative Marketing

 

 

In receiving Expedia Media Solutions 2017 Partner Award, Sixt earns recognition from Expedia for excellence and creativity in running creative digital marketing campaigns, another reason why the company continues to grow and thrive in the U.S. market

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL—December 7, 2017) Sixt Rent-a-Car, the world’s premiere affordable luxury car rental service with more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries, is renowned around the world for its one-of-a-kind Sixt Experience, meeting the unique needs of every customer with world-class service. The company is attracting attention for its rapid expansion in the United States, opening new locations in new markets, as well as launching a new North American corporate headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just last month.

Today, Sixt is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Expedia® Media Solutions, the advertising arm of Expedia, Inc., as a winner of its annual 2017 Partner Awards program, which honors innovative marketing campaigns from partners across the globe. Presented at the annual Expedia Partner Conference, the awards acknowledge partner campaigns that demonstrate innovation, creativity and achievement in travel marketing.

“Sixt is a well-established, iconic mobility brand in Europe and around the globe, but we’ve only been here in the U.S. market since 2011. That’s why we work hard every day to introduce ourselves to American consumers, communicating our values and unique offering as a company. We’re relentless in looking for fresh and creative ways to share and spread that message, and that’s why we so deeply appreciate partnering with Expedia, “said Daniel Florence, Sixt USA Co-President. “We’ve had great success collaborating with their team, which has been a key to Sixt’s rising to become the 5th largest car rental company in the U.S. in such a short period of time. We’re grateful to receive this award, and will continue to push the envelope and move forward with this successful partnership.”

 

Sixt worked with Expedia Media Solutions to create an integrated campaign to reach travelers across Expedia’s U.S. network of brands including Expedia.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapTickets and Hotwire. The integrated campaign included display media targeting shoppers that were searching for destinations in the U.S. and Europe, and led them to a dedicated car rental page that was compatible with multiple devices. The campaign leveraged first-party travel behavior insights and strategic targeting, which allowed Sixt to reach more travelers than ever before. The return on ad spend (ROAS) across all the branded ROAS reached 10:1. The campaign also realized click through rates as high as 2.5 percent.

Sixt was one of twelve brands recognized by Expedia Media Solutions at this year’s Partner Conference. Read Expedia’s Blog Post on Sixt here, and go here to see more information about the awards.

Helpful Links:

Forbes on Sixt https://goo.gl/QoNuVd
Website https://www.sixt.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sixt.rentacar.usa/
Twitter https://twitter.com/SixtUSA
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sixtusa/

 

About Sixt:

Sixt SE has its registered headquarters in Pullach near Munich and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and corporate customers as well as private travelers. With representations in over 100 countries worldwide Sixt is continually expanding its presence. The Company’s strengths lie in the high proportion of premium cars in the vehicle fleet, its employees’ consistent service orientation and a good price-performance ratio. Taken together these strengths have given Company an excellent market position. Sixt was founded in 1912 and maintains alliances with renowned brands in the hotel industry, well-known airlines and numerous prominent service providers in the tourism sector. The Sixt Group generates revenues of EUR 2.4 billion (2016). http://about.sixt.com/

Passport Enables Mobile Payments and Digital Permits while also streamlining Enforcement Software At Metro North Parking Lots  

December 05, 2017

 

 

Passport Enables Mobile Payments and Digital Permits while also streamlining Enforcement Software At Metro North Parking Lots  

 

Mobile app PassportParking makes parking easier for Metro North commuters

 

 

 

New York, NY (December 5, 2017) — Metro North riders can now pay for parking through their smartphones by downloading the free PassportParking mobile app. The app enables drivers to conveniently pay for their parking at any of the 15,000+ parking spaces in parking lots and monthly permits, managed by LAZ, along the Metro North Rail Line. PassportParking is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.

 

Users can also use the app to:

  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

 

In addition to launching the PassportParking app at Metro North lots, Passport is hosting over 14,000 active digital permits for those locations, and provides the citation management software that enforcement officers use to monitor all payment methods and enforce parking. The fully-integrated parking system for Metro North offered by Passport is the only vendor in the marketplace to provide an enterprise package of this nature.

 

“Passport was able to offer us a fully integrated mobile solution to help us manage our parking operations better with mobile payments, digital permits, and citation management software,” said Eric Siskind, senior vice president of LAZ.  “Metro North riders can now easily pay for their parking on the go with the PassportParking app or manage their permits online. Our enforcement officers are also able to see mobile parking sessions in real time through their mobile devices, ensuring a more accurate enforcement process.”

 

“We are excited to be offering our state of the art technology to commuters using Metro North facilities as part of nearly 90 million trips per year,” said Khristian Gutierrez, chief revenue officer at Passport. “Our cloud-based platform ensures a hassle-free parking experience and enables a one-stop shop to optimize parking management for our partners, by leveraging real-time data.”

 

Passport also provides the software for the nearly 20,000 digital permits for New York City Housing Authority, enabling residents to conveniently purchase and manage their permits online through Passport’s system, as well as the ParkWhitePlains mobile app in White Plains, NY.

 

The Passport app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and parkers can also manage parking online at ppprk.com.

 

About Passport

 

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 400 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.

 

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

 

Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

December 04, 2017

 

 

 

Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

 

Borough adds mobile parking app for quicker payment option

 

 

 

Bridgeville, PA (December 1, 2017) — Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority today announced the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.

 

The PassportParking app makes paying for parking more convenient for residents and visitors. In addition to paying for a parking session, users can:

 

  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • Extend time remotely
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

 

“We’re thrilled to provide Bridgeville with an easier way to pay for parking,” said Joe Solomon, Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority manager. “By implementing PassportParking, we are able to provide drivers with a convenient option to pay and manage their parking sessions directly from their smartphones.”

 

“We’re excited to partner with Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority to bring our mobile payment technology to its residents and visitors,” said Sarah Russell, project manager at Passport. “Passport is proud to digitize the parking experience and we look forward to bringing more convenience and innovation to the borough.”

 

The app is available at 4 parking lots including Washington & PNC Bank, Washington & Bank Street Extension, Railroad Street and Station Street. PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.

 

 

About Passport

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.

 

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

ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena

December 01, 2017

 

 

 

ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena

 

 

Since I will be attending the Gulf Traffic Conference in Dubai next week and due to the up coming Christmas Hollidays, the newsletter from ParkNews.biz will come out on Tuesdays during the month of December.

 

 

I am looking forward to getting your press releases and your news – they are always published immediately on ParkNews.biz and then mentioned in Parking Today the magazine. ParkNews.biz has become the go to source of parking, smart city and smart parking news in the USA and internationally.

Thank you for contacting Marcy Sparrow Marcy@parkingtoday.com to have your banner placed on the ParkNews.biz and in our newsletter.  (We have one spot available on our widely read newsletter.)  Your news and your banner with your call to action, create immediate opportunities for your brand and your company.

Thank you!

Have a wonderful December.

Sincerely,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

astrid@parkingtoday.com 

Vark – The Smartest Way to Valet

November 30, 2017

Vark

The Smartest Way to Valet

 

 

 

 

The word valet conveys a luxurious tone, one that paints a picture of a curbside service that would remove the effort and time it would take to self-park a vehicle.  However, the reality today involves lengthy lines and wait times, sometimes in the cold, rain or heat, which often makes this luxury feel more like a hassle – and that’s just the customer side.

 

 

 

Put yourself in the operator’s seat and things get a whole lot more complicated. Filled with plastic key tags, special grease pencils, paper tickets, expensive tablets and even more expensive kiosks.

Well Vark has the solution for both. A great experience for both the operators and the customers with minimal to no extra cost.

After talking to valets and watching the operations run, we realized that there were several ways that the valet industry could be disrupted. From this realization and the desire to provide a tool to solve these problems once and for all, the idea for Vark was born. Combining over 40 years of technology experience and thought leadership from valet consultants, we have the solution that will modernize the valet industry and provide a much better experience.

The old world process is typically a very manual operation utilizing paper tickets or dated technology like text messaging and often leaves both customers and operators wasting time and unfulfilled. This can all be eliminated by using our patent-pending valet platform called Vark. With the tap of a button:

  • Customers can request their vehicle
  • Prompt your valets to pick up a vehicle on their way back from dropping one off
  • View operational analytics
  • Provide in-app marketing to drive additional revenue
  • And so much more…

Key industries that we are serving are: Valet Operators, Hospitality, Healthcare, Cities, and Universities.

Schedule a demo with us and we would be happy to show you how it all works and check us out at www.VarkNow.com.

For any questions contact Kris Nickell directly at Kris.Nickell@Diogras.com.

 

 

Park Assist: Towson Town Center Ads Parking Technology to the Garage

November 30, 2017

 

 

Towson Town Center Ads Parking Technology to the Garage

 

 

Towson Town Center is responding to shoppers’ complaints about parking with state-of-the-art technology in multi-deck garages designed to help drivers find and remember spots.

Renovations, completed in time for the holiday shopping season, include color-coded parking decks and signage that displays the number of open spaces in each deck, level and row. A Park Assist M4 smart-sensor camera based parking guidance system alerts customers to available parking spaces through overhead red and green lights. The 1.2 million-square-foot mall, which has 4,400 parking spaces, is the only shopping center in the state with the system, mall officials said last Tuesday.

 

 

Customers have identified parking as a major “pain point” of their shopping experience, mall officials said. Under the new system, time spent looking for parking fell 44 percent, the mall said, while the number of drivers searching more than five minutes fell 12 percent.

“We have an entirely redesigned parking system that is significantly more intuitive to navigate, will lessen inconveniences and reduce the amount of time to get in and out of Towson Town Center,” Lisa Bisenius, the mall’s senior general manager, said in the announcement.

The 185-store mall which gets 10 million visitors a year, according to owner General Growth Properties, also remodeled mall entrances, enclosed bridges from parking decks to the center, enhanced lighting and updated signage, adding 1,600 standardized signs, including at all major entrances. More information about the improvements can be found at their website.

 

About Park Assist:

Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera based parking guidance installations in the world. Our technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.6 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.

About Towson Town Center:

Towson Town Center is the top fashion and luxury shopping destination in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. At the center, you can explore an unparalleled retailer mix, including over 180 stores, and choose from an array of signature dining experiences.For more information, visit www.towsontowncenter.com

Kenall Files Lawsuits to Defend its Indigo-Clean™ Disinfection Lighting

November 28, 2017

Kenall Files Lawsuits to Defend its Indigo-Clean™ Disinfection Lighting

 

 

 

(Kenosha, Wisconsin, November 28, 2017) – Kenall Manufacturing, a solid-state lighting and controls manufacturer, filed lawsuits alleging patent infringement against ClearVu Lighting1 and NewStar2 Lighting on November 17, 2017 in Federal Courts in New York and Delaware, respectively.

 

 

 

Patrick Marry, President of Kenall, stated that, “The technology uses visible light to safely disinfect environments to prevent deadly and costly infections. We believe this is a significant new technology in the effort to reduce hospital acquired infections.”

 

“The defendant’s products were developed in collaboration with New York-based Vital Vio. We are the exclusive licensee for markets in North America and intend to utilize Kenall’s resources to enforce our intellectual property rights in this area,” Marry concluded.

 

1 Case: 1:17-cv-09013 filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on 17-Nov-2017

 

2 Case: 1:17-cv-01668-UNA filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 17-Nov-2017

 

About Kenall

Kenall Manufacturing was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1963 and has built a reputation for durable lighting solutions of superior quality and exceptional value. Today, the company creates unique solutions for the transportation, healthcare, high abuse, food processing, cleanroom/containment and correctional lighting markets. Kenall luminaires are designed and manufactured in the USA and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement. For additional information, visit www.kenall.com.

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