gtechna celebrates three new Canadian city partners

May 11, 2021

 

 

 

 

gtechna celebrates three new Canadian city partners

 

 

 

Online Services and Permit Management providing self-serve, automated parking enforcement upgrades for three new Ontario municipalities

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.  gtechna, a leading developer of smart parking and curbside enforcement solutions in North America, announced today that they’ve partnered with three new Canadian cities: Markham, Goderich, and Mississauga, Ontario. 

 

Mississauga, a popular lakefront shopping destination and the second largest municipality in the Great Toronto Area (GTA) with a population of over 720,000, underwent significant change after gtechna was awarded a five-year contract through the city’s RFP in August of 2020. In turn, Mississauga adopted a comprehensive suite of products complete with license plate recognition for handheld and vehicle integration, ticket issuance and processing, appeals and court scheduling, and an online portal and digital permits system to provide convenient access to all ticketing and permitting needs with fewer touchpoints. 

 

Markham, the fourth largest city in the GTA (pop. 325,000+), also underwent considerable change in their infrastructure, shifting from physical, on-site hosting to a secure cloud-based system and a complete product suite of enforcement and management solutions— including an online digital permitting portal.

 

Goderich, a tourism hotspot that was also named one of Ontario’s best small towns by Comfort Life, also adopted a full gtechna product suite and implemented a brand new parking enforcement program. Complete with digital permits and Pay by Plate enforcement, the new system will help to drastically improve enforcement efficiency and provide a more friendly and convenient way for residents and tourists alike to handle tickets and permits online. 

 

gtechna continues to grow organically by putting its customers first, innovating to meet today’s needs while foreseeing tomorrow’s new challenges.  To learn more about how gtechna supports cities’ enforcement visions, visit the company website.

 

About gtechna

www.gtechna.com

 

gtechna provides real-time off-street parking and curbside enforcement software as well as permit management to assist governments, private operators, transportation agencies and universities with its mobility goals. Known for providing future technology today, gtechna is now used to service more than 25 million tickets per year while increasing compliance and overall operational efficiency. Twenty years of successful collaborations with leading agencies in Washington, D.C.,Greater Boston Transit, Toronto,  Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Seattle and Vancouver have seen the firm’s growth into international markets including Australia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. gtechna enforcement applications are among the industry’s best because the company continually invests in refining and developing its products to deliver solutions that empower its customers. Continued high-demand for gtechna technology in world-class cities has positioned the firm as the trusted source for reliable parking and mobility enforcement solutions. gtechna is a division of Harris Computer.

For information, interview and images, please contact:

Tim Taylor, Marketing Manager

866.483.2462 ext 5235

communications@gtechna.com

 

Film, TV and Streaming Industry Uses Beam Global Sustainable EV Charging to Reduce Carbon Footprint

May 11, 2021

 

Film, TV and Streaming Industry Uses Beam Global Sustainable EV Charging to Reduce Carbon Footprint

 

Globally recognized entertainment franchise deploys EV ARC™ sustainable EV charging system to keep cast and crew running on sunshine

 

 

 

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2021  — Beam Global, (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW), the leading provider of innovative sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media and energy security, announced today that a globally recognized entertainment franchise has deployed the EV ARC™ solar-powered EV charging system to cleanly charge EVs and power onsite production equipment.

The EV ARC™ system provides clean, quiet energy, replacing loud and polluting generators often used in remote filming locations. The systems are transportable and can be relocated as production sites change. Beam Global is proud to partner with the entertainment industry to enable on set cast and crew to Drive on Sunshine.

“This is the first use of EV ARC systems by the entertainment industry. However, we anticipate growth in the area following on the heels of the recent carbon emissions report from the Sustainable Production Alliance,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “This global entertainment powerhouse is leading the industry in sustainability by providing clean and green power that deploys rapidly with no construction, no electrical work and no utility bill.”

The customer is a member of the Sustainable Production Alliance (SPA), a consortium of the world’s leading film, television, and streaming companies dedicated to advancing sustainability initiatives and reducing the entertainment industry’s overall environmental impact. On April 1, 2021 the SPA published the results from its Carbon Footprint Report, Close Up: Carbon Emissions of Film and Television Production, which made public for the first time industry-wide production carbon footprint averages for SPA’s member companies Amazon Studios, Amblin Partners, Disney, Fox Corporation, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Participant, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia, 2016 to 2019. The productions were shot in major filming cities around the world, and all used the Production Environmental Accounting Report (PEAR), created in partnership by SPA and the Producers Guild of America Foundation’s PGA Green committee.

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.

Blink Charging Acquires Blue Corner, Expanding European EV Charging Footprint

May 11, 2021

 

 

Blink Charging Acquires Blue Corner, Expanding European EV Charging Footprint

 

 

 

Acquisition adds 7,071 charging ports to Blink’s portfolio across four countries in Western Europe

Miami Beach, FL , May 11, 2021  — Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) (“Blink” or the “Company”), a leading owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, today announced that it acquired the European EV charging operator Blue Corner N.V., based in Antwerp, Belgium, and its portfolio of 7,071 charging ports and a robust European charging network. The acquisition was made with a combination of cash and stock for €20 million (or approximately $24 million) and gives Blink complete operational control of Blue Corner and its EV charging assets. The acquisition is part of Blink’s broader strategic international expansion plans and provides the Company a significant infrastructure footprint in the region. Blue Corner chargers are located across Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France.

Blink’s European expansion allows the Company to capitalize on the robust European EV industry immediately. “EVs enjoy a much higher market share in Europe. This brings increased utilization for EV charging stations. In addition, the historically higher price of fuel makes driving an EV a stronger value proposition for drivers,” stated Blink Founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Farkas.

The European EV market is growing faster than the United States. Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in Europe rose 137% to 1.4 million vehicles last year, whereas U.S. sales rose 4% to 328,000, according to ev-volumes.com. The surge in EV adoption will increase demand for EV charging infrastructure. In addition, European regulations are further accelerating widespread EV adoption regulatory support for zero-emission vehicles.

“We are very excited about this acquisition and the opportunity it provides Blink to have a significant presence in Europe quickly. As a key contributor to the expanding EV landscape, we are continuously looking for opportunities to strategically increase our global assets while also making EV charging more accessible. International expansion is fundamental to our rapid growth and will accelerate the success we are already achieving in the region,” stated Farkas. “Our aggressive international strategy complements a series of significant domestic wins and new contracts that have exponentially expanded our network in the US.”

“Blue Corner’s mission is to build a sustainable society and be ready for tomorrow’s driver. Since Blink shares this philosophy, it was a logical step to join forces. I am convinced that Blue Corner, as part of Blink Charging, can acquire a strong market presence throughout Europe. This acquisition allows us to significantly strengthen both our financial and organizational structure,” shared Peter Buyckx, Managing Director of Blue Corner.

To facilitate Blink’s European expansion, the Company also announced the formation of Blink Holdings B.V., a new Dutch company in Amsterdam, which will drive the growth of Blink’s European presence. The existing Blue Corner operations, management team, and personnel will remain unchanged following the acquisition.

Blink formally entered the European market in September 2019 with Blink Charging Hellas, a joint venture between Blink Charging Co. and Eunice Energy Group. The partnership began with the first deployment of Blink electric vehicle charging stations in Greece as part of the green energy electrification of the Rio-Antirrio “Charilaos Trikoupis” Bridge. Significant subsequent announcements have been made, including a partnership of Blink Charging Hellas and Nissan Nik. I. Theocharakis S.A and the purchase of 45 dual-port Blink charging stations by Public Power Company (PPC S.A.) for deployment across Greece. This tender by PPC S.A. was the first following the utility’s public announcement to enter into the Greek EV charging market with 10,000 charging stations. Also, in September 2019, Blink announced its first deployments of EV charging stations in Israel through its wholly-owned subsidiary Blink Charging Ltd.

ABOUT BLINK CHARGING
Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW) is a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and has deployed over 23,000 charging stations, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to easily charge at any of the Company’s charging locations worldwide. Blink Charging’s principal line of products and services include its Blink EV charging network (“Blink Network”), EV charging equipment, and EV charging services. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains, and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data. With global EV purchases forecasted to rise to 10 million by 2025 from approximately 2 million in 2019, the Company has established key strategic partnerships for rolling out adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multifamily residences and condos, workplace locations, health care/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, auto dealers, hotels, mixed-use municipal locations, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets, and transportation hubs. For more information, please visit https://www.blinkcharging.com/.

ABOUT BLUE CORNER

Blue Corner started in 2011 as one of the pioneers of charging points for electric vehicles. Based on its sustainable mission, the supplier and manager of EV charging facilities wants to make electric driving easy and accessible for everyone. Blue Corner focuses on smart and comprehensive 360° solutions with subscriptions for professionals, the general public and partners. Its rapidly growing network has over 7,000 charging points spread across Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. Blue Corner’s public charging card makes a total of 250,000 charging points accessible in the rest of Europe. The company has 30 employees and is headquartered in Antwerp.
www.bluecorner.be

Peripass and Nedap engage in a strategic partnership to optimize logistic flows and to manage assets on the yard

May 11, 2021

 

Peripass and Nedap engage in a strategic partnership to optimize logistic flows and to manage assets on the yard

 

 

Nedap Identification Systems is glad to announce its strategic partnership with Peripass.Peripass offers different yard management solutions in Logistics, Retail, Manufacturing and Food & Beverage to simply close the gap between warehouses and transportation operations. The integration of Nedap’s License Plate Recognition systems into Peripass’ Yard Management platform ensures an optimal check-in process and throughput of both trucks and trailers (featuring different license plates) at logistic hubs. The integration of Nedap’s SENSIT parking sensors provides real-time information on the availability of loading docks at logistic sites.

Recurring challenges at logistics sites

Many companies still struggle with the recurring challenges of traditional logistics sites: unsafe traffic situations at the reception desk, difficult communication with drivers due to language barriers, traffic jams on the road, having to look for trailers and trucks on the site. Yard Management offers the solution for more visibility over the entire site, faster truck flow, multilingual and contactless reception of drivers, automation and digitization of logistics processes.

By connecting the Peripass yard management platform to Nedap’s vehicle detection and vehicle identification solutions, data becomes visible in real-time in a logistics dashboard. It is therefore a logical step for Peripass and Nedap Identifitcation Systems to join forces. The result? Optimal flow of inbound and outbound and visibility of parking capacity on the logistics site.

Optimize truck parking capacity

Recently, Peripass installed their solution at VPK Packaging in the Belgian city of Dendermonde and joined forces with Nedap Identification Systems to optimize the truck parking capacity at the site. Nedap’s smart parking sensors SENSIT were implemented to provide real-time accurate information about the availability of the loading docks for trucks.

Knowing where the free spaces are and how long a truck is parked on a loading dock provides essential information to optimize the usage of the yard. This makes it easier, for dispatchers and employees performing operational tasks, to maintain an overview of the site and the capacity used.

Improve vehicle throughput at yards

In addition to optimizing parking capacity, Nedap has also been able to add value for identifying trucks upon entry. Nedap’s ANPR Lumo camera is the perfect solution for this. Nedap’s ANPR Lumo camera is a high-end Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera and perfect for demanding situations – such as truck and trailer identification – where vehicles need to be granted access. Nedap’s ANPR camera’s ensures rapid access, reducing waiting times and preventing congestion at entrances and exits. At the same time, entry and exit times can be automatically recorded in the platform.

A technology collaboration in favour of logistic sites

“The collaboration with Nedap provides numerous benefits for companies. Extra transparency about their site and the use of loading docks combined with a real-time overview of all trailers, containers, reefers, etc. This makes it possible to easily manage assets and tasks on the yard, identify inefficiencies or optimize throughput times. By integrating ANPR cameras, access processes can be automated and significantly accelerated, often resulting in savings, on top of the reduction of waiting costs.“ Leander Naessens, CEO at Peripass

“This technology partnership with Peripass provides the growing logistics market with a complete yet fully open Yard Management Solution ensuring hassle-free logistics and service in Western Europe, trusted by Lidl, DHL, Bridgestone e.a. Nedap is happy to provide performing high-end truck identification and detection systems to enable an efficient flow.” Wouter Vansteenkiste, Channel Manager at Nedap Identification Systems

PayByPhone App Users Receive 1 hour of Free Parking in the City of Atlanta Until May 31st

May 11, 2021

 

 

 

 

PayByPhone App Users Receive 1 hour of Free Parking in the City of Atlanta Until May 31st

 

 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 11, 2021 – The City of Atlanta has resumed enforcement for on-street parking and as part of the city’s commitment to the community, residents and visitors are being offered one-hour of free on-street parking until May 31, 2021.

 

Drivers can initiate their parking session by downloading the PayByPhone app to receive the free hour, no promo-code is required. The program applies only to the City of Atlanta’s on-street parking spaces.

 

PayByPhone, the leading global provider of mobile parking payment solutions, is a contactless payment method for over 43 million registered drivers, allowing them to pay for parking with just their smartphone. The app sends text messages automatically when a parking session expires, and gives drivers the ability to extend their parking session without needing to return to their vehicle. Drivers can also begin a session without registering for an account, making it ideal for those who are pressed for time.

 

For more information, visit https://park.paybyphone.com/atlanta/  or the App store and Google play.

 

About PayByPhone

PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payment companies in the world, processing over 125 million transactions annually, totaling more than $550 million USD in payments. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines. A subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, PayByPhone is leading the way in the creation of the mobile future.

 

Media Contact for PayByPhone:

Jessica Britton

Director, Marketing & Communications, North America

jbritton@paybyphone.com

 

 

 

Moving Forward – PIE 2021, EVs, Living to the Fullest – ParkNews.biz May 4th -10th,  2021

May 10, 2021

 

 

 

Moving Forward – PIE 2021, EVs, Living to the Fullest – ParkNews.biz May 4th -10th,  2021

 

 

 

“Fate leads the willing and drags along the reluctant.”  – Seneca

 

 

The headline for this week newsletter is about Uber and Lyft and their race to the EV future.  You can read it here:  May 10, 2021 – How Uber and Lyft Are Losing the Race to the Electric Future.

“Today, a miniscule 0.5% of ride-hailing vehicles in the U.S. are electric, according to clean-energy research firm BloombergNEF, trailing the 0.7% of EVs in the country’s passenger vehicle fleet. By the end of the decade, only a quarter of new car sales in the U.S. are expected to be electric. For ride-hailing fleets to be entirely electric by then, they’ll have to somehow go from lagging behind.”  As it is right now, TNC’s don’t exactly help the environment: “each ride-hailing trip causes about 69% more greenhouse gases than the trips they displace, according to a report last year from the Union of Concerned Scientists.”  And what will happen down the line, only the Lord knows.  Perhaps gas prices going up in such a speedy manner, we get the ride share drivers switch to electric cars despite the cost involved.

In the meantime, at least in Sweden, it is easier than ever to drive an EV.  Read it here: May 6, 2021 – Easypark Expands the Possibilities for Electric Car Charging – Now With InCharge in the App.  In 2021 more and more people are buying rechargeable cars. 37% of newly registered cars in Sweden were all electric or hybrids vs 28% in 2020.

This week there is also a follow up from our JVH apropos of Tony Jordan and his views on the EV future.  For one, John agrees with Tony: May 4, 2021 – Hell Freezes over, JVH and Tony Agree – JVH, Parking Today.

Congratulations to PayByPhone.  They are celebration reaching 43 million users and 20 years in business: May 4, 2021 – PT Plus: PaybyPhone Announces 43 Million Registered Users.

Last but not least, PIE 2021 is just a bit over 2 months away.  JVH and I have been working on the seminar schedule.  We appreciate that so many of you want to present and speak.  Yet, we are determined to focus on engagement and listening, thus our space is limited.  We want to celebrate, learn and encourage each other, to make our industry better and stronger than ever.  We can’t wait to see you July 18th, 2021 in Dallas, TX.  Read more from JVH about #PIExpo2021 here: May 5, 2021 – All you can say is “WOW!” – #PIExpo2021 – JVH, Parking Today

So book your ticket to the great state of Texas and register for PIE 2021 here: https://pieshow.parkingtoday.com/attendee_rates.cfm

As Seneca has said: Fate assists the ones who move forward not the ones who live in a doubt.

Have a blessed week.

Thank you,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

astrid@parkingtoday.com

www.parkingtoday.com

 

 

 

 

Fleet Advantage: Today’s Transportation Industry Offering More Gender-Diverse Career Opportunities 

May 10, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet Advantage: Today’s Transportation Industry Offering More Gender-Diverse Career Opportunities 

 

 

A year ago, when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the U.S., millions of jobs were wiped out, particularly among women who found themselves back home and coordinating everything from elderly parent medical issues along with additional home-school activities for kids who were also sheltered at home. 

 

A year later we have made great strides to bring back many of these jobs in a variety of roles and industries. While many women are also just now starting to look where to resume their careers, some of their best opportunities might just be found in industries that have traditionally been filled by a predominantly male labor pool. 

 

Transportation Has Previously Been Male Dominated 

Industries like trucking and transportation, automotive and aerospace have traditionally offered careers that have been filled predominantly by men. Sectors that have traditionally offered a larger pool of jobs for women, such as hospitality, travel and catering, have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic.  

 

It is time women look at industries like trucking and transportation to advance or restart their careers, especially since these industries look vastly different from just a few short years ago.   

 

There remains a significant shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. Women could have a significant impact in helping to reduce the driver shortage, and more companies are looking to hire more women to fill these roles. According to a 2019 report by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the industry was short roughly 60,000 drivers in 2018, up nearly 20% from the prior-year estimate of just over 50,000. The ATA warns that if current trends hold, the shortage could swell to over 160,000 by 20281. Driver opportunities abound for women, in addition to a plethora of other career potential. 

 

New Growth Potential for Gender-Diversity 

Gender-diverse opportunities are growing every day inside the corporations that operate within the trucking industry. Today, the transportation industry has shed its years-ago perception that it was filled with old men driving dirty trucks. The trucks themselves are now state-of-the-art in many cases, and the companies that oversee a multitude of operations are brimming with careers in fields such as finance, asset management, procurement, legal, technology, data and analytics. 

 

Women in particular are playing a leading role in shaping the technology that’s being used to advance today’s transportation industry.    

 

Technology, Finance, Data Analytics Roles 

At Fleet Advantage I’ve played an integral part in the development of the company’s Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) Software within the company’s technology platform ATLAAS Unified (Advanced Truck Life Cycle Administrative Analytics Software). This module helps our customers identify and optimize the ideal time for replacing their aging trucks with newer, more efficient units.  

 

The opportunity to build a professional career leveraging my expertise in data and analytics was exactly what I hoped for, but I didn’t initially think I’d find it in the transportation industry. Forward-thinking companies in the industry see the value in this type of gender-diverse skillset, where my ongoing analysis, reporting and statistical modeling helps the company provide custom analytic reports for our clients and bank partners to examine cost metrics and to establish an optimal fleet modernization strategy. 

 

I initially began my career within the consumer goods sector, but quickly realized my skillsets were better suited for a B2B industry such as transportation where advanced business intelligence and data analytics are being leveraged to help large enterprise-level companies make decisions that improve their bottom line. 

 

A growing number of companies in the trucking and transportation industry are realizing the unique skillsets that women offer. Organizations like Women In Trucking also have been instrumental in advocating for women to learn more about opportunities in the industry. 

 

The mission of Women In Trucking is simply to increase the ranks of women working in the industry,” said Ellen Voie, CAE, PDC for the Women in Trucking Association, Inc. Companies who recognize the importance of gender diversity have proven to experience greater net returns, but more importantly, they make a focused effort to attract, retain and promote women. 

 

America’s economy needs the transportation system more than ever today. As more gender-diverse career paths open up inside transportation companies, these organizations will unlock even more potential for growth through the advancement and empowerment of a more diverse workforce. 

 

About The Author: Jackie Jacobs is Senior Fleet Transaction Analyst and Project Manager for Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and lifecycle cost management. For more information visit www.FleetAdvantage.com 

 

 

1: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/03/01/why-women-are-critical-to-the-future-of-trucking.html  

Came Acquires the Brazilian Company Nepos Sistemas and Further Consolidates Its Position in the Parking Industry

May 10, 2021

 

 

Came Acquires the Brazilian Company Nepos Sistemas and Further Consolidates Its Position in the Parking Industry

 

 

 

CAME S.p.A., the leading multinational in the sector of automation, control, and security in residential, public, and urban environments, has acquired control over Nepos Sistemas, the Brazilian-based company specialized in providing car park system mainly to airports, malls, supermarkets, hospitals, and other minor sites.

Nepos Sistemas will join CAME Parkare in the Parking Management Division of CAME S.p.A., and in this way CAME significantly reinforces its own role on the global market of solutions for the parking industry and its aims to intercept new opportunities.

“With the acquisition of Nepos Sistemas, CAME launches an important signal of growth and consolidation of its own business in the parking sector,” said Andrea Menuzzo, president of CAME S.p.A.

“For years we have paid particular attention to the evolution of the urban life, with a strong focus on the role played by the parking systems in the mobility ecosystem, contributing to enhancing the user parking experience”.

Nepos Sistemas was founded in 2006 and is one of the largest companies in Brazil specializing in supplying systems for parking management and control. With 115 employees working across the national market and more than 700 car parks installed across the country, Nepos is recognized as one of the leading companies in its sector.

President Andrea Menuzzo confirms: “The Group’s strategy for growth by acquisition has always been oriented towards leveraging the potential of the acquired brands, providing them with the technological know-how and organizational capabilities of a Group present all over the world, with a business model strongly geared towards internationalization”.

The Treviso-based company, with headquarters in Dosson di Casier, employs approximately 1,700 staff members, has branches in 21 countries, and operates with a distribution network present in 118 countries across the globe. CAME has completed an impressive number of projects, including the perimeter protection and access control system for Expo Milan 2015, the parking solution implemented at Gatwick airport facilities in London, as well as systems for the protection of large urban spaces at the Promenade de la Croisette, Cannes.

 

About CAME Parkare:

CAME Parkare is a company which is part 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.

www.cameparkare.com

FLASH: How Mobile Tech Can Optimize Street Parking

May 07, 2021

 

FLASH: How Mobile Tech Can Optimize Street Parking

 

What is mobile pay parking?

Today, mobile payments are a popular way to buy everything from groceries to concert tickets. Some of those mobile payments occur online or within apps: 74% of consumers using their phone to order food or merchandise once or more a week. But mobile payments are also used for in-person transactions: a reported 9.3% of consumers have used their phone for in-store, “tap to pay” purchases. As the world of parking undergoes its digital transformation, mobile payments are becoming an essential part of the new parking experience.

But in a post-pandemic world, mobile payments are sticking around for a different reason: convenience. Mobile payments are faster and allow consumers to forgo the now-outdated practice of carrying cash or using a credit card.

To keep up with other smart, interconnected city services, municipal parking will have to undergo its own digital transformation including the introduction of mobile parking payment options.

How can municipal parking services improve on-street parking with the benefits of mobile payments?

Integrating a pay to park app or other digital parking system can increase adoption of public parking services by incentivizing users with convenience, transparent pricing, and rewards. The community is more likely to take advantage of public parking services when the technology feels as modern as apps like Uber, Lyft, Bird, and Lime.

While apps are a popular way of increasing loyalty, some consumers (ie. tourists that are only in town for a few days) are resistant to download yet another app. That’s why it’s smart to offer other parking payment solutions like text-to-pay or app clips in addition to the other mobile experience meter app.

Recent parking innovations have made these non-app payment options as seamless as in-app transactions, without the added step of a download.

How to Introduce Pay by Phone Parking

Municipalities that want to digitize their on-street parking operations should look for smart parking solutions from a technology provider that has on and off street parking means. If a city’s entire public parking system — from garages and lots to curbsides — is optimized for a single payment app, consumers have a greater incentive to download it.

Security is another essential consideration when you are evaluating payment solutions. Mobile transactions should be upheld to the same PCI DSS Level 1 standards you seek out in traditional parking payment equipment. Find out more about the importance of PCI Compliance here.

Finally, you’ll need to consider more advanced technologies like parking spot sensors, driving mode detection, and IoT.

Sensors can be implemented in both on- and off-street parking spaces to monitor and report occupancy back platforms like Arrive’s Park Whiz. On the front end, users can then see and even reserve available spots.

Camera-powered technologies like License Plate Recognition (LPR) software are growing in popularity for the speed and accuracy with which they can identify vehicles.

In today’s smart cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is what connects disparate city services to work together in a single, dynamic, and responsive network. Parking technology providers like FLASH actually install IoT controllers within their hardware. As such a visible piece of the smart city puzzle, parking is an optimal sector to pilot IoT.

Benefits of Mobile Parking Payment

For municipalities, mobile parking payment solutions both simplify management and increase collection. Mobile payment systems can be overseen via cloud-based, mobile-enabled management platforms that city leaders can control on-the-go. Plus, there is less cash to collect in physical machines, which means fewer on-site attendants and seamless back-end reporting. Mobile payments also facilitate dynamic pricing strategies, which can grow the amount of parking revenue generated.

For the communities that benefit from public parking, mobile payment options make the city service a preferred method of transportation in today’s diverse pool of mobility services. When drivers are deciding if they are going to drive to a destination, rather than using ride hailing or public transit for instance, parking is generally the top consideration. Making public parking options optimized for the mobile world consumers live in will increase adoption.

When city parking collects more revenue, it benefits the city as they have more funds to sustain current programs. But it also benefits users who are seeking more flexible city services to meet diversifying mobility needs beyond parking. Parking funds can be used to offer new mobility services like micromobility for public transit connections or staging areas for ridehailing drivers.

The FLASH Advantage

In 2011, FLASH changed the parking world forever with one of the first mobile parking and valet solutions on the market. The entire industry has since followed with mobile solutions for every kind of garage, lot, and curbside parking scenario.

But there are a few reasons why FLASH remains the leading provider of mobile parking solutions in the industry:

Reliability: FLASH boasts 99.9% uptime system-wide and uses a unique approach to hardware maintenance that gives power back to owners and operators.

Security: As a PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider, FLASH assumes 99% of the responsibility in keeping your parking operation compliant.

Flexibility: From the industry’s first ever Hardware-as-a-Service purchasing model to future-ready mobility services that are ready to integrate into your operation, FLASH is the flexible solution for every parking facility’s unique needs.

TKH Security Brings State-of-the-Art Parking Guidance to ilani

May 07, 2021

 

 

 

 

TKH Security Brings State-of-the-Art Parking Guidance to ilani

 

CHESHIRE, CT – May 6th, 2021 – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) recently finished installing its advanced-tech M4 Smart-Sensor Parking Guidance System (PGS) at ilani, the Pacific Northwest premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination in Ridgefield, Washington. Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), the resort’s managing partner, selected TKH Security for ilani along with its flagship property, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. ilani is located minutes from Portland, Oregon, and it is one of the largest casino resorts in the Northwest. As part of the resort’s expansion, a 2,700-space parking facility was constructed. Designed to facilitate increased traffic flow during major events and peak business hours, this garage also supports future expansion plans. The M4 PGS will enhance the garage, elevating the guest experience and public safety by offering the latest technology in parking guidance.

ilani’s new PGS includes several popular software integrations, including Park Finder™, Park Surveillance™, and Park Alerts™, ensuring guests are treated to unparalleled parking guidance from entry to exit.

As parkers arrive at the facility, the M4 PGS helps them easily navigate the garage, indicating where spaces are available on each level. Utilizing color-coded LED lights, the M4 sensor indicates which spots are open and directs parkers to these specific spaces. This intelligent system enhances the user experience by significantly reducing the search and park times for guests while streamlining traffic and relieving congestion to ensure the facility operates at maximum efficiency.

As visitors prepare to exit the property, the guest-centric Park Finder software module utilizes LPR (license plate recognition) technology to ensure that they can quickly pinpoint their vehicle. Guests can simply enter their license plate number into a Park Finder enabled kiosk, and the Find Your Car™ locator searches a database of parked vehicles in the garage, identifies the correct license plate number and corresponding vehicle, and provides step-by-step directions to get to the car.

Park Surveillance and Park Alerts provide increased surveillance, maximized control, and extra security to this parking facility. The Park Surveillance integration enables the M4 sensors to capture streaming video of any movement in or around parking bays. With clear views of each parking bay and the surrounding space between vehicles, the M4 cameras can effectively provide continuous surveillance, document all garage activity, and guard against criminal activities such as theft, vandalism, and unwanted intruders. Additionally, the Park Alerts add-on allows parking management to set automated time and license plate-based rules and alerts that help staff control garage activity, enforce parking policy, and respond to critical events.

“TKH Security was thrilled to have the opportunity to install this new parking guidance system at ilani. As it is one of the largest casino resorts in the Northwest, it was imperative for us to provide a solution that would not only improve each customer’s parking journey but increase security and efficiency of the facility as well.” Said Will Cai, Regional Account Manager.

TKH Security worked as a subcontractor to the General Contractor, Swinerton.

Recently completed, the garage is open, and the PGS is ready for public use.


Image Credit: The ilani Casino Resort

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 solutions for Parking Guidance, Parking Facility Management, Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Surveillance, 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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