evTS Announces Agreement with Blink Charging to Distribute Its Portable EV Charger

April 21, 2021

evTS Announces Agreement with Blink Charging to Distribute Its Portable EV Charger

 

The innovative FireFly EV Roadside Assistance Vehicle demonstrated at Texas Auto Writers Auto Roundup event

 

 

BOSTON — via InvestorWire – ev Transportation Services Inc. (“evTS” or the “Company”), an electric vehicle manufacturer focused on the essential services and urban mobility markets, today announced it has entered into a reseller agreement with Blink Charging (Nasdaq: BLNK, BLNKW), a leading electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) company that designs, manufactures, owns and operates EV charging products and services.

The agreement calls for evTS to distribute Blink’s EV charging equipment to fleet customers along with the Company’s FireFly ESV® essential services vehicle. The relationship is pairing Blink’s new IQ 200-M portable EV charger with the evTS FireFly and creates a fully electric EV Roadside Assistance Vehicle solution.

The two companies introduced the first-of-its kind roadside emergency EV charging solution this week at the Texas Auto Writer’s signature event, the Auto Roundup in Fort Worth, Texas. The two-day event brought together major automakers with key automobile media and influencers. Held at the Texas Motor Speedway, Auto Roundup proved to be an innovative and successful platform to launch the innovative and fully electric Roadside Assistance vehicle.

“We believe the combination of Blink Charging’s experience and industry leadership in automotive charging technologies and evTS’ experience in design, along with the recent extension of the FireFly platform into new sectors, creates the perfect environment to strategically collaborate on several market opportunities. It’s actually an ideal use case for our vehicles. Blink’s Portable EV Charger allows us to offer urban roadside assistance capabilities, including emergency services, at airports, shopping malls and other multilevel parking structures where tight spaces, vehicle access and manuverabilty can be challenging and larger vehicles aren’t able to operate as efficiently,” said evTS Chairman & CEO David Solomont.

“This is an exciting development for Blink Charging, and the Auto Roundup event provided the perfect opportunity to showcase to the auto manufacturers how Blink is innovating to drive widespread EV adoption. The combination of Blink’s IQ 200-M and the versatile evTS FireFly ESV will play an important role in further reducing consumers’ fears of range anxiety. The evTS product provides a zero-emission, rapid response solution for EV roadside assistance,” remarked Blink Vice President of Marketing Rebecca Gutierrez.

“We look forward to providing evTS with electric vehicle charging solutions as demand for urban essential services and last-mile e-mobility vehicles increases. In addition, we are happy to be providing evTS’ fleet customers with a broad array of charging solutions,” said Blink Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development Mike Battaglia.

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. Founded in 2015, the Boston-based company’s flagship product, the FireFly ESV is aimed at 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.

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 vehicles 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/.

 

TKH Security’s Parking Guidance Solution Set to Deliver a World-Class Parking Experience at Arsenal Yards

April 21, 2021

 

 

 

TKH Security’s Parking Guidance Solution Set to Deliver a World-Class Parking Experience at Arsenal Yards

 

 

CHESHIRE, CT – – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) has been awarded the parking guidance system (PGS) contract for Arsenal Yards in Watertown, Massachusetts. Arsenal Yards, the joint development of Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies, is a 1 million-square-foot state-of-the-art mixed-use development in the heart of Watertown’s East End. With unique dining, boutiques, brand-name retail shops, entertainment, a Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, modern apartments, and three eventual life science buildings, this destination caters to various employees, residents, and visitors. Eager to enhance the parking journey at this new development and provide additional guidance and security, Boylston Properties selected TKH Security to install its M4 system in its second garage at Arsenal Yards, ensuring that all patrons are treated to a world-class parking experience.

As guests arrive at the facility, the camera-based smart-sensor system helps parkers navigate two garages on site. The bright, color-coded LED light rings on the smart-sensors signal which spaces are available and occupied using red and green lights. This makes the parking process easier and more efficient for the end-user, and it helps decrease traffic congestion and reduces the time visitors spend searching for parking.

The M4 system is driven by TKH Security’s new software platform, INX™.  This cloud-based user interface provides operators with real-time data, dashboards, historical reports, and comparative analyses to improve the facility’s parker experience and operational efficiencies. This technology platform also encompasses business intelligence modules, service and support access, and optional applications for enhanced functionality and greater control. Park Finder™ and Park Alerts™, two of the most popular Park Assist software modules, are also available via INX.

The Park Finder extension utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to ensure that guests can quickly pinpoint their vehicle upon returning to the garage. By simply entering their license plate number into the system, visitors can use the Find Your Car™ locator to search the garage’s vehicle database and identify the correct license plate number and corresponding vehicle. From there, Park Finder provides detailed directions on how to reach the car.

Additionally, the Park Alerts software module allows operators to set automated rules and alerts that bring important events to their attention. Utilizing time and license plate-based alerts, management can easily track transient parking, as well as unwanted behaviors or policy violations, to help enhance customer safety.

“Arsenal Yards will be a fantastic example of how effective smart building technology is a key driver for improving customer mobility and property efficiency. TKH Security is excited to be a part of this mission to continue enhancing the customer experience through new innovations.” Said Robert Wishart, Regional Account Manager, Northeast.

Working with Universal Automation (UA), the installation is scheduled to be ready for use by the summer.


Image Credit: Boylston Properties

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.

Atlas Technical Consultants Awarded Engineering Services Contract with Texas Department of Transportation

April 21, 2021

Atlas Technical Consultants Awarded Engineering Services Contract with Texas Department of Transportation

 

AUSTIN, Texas, April 21, 2021  — Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading Infrastructure and Environmental services provider, announced today that it was awarded a $2 million contract to provide engineering services for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) El Paso District. The newly awarded contract will remain in effect for a term of five years.

“The Atlas team was one of two contracts awarded, and we are grateful for the longstanding partnership we have built with TxDOT for more than 20 years of working together—one that has resulted in a number of significant projects that have improved the quality of life for Texans,” said Atlas CEO L. Joe Boyer. “We will continue to enhance our suite of services in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) so that we consistently provide excellence, safety and quality to TxDOT and all of our clients.”

The contract includes the performance of all sampling, testing, inspection work, and related services for asphaltic, soil/flexible base, and concrete construction for the State on highway projects. TxDOT’s El Paso District maintains approximately 4,979 lane miles of highways across six counties with an annual construction and maintenance expenditure of approximately $190 Million.

This is Atlas’ fourth Materials Contract with the El Paso District since 2015. The contract will be staffed with personnel from the company’s El Paso office that is comprised of engineers, inspectors, and technicians in their AASHTO resource and TxDOT accredited laboratory.

Like Texas DOT, Atlas is committed to maintaining a strong safety culture and a healthy, hazard-free work environment for all who operate in, visit, or enter their facilities and job sites.

About Atlas Technical Consultants
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Atlas is a leading provider of Environmental (ENV), Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC), Engineering & Design (E&D), and Program, Construction, and Quality Management (PCQM) services. Under the name Atlas Technical Consultants, we offer solutions to public and private sector clients in the transportation, commercial, water, government, education, and industrial markets. With approximately 3,300 employees and a nationwide footprint, Atlas provides a broad range of mission-critical technical services, helping clients test, inspect, certify, plan, design, and manage a wide variety of projects across diverse end markets. For more information, go to https://www.oneatlas.com.

 

PayByPhone Announces “Driven By You” Campaign

April 20, 2021

 

 

 

PayByPhone Announces “Driven By You” Campaign

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIAApril 20th, 2021 – PayByPhone, the world’s leading mobile parking payment company, announces the “Driven By You” campaign that focuses on celebrating the people that have led to PayByPhone’s 20 years of success, and share the unique stories of clients, partners, team members, and drivers.

“Whether it’s a parent who needs to get their kids to daycare early in the morning, to the small business owner in any of the municipalities we serve, these are the people that are a part of the greater PayByPhone community and we couldn’t be where we are today without them,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone.

PayByPhone will be hosting the “Driven By You Contest” which launched April 15th, 2021 and will run until June 15th, 2021. The contest will be encouraging PayByPhone users to share their efforts within their community in story form, for a chance to be selected to win one of 4 – $1000 Visa gift cards. The stories should highlight how the user is bettering the community around them, whether it be through their local business, charity, or own personal initiative. Contest winners will be selected at the end of June based on their submission and unique contributions to their community.

Participating Cities:

  • Vancouver, BC
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Regina, SK
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Miami, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • MBTA, Boston, MA
  • South Florida Region (Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Gables)

 

Entrants can submit their stories via PayByPhone’s Driven By You Contest Entry Page.

 

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. For more information, visit paybyphone.com.

 

 

Media Contact for PayByPhone:

Jessica Britton

Director, Marketing & Communications, North America

jbritton@paybyphone.com

 

SPI’s Phoenix Motorcars Deploys 2nd First-of-its-Kind Electric Service Truck to the City of Woodland in Support of its Sustainability Goals

April 20, 2021

SPI’s Phoenix Motorcars Deploys 2nd First-of-its-Kind Electric Service Truck to the City of Woodland in Support of its Sustainability Goals

 

 

SANTA CLARA, CA –  Energy Co., Ltd. (“SPI Energy” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPI), a global renewable energy company and provider of solar storage and electric vehicle (EV) solutions for business, residential, government, logistics and utility customers and investors, today announced its wholly owned Phoenix Motorcars subsidiary delivered their second electric service truck to the City of Woodland, California. These trucks are the first All-Electric Medium Duty Commercial Service Trucks of their kind to be built and used in the industry. The first vehicle was delivered earlier this year.

The City of Woodland will be incorporating these vehicles into their city maintenance fleet. The all-electric trucks will be used citywide to maintain the City of Woodland’s utility infrastructure. Phoenix Motorcars’ Z500 trucks are the first step towards Woodland’s efforts to cleaning the air quality with zero-emission vehicles and will be the first zero-emission trucks deployed into the city fleet.

The City’s Climate Action Plan outlines a response to significantly reduce GHG emissions by 2035, with 31% of those initiatives targeting transport and land use. Combined, these two trucks are expected to reduce 120 metric tonnes of carbon emissions and save the City on operating costs.

“We are proud to play a role in the City of Woodland’s sustainability goals,” commented Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of SPI Energy. “The electrification of fleet operators presents a massive market opportunity, and Phoenix Motorcars continues to prove its ability to meet the growing demand with innovative solutions, offering public and private customers full support for their EV initiatives.”

The ZEUS 500 Electric Service Truck is built on the Ford E-450 chassis with a Knapheide body, comes fitted with customized configurations for the city, and offers a range of up to 110 miles from its 105-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The trucks are equipped to be both Level 2 and Level 3 charging capable and come with advanced telematics solutions to support the city’s needs.

Phoenix Motorcars and the City of Woodland secured funding for the vehicle through Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD)’s Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation (SECAT) funding. Funding for vehicles and infrastructure was coordinated between Phoenix Motorcars and City of Woodland, leveraging local AQMD and utility funding programs.

About Phoenix Motorcars
Phoenix Motorcars is a leader in developing medium-duty electric vehicles for commercial markets with a primary focus on class 3 & 4 vehicles. Phoenix Motorcars strives to provide fleets with clean transportation and renewable energy through advanced technology solutions and remains committed to excellence in electric vehicle innovation. Phoenix Motorcars offers a range of vehicle configurations, including shuttle buses, utility trucks, service trucks, flatbed trucks, walk-in vans, cargo trucks and school buses.

For more information, please visit www.phoenixmotorcars.com

About SPI Energy
SPI Energy Co., Ltd. (SPI) is a global renewable energy company and provider of solar storage and electric vehicle (EV) solutions for business, residential, government, logistics and utility customers and investors. The Company provides a full spectrum of EPC services to third-party project developers, as well as develops, owns and operates solar projects that sell electricity to the grid in multiple countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Greece, Japan and Italy. The Company has its US headquarters in Santa Clara, California and maintains global operations in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. SPI is also targeting strategic investment opportunities in green industries such as battery storage and charging stations, leveraging the Company’s expertise and growing base of cash flow from solar projects and funding development of projects in agriculture and other markets with significant growth potential.

For more information on SPI Energy and its subsidiaries, the Company recommends that stockholders, investors and any other interested parties read the Company’s public filings and press releases available under the Investor Relations section at www.SPIgroups.com or available at www.sec.gov.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements can be identified through the use of words such as may,” “might,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “would,” “continue,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “predict,” “outlook,” “potential,” “plan,” “seek,” and similar expressions and variations or the negatives of these terms or other comparable terminology. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company’s current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from the Company’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors. These factors include, among others, the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effects of the outbreak and actions taken in connection therewith, adverse changes in general economic and market conditions, competitive factors including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions, uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and market changes, risks associated with managing the growth of the business, and those other risks and uncertainties that are described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s annual report filed on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any responsibility to revise or update any forward-looking statements.

Skipping the binary and choosing the shades in between – ParkNews.biz April 13th – 19th, 2021

April 19, 2021

 

 

Skipping the binary and choosing the shades in between – ParkNews.biz April 13th – 19th, 2021

 

 

 

 

When was the last time you made a mistake?  Or an error?  Be it a spelling error or a view or an expression error?  Mistakes and errors are what make us human.  Doesn’t error invite questions?  What have I done?  What can I fix?  How can I learn from my mistake and do better?  What is the opportunity for me here to do what is right?  To be better?

 

There are not just two ways of looking at things.  As there are not just two groups such as victims and oppressors.  We are all human and full in this humanity.  And that includes errors we make.  Everything changes it seems.  A day into a night.  Winter into spring.  Are you the same person you were a decade ago?  Do you see things differently?  If so how?

 

As it applies to our human nature, the same goes for technology.  It is not perfect.  It creates a lot of value but it has a price.  And often, just as we do, it fails.  Yet, just like us, it can also get better.

 

Has an ATM machine ever eaten your money?  The one I used has.  Yet, thankfully there is some back up system that can vouch for the deposit made. A phone number to call.  A live person to talk with.  Perhaps just as the beyond our imagination higher power system, which keeps track of our own thoughts and deeds deposits and withdrawals.  Such us our sincerity to do the right thing and our work behind it.

 

This past week, there was a lot of talk about data breach with ParkMobile as read it here: April 15, 2021 – ParkMobile parking app data breach – 21M user records stolen, sold.  It seems every other article was focusing on this data hack.  Suddenly the benefits of the contactless, touchless system of the app were out-weighted.  Human nature of sticks and carrots.  We seem not remember the carrots.  They don’t stick as the Velcro sticking sticks.

 

Yes, we have a choice.  To choose gratitude.  To celebrate our differences.  To be inspired and motivated by our diverse thinking.  And no matter what to always do what is right to do first.

 

I got my first vaccine this past weekend.  It truly felt as a right thing to do perhaps not just for myself but for others.  For my fragile elderly parents and any human being I interact with.  Do I have absolute certainty that the vaccine works?  No because science is changeable and it always evolves.  I only have one certainty and that is in my Lord, my unshakable faith in Him and that every day is a gift.

 

How I want to spend it – in doing my best and in appreciation vs complaining and pointing fingers and criticizing, that is my choice.  A choice that changes everything because as William James said, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

astrid@parkingtoday.com

www.parkingtoday.com

 

 

 

Conduent Transportation Implements Innovative Passenger Counting System on Buses and Trams in Italy

April 19, 2021

 

 

Conduent Transportation Implements Innovative Passenger Counting System on Buses and Trams in Italy

 

 

Load factor monitoring will allow for timely management of passenger capacity on vehicles to comply with COVID-19 regulations

 

 

MILAN, Italy, and FLORHAM PARK, N.J., April 19, 2021 — Conduent Transportation, a unit of business process services and solutions company Conduent Incorporated (Nasdaq: CNDT), today announced the implementation of a new system in Bergamo, Italy, to monitor the maximum number of passengers on buses managed by Azienda Trasporti Bergamo (ATB) and trams managed by its associated company, Tramvie Elettriche Bergamasche (TEB). The system will enable ATB and TEB to easily comply with government regulations in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulations, issued by the Italian Ministry of Transport in response to the pandemic, limit the number of bus and tram passengers to 50 percent of the maximum capacity, as determined by the vehicle’s registration certificate. The automatic passenger counting system allows ATB and TEB to monitor the load, or “load factor”, of each individual vehicle in real time.

A Media Snippet accompanying this announcement is available by clicking on the image or link below:

 

ATB Bergamo Bus: ATB Bergamo Bus

“After the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on the area, the Bergamo community wants to return to normalcy. Public transport is an essential part of this restart,” said Gianni Scarfone, General Manager of ATB and CEO of TEB. “The maximum limit of passengers on board, currently set at 50 percent, allows citizens to travel in compliance with required health regulations. Conduent’s system is essential in order to allow us to monitor the load factor in real time and communicate appropriately with our customers.”

How the System Works
Conduent Transportation has installed automated, infrared-camera passenger counting devices on all ATB buses and TEB trams operating in Bergamo and the 29 surrounding municipalities, serving a population of approximately 380,000 residents. The infrared cameras count passengers boarding and disembarking buses and trams and feed this data into new, Conduent-developed software that reports, in real time, on the number of available seats to the driver’s onboard console and on bus external displays. The number of seats also displays on ATB and TEB operations center terminals, which show the location of each vehicle on each line, and at passenger stops. The data will also be exported to the ATB mobile app, making the information easily available to citizens.

“At Conduent, we recognized the importance and urgency of implementing this important system for the city of Bergamo. ATB and TEB are the first public transport operators in Italy to have a complete solution for the management of passenger counting and related information for citizens,” said Jean-Charles Zaia, General Manager, Public Transit at Conduent Transportation. “Working with ATB and TEB, we have developed a powerful tool that provides passengers with essential information to use the public transport service safely.”

Conduent Transportation is a leading provider of automated and analytics-based transportation solutions for government agencies. These solutions, spanning road usage charging, parking and curbside management, and advanced transit and public safety systems, enable streamlined and personalized services for citizens and travelers who use them. The company has been helping transportation clients for more than 50 years and operates in more than 20 countries.

About Conduent  
Conduent delivers mission-critical services and solutions on behalf of businesses and governments – creating exceptional outcomes for its clients and the millions of people who count on them. Through process, technology and our diverse and dedicated associates, Conduent solutions and services automate workflows, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enable revenue growth. It’s why most Fortune 100 companies and over 500 government entities depend on Conduent every day to manage their essential interactions and move their operations forward.

Conduent’s differentiated services and solutions improve experiences for millions of people every day, including three out of every four U.S. insured patients, 10 million employees who use its HR Services, and nearly 18 million benefits recipients. Conduent’s solutions deliver exceptional outcomes for its clients including $16 billion in savings from medical bill review of workers compensation claims, up to 40% efficiency increase in HR operations, up to 27% reduction in government benefits costs, up to 40% improvement in finance, accounting and procurement expense, and improved customer service interaction times by up to 20% with higher end-user satisfaction. Learn more at www.conduent.com.

Fleet Advantage’s Bill Ten Eyck Awarded 2021 Food Logistics: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

April 16, 2021

Fleet Advantage’s Bill Ten Eyck Awarded 2021 Food Logistics: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

 

 

Ten Eyck recognized for Impact on Global Cold Food Supply Chain Through Innovative Asset Management Solutions

 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE  – Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in fleet data analytics, fleet financing solutions, and life cycle cost management (LCCM) today announced its Vice President of Strategic Fleet SolutionsBill Ten Eyck, CTP, has been named to the Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award for 2021.

The Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain recognizes influential individuals in the industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain. From early pioneers and entrepreneurs to non-conformist thinkers and executive standouts, this award aims to honor these leaders and their contributions to the food distribution industry.

Bill Ten Eyck has over 38 years of experience in the areas of equipment leasing and finance, transportation management, dedicated contract carriage and global supply chain management as well as management of national private fleets. He is being recognized for his experience in the global cold food supply chain industry. Ten Eyck is responsible for managing key relationships for Fleet Advantage, with over 85% of clients fitting into the food supply chain industry and distribution verticals. He has significantly altered the way that transportation executives within supply chain and food manufacturing and distribution industries view their asset management strategies.

Ten Eyck has also had a significant impact in the way that cold food supply chain organizations approach their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and asset acquisition strategies. He has the unique ability to support food supply chain organizations through improving their safety and sustainability goals, while also helping them to reduce their maintenance and repair expense and further saving dramatically on fuel expenditures. 

Under Ten Eyck’s management, Fleet Advantage was able to significantly impact a Global 2000 and Top 100 Private Fleet grocer that carries and distributes products to customer locations throughout the United States and Canada. The company has over 1,500 Class 8 truck vehicles and runs about 100,000 miles per year. With Ten Eyck’s oversight, Fleet Advantage helped this organization reduce over 8,500 metric tons of CO2 as well as helped conserve 848,575 gallons of fuel. At $2.40 per gallon that equals over $2MM in avoided fuel expense, along with improved MPG. Additionally, the company cut costs in their ?eet saving millions of dollars in operating expenses.

“These professionals are making waves in an industry upended by the global pandemic. Whether it’s pivoting into a different channel or implementing emerging technologies, these supply chain leaders prove that hard work pays off,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Recipients of this year’s award are profiled in the March 2021 print issue. Go to www.FoodLogistics.com to view the full list of all 2021 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain winners.

About Food Logistics
Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, risk management, food safety and more. Go to www.FoodLogistics.com.

About Fleet Advantage
Fleet Advantage has over $1 Billion of assets under its Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) program and serves America’s top corporate fleets. Fleet Advantage guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing fleet financing solutions with matching proprietary data driven IT processes and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety. Fleet Advantage is ranked as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the state of Florida and the fastest growing independent truck lessor in the U.S.? In 2018, Fleet Advantage was ranked the 9th Top Private Independent from Monitor Daily; and in 2015 and 2013, the company was named to Inc. magazines’ 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation.? In 2011, CEO John Flynn received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Florida – Emerging Category award.?

Flowbird Trusted by HKT for Their Smart City Program

April 16, 2021

Flowbird Trusted by HKT for Their Smart City Program

 

 

The HK$680 million contract, awarded by the Transport Department (“TD”) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, is a superb opportunity for Flowbird to collaborate with HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. Flowbird and HKT have combined their forces to implement a digital transformation strategy that will create one of the world’s most advanced on-street parking systems.

Flowbird, the world leader in urban mobility technology, is honored to play a central role in this prestigious smart parking solution in Hong Kong.

This program brings to light the expertise of Flowbird to design and manage the end-to-end platform to monitor all aspects of the on-street parking. The program involves the deployment of about 12,000 new parking meters across Hong Kong with a high focus on digital payment, information, and dissemination of real-time parking vacancy information. The new parking meters are installed by phases starting from mid-January 2021 and the installation works will be fully completed by the first half of 2022.

Users have multiple choices to pay for their parking, on the meter with Octopus, contactless credit cards i.e. Visa payWave, MasterCard Contactless and UnionPay QuickPass, Faster Payment System, AlipayHK, WeChat Pay, and Union QR. For even more convenience, drivers can pay for their parking fees and extend parking time remotely using the mobile parking solution app, namely “HKeMeter”, with top-up options.

For hassle-free parking, motorists are informed in real-time about vacant parking bay, reducing both the time to park their car and more globally the congestion. This information is disseminated on the HKeMeter, the mobile App powered by Flowbird, and the website of DATA.GOV.HK.

All elements of this newly implemented system have been integrated into the Flowbird advanced platform that is the neuralgic center supporting the TD for city parking analysis management and planning. Besides this smart technology window, it is an honor to work with a prestigious partner like HKT.

For more information about the new parking meters, please visit TD’s webpage.

About Flowbird US

Flowbird US operates in over 5,000 towns and cities in 70 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform, and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.

www.flowbird.group

About HKT

HKT is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, enterprise solutions, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers smarter, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. Consumers and merchants alike may also enjoy HKT’s financial-related services such as mobile payment, smart mobile point-of-sale solutions, and insurance.

For enterprises, HKT Enterprise Solutions deliver end-to-end integrated solutions employing emerging technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate their digital transformation, contributing to Hong Kong’s development into a smart city.

The Club is HKT’s loyalty program and one of the largest of its kind in Hong Kong, not only offering a variety of privileges and benefits to enrich the lifestyle of members, but also increasingly amalgamating merchants and becoming an integral part of a new digital ecosystem connecting consumers and merchants.

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Flowbird and Wescor Hit A Home Run In Worcester, MA

April 16, 2021

 

 

Flowbird and Wescor Hit A Home Run In Worcester, MA

 

 

Firms implement pay-by-plate technology as part of City’s modernization plan

 

 

 

Moorestown, New Jersey – Exciting changes are coming to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts.  The City has announced its partnership with Flowbird Group and Wescor Parking Controls to implement a pay-by-plate parking system aimed at bringing customer ease and a user-friendly experience to drivers. The system will eliminate the City’s single space parking meters that have reached their end of life in favor of 70 Flowbird Strada smart kiosks. The upgrade is a part of the City’s plan to enhance parking accommodations for city residents, employees, small business patrons and attendees of large scale events.

 

Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts, and home to many cultural and historic attractions, along with having some of the best restaurants in the region.  In addition, the City is welcoming a new baseball team, the Worcester Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  Polar Park, the newly constructed home to the “WooSox”, will seat up to 10,000 fans, adding excitement but also parking challenges to the area.

 

By implementing Flowbird’s pay-by-plate system, the City will be able to better manage parking turnover, which will be critical as more people drive into town.  It starts with the user experience, designed to encourage compliance with parking regulations and boost parking turnover.  The Strada’s 7” full color display guides the user step-by-step through their parking transaction, beginning with entering their license plate number and desired parking duration.

 

“The City is experiencing rapid growth in both residential population and commercial development as well as a cultural destination,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “With that growth comes the need to provide convenient, user-friendly parking and the responsibility to streamline parking operations.”

 

All transaction data is sent in real-time to Flowbird’s intelligent data management suite and shared with the City’s enforcement solution, ready to be integrated with other payment modes such as mobile phone payments or permits.  Using the data provided by the Flowbird system, City staff can track the highest areas of use throughout the day.  This data can be valuable to help determine future event game day parking, including plans for staffing.

 

From an operational perspective, the switch from single space meters to multi-space meters will bring about huge savings in time and cost to city staff.  The Stradas feature a sustainable power management solution, featuring long life batteries trickle charged by the pay station’s solar panel.  Additionally, the City will only have 80 to 90% less meters to maintain and collect.  An added bonus is that the single space meter poles can be removed to clean up the streetscape.

 

Installation of the 70 new kiosks began on March 23rd in the Canal District and will expand outwards throughout the city. The new parking system is expected to go live at the end of April.

 

Parking operations will be done in partnership with LAZ Parking, with project management and installation being managed by Flowbird’s local distribution partner, Wescor Parking Controls, based out of Auburn, MA.

 

Currently, Flowbird supports over 47,000 parking pay stations for 900 customers throughout the U.S.  Locally, in Massachusetts, Flowbird systems can be found in Boston, Andover, Beverly, Gloucester, Medford, Pittsfield, and Somerville, as well as at Harvard University.

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Text Box: About Flowbird FLOWBIRD operates in over 5,000 towns and cities in 70 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential, while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.

 

 

 

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