UPsafety Joins T2 Systems to Create Comprehensive Parking Solutions for the Municipal Market

September 23, 2020

UPsafety Joins T2 Systems to Create Comprehensive Parking Solutions for the Municipal Market

 

 

September 23, 2020 — Municipalities, universities, operators, healthcare campuses, and transportation hubs can now leverage the combined technology solutions of T2 Systems (“T2”) and United Public Safety (“UPsafety”) to generate more revenue more efficiently.

 

“We are thrilled to have the UPsafety team join the T2 team. With their similar customer-focused cultures and complementary capabilities, T2 will be able to expand our ability to deliver proven solutions to mid-sized and smaller municipalities,” said Adam Blake, CEO of T2 Systems. “UPsafety has developed a best-in-class solution that when integrated with T2 capabilities gives our customers access to the best end-to-end solution for permit and payment, LPR, enforcement, citations management, and collections solution in the industry.”

 

With T2’s commitment to invest in R&D projects for the company in FY 2021, the team at UPsafety will continue to expand under the leadership of Joan Young as a separate solution offering within the T2 portfolio. This means faster enhancement to products for current customers, and an expanded sales, service, and collection organization from T2 allowing the Company to continue to grow quickly in to new markets.

 

“Since the beginning, we have done one thing and one thing well: winning the trust of great clients and leaning on them as the best in the business to tell us what’s next. With T2, this process of improving for all clients with every installation is just adding fuel to a rocket ship. We can’t wait to see what we build next, and how we can positively impact both our Client base and T2’s with an expanded solution offering. With the same great team in place, expanded funding to continue to innovate, and a foundation like T2’s to stand on, we’re ready for lift off,” said Joan Young, President of UPsafety.

 

T2 continues to innovate and grow, both organically and through acquisition, by listening to the needs of customers and anticipating industry trends. The acquisition of UPsafety advances T2’s position as an industry leader delivering touchless/contactless solutions, reliable hardware, and mobile payment options all supported by the most knowledgeable, responsive customer experience resources in the industry.

 

About United Public Safety

www.upsafety.net

Founded in 2012, UPsafety is a leading provider of SaaS enforcement, asset tracking and business process automation solutions to modern governments and operations. UPsafety is committed to the idea that government technology doesn’t have to be outdated, software doesn’t have to be complex to be smart, and that smart teams can do big things. UPsafety brings governments into the modern age by making cutting-edge technology accessible to even the smallest departments. As enforcement lifecycle specialists, UPsafety focuses on the latest technology, seamless implementations and a dedication to 24/7/365 in-house support.

 

About T2 Systems

www.t2systems.com

T2 is the largest provider of parking, transportation, and mobility solutions in North America. With over 25 years in business T2 now serves more than 1,700 customers and maintains the largest Customer Community with over 5,000 active members. T2’s open technology and best practices are used to process over 2 billion US dollars annually, and the company’s PARCS, Permits, Enforcement, Pay Stations, and Professional Services capabilities are renowned for innovation and reliability. T2 solutions help universities, municipalities, operators, healthcare campuses, and transportation hubs generate revenue and operate efficiently with integrated solutions featuring touchless and contactless options. From curbside management to gateless, from mobile payments to transportation demand management, T2 strives to make every trip a smooth journey by streamlining the parking, mobility, and transportation experience with technology solutions that help organizations manage resources, achieve goals, and empower consumers with choices.

Complete Coach Works Delivers Final Remanufactured Bus to Josephine Community Transit

September 23, 2020

 

 

 

 

Complete Coach Works Delivers Final Remanufactured Bus to Josephine Community Transit

 

 

RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) announced today it has made the final delivery to Josephine Community Transit (Josephine). The project included supplying and rehabilitating two 35ft Gillig buses.

 

 

 

The project supports the City of Josephine and its efforts to enrich the passenger experience.  The work was completed at CCW’s headquarters in Riverside, CA. The job specifics included the installment of Cummins ISL Recon engines and rebuilt Allison transmissions. CCW also installed new floorings, ADA wheelchair ramps, driver seats, as well as updated interior and exterior LED lighting. In addition, the buses were painted a sleek and stylish blue to reflect Josephine’s branding.

 

“The buses look remarkable, just like brand new buses,” said Regional Sales Manager at CCW, Jim Paul. “These vehicles were not only economically convenient for Josephine Community Transit, but also helps sustain the environment for future generations.”

 

The rehabilitated buses are an efficient approach to acquire and extend the useful life of the buses well beyond the usual life expectancy, while at the same time saving a substantial amount of money. The cost of a rehabbed bus is a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new bus. The vehicles also enhance safety and offer improved vehicle reliability for years to come.

 

Scott Chancey, Transit Manager at Josephine Community Transit stated, “The delivery of these vehicles allows us to transition to larger heavy-duty transit vehicles at quicker than anticipated pace. This transition is critical for us to consistently provide good transit access through the urbanized areas of Josephine and Jackson County.”

 

“We are excited and honored to have been selected for the Josephine project. We value their business and relationship and look forward to the opportunity of working together again in the future. We are happy to be a part of the continued evolution of transit,” said Jim.

 

 

Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company in the United States, with over 30 years in the transportation industry. A pioneer in the field of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicle technology, CCW has always worked to provide clean vehicles through innovative design and engineering, and it unveiled the world’s first remanufactured all-electric, battery-powered bus in 2012. For jobs of any size, CCW’s team of over 350 experts always provides cutting-edge products and exceptional customer service.

 

Josephine Community Transit is the provider of fixed route and paratransit services covering Josephine county and parts of Jackson County, which includes the incorporated communities of Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Rogue River, Gold Hill and Medford.

 

For more information, please contact Brad Carson at (800) 287-7253 or e-mail bradley@completecoach.com

 

 

Fleet Advantage’s Newest Truck Lifecycle Data Index Shows Continued Fuel Savings & Carbon Reduction When Replacing Aging Truck Units

September 23, 2020

 

 

 

Fleet Advantage’s Newest Truck Lifecycle Data Index Shows Continued Fuel Savings & Carbon Reduction When Replacing Aging Truck Units

 

 

 

Asset Lifecycle Plan Helped One Fleet Preserve 848,575 Gallons of Diesel

 

 

 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  – Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management today released its latest Truck Lifecycle Data Index (TLDI) comparing all-in operating costs of older-model Class-8 trucks to 2021 model-year replacements. Fleets continue to see wide-scale operational savings when upgrading to newer model-year trucks.

According to Fleet Advantage’s ATLAAS Unified (Advanced Truck Lifecycle Administrative Analytics Software), the TLDI shows that fleet operators can realize a first-year per-truck savings of $16,856 when upgrading from a 2016 sleeper model-year truck to a 2021 model. For a fleet of 100 trucks, when upgrading to a 2021 MY savings can reach $1.7 million.

TRUCK LIFECYCLE DATA INDEX 2021

Sleeper-“All In” Cost Comparison to 2021 MY

Model Year

Approximate All In Cost

2021 Model Year All in Cost

Savings Per Unit

2021 MY Year One Fuel Cost

MY Fuel Expense

Fuel Savings

Fuel/CO2Saved

Savings for fleet of 100 trucks

MY M&R Expense

2016

$71,799

$54,943

$16,856

$28,571

$33,655

$5,084

15%

$1,685,600

$12,390

2017

$69,393

$54,943

$14,450

$28,571

$32,840

$4,269

13%

$1,445,000

$12,050

2018

$65,560

$54,943

$10,617

$28,571

$31,730

$3,159

10%

$1,061,700

$8,230

2019

$61,949

$54,943

$7,006

$28,571

$30,615

$2,044

7%

$700,600

$4,240

2020

$59,155

$54,943

$4,212

$28,571

$29,576

$1,005

3%

$421,200

$3,110

                   
*Based on diesel price of $2.44 on 9/07/2020            

Fuel economy represents a significant portion of the savings through truck replacement. Fleets can save $5,084 per truck in fuel in the first year following replacement of a 2016 MY sleeper, a 15% increase in fuel economy and reduction of CO2 emissions. Preserving a cleaner environment has again been in focus recently, with rules adopted by the Air Resources Board calling for the reduction of diesel truck exhaust in and around California’s ports.

The rules overhaul regulations for diesel truck exhaust and expand emission reductions from ships idling in California’s ports. The two rules, when fully implemented, are expected to eliminate some 10,000 tons of pollution per year1, the state’s biggest strike against smog in twelve years.

Fleet Advantage works closely with its clients to develop truck replacement strategies that positively impact the financial bottom line, as well as the environmental bottom line. Per a recent analysis, Fleet Advantage helped a Global 2000 and Top 100 Private Fleet health-conscious wholesale grocer that carries and distributes products to customer locations throughout the United States reduce over 8,500 metrics tons of CO2 as well as helped conserve 848,575 gallons of fuel. At $2.44 per gallon that equals over $2 million in avoided fuel expense, along with improved Miles Per Gallon.

“Our dedicated team works hard each day to provide tailored consulting to clients so that we collectively achieve maximum financial savings and reduce the overall carbon footprint in America,” said John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage. “It’s critically important that we keep America’s transportation of goods moving in the most efficient, economical and environmentally safe way possible.”

About Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage has over $1 Billion of assets under management and serves America’s top truck fleets and guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing truck and trailer financing 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.

Honk and CityParking Team Up To Bring Contactless Parking to Richmond Virginia

September 22, 2020

 

 

 

Honk and CityParking Team Up To Bring Contactless Parking to Richmond Virginia

 

 

 

 

Drivers in Richmond now have access to the safest way to park – No App, Just Tap with Honk!

 

 

 

RICHMOND, VA, September 22, 2020 – Honk, North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for parking, and CityParking Inc. have partnered to bring contactless parking payments to Richmond. In response to COVID-19 and the ensuing shift towards contactless payments, CityParking Inc. has removed physical pay stations and replaced them with Honk’s tap-to-pay smart stations – HonkTAP – to give drivers a safer and cleaner way to pay for parking. Drivers in Richmond can now easily pay for parking by simply tapping or scanning their phone on the HonkTAP smart stations for a quick and clean guest checkout experience – no app to download or account set-up is required.

 

CityParking rolled out HonkTAP smart stations across their Richmnd locations to give drivers the safest and fastest way to pay for parking. With no pay station or cash to touch, drivers simply – and safely – tap or scan their smartphone on a HonkTAP smart station to pay for their parking session.

 

HonkTAP works with all smartphone types and accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, and all major credit and debit cards. There’s an option to receive text reminders when parking is set to expire and the ability to add more time remotely. HonkTAP will be leveraging Apple’s App Clips once released later this year, heightening the native iOS experience for users parking with HonkTAP.

 

“We’re proud to partner with Honk so commuters, visitors and residents of Richmond have access to the safest way to pay for parking,” said David Sharrar, CityParking President and CEO. “Replacing our pay stations with Honk’s tap-to-pay technology was such a quick and easy process.”

 

“We’re thrilled to work with CityParking so drivers in Richmond have access to clean, touch-free payments,” said Michael Back, Honk President and CEO. “The need for safe and accessible parking has never been more important – contactless parking has gone from a nice-to-have to a need-to-have. HonkTAP makes it easy for both the parking operator and safety-conscious driver.”

 

Drivers in Richmond are encouraged to search for CityParking locations by accessing www.honkmobile.com to find the absolute safest locations to park in #RVA!

 

About CityParking Inc.

 

Founded in 2004, CityParking Inc. is a parking operator located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. We provide monthly and transient parking for commuters, visitors and residents in Richmond and Norfolk. We utilize an experienced team of conscientious professionals that are trusted to work independently and demonstrate excellent customer service skills. CityParking’s operating services include consulting, leases, event parking and management agreements.

 

About HonkMobile

 

Honk is North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for the parking industry. Since 2013, Honk has been creating touchless solutions to make paying for parking easier, faster and safer for drivers. Motorists can download the HonkAPP to search, find, pay for, and extend parking right from their phone or use HonkTAP contactless smart stations to safely pay for parking with a simple tap or scan of a mobile phone – no app download or pay station required. Honk is trusted by millions of drivers and is accepted at over 2,500 locations across the United States and Canada.

 

For information, interviews and images, please contact:

 

Rachel Lemkow Director, Marketing rachel@honkmobile.com

AppyWay consortium wins share of £2.4m funding for 5G predictive parking system

September 22, 2020

 

 

AppyWay consortium wins share of £2.4m funding for 5G predictive parking system

West Midlands 5G and Transport for West Midlands pioneer revolutionary new transport projects 

 

– Consortiums to launch 5G-enabled road and rail transport trials across the West Midlands – 

– Share of £2.4 million fund has been awarded to develop new products and services – 

 

Following a successful funding competition, West Midlands 5G Limited (WM5G) is investing £2.4 million in seven UK-based consortiums to support the development of new products and services to transform transport across the region. 

 

The funding competition’s first phase will deliver exciting innovation projects that – if successful – will either provide a use case to improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport, or improve passenger experiences.

 

The projects are scheduled to run until the end of 2021, with many set to complete ahead of that deadline, and each project will include trialling and testing of their innovative service in the West Midlands region.

 

WM5G Limited is a multi-million-pound programme that both the West Midlands Combined

Authority (WMCA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have set-up to develop the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed. DCMS expects to invest over £20 million in this programme, in addition to substantial West Midlands public sector and private investment (October 2018 to March 2022).

 

 

The winning projects from the first round are:

 

Capacity Manager – Blacc, Immense, Elgin, University of Warwick, and O2
An innovative traffic management solution in which live traffic data is transferred in real-time over 5G to a dynamic road network model. Artificial intelligence working on the data provided, combined with historic event information will create scenarios that provide real-time insights, allowing incidents and congestion to be better managed. When proven, this will result in less congestion, with traffic flowing more freely – improving the experience of travelling around the region for work or leisure.

 

CURBS – Vortex IoT, National Express, BT/EE
Using Lidar sensors and advanced software, real-time 3D point-cloud data will be sent over 5G to provide up-to-date and detailed maps, monitoring roads and rail infrastructure. Following a successful trial, the system will provide live on-street parking information, identify the location of potholes, improve cyclist safety, reduce vehicle damage, and much more.  

 

Passenger Management – GoMedia, Wordnerds and Icomera 

An AI-led system – designed to improve passenger experiences and safety – provides intelligence in interpretation of live customer feedback over 5G. Immediate problems can be resolved and a database of categorised issues will provide insights for the operator to improve services. The aim is to enhance the traveller experience by improving the products and services available to passengers across the transport system.

Predikt – AppyWay and Getmapping 

A predictive parking system that uses 5G-enabled kerbside imaging to reduce the amount of time spent finding a parking space. This could reduce the estimated £373 million spent each year in wasted time, fuel and emissions caused by drivers searching for a place to park. If successful, drivers will have access to highly accurate predictive availability of parking spaces, making their journeys quicker and reducing the time vehicles spend on the road.

 

Transport Accessibility – GoMedia and Icomera 

Over 40% of the visually impaired are unable to make all or some of their journeys with public transport independently – with the help of 5G, this project will rectify that by creating a passenger service that will allow more visually impaired people to travel on public transport, helping to develop the transport system of the future for all.

 

Tram Safety – Icomera, Classone Systems, DigitalRail 

Using 5G to stream CCTV footage from trams, images will be analysed real-time to detect people and objects. This will help to increase passenger safety, assist with social distancing, and identify where improvements to accessibility may be required. Passengers will benefit from a safer, more tailored service.

 

Urban Tourism– You. Smart. Thing., Landmrk, Imagemakers, and Oodl 

Using 5G-enabled sensors at stations and major venues combined with booking and travel information, real-time traveller demand insights for rail and road networks will be created. ‘Last mile’ routes to destinations and investigations into how to influence travellers will be explored. This will provide a transport demand model for large cultural events – wholly enhancing the experience for those attending.

 

Rob Stait, Chief Commercial Officer, AppyWay, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the winning projects in this exciting initiative and are looking forward to making a positive impact with our predictive parking technology. This builds on previous successful collaborations we have had with TfWM and WM5G, and together they are driving the Midlands forward as a leading UK hub of transport innovation.”

 

Chris Holmes, Programme Director – Transport at WM5G, said: “We have been delighted with the response to this first competition, which was heavily oversubscribed, and are really pleased to be awarding the funding to projects that we truly believe – when proven – will transform transport within the region. We look forward to seeing what our new partners deliver and will support them in the realisation of real and tangible benefits.”

 

Chris Lane, Head of Transport Innovation at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), added: “We have ambitious transport plans for the region and funding competition with West Midlands 5G forms a key part of that. The outcome of these trials will make a significant difference to transport across the region and have national relevance. This news further reinforces the West Midlands’ reputation as one of the UK’s number one locations for both 5G and transport innovation.”

 

A second round of the funding competition for 5G-enabled road and rail trials closes on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 11:00am. A share of up to an additional £2.5 million is available to UK registered businesses.

 

For more information on WM5G or the second round of the funding competition, visit:www.wm5g.org.uk, orapply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/717/overview

 

SKIDATA Names Darrell Smithson President, North America

September 22, 2020

 

 

 

SKIDATA Names Darrell Smithson President, North America

 

 

 

Los Angeles, CA (September 22, 2020)— SKIDATA Inc., the world’s leading provider of solutions to manage access to parking facilities, ski resorts, and stadia, has named Darrell Smithson President, North America. An experienced and accomplished business leader, Smithson will oversee all of SKIDATA’s operations throughout the United States and Canada.

 

 

“Darrell Smithson is a respected and innovative leader,” said David Luken, CEO of parent company SKIDATA GMBH. “With the advent of smart cities and the increasing importance of automated access to the industries we serve, we face a very exciting future. Darrell is the perfect person to lead SKIDATA into that future.”

 

A respected leader with 30 years of sales and operations experience across the globe, Darrell Smithson has a passion for building teams that are driven by customer service. He joins SKIDATA from Compac, where he most recently served as Vice President of Global Services. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Managed Services and Vice President, Strategy Global Solutions for Schneider Electric.

 

“SKIDATA is the world’s most celebrated access technology brand, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to reinforce that brand throughout North America,” said Smithson. “Through our Business segements Parking, Mountain and Events we continue to develop and market the most advanced and useful access solutions in the world, and I’m excited to help expand the reach of these technologies throughout the United States and Canada.”

 

SKIDATA’s parent company, the Kudelski Group, is a leading provider of cyber security and IoT technologies. These issues are increasingly important to SKIDATA’s Parking, Mountain, and Events customers and Smithson intends to leverage the resources and expertise offered by the Kudelski Group.

 

“With an eye to the future, we will build a company that’s more connected to all of our customers,” said Smithson “This enhanced connection will help our customers optimize the performance of their SKIDATA solutions to assure that they meet all of our customers’ unique access control needs for vehicles and people.”

 

About SKIDATA

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

PayByPhone brings a contactless parking experience to the University of Nevada, Reno campus

September 22, 2020

 

 

 

PayByPhone brings a contactless parking experience

to the University of Nevada, Reno campus

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA  – Students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University of Nevada, Reno campus will soon have the opportunity to make smarter parking decisions as the school introduces PayByPhone, a leading global provider of mobile parking payment solutions.

 

This fall, the PaybyPhone app will be available at most hourly parking locations across the Reno campus, as well as the top level of the West Stadium Complex. The University enrolls more than 21,000 students annually and is the second campus within the Nevada System of Higher Education offering the PayByPhone app.

 

“The PayByPhone app, which offers a contactless alternative to pay for parking will play a crucial role in our plan for the return to campus,” said Michelle Horton, University director of parking and transportation services.

 

People looking to park on campus can simply use the PayByPhone app, website or the service number displayed on parking lot signs at the entrance of the lot location. The length of parking and payment options will be requested. These platforms can also be used to extend a parking session without returning to the vehicle, providing drivers with a safe and secure parking experience from start to finish.

 

“It is our privilege to provide smart and convenient parking experiences to nearly 30 higher learning campuses across North America,” Roamy Valera, PayByPhone CEO, said. “Students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University can now take their time with their studies, and not worry about their vehicle.”

 

For more information, visit paybyphone.com.

 

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

Jessica Britton

Director of Marketing, PayByPhone

jbritton@paybyphone.com

 

 

 

“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs …” – ParkNews.biz 09/15-09/21/2020

September 21, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs …” – If, Rudyard Kipling

 

 

Amygdala Hijack can happen to any of us especially during the current circumstances. Yet, as Kipling guides us, “If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”

This past week on ParkNews.biz here are some parking industry leaders, moving forward, creating, adding value and solving challenges.

PayByPhone brings contactless parking into 10 new locations amongst them, Cleveland, OH, Albuquerque, NM and Camden, NJ. Roamy Valera, PayByPhone CEO said: “With the addition of the PayByPhone app, residents, visitors, students, and workers in these communities now have access to a seamless, safe, and contactless parking experience.”

Coord comes to Omaha, NE to create Smart Zones to better manage curbside loading and thus reducing congestion and improving safety.

Once again Brandy Stanley and City of Las Vegas leads the way in collaboration. Together with Arrive and Flowbird the Las Vegas Parking Services they provide a better parking experience for us the customers. Using the tap-to-pay service, a driver can pull up to a parking garage or available street-level spot, scan an NFC tag or QR code with a smartphone and complete the transaction with or without an app. Payment is handled by Apple Pay, Google Pay or via credit card.
“I think it makes it a lot easier for people to pay,” said Brandy Stanley, parking services manager for the city of Las Vegas. “Most of the payment options we present to people take time. You have to use your credit card or coins at a meter, or you have to download an app. This takes hardly any time at all.”
One benefit, she said, is reducing customer complaints over violations. “[People] will contact us if they get a parking citation because the technology we presented them doesn’t work. And we have gotten none of those requests with regards to the QR code and the NFC tag,” Stanley said.

Phoenix Motorcars wins grant with Houston Metro and EasyMile for development of first FMVSS compliant autonomous shuttle bus in the US.

University of Victoria, Canada collaborates with HonkMobile to bring new parking app.

Endera, a technology company specializing in commercial electric vehicles, charging stations and software solutions, delivered 18 all-electric passenger shuttles to ACE Parking, for use at the San Diego International Airport. By the end of 2020, 29 all-electric vehicles will be delivered, making it the largest deployment of an all-electric fleet at a US airport.

Last week, also majority of parking industry were attending NPA’s PMX Live. Our John Van Horn wondered the floor and wrote a few blogs worth reading. One of them asks some questions that gets us energized to move our parking industry forward. Please check out John’s blogs on Parking Today.

At NPA’s PMX Live, Toledo Ticket Company announced their “new identity” as Toledo Ticket Technologies. The link to Tom Carter’s youtube video is on ParkNews.biz.

Also at PMX Live, Andi Campbell, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources at LAZ Parking, has been awarded the 2020 Women in Parking IMPACT Award, LAZ CEO Alan Lazowski.

And last but not least, Advanced Parking Concepts (APC) received the “Innovator of the Year Award”!

Other partnerships in the news are SpotAngels and WhereiPark and INRIX and HERE building end to end parking ecosystem.

So much more daily on ParkNews.biz to energize us, so we all can have “If” alive in our hearts and in our daily steps.

Thank you,

Astrid Ambroziak
Editor, ParkNews.biz
Creative Director PT
Parking Today
310 390 5277 ext 9
astrid@parkingtoday.com
www.parkingtoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PayByPhone Brings a Better Contactless Parking Experience to Ten More Communities in the United States

September 21, 2020

 

 

 

PayByPhone Brings a Better Contactless Parking Experience to Ten More Communities in the United States

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA  – PayByPhone, the world’s leading mobile parking payment company, extended its reach throughout the United States by entering ten new markets this season. As a result of PayByPhone’s expansion throughout the U.S., hundreds of thousands of drivers can now pay for parking with their personal mobile devices from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles, using the most convenient app available.

 

“The parking experience just got much more convenient for drivers in these locations,” said Roamy Valera, PayByPhone CEO. “With the addition of the PayByPhone app, residents, visitors, students, and workers in these communities now have access to a seamless, safe, and contactless parking experience.”

 

The PayByPhone app is now available to drivers in:

  • Cleveland, Ohio, where the app provides contactless, simple parking payment throughout downtown;
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, in partnership with private parking owner Zevaz LLC to provide convenient parking in five surface lots near the courthouse;
  • Fort Lee, New Jersey, where the app can be used at 62 locations around town;
  • Camden, New Jersey, where the app can be used at Camden Parking Authority locations;
  • Hagerstown, Maryland, where the app can be used around the city;
  • Somerville, Massachusetts, where the app can be used at throughout the city;
  • Wellesley, Massachusetts, where the app can be used throughout the town’s three major business districts;
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where drivers can use the app at all on-street spaces, as well as the Downtown, Borough, and Lincoln Square parking lots.
  • Santa Barbara Valet in California, where the app can be used across the downtown core of the city.

 

Additionally, PayByPhone has partnered with Bowling Green State University in Ohio, to introduce app-based parking payment for short-term parking spaces on the university’s main campus. With the introduction of the PayByPhone app, drivers can now use their personal devices to pay for one-time parking use.

 

PayByPhone is a hassle-free solution for more than 30 million registered users, 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 paybyphone.com.

 

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.

Coord: City of Omaha Launches City’s First-Ever Smart Zones to Better Manage the Curb 

September 21, 2020

 

 

 

City of Omaha Launches City’s First-Ever Smart Zones to Better Manage the Curb 

 

 

 

In partnership with curb management platform, Coord, Omaha pilots innovative Smart Zones to better coordinate curbside loading, reducing congestion, improving safety and supporting local economic activity

 

 

 

Omaha, NE, September 21, 2020 – The City of Omaha, in partnership with Coord, a leading curb management company, today announced the launch of its first-ever Smart Zone pilot program to better manage the city’s curbs. This builds on Omaha’s effort to develop a robust regional transportation strategy and follows their selection by Coord as one of four U.S. cities to participate in the company’s inaugural Digital Curb Challenge to undertake a brand new curb management program.

 

Demand for curb space in cities is rapidly changing as on-demand delivery, e-commerce and freight activity continue to grow. Smart Zones, powered by Coord’s technology, can meet cities’ needs by enabling commercial drivers to use the mobile devices they already use every day to locate nearby available loading zones and to hold, book, and pay for time in them. As a result, Smart Zones improve the coordination, safety and convenience of curbside delivery and service vehicle loading in cities. They can also offer a more streamlined experience for drivers, reducing the incidence of safety and congestion hazards, such as double-parking and parking citations.

 

“Well-managed curb access for service and delivery vehicle drivers makes it easier for businesses to receive supplies and services,” said Ken Smith, Omaha Parking & Mobility Manager. “We are excited to partner with Coord – this new technology will tell us where, when and how loading space is needed. By improving the safety and efficiency of these deliveries we improve the parking experience for everyone in our urban core.”

 

Park Omaha has deployed five Smart Zones located in Omaha’s busy Downtown and Old Market district:

  • 14th and Capitol, southeast corner
  • 19th and Harney, southwest corner
  • 16th and Harney, northwest corner
  • West side of 13th, between Farnam and Harney
  • West side of 10th, between Harney and Howard

 

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

 

“Well-managed loading zones can reduce double-parking and other behaviors that create safety hazards and impede traffic flow, making downtowns more convenient, safe and pleasant to visit,” said Dawn Miller, Coord’s Head of Policy and Partnerships. “As cities look for opportunities to support their brick and mortar businesses, they see creating safe, accessible downtowns – accomodating a mix of in-person and delivery/pickup business – as a way they can make a real difference. We are thrilled to launch this program with the Park Omaha team and look forward to tackling these same challenges with cities across North America in the year ahead.”

 

For more information on Omaha’s Smart Zone pilot, please visit coord.com/omaha-smart-zonesand https://www.parkomaha.com/smart-zones

 

 

About Coord

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

About Park Omaha

Park Omaha is the Parking & Mobility Division for the City of Omaha. As a part of the Public Works Department, Park Omaha is tasked with the proactive and efficient management of parking resources and generating enough revenue to support operations, maintenance and improvements while balancing parking supply and demand. The Division also coordinates mobility efforts to ensure easier, more seamless journeys and smoother commerce across a range of local transportation options. Learn more about Omaha’s Parking & Mobility Division at https://www.parkomaha.com/

 

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