City of Tacoma Introduces Touchless Parking Payment With Flowbird

July 09, 2020


City of Tacoma Introduces Touchless Parking Payment With Flowbird



New Mobile Payment App to Elevate Downtown Mobility and Parking Experience



Drivers in Tacoma will now have the option for a ‘touchless experience’ when paying for their parking downtown. The launch of a new mobile parking application, Flowbird App, will bring ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to safely pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices.

“Through the use of this new payment option, our customers can enjoy the convenience of paying for parking on their mobile devices,” said City of Tacoma Parking Services Manager, Eric Huseby, “Not only does the use of the Flowbird App provide a more convenient way to pay for parking, it also does so without the need to interact with and touch a pay station. It was an easy decision to deploy this technology during a period where touchless pay transactions provide more confidence to our customers.”

The Flowbird app, with over 2.5 million users worldwide, offers an easy, fast and secure option to make mobile parking payments in just seconds. Once the app is downloaded, users simply open their app, select their vehicle, select their parking location from the GPS enabled map, and choose the amount of time they wish to park. A notification will be sent to the user when the parking session is about to expire with an option to extend right from their phone. Payment methods can be securely stored for quick and easy parking transactions in the future.

The multi-function app also offers advancements in technology such as a “Find My Car” feature that provides walking directions back to the user’s vehicle. No more searching for your car! The app can also bookmark a user’s favorite parking locations, remembering them for their next trip.

The Flowbird mobile phone app can be downloaded from the App Store onto an iPhone or from the Google Play Store onto an Android device. Users register their license plates and credit card with Flowbird through the app or through

The Flowbird app is available for use in over 80 parking locations across the United States and Canada.

About Flowbird

Flowbird is the world’s leading parking services and urban mobility company.

The name Flowbird expresses the innate ability of birds to navigate individually within crowded spaces; mirroring the benefits for people of the intelligent parking and multi-modal systems developed for towns and cities by Parkeon and Cale.

Flowbird’s group resources include 500 R&D engineers working on behalf of customers to push the boundaries of innovation in transportation hardware, software, sensor systems, machine learning and AI, information security, and mobile development.

Park Assist® Introduces its New Cloud-Based Software Platform: INX™

July 08, 2020


Park Assist® Introduces its New
Cloud-Based Software Platform: INX™



CHESHIRE, CT – July 8th, 2020 – Park Assist announces the introduction of its latest software innovation, INX. Over the last several years, Park Assist has experienced extensive growth. To meet the demands of this expansion and customers’ evolving needs, Park Assist began to reexamine its software, eager to create a user interface that could properly support and enhance its parking guidance technology. INX was built to maximize the performance of each guidance system, and advance the way it is used, designed, deployed, and maintained. Emanating from the core concepts that comprised Park Assist’s previous software, INX is a more refined and robust platform, increasing communication between Park Assist’s hardware and operating system, enhancing functionality, and changing the way users interact with their parking guidance systems.


Officially launched on July 1st, INX is a cloud-based user interface providing Management, Operators, and Marketing teams with real-time data using dashboards, historical reports, and comparative analyses to seamlessly improve the parking journey, maximize operational efficiencies and drive new revenue opportunities. This technology platform – focused on real-time data, IoT device management, ecosystem integration, and data security – encompasses business intelligence modules, service and support access, and optional applications for enhanced features and greater control.

In announcing the launch of INX, Scott Dubois, Vice President of Product Management at Park Assist said, “We are extremely excited about INX, not just because of the improved user experience and functionality that it delivers today, but what INX as a platform enables us to bring to market in the near future”.

INX’s intuitive design provides easily digestible data and analytics while empowering users to have complete control of their parking guidance system and their garage. Integrating with Park Assist’s PGS, INX enables constant communication between the system, operators, and parkers, providing an exceptional customer experience, but also an exceptional depth of information about how the garage is functioning, what adjustments need to be made to improve the bottom line, and how customers are engaging with the facility.

Gary Neff, CEO of Park Assist added, “We are very pleased to provide our existing clients a new user experience with this groundbreaking technology platform and its array of advanced features. The platform is based on our 15 years of Parking Guidance experiences and customer feedback and will be the new standard for the industry”.

Park Assist has begun the onboarding process for current clients with a goal to migrate existing Insights users to the new INX platform over the next several months. As the INX Standard Platform is included with every Park Assist installation, it is already being offered to all new customers.

For more information, please contact your local sales representative.

About Park Assist

Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera-based parking guidance installations in the world. Our patented technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics, and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.8 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit

Westward Industries Study Highlights Increased Efficiency and Revenues through Parking Specific Vehicles

July 08, 2020





Westward Industries Study Highlights Increased Efficiency and Revenues through Parking Specific Vehicles



As communities across the country begin to reopen following the COVID-19 shutdowns, parking departments will once again begin to enforce on-street parking. As always, it will be essential to provide parking enforcement officers with safe, efficient, and private workspaces.



Westward Industries recently conducted an efficiency study to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of parking enforcement operations, while creating a safe alternative for parking staff to perform their daily operations.


Westward’s study addressed the productivity gains achieved by parking departments using a parking-specific vehicle instead of walking or driving standard vehicles. The study found that parking-specific vehicles significantly increase PEO citation rates over walking. The narrow profile of parking specific vehicles allows the officer to park the vehicle along the street between the on-street parking and the road without impeding traffic. This is an improvement over standard vehicles that often need to be parked, and require the officer to take the time to walk to the vehicle to write a citation. Further, parking-specific vehicles allow PEOs to enforce significantly more territory, resulting in increased citations and revenues over walking and standard vehicles. The study highlights a 42% improvement in time efficiency compared to conventional vehicles, and 100% improvement over walking.


Now more than ever, parking organizations will be looking for opportunities to create more efficient parking operations, while generating revenues. Increasing the speed in which parking enforcement officers can cover their territories results in significant increases in citations, as well as increased revenues.

About Westward Industries

Westward has a strong history of designing and manufacturing task-specific vehicles for use across cities, colleges and universities, healthcare campuses, corporate parking facilities, and more. Their GO-4 series of parking enforcement vehicles adapt to many environments, offering a cost-effective and functional solution to parking management department needs through license plate recognition and digital chalking, while offering flexibility and efficiency not offered with standard vehicles.

As one of the largest manufacturers of task-specific on road vehicles in North America, Westward is leading the industry with smart enforcement vehicle technology that will propel parking enforcement solutions into the future.

For more information, visit

Patriot Parking Pivots to Cash-Free, Touch-Free Business Using Honk’s Technology

July 08, 2020


Patriot Parking Pivots to Cash-Free, Touch-Free Business Using Honk’s Technology



Boston-based parking operator goes completely contactless with Honk’s tap-to-pay and mobile app



BOSTON, MA, July 7, 2020 – Honk, North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for parking, is equipping Patriot Parking, a Boston-based parking operator with payment technology to pivot from labor and cash-based commerce to cash-free and touch-free. Thanks to Honk’s touch-free payment technology suite and easy setup, Patriot was able to quickly adapt their parking operations to ensure a safe and secure parking experience for both parking staff and customers in record time. Drivers now have two ways to safely pay for parking: 1) Download the free HonkMobile app from the AppStore or Google Play, or 2) Tap their phone on tap-to-pay smart stations for a quick guest checkout experience – no app download required.


Using Honk’s contactless payment technology, Patriot Parking was able to quickly pivot their parking operation when the pandemic hit in a matter of 3 weeks. Patriot Parking went from being a labor and cash-based operation to a cashless and contactless operation.


HonkTAP smart stations are now set up and installed at all Patriot Parking locations in the Metro Boston area as a safe and clean way for drivers to pay for parking. With no paystation or cash to touch, drivers simply – and safely – tap or scan their smartphone on a HonkTAP smart station to pay for their parking session. HonkAPP is a second onsite payment option – available for download from the AppStore or Google Play. Customers can pay for parking and manage their session directly from their phone.


“Pivoting to a cash-free, touch-free business in the middle of a pandemic was so important for us as a company, and we couldn’t have done it without Honk’s technology and know-how,” said Eric Lane, Operations Manager at Patriot Parking. “The transition was easy, fast and efficient. And best of all – the HonkTAP smart stations were absolutely no cost to us thanks to their zero cost initiative.”


“Back in March, everything changed in the blink of an eye – pivoting from a labor-based operation to a cash-free, touch-free model became paramount for so many. Going forward, the ability to handle transactions safely is and will continue to be extremely important,” said Michael Back, Honk President and CEO. “Our technology and expertise in contactless payments enabled Patriot Parking to be a forerunner in making the change.”


Drivers in Boston are encouraged to search for Patriot Parking locations by accessing to find the absolute safest locations to park in Beantown!


About Patriot Parking


Patriot Parking is a family business dedicated to providing superior customer service and value. After running the largest parking company in Boston for over thirty years, Charles Lane and his son Eric set out to start a different kind of parking company. Our simple formula is to concentrate on our operations and maintain a long-term, talented and caring staff – dedicated to relieving customers of the stress of parking in Boston. From a greeting upon arrival, to the prompt delivery of your car, all at a competitive price – our goal is to earn repeat business.


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, Honk’s patent-pending contactless smart stations to safely pay for parking with a simple tap or scan of a mobile phone – no app download or pay station required. Honk is accepted at over 2,500 locations and trusted by millions of drivers across the United States and Canada.


For information, interview and images, please contact:

Rachel Lemkow

Director, Marketing


Mobile Smart City to provide Hectronic PARCS solution at LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda

July 07, 2020




Mobile Smart City to provide Hectronic PARCS solution at

LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda.



LF Wade International Airport, has chosen Mobile Smart City to provide Hectronic’s Parking Access and Revenue Control solution for the new airport on the Island.

Mobile Smart City will install Hectronic’s Hectwin solution for their short-term parking lot, along with access control at their security entrance and a contactless RFID solution for their taxi location.

In the Short Term Lot, Mobile Smart City with install two Hectwin entrance, and two Hectwin exit units, a pair of Hectronic Citeas Payment Kiosks accepting Credit Cards and both US and Bermudian Currency in the Terminal and 2 Citeas Credit Card Only Pay in Lane machines at the exits.  The Taxi location will be managed by RFID window tags along with a long-range RFID reader for a secure and seamless entrance to the airport for registered livery drivers.

” Mobile Smart City has developed a flexible Access and Control solution, that can be configured to meet the requirements for all Access Control applications”, states John Incandela, President and CEO at Mobile Smart City.

For more information or contact Mark Tulloch or call 1-844-726-4644


FlashParking Announces Acquisition of CSI

July 06, 2020

FlashParking Announces Acquisition of CSI

Access to Future-ready Technology for Current CSI Customers

Accelerates FlashParking’s Market Reach in Northeast

AUSTIN, Texas, July 6, 2020 – FlashParking, the leader in 21st century parking mobility technology, announced it has completed the acquisition of the Parking Division of Control Systems Incorporated (CSI), a Connecticut based company that served over 1,600 customers over the last 30 years. The deal expands FlashParking’s customer base in the Northeast, and provides CSI customers access to reliable, future-ready technology that diversifies revenue and helps operations thrive in today’s rapidly evolving mobility landscape.


“CSI has focused on delivering the highest caliber parking management services to our valued customers. Over time, we have evolved our service offerings to ensure our customers have the best and most reliable technology at their fingertips,” said Barry Lazowski (CSI COO and founder). “The next step in that evolution for CSI and our customers is joining FlashParking which offers the most advanced parking technology on the market today.”

The CSI founder added, “Under the FlashParking umbrella, our customers will be cared for with the same high level of service, integrity, and accountability they are accustomed to, while gaining access to FlashParking’s innovative parking and mobility platform.” CSI will retain its maintenance business to support customers with legacy Tiba, Designa, or 3M/Federal PARCS equipment, while the rest of the CSI team will join FlashParking.

The acquisition supports FlashParking’s mission to deliver 21st century mobility technology and comprehensive parking services powered by FlashOS, the industry’s only mobility hub operating system, to a well-established customer-base that already expects the best.


“We are bullish about serving the 1,600 CSI customers with industry-leading innovative solutions, from our evergreen delivery system with lifetime warranty and upgrades to our touchless FlashMotion access and entry, which transforms their operations from isolated parking assets to revenue generating connected mobility hubs,” reinforced FlashParking’s CEO, Dan Sharplin. “CSI is the first of future strategic acquisitions. We are excited about shifting the paradigm and establishing a new model to drive growth.”


With triple-digit year-over-year growth for several years running, FlashParking is driving the transformation of the parking industry with its cloud-built parking platform. The new customer base will have the opportunity to optimize from legacy operations, gain real-time visibility, and connect to the smart city through FlashParking’s suite of enhanced 21st century parking tools, robust business intelligence engine, and partnerships in the logistics, transportation, and mobility ecosystems.

Terms of the deal are not disclosed.


About FlashParking

FlashParking is the leader in parking technology powering the transformation from isolated parking assets to connected mobility hubs with the first Mobility Hub Operating System. Once underutilized parking assets are optimizing operations, gaining real-time visibility, and connecting to the smart city through FlashParking’s suite of enhanced 21st century parking, a robust business intelligence engine, and partnerships in the logistics, transportation, and mobility ecosystems. Visit to learn more.

South Orange Parking Authority Partners with ParkMobile to Enable Contactless Parking Payments after MobileNOW! Shuts Down

July 06, 2020



South Orange Parking Authority Partners with ParkMobile to Enable Contactless Parking Payments after MobileNOW! Shuts Down


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced today a new partnership with South Orange Parking Authority to provide contactless payments in the area. ParkMobile will replace the MobileNOW! app which shut down in May. The ParkMobile app offers all the same features and functionality as MobileNOW! but is available in many more locations in New Jersey and across the country. Other differences include ParkMobile’s 24/7/365 customer service and additional payment options like PayPal and ApplePay. The app will be available at over 1,100 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout South Orange. During the current COVID-19 health crisis, many city leaders are encouraging drivers to use the app to pay for parking instead of touching the meter.

ParkMobile is a free app available for both iPhone and Android devices. To pay for parking with the app, a user enters the zone number posted on nearby stickers and signs around the meter, selects the amount of time needed and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. The user can also extend the time of the parking session on their mobile device where this feature is offered.

ParkMobile has a large and growing audience in the state of New Jersey and across the Tri-State Area. There are almost 1.3 million users of the app in N.J. cities including Newark, Hoboken, Jersey City, Asbury Park, Ocean City, Montclair, Bloomfield, Summit, and more. Beyond New Jersey, the app can be used in 400 cities across the U.S. and is widely available along the Northeast corridor from Washington, DC., to Philadelphia, to New York City.

“We know contactless parking payments is critical right now and we worked very quickly to find a replacement for MobileNOW!,” says Mark C. Hartwyk, Executive Director. “We are very pleased to announce this new partnership with ParkMobile, which we believe is an upgrade for our residents, providing a better user experience and 24/7 customer support.”

“We’re excited to add another great New Jersey city to our network,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We already have a very large user base in the local area and expect a very smooth transition from MobileNOW! to ParkMobile.”

About ParkMobile

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile device. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit or @ParkMobile on Twitter.



Park Assist’s latest landmark achievement for data-driven parking guidance. 

July 02, 2020

Park Assist’s latest landmark achievement for data-driven parking guidance. 
When Park Assist entered the parking technology sector in 2005, the industry was solely focused on guidance, however Park Assist had a different vision from day one. We saw ourselves as a business intelligence company and lead innovator in parking guidance. Ever since, our data scientists have strived to elevate our PGS technologies to the next level.

We are now proud to introduce our latest achievement: INX™.

Our revolutionary INX platform.

The true power of the INX cloud-based platform emanates from its innovative infrastructure-hub design. All of the elements an owner/operator needs to improve CX, efficiency, and profitability are strategically interconnected.

Stemming from the core concepts that comprised our previous software, INX expands system functionalities and introduces new state-of-the-art features that bring a distinguished level of sophistication to camera-based guidance.

INX encompasses business intelligence modules, service and support access, and optional applications for enhanced functionality and greater control. With a keen focus on real-time data, IoT device management, ecosystem integration and data security, our newest technology platform will transform how users interface with their parking guidance system and increase their benefits.

Available with every PGS.

Available with every new Park Assist PGS, features of the INX Standard Platform include:

  • Interactive Dashboards. Live data and KPI statistics for information at a glance.
  • Incisive Reporting. Historical garage/car park activity reports, real time vehicle history and customizable comparison reports.
  • Park Maps. User-friendly floor plans and heatmap configuration capabilities. View signs and regions data as well as previous state visualization.
  • Parkitect. Proprietary logic engine to build customized workflows and automated alerts
  • Park Finder. Pinpoint identification of vehicle location/history for parkers and operators.
  • Park Assistant. All-in-one module for service/support/training and important documentation.

Affordable software add-ons customized to suit your business needs.

Ready to integrate with a universe of cloud-based options, INX Premium Subscriptions enable you to expand the capabilities of your parking guidance solution.

Available with an INX Premium Subscription, you can access any of the add-on functionalities outlined below and incorporate more as your business evolves:

  • Customer Satisfaction Tracking. Measure customer satisfaction levels and compare them over time to implement strategic initiatives.
  • Time2Park/Time2Exit. Insights for operators to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.
  • Object Detector. Advanced detection of non-vehicle objects to enhance Parkitect logic routines.
  • Predictive Analytics (Coming Soon). Forecasting activity to increase efficiency, inform dynamic pricing, and more.
  • Park Reserve (Coming Soon). Empowers reservations and permits to encourage loyalty and maximize revenue.
  • ParkView (Coming Soon). Unprecedented on-demand video/audio with search-by-event capabilities.
  • Enterprise Services (Coming Soon). Extended services including custom branding, single sign-on and consulting.

A next-generation parking guidance platform.

Moving forward, INX will be supporting Park Assist’s rapid development of new products and services. As we look to the future, we are excited to introduce INX to help inspire and support the next generation of parking guidance.

Learn more.

Interested in learning more about how an INX powered PGS can enhance your parking facility? Please contact us here for the latest information on our parking guidance developments.

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Park Assist  is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera-based guidance installations in the world. Our patented technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities.

Gabe Klein, Founder of Cityfi and Former Chicago & D.C. DOT Commissioner joins Automotus Board of Advisors

July 01, 2020

Gabe Klein, Founder of Cityfi and Former Chicago & D.C. DOT Commissioner joins
Automotus Board of Advisors

Gabe Klein has joined the Automotus Board of Advisors. Gabe has been a leader in the
transportation industry for both the public and private sectors for nearly 20 years, having held positions as the Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington D.C. Departments of
Transportation and as a Vice President at Zipcar, before co-founding Cityfi.

Automotus , a mobility-focused video analytics company, uses video analytics to help
automatically analyze, monetize, and enforce all forms of curb activity. Gabe’s experience in spearheading mobility innovation in city governments is a natural fit with the company’s mission of creating more accessible and equitable urban mobility.

“Automotus is entering the market at a critical point for city governments. As cities try to tackle the growing challenges and opportunities presented by shifting behavior at the curb,
Automotus’ technology provides solutions that make it easier for cities to align policies and planning with the more complex set of demand we’re seeing today, while also helping cities generate revenue from the freight, ride-hailing, and delivery services that continue to grow their presence at the curb.”

In both Chicago and Washington D.C., Gabe revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare to reach each city’s mobility goals. Gabe advises governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities including Singapore where Gabe has been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state. In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom-line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future.

“We are incredibly excited to have Gabe join our team,” said Jordan Justus, CEO of Automotus. He also added, “his experience in the mobility world is unparalleled, and he has unmatched insights into the ways companies like ours must go about addressing the mobility challenges that cities are facing today, and will face further on down the road.”
Automotus was founded in 2017 by Jordan Justus, Harris Lummis, and Prajwal Kotamraju to help communities more easily understand and manage their shifting mobility landscapes, specifically at the curb. They are a Techstars-backed company serving cities across the US, Italy, France, and Austria.
About Automotus

Automotus is building a world where people spend more time where they want to be and less time getting there. The company’s technology empowers communities to measure all forms of mobility, monetize commercial parking, craft data-driven policies, and ensure compliance from all stakeholders. Automotus can be found online at .

New GKD-USA CEU Discusses Expanding Design Capabilities of Architectural Metal Fabric

July 01, 2020

New CEU Discusses Expanding Design Capabilities of Architectural Metal Fabric

Cambridge, MD – GKD-USA’s newest CEU is an informative and engaging discussion that offers insights into the latest, most innovative applications of architectural metal mesh. The on-demand course, which was recorded during a live webinar event, is worth AIA continuing education credit, 1LU/HSW.

Architectural metal fabric is a versatile interior and exterior material used to create dynamic and functional facades, balustrades, ceilings and screening for libraries, academic buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and other public and commercial buildings.
Architects who complete this course will establish expertise in metal fabrics for interior and exterior applications, including the performance benefits of semi-permeable metal membranes spanning safety, security, solar management and sustainability. An exploration of coatings and graphics technologies illustrates how to use metal fabrics in establishing unique branding or a remarkable visual signature for a building.

Finally, several case studies coach architects to spot ideal exterior and interior applications for metal fabric. The projects illustrate exemplary specifications and installations, and how the material helps achieve top building performance.

About GKD Metal Fabrics
As the leading provider of woven metal fabric for architectural solutions, GKD Metal Fabrics offers architects the ability to create dynamic, modern environments that address numerous building challenges. Drawing on more than 95 years of German engineering excellence and precise American manufacturing, GKD revolutionized the category of metal fabric applications. With thousands of interior and exterior installations constructed worldwide, architects and specifiers recognize GKD as the metal fabric authority. With its headquarters in Germany and five other facilities in the US, South Africa, China, India and Chile – as well as its branches in France, Spain, Dubai and worldwide representatives, GKD is close to markets anywhere in the

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