WGI Welcomes New Mobility and Smart City Innovator Expert Lisa Nisenson

March 18, 2019






WGI Welcomes New Mobility and Smart City Innovator Expert Lisa Nisenson




WEST PALM BEACH, FL –  WGI CEO David Wantman proudly announces that national thought leader Lisa Nisenson joined the firm as vice president of new mobility and connected communities.



This addition to the team solidifies WGI’s leadership in helping communities harness the benefits of emerging mobility options and smart/connected city technology.


“Lisa is a national leader in emerging planning technologies and innovations — from green infrastructure to transit-oriented development. Her background in sustainable community design further confirms WGI’s commitment to successful placemaking that is supported by smart-city technology and emerging transportation options such as shared-use mobility and autonomous vehicles. Adding this resource to WGI is part of our strategic plan,” says Michael Davis, WGI senior vice president and chief strategy officer.


Lisa’s experience spans work in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, including federal and local government agencies. At the United States Environmental Protection Agency, she developed pioneering policy for sustainable community design, including guides and regulatory support for low-impact development and redevelopment. She brings a practical approach to helping clients through new planning methods, interactive public engagement, zoning-code reform, and best practices that deliver multiple benefits.


WGI clients are aware of both the potential, and challenges, associated with technology related disruption and change. Lisa helps demystify trends, engaging clients to develop both long-range scenarios and near-term roadmaps. This helps cities of all sizes incorporate new technology into existing planning efforts while anticipating potential and probable changes in transportation and land use.


Lisa serves on national workgroups creating new models for future-proofing planning, policy, and project design. She has conducted national training in smart-city technology, as well as courses on First-Last Mile access to transit and corridor planning. As a board member of the Consortium for Scenario Planning, she is developing sample scopes of work to help communities and clients easily procure next-generation planning models. She is also working on research projects to develop checklists for autonomous vehicle pilot projects through the Transportation Cooperative Research Board and the American Planning Association.


“I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa through Smart City Works. She is an extraordinarily talented and visionary thinker. With her expertise, we will be able to help cities better plan and position for the future using technology to leverage efficiency and effectiveness,” says WGI President Greg Sauter.


As an example, Lisa  worked with clients on better understanding future parking needs. Demand for parking is changing with new housing preferences and office space design. Technology such as ride-hailing phone apps and e-commerce are changing parking, streets, and curbside management. WGI’s Parking Solutions Division is already adopting a parking ecosystem approach, helping clients wisely invest in infrastructure while adapting to the range of ways residents, workers, and visitors move in the future – part of New Mobility.


Lisa will be working from WGI’s South Florida headquarters on the strategy team. In her role she will work with all WGI service lines, including transportation, planning, geospatial and parking. She will work closely with WGI’s urban and community planning team and continue to provide thought leadership on emerging technology, sustainability, and resilient community design, helping clients get in front of rapid change.



As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 18 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: land development/municipal engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, parking solutions, geospatial services, subsurface utility engineering, structures, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, architecture, land planning, MEP engineering, and creative services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #3 (up from #5) on its 2019 Top 25 Engineering Firms. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market.  In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.



WGI Contact:
Sima Narcus
Client Services Manager

Genetec achieves top-5 global market share ranking for ANPR surveillance technologies and rises to 2nd place in the Americas

March 18, 2019





Genetec achieves top-5 global market share ranking for ANPR surveillance technologies and rises to 2nd place in the Americas




Recent IHS ANPR report highlights importance of privacy and unification with other security systems





MONTRÉAL, March 13 2019—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions has become one of the world’s leading and fastest growing providers of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, according to a recently-released report by IHS Markit.

According to the report ANPR and Detector Sensors Report – 2018, Genetec has now become a top 5 global provider of ANPR technology for surveillance applications (which includes ANPR for access control, travel time information, parking time management, tolling and law enforcement), climbing from 10th place in 2016 to 4th place in this $453 M market.

In the Americas region—a market estimated to be worth $196.4 M in 2018 for all ANPR solutions—Genetec has jumped to second place with a 9.1% market share (moving from 7th place in 2016). This includes both sales of enforcement ANPR technology (for red light, speed and bus lane enforcement applications) and ANPR technology for surveillance.

Genetec also gained the most share of the market for ANPR surveillance equipment in the Americas, climbing to second position with an 11.5% market share of this $154.3 M industry.

“Over the last few years, Genetec has put a lot of effort into growing its global ANPR business through substantial R&D investment and in increased commercial focus. This has resulted in our Security Center AutoVu™ system becoming one of the most advanced ANPR solutions on the market,” said Stephan Kaiser, General Manager, AutoVu at Genetec.

“The global market revenues from sales of intelligent ANPR devices are forecast to reach $800 million by 2022 and increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.4%. Some of the key factors that will affect market growth include the need for increased privacy and strong data protection and an increased demand for ANPR solutions that integrate with access control technology,” said Anna Sliwon Research Analyst at IHS.

Genetec is well poised to meet these market challenges. The company takes privacy extremely seriously and follows Privacy-by-design principles, an engineering approach that calls for privacy to be taken into account throughout the whole engineering process. Security Center AutoVu™ is designed to help end users enforce local privacy laws as a default, helping protect the identities of all monitored vehicles and persons in live and recorded video—with data being immediately encrypted or deleted, as mandated by law.

Security Center AutoVu is also designed to be used as part of a unified security system including access control and video surveillance, allowing customer to use ANPR events to trigger actions and alarms across their entire security system. The Security Center platform allows them to investigate events across systems and provides unparalleled reporting capabilities.

According to IHS Markit (2017 Video Surveillance Market Share Database 2017 Access Control Intelligence Database, and 2018 ANPR & Detection Sensors Report) Genetec is the only security and public safety solutions developer to hold a top-10 global rankings across all physical security industry sectors including video management software (VMS), access control software, and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software.

Learn more about Genetec ANPR technology: https://resources.genetec.com/product-booklets/en-genetec-autovu-ip-license-plate-recognition

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries.

For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com


Lancaster Parking Authority Earns Accredited Parking Organization Distinction

March 18, 2019




Lancaster Parking Authority Earns Accredited Parking Organization Distinction





LANCASTER, PA – The Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA) has earned the designation of Accredited Parking Organization (APO).



Shawn Conrad, CEO, of the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) presented the APO credential to Larry J. Cohen, CAPP, executive director of the LPA, at the organization’s monthly board meeting. City of Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace read a congratulatory resolution from Lancaster City Council and give brief remarks. Angie Eichelberger, district director, read a certificate of recognition from Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Martin’s office.


“The APO credential recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability, IT, marketing, safety and security, and more,” said Conrad. “To earn it, the Lancaster Parking Authority was subject to a strict quality review of more than 250 criteria in 14 categories as examined by third-party reviewers.”


“We are proud that the Lancaster Parking Authority joins an elite and progressive community of parking and transportation organizations, some of the very first to earn the designation since its launch in mid-2015,” said Sorace. “The Lancaster Parking Authority is one of only 22 organizations nationwide who have earned the prestigious APO designation.”


“It’s an honor to receive this accreditation and know that we have demonstrated that follow best practices in the industry,” said Cohen. “The APO designation shows that the Lancaster Parking Authority can operate at the same high standards as larger parking organizations.


“Over the years, the LPA has worked diligently on improving policy and procedures in all aspects of operations,” said Cohen. “This APO credential shows our commitment to ongoing evaluation and quality improvement.

The APO designation is a benchmark of quality, said Conrad.


“Parking at an accredited facility or operation assures the public that the parking organization adheres to a strict code of ethics and meets national and internationally endorsed standards for professionalism, accountability, responsibility, and performance,” added Conrad.

From left, Lancaster Parking Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bleecher and Executive Director Larry J. Cohen, CAPP, accept the Accredited Parking Organization credential from Shawn Conrad, CEO, International Parking & Mobility Institute.




SpotAngels Announces a New Partnership with the City of Las Vegas 

March 18, 2019


SpotAngels Announces a New Partnership with the City of Las Vegas


SpotAngels, the “Waze for Parking” – a free community-based parking app that helps drivers find parking and avoid tickets, today announces a a new partnership with the city of Las Vegas to provide them with data to help improve the parking situation (which is the #1 complaint from citizens) in Las Vegas.

The partnership includes:
A comprehensive online parking map containing unprecedented level of detail of street parking (location of all spots whether metered or not, all prices, all rules that are on signs, information about mobile payment) and off-street parking (locations of parking lots and garages, all prices, information about advance online booking / on-site mobile payment).
This was made available to the City in 2 weeks whereas it used to take them months to collect the data with a lower level of detail.
A medium to communicate this parking information to citizens for free to help them find parking and understand all the rules. The parking map is available on www.spotangels.com/las-vegas-parking and on the free SpotAngels mobile apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users of the app will be able to crowdsource information to enhance the parking map of their city and keep it up-to-date.
A Map Editor tool enabling the City of Las Vegas to make updates to the parking map that will be live instantly on the SpotAngels website and mobile apps and to validate all updates made by citizens.

INDECT is the #1 choice for parking guidance systems in casinos across the USA

March 17, 2019




INDECT is the #1 choice for parking guidance systems in casinos across the USA




BOSTON, MA – INDECT has successfully installed their world-class parking guidance system in 17 major casinos/resorts across the USA with another currently under construction and a further casino to begin work mid-year.



INDECT’s dominance of the casino segment can be attributed to three main factors, the quality of their products, the ease of installation and their proven record for accuracy and reliability.


Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada where there are currently 15 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip with an INDECT parking guidance system.


“We like to say that everyone’s a winner with an INDECT parking guidance system.” laughs Dale Fowler, President of INDECT USA. “It sounds cheesy but it’s true. The players are happy because they can find a space and the owners are happy because the garage is more efficient.”


Casino garages are nearly always operating at capacity, regardless of the time of day or night. This can make finding a parking spot a long and frustrating experience. An INDECT parking guidance system easily directs drivers to the nearest available space by guiding them through the garage and assisting them to make an informed choice at each decision point.


“We use hyper bright LEDs in our sensors and wayfinding signs to ensure clear visibility even from long distances. Each sign shows the number of available spaces and where these spaces are located. The signs can also be used to direct drivers with special needs to premium spaces that are closer to the entrance and elevators.” said Fowler.


“Our accuracy and reliability are unmatched in the market. It’s one of the main reasons we get so much repeat business. Once the system is up and running there is not much more the casino needs to do except sit back and enjoy the positive comments.” he said.


In addition to their regular parking guidance signs and sensors, INDECT also offer custom-designed matrix signs as an additional feature. These signs can be placed at the entrance/exit to a garage, near the elevators on each level or anywhere additional information is needed.


“Our matrix signs are becoming quite popular. They can be as simple or as complex as the client desires, capable of displaying anything from parking directions to emergency and event information. This makes them extremely useful for casinos offering multiple live shows and performances.” said Fowler.


Most casino parking garages are large, multi-level structures that accommodate thousands of vehicles every day.  Parking can be tricky to say the least. Installing a parking guidance system makes the whole process quicker and easier, allowing people to get to their destination relaxed and ready to enjoy themselves.


So, while we can’t guarantee a windfall when you next decide to try your luck at the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, you can bet your bottom dollar there’ll be a parking space waiting just for you. From Mandalay Bay at one end to the Encore Resort at the other, INDECT has taken the gambling out of the parking garage and put it back in the casino where it belongs.



INDECT is the leading provider of parking guidance systems. INDECT’s systems combine the most advanced parking space sensors with industry-leading data management technology to offer drivers a safer, more convenient parking experience while helping parking owners operate their parking assets more efficiently and profitably.

INDECT USA can be found online at www.indectusa.com








March 17, 2019








European airport parking leader, ParkCloud, has finalised a new contract with long-standing client, Aeroporti di Roma, following a term of significant growth, which saw bookings more than double.



The renewal announcement builds upon the success of the previous contract, which began in 2017 following a successful first year of collaboration in 2016.


From 2017 to 2018, bookings for parking at Italy’s largest airport, Rome Fiumicino (FCO), and Rome Ciampino (CIA) – both of which are directly managed by ADR – increased by 198%, as more people seek out online travel deals.


Effective collaboration between the two companies has seen ParkCloud promote eight of ADR’s official car parks through its various marketing channels, which includes its popular B2C site, ParkVia – a well-recognised consumer brand within the Italian market.


In addition to exposure through ParkVia, ParkCloud ensures ADR’s car parks receive enhanced coverage through its airline partnerships, notably Wizz Air, Ryanair and one of the world’s largest airline groups, IAG – which encompasses UK flag carrier, British Airways.


With more than 11,000 parking spaces across the two airports, drivers have a range of options comprising covered multilevel terminal car parks, ideal for short stay passengers that want to park up close to the airport, and open air and covered long-stay options, just a short shuttle ride to the terminal buildings – which is free for customers and runs regularly.


Pierluigi Oliva, Head of Operational and Digital Marketing for ADR, said:


“As an increasing number of our passengers look to what digital travel can offer them, it’s imperative that our partner network works in collaboration with us, integrating at every point, so we can continue to offer passengers a first-class travel experience.


“ParkCloud’s expertise in marketing to a diverse range of audiences has enabled our partnership to grow from strength to strength, as our customers choose to make repeat bookings with ParkVia, amongst other channels. We anticipate an equally prosperous term for 2019/20 and look forward to working with the team to build upon this established success.”


ADR recently announced record figures for 2018, with 49 million travellers passing through both airports over the last 12 months. A successful international campaign to promote Rome as a travel destination, the introduction of a series of direct flights to new countries, and significant growth in traffic between North and South America and Asia have all been attributed to the surge in numbers.


ADR is offering a 15% discount on long-stay parking bookings with entrance between 10 March and 15 April.


To find out more about B2C brand, ParkVia, please visit www.parkvia.com.


For company updates, please visit www.parkcloud.com.



About ParkCloud


ParkCloud, simply put, lets drivers book a parking space in advance, in the same way as it’s possible to do with hotel rooms, restaurant tables…and even a coffee these days.


When travelling, parking is usually the last thing on anybody’s mind, but research shows that as much as 20 minutes is wasted when searching for a parking space. ParkCloud aims to solve that problem by letting customers make a parking booking, whether they are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, catching a train, or visiting a city or event.


ParkCloud was founded in 2008 as an online parking reservation service and within the 10 years we’ve been operating our success and growth has been rapid.


Today we are an award-winning, global provider, working with car park operators across 42 countries to include them on our comparison search engine, which aims to give consumers the most user friendly, efficient service possible when they need it most.


This bookable parking network is also made available to travel industry partners to help complete the itineraries of passengers worldwide.


Winner of Queen’s Award for International Trade




Thank you for making PIE 2019 the best ever!

March 14, 2019




Thank you for making PIE 2019 the best ever!




To everyone who attended, exhibited, spoke, engaged at PIE 2019, thank you!  Each and every one of you is incredible!  We at Parking Today Media, appreciate you all with all of our hearts.



ParkNews.biz has been tending to PIE this week. We are back to normal next week.


Thus, please send me your news, your press releases and articles for ParkNews.biz and Parking Today.


Wishing everyone safe and pleasant travels home and the most successful and peaceful rest of March.


We at Parking Today Media cannot wait to see everyone soon and then next year at PIE 2020 in San Diego.


With kindness and appreciation,


Astrid Ambroziak


Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

310 390 5277 ext 9




MeterFeeder sponsors Parking Awards, displays technology at PIE 2019

March 08, 2019




MeterFeeder sponsors Parking Awards, displays technology at PIE 2019




Rosemont, IL – Meter Feeder Inc. is pleased to announce their attendance at the 2019 Parking Industry Expo (PIE). The expo will take place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL just outside downtown Chicago. The expo is especially exciting this year due to the first annual official Parking Awards.



Meter Feeder decided show its support for the industry by sponsoring the “Sustainability” category of the awards. Look forward to seeing Meter Feeder CEO Jim Gibbs give a brief speech and present the award to the winner! Finalists for the “Sustainability” Award include Park Assist, SpotHero, Grid Smarter cities, and Barnacle.


Meter Feeder Inc. was also nominated for multiple awards at PIE. These included a nomination for the Industry Innovation award, as well as a nomination from the City of Mckeesport, PA for Customer Service Excellence.


Attend the first ever Parking Awards at 9am on Tuesday, March 12th, then come visit MeterFeeder at Booth 106!



Follow us on Twitter for updates about our adventures at PIE 2019!

Learn more about MeterFeeder at www.meterfeeder.com


Allpro Parking CEO Richard Serra Receives Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award

March 08, 2019

Allpro Parking CEO Richard Serra Receives Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award


(BUFFALO, NY) – Vistage, a highly regarded executive coaching organization, has awarded Allpro Parking CEO, Richard Serra with the 2019 Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award in the Buffalo Market.


Vistage was founded 60 years ago and has grown tremendously by driving their members to outperform their competition.

“I am honored to receive the Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award,” Serra said. “I have been a member for more than 10 years. They have helped me become a better leader, and to learn from mistakes. I am a Vistage member for life.”

Serra has learned a great amount about peer mentorship as a Vistage member and makes sure to share his wisdom with Allpro employees. He has prioritized employee development at Allpro through emotional intelligence, and exemplifies what a mentor should be.

Learn more about the Vistage Member Excellence Awards here: https://www.vistage.com/landings/member-excellence-awards-winners/.



Allpro Parking was founded in Buffalo, NY in 2000 and has expanded across New York State, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Today, the company employs over 500 individuals at over 150 locations. Allpro provides professional parking management, facility maintenance, ground transportation, and event logistics to developers, property managers, institutions, and government entities across a wide spectrum of markets. In 2012, Allpro Parking was the recipient of the Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award and the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association Outstanding Employee Culture Award. In 2018, the company was awarded the first-in-the-nation “Seal of Integrity & Excellence” from the National Parking Association. For more information about Allpro Parking, LLC, visit allproparking.com.

Parker Technology Welcomes Heidi Barker to the Team

March 08, 2019



Parker Technology Welcomes Heidi Barker to the Team





INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Heidi Barker joined the Parker Technology team in January as the new Director of Marketing. In this role, Barker is focusing on further establishing Parker Technology as an industry leader and will help catapult the company to the next level, working closely with sales and business development.




Heidi comes with 6 years B2B marketing experience, formerly in the concrete construction industry. She is known for her expertise at implementing marketing automation processes, developing effective inbound strategies,adeptness at establishing and growing a brand, and her creative execution in the areas of lead nurturing, content creation and event management.


“Heidi’s experience will be invaluable as we spread the word about all of our happy customers and how we drive business results,” said Brian Wolff, President & CEO of Parker Technology.


Parker Technology will be at PIE in Chicago next week as an exhibitor, and as a sponsor of the Technical Innovation Award at the 2019 Parking Today Awards. Stop by booth #605 to meet the team or say hello at the Awards Breakfast on Tuesday morning.


Parker Technology delivers a turnkey solution for improving the parking experience, by providing the hardwaresoftwareand call center service support necessary for parking facilities to offer a full-fledged, premium customer experience. Parker Technology utilizes patented two-way video intercoms that enable guests of parking facilities to connect and speak face-to-face with a remote attendant via live HD video whenever the “help” button is pressed. Trained specialists in the Parker 24/7 Call Center respond to guest issues per the exact instructions of the facilities served. As the parking industry’s only operator-independent call center, Parker Technology delivers a rich customer experience that puts the human touch back into parking, bridging the gap between human failure and automation.


Want to learn more? Watch this 90-second signature video at www.HelpMeParker.com.



Media access to the Parker 24/7 Call Center, as well as, live or recorded interview requests can be arranged. Photography and video samples of two-way video calls are also available upon request. Please call 800.923.2704 or email sales@helpmeparker.comfor more information.

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