GATWICK AIRPORT SIGNS PARKCLOUD UP TO CAPTURE LARGER SLICE OF PARKING MARKET

November 19, 2018

 

 

 

GATWICK AIRPORT SIGNS PARKCLOUD UP TO CAPTURE LARGER SLICE OF PARKING MARKET

 

 

 

 

European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has entered into a collaboration with the UK’s second largest airport, London Gatwick (LGW).

 

 

 

A significant addition to its UK airport portfolio, ParkCloud is pleased to announce that passengers flying from Gatwick’s North and South terminals will now be able to reserve their parking through its extensive online network across a number of the airport’s parking products.

 

The car parks available to ParkCloud’s 3.3 million users include Premium Parking North, Long Stay North, Valet Parking North, Short Stay North, Summer Special North, Long Stay South, Short Stay South and Valet Parking South.

 

All car parks are fully secure with 24-hour CCTV in operation across all sites. Short stay and premium car parks are closely situated near to the terminal buildings, with long stay options a short transfer via shuttle.

 

Additionally, customers will be able to bolster their travel experience by pre-booking security FastTrack and lounge passes for No1 Lounges, to complement their parking reservation.

 

London Gatwick passengers flying from the South terminal with British Airways, Wizz Air or Vueling will also be able to reserve parking via ParkCloud’s airline partnerships, allowing fluidity for the customer at every point of the booking journey.

 

Denzil Dolan, Senior Product Manager (Commercial Car Parks and Ancillaries) at Gatwick Airport, said: “As passenger numbers continue to rise, it is more pertinent than ever that we consolidate our efforts and extend our parking network for our growing customer base.

 

“As an established market leader in its field, we’re confident the collaboration with ParkCloud will yield positive results for both companies and of course, our shared customers.”

 

The initial collaboration between Gatwick and ParkCloud dates back to summer 2017, when an agreement to facilitate sales of parking in and around Gatwick Airport through easyJet’s white label was established.

 

To find out more about ParkCloud, 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

http://www.parkcloud.com

 

NPA ISSUE ALERT: Parking Industry Launches Parking United Agenda

November 16, 2018

 

 

NPA ISSUE ALERT:
Parking Industry Launches Parking United Agenda

NPA Members:

This is an NPA Issue Alert: The NPA Board of Directors established a new strategic plan to focus on the pressing issues, opportunities and distribution facing the parking industry. The NPA Strategic Plan has three pillars 1) Be Recognized as The Leading Authority & Advocate for the Parking Industry; 2) Advance Member Experience & Value through the Power of Collaboration; and 3) Define the Future of Parking.

As a result of this plan, NPA has developed an integrated plan to participate, collaborate and lead on research and advocacy issues that can impact the parking industry. Parking United is the movement to rally industry supporters for fund a $1 million research and advocacy program. Early supporters of the program are listed below.

Reducing Congestion Study with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC): NPA’s first effort to transform parking industry research is to enter the larger transportation and mobility space bringing new thought leadership, which includes a vision for reducing congestion, fostering public/private collaboration and highlighting parking’s congestion fighting role.

Today, there is no congestion pricing in the United States. But, as cities and states struggle with unbalanced budgets, pension short-falls and traffic congestion—positive solutions not regressive actions should be considered

Congestion Policy: NPA supports fair and equitable zoning and planning for infrastructure use that maximizes the effectiveness of cities for the movement of people, goods and services with a citizen/consumer centered approach based on community needs as the driver for decision making. Parking is one lever in the first/last mile of transportation. An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion brings you as parking leaders into the dialogue with a fact-based tool you can share with political leaders, planners and allies.

NPA Reducing Congestion launch: In New York City on November 13, NPA met with the financial markets, investors and the media in mid-town Manhattan to provide advance copies of the reducing congestion study in advance of a series of media briefings from November-January.

In the Know: NPA News Releases Announcing Study Findings: A series of NPA news releases will release key study findings. News releases will be available HERE on the release dates.

  • November 14: NPA Releases Groundbreaking Study on New Ways to Reduce Congestion for Livable Cities. Study Highlights Congestion Facts, Planning Models and New Congestion Fighting Tools. CLICK HERE
  • November 17: NPA Announces Study Findings with New Ways to Reduce Congestion for Livable Cities. Study Highlights Congestion Facts, Planning Models and New Congestion Fighting Tools
  • November 26: NPA Supports Study Findings for Mobility Hubs and Shared Parking to Get Rid of Gridlock. PwC Study an Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion Provides New Policy Tools

Quotes from the Study:

“Parking is an important tool and has the ability to reduce congestion.”

“Parking can be an effective tool to declutter roads and reduce curb congestion.”

“Although its congestion-fighting potential hasn’t always been recognized, parking is important to the smooth functioning of a city’s transportation ecosystem.”

“The introduction of mobility hubs, curb management, adaptive design and advanced automation all provide options for improving the use of existing infrastructure and its capacity.”

NPA Role: Support a pro parking agenda that demonstrates the value of parking today and in the future with applications for smart parking, shared parking and mobility within a transportation ecosystem. NPA will advocate for planning and zoning policies that provide common sense solutions to make mobility easy with an emphasis on mobility hubs, reinventing the curb and reducing/eliminating parking minimums.

Your Role:

  1. Join us in Parking United as a project investor to support the development of research and studies that support the future of parking. Email ChristineBanning@weareparking.org to get more information.
  2. Download the study and share with legislators HERE

Special Thanks:

Our thanks to the first Parking United funders to step forward to support the study were: The Forge Company, LAZ Parking, SP+, and System Property Development Company Inc./Motor Parks, LLC. Special thanks to Rick West, Managing Member, West FSI, LLC, and Chair of NPA’s Government Relations Work Group, for his insights and leadership.

With best regards,

Christine Banning, IOM, CAE

President, National Parking Association

202.296.4336

ChristineBanning@weareparking.org

Four ParkWhiz Employees Earn Certified Parking Professional Designation from National Parking Association

November 16, 2018

Four ParkWhiz Employees Earn Certified Parking Professional Designation from National Parking Association

Chicago, November 16, 2018 – ParkWhiz is honored to announce that four of its employees recently earned the Certified Parking Professional (CPP) designation from the National Parking Association. Known as one of the gold standards of professional expertise, the CPP Certification helps parking professionals advance their careers and excel in parking best practices. Candidates must demonstrate competence in all aspects of parking operations including safety, operations, maintenance, structural topics, finance, technology and human resources.

 

The ParkWhiz recipients of the CPP Certification are:

 

  • Shelley Andrews, Operations Manager – Midwest

  • Lex Blum, City Manager – New York City

  • David DiLegge, City Manager – Atlanta

  • Brian Litke, Regional Operations Manager – Midwest

 

“The CPP Certification is an incredibly valuable credential in the parking industry, as it allows us to better understand the needs and expectations of our parking operator partners,” said Todd Tucker, SVP Market Development for ParkWhiz. “I’m thrilled that four members of my team went above and beyond this year to complete the course and pass the exam. It demonstrates their passion and commitment to the parking industry, and positions them to better represent ParkWhiz in a highly competent manner in service of our parking operating partners, asset owners and platform partners.”

About ParkWhiz

ParkWhiz is the leading transactional platform and marketplace that enables drivers, fleets and connected vehicles to find, book and pay for parking. The company offers the largest inventory of parking spaces for drivers to reserve before reaching their destinations, saving both time and money. Working with all major parking operators, it delivers transactional parking as a value-added service to major brands in sports and entertainment, travel, automotive and navigation, including Ford, Ticketmaster / Live Nation, Groupon, Madison Square Garden and many others. The company also operates two consumer-facing brands of its own—ParkWhiz and BestParking—available for Apple, Android and Amazon Alexa.  ParkWhiz also powers the Arrive Network which provides friction-free access to parking lots in select markets. ParkWhiz has parked millions of vehicles and is operational in over 230 cities across North America and expanding rapidly. For more information, visit ParkWhiz.com.

 

Colorado Springs Airport & Republic Parking Award PARCS Replacement to HUB

November 15, 2018

 

 

Colorado Springs Airport & Republic Parking Award PARCS Replacement to HUB

 

 

 

Colorado Springs Airport and Republic Parking have awarded the replacement of their current PARC system to HUB Parking Technology.  This municipal airport is the second busiest commercial service airport in the state. The HUB PARC solution will include 28 lanes of equipment, VoIP Intercom, and AVI for two levels of Ground Transportation and employee parking.  HUB’s flexible and scalable parking management system will provide consistency and efficiency in the Airport’s parking operation.

 

 

 

Says Bob Linehart, Senior VP/Airport Services of Republic Parking, “We use HUB Parking Technology systems for revenue control at several of our airports and are pleased with their performance and reliability.  Additionally, we receive excellent service from the HUB team.  We look forward to installing the new technology at COS and bringing a greater level of service and flexibility to the flying public using the Colorado Springs Airport.”

 

www.hubparking.us

Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season Mall of America® unveils Park Assist® system to make parking even easier

November 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season Mall of America® unveils

Park Assist® system to make parking even easier

 

 

 

BLOOMINGTON, MN— November 12, 2018

Mall of America, the nation’s most visited retail, dining, attraction and entertainment destination, unveiled a new parking guidance system that has been installed in two primary parking ramps along with surface parking areas. The system – which is now operational and assisting guests – is designed and installed by Park Assist, a leading innovator in parking guidancespecializing in camera-based technology.

 

The parking guidance system is designed to be easy to use and understand. As guests approach the east and west parking ramps at the Mall, they will see large digital signage displaying the number of open parking spaces on each level of the two seven-level ramps. Once on the desired level of the ramp a series of colored lights indicate if there are open spaces (green lights) or if the spaces are occupied (red lights); while blue lights indicate open spaces for accessible parking. Digital directional signage guides drivers to the nearest available space.

 

To increase convenience, Mall guests can access parking information prior to leaving home from their computer or mobile device.The parking availability is listed on the Mall of America website home page as well as on the Mall’s mobile website. Featuring easy to understand graphics, and the number of open spaces clearly listed, the system is designed to alleviate parking frustrations. With the digital technology in place, the system displays real-time information and is constantly updated throughout the day. Mall of America continues to be a leader in technology and hospitality across the country by being the first facility to install Park Assist’s newest product, the S1 system designed specifically for outdoor surface lots. In addition to the M4 camera-based system, the new S1 system is able to monitor multiple spaces with high-perched cameras with outdoor installations. With the S1 addition, Mall of America provides elevated security and a stress-free experience for visitors, efficiently guiding visitors from the moment they arrive. Mall of America visitors will enjoy improved traffic flow throughout the entire facility and the surrounding Bloomington South Loop area.

 

The new technology system is a joint effort by the City of Bloomington, MN and Mall of America. The Mall is in Bloomington’s growing South Loop District, and the ability to ease traffic flow and parking congestion is a priority. The City invested in this new technology as part of a larger strategy to help residents, visitors and shoppers access the Mall and other destinations within South Loop. Designed to be a welcoming destination for visitors from around the world, South Loop also is a distinctive urban center where residents can build their lives around work and community.

 

With more than 40 million annual visitors, and approximately 15,000 parking spaces to manage, guest convenience remains a top priority for the Mall. Park Assist worked closely with the Mall of America engineering and construction teams to ensure the system was fully operational prior to the busy 2018 holiday shopping season.

 

For more information on Park Assist, the upcoming holiday shopping season, new and opening retail, dining and attractions at Mall of America, visit www.mallofamerica.com.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Mall of America: Dan Jasper (dan.jasper@moa.net)

Park Assist: Ricky Grasso (ricky.grasso@parkassist.com)

 

ABOUT MALL OF AMERICA

At 5.6 million square feet, Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; FlyOver America; Crayola Experience; Hard Rock Café; The Escape Game; CMX Cinemas; and more. The Mall opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Follow Mall of America on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and visit our blog. Download the Mall of America app from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

 

 

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 www.parkassist.com.

 

INDECT’s Upsolut camera system shines brightly as Dallas Love Field Airport opens new 5,000 space parking garage

November 15, 2018

INDECT’s Upsolut camera system shines brightly as Dallas Love Field Airport opens new 5,000 space parking garage.

 

 

 

DALLAS, TX (November 15, 2018)—INDECT USA and Parking Guidance Systems (PGS) jointly announce the latest installation of the UPSOLUT multi-function camera sensor in Garage C at Dallas Love Field Airport, Texas. The brand-new, seven-story, 5000 space parking garage is the third garage at Dallas Love Field Airport to be fitted with an INDECT parking guidance system bringing the total number of spaces monitored by INDECT at Dallas Love Field to an impressive 13,000.

 

“There are a number of interesting things about Garage C that make this installation unique,” said Derek Frantz, Head of Business Development at PGS. “Hidden conduit, custom designed bird deflectors, and tailored INDECT gantry signs over the roadway. Dallas Love Field has gone above and beyond what was required to give their customers the best possible parking experience.”

 

According to Frantz, Garage C is the only site in America where all the conduit is completely embedded within the slab. PGS worked closely with the architect and building team during construction to advise where to lay the conduit prior to the pouring of the concrete.

 

“We suspended the sensors directly from the ceiling with no visible cables or brackets to give the garage an ultra-clean appearance. It looks great!” said Frantz.

 

Birds can be a source of great annoyance in parking garages. They nest on ledges, sit on pipes and railings and can cause unsightly damage to signage and vehicles. Dallas Love Field Airport was determined to avoid this potential issue by requesting the addition of bird deflectors.

 

“It was an unusual request but we pride ourselves on being able to tailor our equipment to suit individual needs.” said Dale Fowler, President of INDECT USA. “A number of designs were considered before we settled on the current version. The airport liked the overall look and felt it would blend well with the aesthetics of the garage without causing too much of a distraction.”

 

INDECT created a massive 75×90 inch full-color matrix sign to stand at the entrance to the new garage. The sign displays real-time counts and rates for each level in different colors.

 

“It’s definitely one of the biggest matrix signs we’ve installed to date. It’s clear and easy to read from a distance, giving drivers plenty of time to make their decision.” said Frantz.

 

A common marketing point for parking guidance systems is that the driver’s parking experience should start from the moment they enter the garage. INDECT has taken that one step further with their newly designed gantry signs.

 

“Searching for the closest garage, hunting for available spaces, and trying not miss your flight can be a stressful experience, even for those of us who fly on a regular basis.” said Fowler. “It makes perfect sense to provide drivers with useful parking information prior to them entering the garage.”

 

The completion of Garage C at Dallas Love Field Airport marks the end of their $208 million airport modernization program. Lower cost airfares, increased number of daily flights and the lifting of the Wright Amendment Restrictions in 2014 have resulted in passenger numbers almost doubling since the airport first began the program in 2009. It is estimated that the total number of passengers travelling annually through Dallas Love Field airport (enplaned and deplaned) could reach 16 million in the next 15 years.

 

 

About INDECT USA

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

 

About Parking Guidance Systems (PGS)

PGS specializes in providing tailored solutions to a range of parking needs. With more than 30 years’ experience in the parking industry, PGS works directly with their clients to increase utilization, improve safety, maximize efficiency, optimize occupancy,enhance the customer experience, reduce their carbon footprintand boost revenue.

PGS can be found online at www.parkingguidancesystems.com

 

 

 

Passport leads mobility industry on Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™

November 15, 2018

Passport leads mobility industry on Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™

Company achieves three-year growth of more than 1,200 percent

 

 

Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2018)Passport today announced it ranked No. 98 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Passport is the fastest growing mobility company on the list, receiving recognition for its rapid growth of more than 1,200 percent over the past three years.

The mobility industry is currently facing tremendous challenges: New modes of transportation are emerging rapidly, the curbside is more congested than ever and city leaders need a way to aggregate and analyze data as well as manage all aspects of city mobility in one central place. Passport is providing the solution with its fully-integrated platform and suite of parking, transit and tolling products, helping 600 clients worldwide move faster and more efficiently.

Passport already powers some of the world’s biggest cities’ mobility operations, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Miami and Los Angeles, and will continue to grow its footprint in 2019 and beyond. With a $5 million investment to advance its mobility platform, Passport will further help cities manage parking, rideshares, scooters and dockless bikes, and prepare for the introduction of autonomous vehicles.

“We are transforming the mobility industry, providing solutions to help our clients manage new and existing forms of transportation through our platform,” said Bob Youakim, Passport CEO. “Our industry is changing at an unprecedented pace, and as demonstrated by our place on the Deloitte Technology 500, Passport is leading that change.”

The company has been on a rapid trajectory of growth. In the past year alone, Passport expanded its workforce to more than 200 employees worldwide, raised an additional $43 million in Series C funding, opened its U.K. operations, and acquired leading smart parking management platform, NuPark. With the acquisition of NuPark, Passport has expanded its capabilities and client base and is poised to grow even faster in the years ahead.

“We have been working with cities across North America for nearly a decade, helping them to better manage their mobility operations,” said Youakim. “We are continuing to partner with our clients to develop new solutions and are energized as we work with our clients to shape the future together.”

About Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 550 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines — parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management — enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Passport has been recognized as one of North America’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list and a Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

ParkBlue Successfully Launched in Ohio and Indiana by TIBA Parking Systems, Enabling a Frictionless Parking Experience 

November 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

ParkBlue Successfully Launched in Ohio and Indiana by TIBA Parking Systems, Enabling a Frictionless Parking Experience 

 

 

 

Columbus, OH (November 14, 2018) – TIBA  Parking Systems’ Bluetooth technology (BLE), ParkBlue, was successfully implemented in Ohio and Indiana for monthly transients at multiple sites. 

 

Since July, hundreds of monthly users have utilized the first garages installed by Signature Control Systems in partnership with TIBA Parking Systems. 

Monthly parkers at these locations now have the ability to gain frictionless access to the garage using their branded mobile app. As the driver approaches the entry and exit devices, the gate detects the mobile device and allows the parker into the garage by using the phone as the credential. Drivers can also access a secondary QR code by manually tapping their ParkBlue application on their phone if needed. 

This not only offers convenience to the parker who no longer has to roll down their window and present an access credential, but also offers convenience to the owner and operator who does not have to purchase and distribute expensive access credentials which are continuously lost and transferred amongst other users. 

This Bluetooth solution has also increased the throughput of the facility as less time is required in the lane to manually authenticate the driver. 

Operators can benefit from the ease of dialing-in the sensor range of the ParkBlue device through the software so as not to detect other users in adjacent lanes or in the same vehicle. 

“TIBA is thrilled to bring frictionless parking and better ease of use to monthly drivers,” stated John Whiteman, TIBA Executive Vice President of Sales. “We look forward to expanding upon ParkBlue to help more drivers navigate to specific open spaces throughout different lots, assisting garage operators with managing overflow traffic, and increasing driver data through a robust business intelligence platform.” 

“We are excited to bring TIBA’s Bluetooth enabled access app to North America via these first two installations,” stated John Bambey, Vice President at Signature Control Systems. “It’s great to be able to provide our customers and parkers with this level of industry leading technology and ease of access.” 

 

About TIBA Parking Systems: 

 

For 30 years, TIBA has provided innovative solutions for the parking market, resulting in reliable, user-friendly products that lower the price of initial acquisition and the cost of ongoing maintenance. TIBA has successfully implemented this through a focus on software development, while continuing to enhance and support its reliable hardware platforms. This allows owners to keep the capital investment down while still enjoying the latest software functionality. With extensive global experience, TIBA’s robust, scalable architecture enables parking operators to keep pace with the latest trends in centralized operations, automated smart facilities, web reservations and mobile payments. TIBA’s flexible software grants parking operators to be IoT-connected and leverage big data to increase revenue. TIBA’s agile 

 

 TIBA LLC, 2228 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219 ∙ Phone (614) 328 -2040, Fax (614) 864-2153 Web: www.tibaparking.com Email: info@tibaparking.com 

Fulham Offers EliteControl Bluetooth Mesh LabKit for Fast, Easy Evaluation and Development of Wireless LED Controls

November 14, 2018

 

Fulham Offers EliteControl Bluetooth Mesh LabKit for Fast, Easy Evaluation and Development of Wireless LED Controls

 

 

 

Self-contained EliteControl LabKit makes it easy to understand and test wireless Bluetooth mesh lighting control systems

 

 

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – November 13, 2018 – Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has just released a new Bluetooth Mesh LabKit to make it easy for OEMs to quickly test and evaluate wireless LED controllers for commercial lighting systems. The LabKit comes ready to use, complete with Fulham’s Bluetooth mesh mobile commissioning application.

 

The EliteControl Bluetooth Mesh LabKit is a self-contained, 120V unit. The LabKit includes a Fulham LED light engine, a Fulham SmartBridge Bluetooth controller, an EnOcean wireless Bluetooth switch, and an Apple iPad loaded with Fulham’s controller software. Using the LabKit, the user will have a fully operational Bluetooth mesh LED control system in minutes.

 

With the EliteControl LabKit you can configure and manage wireless control zones. The Fulham controller app allows users to set up a new lighting project that can encompass one or more floors of a building. Zones made up of a group of Bluetooth mesh devices such as fixtures, sensors or switches are used to define controlled spaces on a specific floor or even within rooms. Custom configuration scenarios can be created using the Fulham app and stored for office spaces, restrooms, etc., to simplify controller commissioning.

 

Once the zones are configured, the LabKit can be used to connect and control  the lighting system. Luminaires can be added to each zone as needed and the LED engine will flash to show connectivity has been established. Once connected, the dimmer switch included in the LabKit can be used to test and control the zone lighting infrastructure.

 

“We wanted to offer a simple Bluetooth commissioning and evaluation kit to show customers how easy it is to set up a Bluetooth mesh control network,” said Alvaro Garcia, Senior Director, Product Management, for Fulham. “The EliteControl LabKit is ideal for understanding Bluetooth mesh for smaller projects, as well as for demonstrating and testing other Bluetooth mesh wireless LED devices.”

 

SIG qualified Bluetooth mesh is rapidly gaining momentum as the preferred approach for wireless LED lighting control. Bluetooth is an open standard so any qualified device will interoperable. The mesh architecture also is highly reliable with built-in failover and Bluetooth-enabled luminaires can be added or removed without disruption. Bluetooth mesh also is secure and highly scalable so it can connect thousands of nodes, and it provides a full stack communications platform so it can become the infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

For more information, visit www.fulham.com.

 

About Fulham

Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, lighting controls, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Europe, China, India, and the UAE. For more information, visit www.fulham.com, @FulhamUSA or @FulhamEurope.

 

Chapel Hill Partners with Flowbird to Upgrade Downtown Parking Experience

November 14, 2018

 

 

Chapel Hill Partners with Flowbird to Upgrade Downtown Parking Experience

 

 

 

A launching point for ‘Lots to Love’ Campaign among community

 

 

The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina has completed the installation of a new parking system in partnership with Flowbird, the world’s leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions.  The system replaces the Town’s legacy multi-bay meters and its gated off-street systems, providing better ease of use, more functionality, and stronger reporting capability.

 

At the end of 2016, the Town tested four Strada Pay Stations to ensure reliability and good service. Following the successful trial, Flowbird was awarded the project to enhance the parking systems both on and off-street in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill’s Town Council selected Flowbird’s Strada for the following features:

 

  • Technology Opportunities – Supports multiple payment options and on-screen messaging features.
  • Design and Appearance – Solar powered pay stations that include a wide color screen that displays animated pictograms, vivid pictures and clear wording.
  • Security Features – Robust protection mechanisms that meet banking requirements.

 

More than 60 new Strada kiosks have been installed by Flowbird’s North Carolina based distribution partner, Southern Time, on-street throughout downtown and off-street in all Town managed public parking facilities.  In addition to accepting payments by coin or credit card, the kiosks also accept validation codes which are created electronically in Flowbird’s Smartcenter back-office system and dispersed through the local merchants.

 

All on and off-street transactions – coin, card, validation code, and mobile payment – are transmitted in real-time to Flowbird’s Smartcenter web based enforcement module.  The status of each space (paid, unpaid or grace period) is easily accessible by parking enforcement officers on wireless devices.

 

“I’m extremely pleased that the Town put its trust in our team to deliver a solution that impacts so many people in downtown Chapel Hill,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America. “The solution we’ve deployed there demonstrates the flexibility of our system by managing on-street and off-street parking payments along with merchant validations in one integrated platform.”

 

The Town of Chapel Hill used the kiosk installation as a launching point for their ‘Lots to Love’ campaign to change the perception that parking is no longer hard to find or inconvenient. The campaign, in coordination with downtown merchants and business groups, aims to educate about the new parking system and more opportunities for parking downtown.  Check out this unique way to promote downtown parking at www.parkonthehill.com/lots-to-love.

 

 

Flowbird US Media Contact

Sean Renn – Vice President of Marketing and Communications

856-220-1577

sean.renn@flowbird.group

www.flowbird.group

 

 

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