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Barnacle Parking Enters Pilot Program With the New York City Police Department

April 19, 2024

 

Barnacle Parking Enters Pilot Program With the New York City Police Department

 

 

Intelligent parking enforcement device company helps the country’s largest police municipality solve parking compliance issues while improving officer safety

 

 

EDISON, N.J. Barnacle Parking, the producer of The Barnacle®, an intelligent parking enforcement solution with motorist self-release capabilities, today announced its engagement with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During a pilot program, the NYPD will assess the Barnacle’s ability to improve parking management and promote fairness and efficiency for all New York City residents and visitors.

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

April 15, 2024

 

 

 

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

Today Ocra announces its successful raise of $3.5 million in strategic capital in an oversubscribed round led by Parker Technology, a leading technology-led services company in the parking industry, and MCR Hotels, the third largest hotel owner-operator in the United States.

Other strategic partners contributing to the round include Callahan Family Office, HB Companies, Helene Ventures, Long Run Capital, Sunstone Management, and more.

Originally targeted at $3 million, this oversubscribed round reflects a strong vote of confidence in the company’s vision, team, and technology.

It represents alignment from strategic investors on the team’s mission to build the API layer that connects siloed technologies to the outcomes of centralized operations and substantial revenue growth for parking operators and parking asset owners across all sectors of the industry.

“Every dollar of capital we raise is in the spirit of staying vendor-neutral and supports our vision of being the API layer of this industry,” says Ethan Glass, CEO & Co-Founder of Ocra. “This round creates alignment between our company and other industry leaders, as every investor adds tremendous value beyond the capital.”

This infusion of capital plays a crucial role in driving innovation across product lines and enriching Ocra’s centralized demand channel management platform with new features and integrations.

It also allows the company to double down on its core competencies of demand channel expertise and data-driven revenue optimization for parking assets as offered through its managed services model: Ocra CoPilot.

Additionally, this round supports the continued recruitment of top talent for Engineering, Operations, and Revenue who elevate Ocra’s service level and produce even stronger revenue outcomes for its partners.

To learn more, contact the Ocra Team at info@getocra.com.

Press Contact:

Sarah Becherer
VP Marketing

sarah@getocra.com

617-869-3817

Genetec announces availability of Security Center SaaS

April 10, 2024

 

 

Genetec announces availability of Security Center SaaS

 

Enterprise-grade SaaS solution gives organizations the freedom to choose the door controllers, cameras, and devices that work best for their business.

 

 

MONTRÉAL, April 10, 2024Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today announced the availability of Security Center SaaS from its global network of certified partners. A massively scalable, open, and unified software as a service (SaaS) solution, the new offering will combine access control, video management, forensic search, intrusion monitoring, automation, and many other advanced security capabilities.

“The physical security industry has been eagerly anticipating an enterprise-grade offering that can be implemented in the cloud or in a hybrid deployment based on customers’ needs and requirements. Security Center SaaS not only fills this important gap in the market, but it redefines the possibilities for cloud-based physical security,” said Michel Chalouhi, Vice President of Global Sales at Genetec Inc.

Because of its open architecture, Security Center SaaS gives organizations the freedom to choose the door controllers, cameras, and devices that work best for their business. It also features powerful forensic search tools designed to simplify and speed up investigations. These tools extract crucial information from the rich metadata collected by the system’s connected edge devices. The information is presented in a single, intuitive user interface, facilitating faster and more informed decision-making processes.

Security Center SaaS features powerful and comprehensive systems management tools, making it easier and faster for channel partners to configure, provision, and deploy complex, multi-site enterprise systems at scale. From quote to delivery, Security Center SaaS helps partners to efficiently manage and oversee all their Security Center SaaS installations, no matter the size of the project.

Direct to cloud connection with Axis Cloud Connect (ACC) and Axis Powered by Genetec

In addition to an open portfolio of cameras by a range of manufacturers, Security Center SaaS takes full advantage of the newly announced Axis Cloud Connect solution, and the existing Axis Powered by Genetec network door controller. Building on years of close collaboration with Axis, Security Center SaaS enables customers to securely connect, enroll, and manage Axis devices in a diversity of deployment options, including direct device-to-cloud streaming of video, metadata, and access control data.

Together, both ACC and Axis Powered by Genetec offer users a complete enterprise-grade deployment of both network access control and video technologies designed to work seamlessly across hybrid and cloud environments, as well as in fully on-premises deployments. Easily installed and maintained, these Axis devices enable Security Center SaaS customers to deploy a unified cloud-ready installation quickly and reliably.

Pricing and availability

Security Center SaaS is offered in two subscription plans starting at $149 US MSRP per year per device connection (these can be door controllers, cameras, intercoms, intrusion panels, or other device connections).

The new offering is also available in competitively priced video bundles, including software and camera connections, starting at $2,700 US MSRP*. These include the option of either 8 or 20 camera connections (with 8 and 20 TB of storage, respectively), the Security Center SaaS software, and the Genetec Cloudlink™ 310 appliance that allows any non-cloud-ready camera to be easily connected to Security Center SaaS.

Security Center SaaS is available to be quoted and ordered immediately in all regions and will begin shipping as of May 30th, 2024.

Security Center SaaS will be showcased for the first time at ISC West at booth #13062. For more information, please visit: https://www.genetec.com/products/unified-security/security-center-saas.

*First-year cost includes appliance, software, and device connection. Afterwards, customers just pay a yearly software subscription per connected device.

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is a global technology company that has been transforming the physical security industry for over 25 years. The company’s portfolio of solutions enables enterprises, governments, and communities around the world to secure people and assets while respecting individual privacy and the demand for operational efficiency.

Based on an open architecture, and built with cybersecurity at their core, Genetec solutions can be implemented on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid deployments. The company’s flagship products, Genetec Security Center and Genetec Security Center SaaS, unify core physical security functions, such as access control, video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), intrusion detection, communications, and analytics.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its customers via an extensive network of certified channel partners and consultants in over 159 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com 

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

© Genetec Inc., 2024. Genetec and the Genetec logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product.

Press Contacts:

North America

Véronique Froment

HighRez

Veronique@highrezpr.com

Tel: +1 603.537.9248

Hayden AI Launches Double Parking Enforcement Solution for Road Safety and Public Transit

April 10, 2024

 

Hayden AI Launches Double Parking Enforcement Solution for Road Safety and Public Transit

 

Bus-mounted technology improves road safety and public transit performance by changing driver behavior to stop roadway hazards caused by double parking

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2024—-Hayden AI, a global leader in vision AI and spatial analytics, today announced a new product for its vision AI platform: automated double parking enforcement. Utilizing the same hardware and AI technology as the company’s automated bus lane, bus stop, and bike lane enforcement platform, this new application of the technology is designed to improve road safety and public transit performance by reducing instances of illegal double parking through highly accurate and scalable enforcement.

Double parking creates major issues for road safety and public transit. When drivers illegally block a travel lane parallel to legally parked vehicles, they force buses, other vehicles, and cyclists to maneuver around the stopped vehicle, increasing the likelihood of crashes and causing significant travel delays. Moreover, double parking also creates challenges for legally parked vehicles that cannot leave when needed.

Automated double parking enforcement gives transit and other agencies an additional tool to improve bus performance and road safety for everyone. By utilizing the Hayden AI technology already installed on buses for automated bus lane, bus stop, and bike lane enforcement, agencies can seamlessly and automatically detect and enforce illegal double parking violations at scale.

“All it takes is one double parked vehicle to create a traffic hazard and delay multiple buses — and the people relying on those buses to reach their jobs and appointments on time,” said Chris Carson, founder and CEO of Hayden AI. “Our vision AI platform is designed to improve transit performance and road safety, and reducing double parking is a huge part of that. I’m thrilled that we are adding automated double parking enforcement to our vision AI platform.”

About Hayden AI: At Hayden AI, we’re pioneering real world problem solving powered by AI and machine learning. From bus lane and bus stop enforcement to digital twin modeling and more, our clients use our mobile perception system to speed up transit, make streets safer, and create a more sustainable future. Learn more at www.hayden.ai

 

Contacts

Jenna Fortunati
jenna.fortunati@hayden.ai

Annette Clayton Joins Flash Board of Directors

April 05, 2024

 

 

 

Annette Clayton Joins Flash Board of Directors

 

 

Austin, Texas, April 4, 2024 – Flash, the leading digital ecosystem provider connecting drivers to parking and EV charging experiences, today announced Annette Clayton, chairwoman and former CEO of Schneider Electric, has joined the company’s board of directors. Ms. Clayton has decades of automotive, technology, and energy industry experience and brings an extensive track record guiding corporate strategy and operations for growth companies and pioneering startups.

 

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Annette to our board of directors,” said Dan Sharplin, Flash’s CEO and Chairman. “She is an accomplished leader who has dedicated her career to companies that are transforming their respective industries, and her talents and expertise will be invaluable to our next chapter of growth, particularly when it comes to meeting the needs of modern drivers through the next wave of EV adoption.”

 

Ms. Clayton joins Flash’s board of directors after recently concluding her tenure as CEO of Schneider Electric North America. During that time, Ms. Clayton led business strategy for the region, representing 30,000 employees and sales of more than $11 billion in fiscal year 2022.

 

“Working with innovators like Flash that reimagine an industry is the work I love,” said Ms. Clayton regarding her appointment. “I have followed Flash’s evolution from its startup days and think the current moment is among its most exciting – Flash has done the heavy lifting and is poised to bring all the players together to set the new standard for a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem.”

 

Ms. Clayton currently serves on the public boards of Duke Energy, NXP Semiconductors, Oshkosh Corporation, and Nordson Corporation. Ms. Clayton’s prior board service includes National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, and many of Schneider Electric’s Energy-as-a-Service joint ventures. She was also a member of Rewiring America’s CEO’s for Electrification coalition for business leaders.

 

Prior to Schneider Electric, she served in senior management roles for Dell, where she led the transformation of its global supply chain and fulfillment model, and General Motors Corporation, including president of Saturn Corporation, where she oversaw strategic direction, financial accountability, and profitability. Ms. Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from Wright State University, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton, and has completed the London Business School executive development program.

 

About Flash:

Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations — connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress from driving. The solution has arrived. Visit www.flashparking.com to learn more.

 

EVPassport and Associa Partner to Deliver an Integrated Charging Solution to Managed Communities

April 02, 2024

EVPassport and Associa Partner to Deliver an Integrated Charging Solution to Managed Communities

 

 

North America’s largest community association management firm strikes a strategic partnership with the nation’s most reliable charging network to enhance ESG objectives and improve community amenities.

 

LOS ANGELES—-EVPassport, the most reliable EV charging network in the United States, and Associa, the leading provider of community management services throughout North America, today announced a strategic partnership to provide next-generation electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Associa-managed communities throughout the United States. Under the agreement, Associa will implement EVPassport’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform across its national portfolio of managed communities, delivering a reliable, frictionless charging experience to over five million residents.

“Both EVPassport and Associa aim to provide innovative turnkey solutions that make people’s lives easier—and encourage sustainable living,” said Hooman Shahidi, Co-founder and CEO of EVPassport. “Our partnership with Associa helps close the demand gap for reliable EV charging and reaffirms our commitment to continued innovation—specifically in the areas of customer service and engagement. This is an exciting opportunity for EVPassport as we move into our next phase of growth and build the most reliable and easy-to-use charging network.”

With the new partnership, Associa-managed communities will have access to EVPassport’s innovative and reliable hardware, exclusive cloud-based software, and connected infrastructure technology, through the EVPassport IaaS platform. The demand for reliable, easy-to-use EV charging has surged in recent years amid record-setting EV sales. With EVPassport, Associa-managed communities and the residents they serve benefit from an end-to-end solution that prioritizes the customer experience through high reliability and a frictionless, app-less charging experience.

“Investing in EV charging is becoming a necessity for communities who are committed to upholding their property values, increasing their marketability, and perpetuating sustainability,” said Jason Salmonson, Senior Vice President, Integrated Services at Associa. “We proudly welcome EVPassport to our roster of world-class partners, furthering our commitment to bringing industry-leading technology solutions to our communities. We selected the EVPassport IaaS platform for its ability to provide an easy-to-use charging experience for our communities while delivering great economic value that helps advance community engagement while aligning with our ESG initiatives.”

Associa is a leading community management service company delivering complete and comprehensive turnkey management services and an array of solutions and resources to provide an exceptional experience to thousands of communities. In 2021, the company founded Associa Green, an environmental initiative to help families live healthier, more sustainable lives.

EVPassport provides an end-to-end EV charging solution for managed communities and properties that helps increase occupancy, strengthen tenant satisfaction and retention, and improve charging equity. The company utilizes an innovative business model that allows for charging infrastructure to be installed under an IaaS model that provides the lowest cost of entry and a lucrative revenue share model to deliver managed communities with the fastest ROI.

Since EVPassport’s inception in 2020, the company has scaled its network to 35 states, Canada, and Mexico. It has deployed thousands of chargers while delivering 99.97% uptime. This news comes on the heels of EVPassport raising $200 million to support the rapid growth of its IaaS platform.

For more information about EVPassport, visit www.evpassport.com.

About EVPassport LLC
EVPassport LLC is the Nation’s most reliable EV Charging Network. The company was founded by a team of leaders across technologies, enterprise software, and financial services. Together, the founding team represents experience from companies like Twitter, Oracle, Salesforce, Booz Allen, and the White House. EVPassport is the technological evolution of EV charging software and hardware for forward-thinking companies worldwide that place a high value on the satisfaction of their customers. EVPassport is based in Santa Monica, California, and is backed by a $25-billion-dollar private equity firm. Some of EVPassport’s customers include Fairfield Residential, Ace Parking, Brookfield, MJW Investments, Nuveen, and National Development. To learn more, please visit www.evpassport.com.

 

About Associa
With more than 300 branch offices across North America, Associa is building the future of community for more than 7.5 million residents worldwide. Our 15,000+ team members lead the industry with unrivaled education, expertise, and trailblazing innovation. For more than 45 years, Associa has brought positive impact and meaningful value to communities. To learn more, visit www.associaonline.com.

Genetec to showcase unified security, operations, and intelligence systems at ITS America

March 29, 2024

 

 

 

Genetec to showcase unified security, operations, and intelligence systems at ITS America

 

 

Highlights latest advances in video management and analytics, and comprehensive enclosure management enabled by the Genetec Security Center open platform.

 

 

MONTRÉAL QC — At the ITS America Conference April 22-24, Genetec, Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, will demonstrate the latest advancements of its unified security platform, Genetec™ Security Center, Omnicast™ video management system (VMS), Synergis™ access control system (ACS), and comprehensive enclosure management.

 

As the digital transformation of the mobility industry introduces new data sources and increasingly connects systems, agencies are finding that their legacy siloed systems limit their ability to collaborate, glean intelligence from data, and optimize both security and operations. At ITS America, Genetec will demonstrate how an open, unified platform provides the infrastructure needed to flexibly adapt to evolving needs and enhance operations. Demonstration highlights include:

 

Genetec Security Center – The open, unified physical security platform provides oversight and support with unified video and access control, enabling agencies with a single intuitive interface by which to correlate and analyze data from numerous sources, manage access to restricted areas and remote enclosures, monitor traffic flow and fleet vehicles, communicate with staff and citizens during emergencies, and securely share data with stakeholders.

 

Genetec Omnicast – The VMS monitors territory in entirety, from street corners to long stretches of road. Unified with Security Center it quickly and easily validates information.

 

Genetec Cloud Link Roadrunner™ – A NEMA TS2-rated IoT device that connects to the Genetec Synergis ACS to provide real-time monitoring of events and alarms, contractor management, and comprehensive reporting.

 

Genetec will also demonstrate the integration of technology from ASSA ABLOY, including ASSA ABLOY’s NEMA TS2-rated powered traffic cabinet locks that replace today’s standard vulnerable locks and keys, enabling operators to remotely manage enclosures and deliver real-time capabilities. For more information on Genetec solutions for unified traffic operations, visit  www.genetec.com/industries/traffic.

 

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is a global technology company that has been transforming the physical security industry for over 25 years. Today, the company develops solutions designed to improve security, intelligence, and operations for enterprises, governments, and the communities in which we live. Its flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its customers via an extensive network of certified channel partners and consultants in over 159 countries.

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

 

© Genetec Inc., 2024. Genetec, Security Center,™ Omnicast™ , Synergis,™, Cloud Link Roadrunner™, and the Genetec logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product.

Enforcement Associates Announces North American Accreditation Program for Private Compliance Providers at PIE 2024

March 12, 2024

Enforcement Associates Announces North American Accreditation Program for Private Compliance Providers at PIE 2024

 

 

Schaumburg, Illinois:  In an effort to bring consistency and standardization to a largely unregulated private parking compliance industry, Enforcement Associates announced today the launch of ParkCert.Org. ParkCert.Org will provide the stage from which the industry can move forward as a fully self-regulated and policing entity that values both consumer rights and private property rights.

All members will be subject to a complete compliance program review before accreditation is granted, which will include posting of clear and concise signage, compliance with all state & local laws, adherence to a professional Code of Conduct, and provision of an independent appeals process. Continuing membership will be subject to continuing education, onsite visits, signage review, dispute process audits, and investigation of consumer complaints.

“We look forward to making this the premier organization representing both the private compliance industry and its patrons.” says Craig Bagdon of Enforcement Associates. “With this unified voice we can bring attention to this largely misunderstood industry and aid regulators in drafting common sense legislation that benefits all.”

Craig Bagdon, President

Enforcement Associates

(509) 999-6313

craig@enforcementassociates.com

Parking Industry Media Pioneer, Parking Today, Welcomes New Ownership

March 12, 2024

 

 

 

Parking Industry Media Pioneer, Parking Today,

Welcomes New Ownership

 

 

Parking Today Media, the leading parking industry media company, announces a change in ownership. Kevin Uhlenhaker has purchased the company and its related outlets from founder John Van Horn.

Founded by Van Horn in 1996, Parking Today has grown to become the largest parking media company in the industry, with over 14,000 print issues delivered each month plus more than 15,000 unique visits to its digital assets, including Parknews.biz, its parking news aggregator.

“I am pleased and excited to have chosen Kevin as my successor here at Parking Today,” said Van Horn. “He brings fresh perspective, relationships and skills to accelerate Parking Today’s scope and impact. His background in entrepreneurship and parking technology will go far in jumpstarting Parking Today expansion into new offerings and markets.”

“John and his team have created the leading voice of the parking industry and I look forward to working with them to continue Parking Today’s growth with the resources to bring new avenues of spreading parking-focused news both in the US and internationally,” said Uhlenhaker. “I’m excited to build on the robust foundation and strengthen the Parking Today core suite of products for today’s parking professionals. Key to that will be prioritizing the voice of our customers and ensuring we are exceeding their expectations.”

A graduate of Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business, Uhlenhaker began his career in parking technology at T2 Systems. He was the co-founder and CEO of NuPark, served as the CEO of Omnipark, and most recently was a Senior Vice President at Flash. He brings over two decades of experience in the parking industry. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Prior to founding Parking Today, Van Horn’s tenure has covered both sales and publishing, having led the sales team at a major PARCS company and edited a country weekly newspaper. He will remain involved in the business in a consulting function.

“It’s a testament to John’s commitment to Parking Today to remain as Editor Emeritus, which will help me continue the legacy that has made Parking Today a legend in our industry,” noted Uhlenhaker. “I am thrilled to join Parking Today as CEO and Publisher, and begin working closely with the team and valued customers.”

Contacts:

Kevin Uhlenhaker                                                                   John Van Horn

kevin@parkingtoday.com                                                jvh@parkingtoday.com

512 786 2886                                                                            310 625 5724

Umojo Expands Commitment to Drive Better Urban Mobility with Award of Sourcewell Curb Management Contract

February 15, 2024

 

 

 

 

Umojo Expands Commitment to Drive Better Urban Mobility with Award of Sourcewell Curb Management Contract

 

 

 

Cooperative Municipal procurement leader awards Umojo with Preferred Contract Supplier Status for Municipal Curb Management Technologies

 

 

Chicago, IL – February 7, 2024Umojo announced today that it is delighted to have been chosen as a contract supplier of Curb Management Technology and Services by Sourcewell, a leader in cooperative purchasing facilitation for public entities across North America.

Sourcewell, A self-sustaining government organization, has over 40 years of dedicated service helping government and education entities operate more efficiently through a variety of solutions, including cooperative RFP facilitation and vetting 3rd party vendors for ease of procurement and faster contracting.

In 2023, The U.S. Department of Transportation opened a grant application program for Municipalities to drive Smart City initiatives. Cities were encouraged to submit innovative program proposals with the purpose of improving safety, efficiency, and quality of life in urban corridors. Of those cities selected to receive grant funding for their program proposals, the majority chose Sourcewell to facilitate the vendor selection and cooperative RFP process on their behalf, thereby creating a simpler, more efficient procurement process for each city.

Sourcewell evaluated vendor proposals as they relate to the scope of services set forth by the organization and participating cities. With an award from Sourcewell and becoming a Sourcewell Awarded Supplier, each participating city can choose solutions from Umojo without having to issue a formal RFP process themselves. Umojo is pleased to be one of the few selected vendors to become a Sourcewell Awarded Supplier, achieving the highest overall ranking amongst all vendor submissions.

Rick Neubauer, Umojo CEO, Stated, “We are honored and excited to be selected by Sourcewell to be a preferred vendor to the Grant Cities for this Curb Management Program. We strongly believe that a city can’t truly become a “Smart City” unless it addresses its curb inventory. As cities strive to meet the evolving needs of their constituents, the curb is quickly becoming its most critical real estate.  Multiple entities compete for its space daily, with rideshares, delivery vehicles, public parking, and public transportation among them. We are excited to partner with grant recipient cities to help solve these problems and improve the lives of citizens and businesses, while promoting a safer, more equitable curb inventory.”

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell is a self-sustaining government organization offering a cooperative purchasing program with more than 400 competitively solicited contracts to government, education, and nonprofit entities throughout North America. By utilizing Sourcewell contracts, participating agencies save time and money by capturing the buying power of more than 50,000 organizations.

 About Umojo

Umojo is a leading platform provider of mobility technology, omnichannel contact center operations, data analytics, and network security to drive operational excellence and superior customer experience for the Mobility Industry. The Umojo Nexus Platform powers the core of all Umojo solutions, and harnesses deep expertise to allow municipalities, parking operators, and businesses to better serve their customers and citizens. Using the most accurate camera AI, and integrations with everyone in the industry, Umojo can provide unmatched insights and controls to on and off-street parking and mobility.

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