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Flowbird: Clearwater, Florida Launches Pay by Text Solution – No App or Account Required

February 22, 2024

 

 

 

Clearwater, Florida Launches Pay by Text Solution – No App or Account Required

 

New parking payment option released ahead of Spring Break

 

 

 

Clearwater, Florida — The City of Clearwater, Florida has released Pay by Text, the latest advancement in the City’s parking convenience options, in partnership with Flowbird, the City’s parking kiosk provider. Pay by Text is an easy-to-use web-based solution that allows drivers to pay for their parking session directly from their phone without creating an account or downloading an app.

This latest feature adds another convenient way to pay when parking in city-owned parking spaces, lots, and garages in Clearwater, alongside the pay-on-foot parking meters and mobile payment apps.

How Pay by Text Works:

  1. Park your vehicle
  2. Text ‘CLEARWATER’ to 727563
  3. Receive a secure link to input your parking details – including license plate number, duration, and payment information
  4. Confirm the details to start your parking session

Information is sent to parking enforcement who can verify the vehicle is in compliance. That’s it! There is no need to create an account, download an app, or visit a kiosk.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Pay by Text service – just in time for visitors coming in for Spring Break,” said Clearwater Parking Manager, Jeremy Alleshouse, “This feature gives our residents and visitors even more convenience when they park in our bright and beautiful city.”

The Pay by Text solution is PCI-DSS certified, giving assurance to parkers that their data is protected. Once the parking session is complete, the payment information is encrypted and the card data is not stored. To provide the parker with future convenience, their mobile device can store the card number in an encrypted manner so the number does not have to be re-entered the next time a parking session is performed.

By implementing modernized parking solutions with convenient payment options, the City will be able to better manage parking turnover and visitor influx during peak periods. The City can help motorists stay in compliance with parking enforcement, reducing the number of citations.

Along with pay by text, visitors may still use the parking kiosks to pay for their parking session, as well as the Flowbird mobile app and Parkmobile.

Pay by Text is now live throughout the City of Clearwater.

About Flowbird

FLOWBIRD operates in 4,350 towns and cities across 80 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential, while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.

 

Denison Parking Now Managing Valet Parking for Commission Row in Indianapolis

February 21, 2024

For directions and additional information about valet service at Commission Row in Indianapolis, click this link for our location listing page.

Denison Parking now manages valet parking for Commission Row, a new 30,000 square footdining and entertainment experience in Indianapolis. Part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Complex, it is adjacent to Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Bicentennial Unity Plaza.

Commission Row is a Cunningham Restaurant Group concept with a basement-level speakeasy, “Mel’s,” the steak, seafood, and raw bar “Commission Row,” and the aptly named “Above,” an upper-level private event space, for weddings and special occasions.

About the Commission Row Area:

With a seating capacity of over 17,000, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is the home of The Indiana Pacers NBA team, and the Indiana Fever, a WNBA team. In addition to NBA and WNBA games, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is a top concert venue and regularly hosts events such as Cirque du Soleil and Disney on Ice.

Located in Indianapolis’ Wholesale District, Commission Row takes its name from the area’s nickname for South Delaware Street. A popular spot for trade, farmers could sell their goods through resellers that would charge a “commission” for the service. The area has become a social district for sports, arts, dining, and entertainment.

Experience Denison’s Valet Parking

From bustling airports to serene hotels, Denison Parking tailors our valet experience to each scene. Expect efficient greetings, intuitive assistance, and the confidence of knowing your car is expertly cared for. It’s more than parking; we have carefully orchestrated our service for the ideal guest experience and the best first and last impression they’ll have of our client.

For directions and additional information about valet service at Commission Row in Indianapolis, click this link for our location listing page.

The Denison Difference

Since 1934, Denison Parking has offered seamless parking solutions that leave a lasting impression. Family owned and driven by an unwavering commitment to treating everyone like family, from employees to guests and clients. Generations of family ownership fuel a culture of genuine care. This dedication ignites our innovation, allowing us to tailor personalized solutions that welcome guests at every turn.

Experienced. Innovative. Personal. That is the Denison Difference.

For directions and additional information about valet service at Commission Row in Indianapolis, click this link for our location listing page.

The Banks Partners with TKH Security for Advanced Parking Solution

February 16, 2024

 

The Banks Partners with TKH Security for Advanced Parking Solution

Cheshire, CT –  – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) is proud to announce our collaboration with Hamilton County at The Banks in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, we’re in the process of installing our Automated Parking Guidance System (APGS ) at The Banks parking garage, featuring more than 4,000 spaces on two levels.

While the Ohio River is considered the “Main Street” of Cincinnati, the Riverfront is its heart. Breaking ground in 2008, The Banks represents a successful partnership between Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati. It’s a premier mixed-use development located along the scenic Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, offering a vibrant blend of residential, commercial, and entertainment spaces. With its picturesque atmosphere and prime location, The Banks contributes billions to the local economy, including $48 million from two recent Taylor Swift concerts.

“Spanning more than a half of a mile between the Bengals Paycor Stadium and the Reds Great American Ball Park, The Banks is a destination for sports fans to downtown employees alike. The parking garage at The Banks plays a crucial role in accommodating those parkers, and our goal is to enhance their experience with our APGS,” said Coley Nash, Regional Sales Executive, Northeast.

From garage entry to open space, our APGS leverages advanced technology to streamline parking facility management and improve the overall parker experience. At the heart of our system is the M5 camera-based smart sensor, capable of monitoring up to six parking spaces simultaneously. With 99%+ accuracy, these sensors provide operators with real-time occupancy data, ensuring accurate information about space availability. Green and red LED lights on the sensors navigate parkers to the available spaces, reducing the time to park by up to 63%.

“We’re pleased to be selected to partner with Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati on The Banks’ APGS project,” said Nash. “We anticipate installation completion by Q4 2024.”

The Banks’ APGS package also includes:

  • Park Alerts, which notifies operators when certain vehicles enter the building including VIP guests and persons on the blocked list,
  • Park Finder, combined with license plate recognition (LPR) technology, assists drivers with locating their vehicle in seconds via touchscreen kiosks, a connected parking app, or a finder-enabled pay station,
  • An API package that provides operators with a secure connection to a limitless set of third-party parking related solutions,
  • And INX with real time dashboards and business intelligence for operators to maximize and streamline parking operations.

TKH Security is proud to partner with local Cincinnati companies on this project.

Mobile Smart City and The City of Hamilton, Bermuda, have entered into a Pilot Program to provide a ticketless parking system

February 16, 2024

Mobile Smart City and The City of Hamilton, Bermuda, have entered into a Pilot Program to provide a ticketless parking system

 

 

The new system will include Mobile Smart City’s N42 Entry unit with a full interactive screen, QR reader for Pango Parking App, abilityto print tickets and intercom system, with license plate recognition. The LG1 Exit unit will provide pay in lane with credit card, Pango QR Code, will print receipts, license plate recognition, and intercom system that connects to Mobile Smart City 24/7 Call Center.

Fred Richardson, assistant superintendent for traffic management, said: “It was time to move in a smarter direction with regards to parking — one that removes the need for paper tickets. Hamilton’s motorists should notice a huge improvement with this new system, which will save them time and hassle in the car park and eliminate the need for a physical ticket.”

“Our new Ticketless System and our strong Backend Dashboard will provide parking management teams the ability to run theirlocations smoothly and efficiently, as well as providing the parker a simpler and easier way to park”, states John J. Incandela, CEO ofMobile Smart City.

About Mobile Smart City Corp.

Mobile Smart City Corp. is a Fintech company specializing in providing mobile touchless payment services, for parking, transit, and other city services. Its offerings include mobile payments, enforcement, permits, navigation, parking pay stations and smart routing. Mobile Smart City offers real time enforcement and traffic analytics and is available in more than sixty cities worldwide, serving more than one million active accounts. Invented in 1997, US Patent No. 5,940,481. With its Corporate Headquarters based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Mobile Smart City has introduced first- of-its-kind technology in the United States.

For more information mobilesmart.city or contact Mark Tulloch mtulloch@mobilesmart.city or call 1-844- 726-4644

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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.

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2024 PCI Design Awards Winners

February 15, 2024

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2024 PCI Design Awards Winners

 

 

CHICAGO, January 9, 2024 –The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 PCI Design Awards. Projects as diverse as a groundbreaking office building in South Dakota, a temple in Utah, and an innovative replacement bridge in Maryland were among 19 winners in thespecials, buildings, and transportation categories; there were also 15 honorable mentions.

 

For 61 years, the PCI Design Awards program has showcased and recognized creative and innovative uses of precast concrete. Panels of engineers, architects, and precast concrete producers judge all submittals. The buildings and transportation categories are judged on aesthetic, structural, and use versatility; site, energy and operational efficiency, and risk reduction; and resiliency, such as structure durability, multi-hazard protection,and life safety and health.

 

Several projects are also honored with special awards. These are judged on similar criteria to the building and transportation projects, as well as additional requirements, including industry advancement, sustainabledesign, technology, and designs using all-precast concrete solutions. These are the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Award, the Sustainable Design Award, and the All-Precast Concrete Solution Award.

 

“This year again proved how exceptional precast concrete projects are, what the precast concrete industry has achieved, and how it will continue to advance and enhance the built environment,” said PCI President and CEO Bob Risser, P.E. “The judges this year were incredibly impressed by the quality of each submission and the amount of care that went into creating a story for each project. Judges had a difficult time determining the winners. Congratulations to all the project teams that showcase what our members are capable of producing.”

Winning projects will be recognized on February 9 at the 2024 PCI Convention in Denver, Colo. PCI publications, including Ascent, PCI Journal, and ASPIRE magazines, will also feature the winning projects.

 

Photos of all projects are available by emailing tbagsarian@pci.org.

 

View this year’s winners and honorable mentions. View past winners.

 

 

2024 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects Specials

 

Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award

The Steel District Office Building SiouxFalls, S.D.

Gage Brothers

All-Precast Concrete Solution Award Amada and G. Brint Ryan Tower at UNTDDallas, Texas

Enterprise Precast Concrete

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Award

Western Carolina University Lower Campus Residence Halls Cullowhee, N.C.

Tindall Corporation

Sustainable Design Award

Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building Nashville, Tenn.

GATE Precast Company

Special Awards Jury

Dr. Ned Cleland, PhD, PE, Executive Principal, AG&E

Dirk McClure, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, CSI, Director of Business Development, Enterprise Precast Concrete Tony McConnell, Senior Associate, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Leslie Sneed, PhD, PE, SE, FACI, Professor, Department of Civil, Materials and EnvironmentalEngineering, University of Illinois, Chicago

2024 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects Buildings 

Government and Public

Winter Park Library & Events Center Winter Park, Fla.

GATE Precast Company

Healthcare/Medical Center (co-winners)

 

UI Health Specialty Care BuildingChicago, Ill.

International Concrete Products

Emory Musculoskeletal Institute Atlanta, Ga.

GATE Precast Company

 

Higher Education/University Rubenstein Commons Princeton,N.J.

Northeast Precast LLC

Hotel/Motel Building TheShepherd Hotel Clemson,S.C. Metromont, LLC

International Building

Maputo New U.S. Embassy Compound Maputo, Mozambique

Multi-Family

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments Chicago, Ill.

Wells

Office

1 Willoughby Square Brooklyn,N.Y.

Architectural Precast Innovations, Inc

 

All-Precast Concrete Parking Structure

The Pavilion at Riverwalk Lawrence, Mass.

Dailey Precast LLC

 

Religious Structure Layton Utah Temple Layton, Utah

Willis Construction Co. Inc.

School K-12

Aetos Center for the Performing Arts Nixa, Mo.

Prestressed Casting Company

Buildings Jury

Kavitha Sadhasivam, PE, Design Engineer, FINFROCK Timothy Hawk, FAIA, President, WSA

Vanessa Schutte, AIA, ALEP, K-12 Education Leader/Principal, DLR Group

  

2024 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects Transportation

 

Main Span up to 75 feet GirardAvenue over CSX Philadelphia,Pa.

PennStress

Main Span from 76 to 200 feet HarryW. Nice/Middleton Bridge Newburg,Md.

Coastal Precast

International Transportation Structure

Langat River Bridge

Kuala Langat, Selangor, Malaysia Dura Technology Sdn Bhd

Rehabilitated Bridge

ALMONO ABC Widening of I-376 Westbound Bridge Pittsburgh, Pa.

Brayman Precast LLC

 

Transportation Jury

Jamie Farris, PE, Deputy Director, Texas Department of Transportation Reggie Holt, Senior Bridge Engineer, Federal Highway Administration

Stephen Seguirant, PE, FACI, FPCI, Vice President, Director of Engineering, Concrete TechnologyCorp.

  

About PCI

Founded in 1954, The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is a technical institute for the precast concrete structures and systems industry. PCI develops maintains, and disseminates the Body of Knowledge for the design, fabrication, and construction of precast concrete structures and systems. PCI develops consensus base standards, industry handbooks, quality assurance programs, certification, research and development projects, design manuals, continuing education, and periodical publications. PCI members include precast concrete producers, erectors, suppliers, professional engineers and architects, educators, students, and industry consultants who complement the wide range of knowledge of precast concrete. For more information, visit pci.org/howprecastbuilds.

Brett Winslow to become President & CEO of the North American subsidiary of DESIGNA, Designa Access Corporation

February 14, 2024

 

 

Brett Winslow to become President & CEO of the North American subsidiary of DESIGNA, Designa Access Corporation

 

 

DESIGNA is pleased to announce that Brett Winslow has joined their U.S. subsidiary in a leadership role. Mr. Winslow will become President & CEO of the North American subsidiary, Designa Access Corporation, succeeding John Curtiss who retires March 1st.

Mr. Winslow has an extensive background in the parking industry with manufacturers as well as service companies in the development and delivery of technology-based parking management systems. He joins DESIGNA at an exciting time as the industry continues to evolve and adopt new technologies and innovative solutions.

Oliver Suter, CEO of DESIGNA, said “Our U.S. operation represents the largest growth opportunity for DESIGNA in our most sophisticated market. Brett will capitalize on DESIGNA‘s dominance in delivering customized Parking Access & Revenue Management Systems with integrated digital solutions.”

Mr. Winslow observed “DESIGNA‘s reputation in delivering quality parking systems for integrated enterprise environments is well recognized. We have a significant opportunity to expand our enterprise experience in airports and health care into other markets with related requirements. DESIGNA Access USA is ready to lead the market. We are growing our team to meet the demands of our changing industry and building partner and client relationships that deliver a premium parking experience. “

DESIGNA is a world market leader in fully automated parking systems. We are redefining parking management technology, and more than 500 employees in 60 countries do their best for our customers daily. With our holistic product concept, we offer smart solutions for complex requirements. Each system is carefully tailored to specific needs – for airports, hotels, malls, universities, hospitals, or even entire cities. We successfully break new ground in parking space management by archiving excellence. All components are precisely adapted to the respective application and expressly developed for smooth interactions. A visionary approach and the constant striving for progress characterize our success in parking space management – for more than 70 years.

designa.com

Carlisle, PA To Update Its Parking System with User-Friendly Solution, Flowbird, in 2024

February 13, 2024

 

 

 

Carlisle, PA To Update Its Parking System with User-Friendly Solution in 2024

 

New mobile payment options offer faster convenience than ever before.

 

 

Carlisle, Pennsylvania — The Borough of Carlisle, Pennsylvania has announced an exciting upgrade to its parking system in partnership with Butts Ticket Systems and Flowbird Group, the leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions. The Borough is replacing its aging single-space parking meters with 56 Flowbird Pay-by-Plate Smart Parking Kiosks, fully equipped with the industry’s latest technology. Additionally, the Borough will now be offering three modernized digital payment options, the Flowbird mobile payment app, Pay-by-Text and Extend-by-Text!

The new parking system will feature 56 solar-powered parking kiosks with a 9.7” full color touch display that is accessible for all customers, including meeting ADA standards. The touch screen display has the look and feel of a tablet, walking users step-by-step through the transaction process. To begin, the user simply enters their license plate number and desired length of stay. Payment will now be accepted with either coins or debit/credit card. Once payment has been made, the parking session has started and there is no need to walk back to their vehicle to display a receipt on the dashboard.

Drivers who are making a quick stop to the downtown area have the option to use the ’15 minutes free parking’ option at the kiosks after inputting their license plate number.

A new and exciting feature of the updated pay stations is Extend-by-Text. Once users finish their transaction on the kiosk, they will have the option to input their mobile phone number. When their parking session is about to expire, they will receive a text with the option to add more time remotely without needing to walk back to the pay station.

The Borough is also excited to announce the release of two other digital parking solutions, the Flowbird Mobile Payment App and Pay-by-Text!

The Flowbird App allows patrons to pay for parking from their mobile devices, receive text notifications when time is about to expire, and extend their time without having to visit a parking kiosk. Designed as a true mobility app, the Flowbird App features a map-based user interface, integrated with Waze and other navigation systems to guide users to their preferred parking location.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Pay-by-Text is an easy-to-use web-based solution that allows drivers to pay for their parking session directly from their phone without creating an account or downloading an app.

Here’s how it works: Once the user is parked, they can find a number posted on the side of the kiosk or nearby sign near their parking location. The user simply texts the number provided, immediately receiving a secure link to follow to input their parking details. They enter their license plate number, parking duration and payment information. A confirmation is sent, and their parking session begins. Information is sent to parking enforcement who can verify the vehicle is in compliance. That’s it! There is no need to create an account, download an app, or visit a kiosk.

Paid parking hours throughout the Borough of Carlisle are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4PM.

By implementing modernized parking solutions with convenient payment options, the Borough will be able to better manage parking turnover and visitor influx during peak periods and provide a more user-friendly experience. The addition of digital payment options will bring a consistent and higher level of customer service to the parking public.

Project management and installation is being managed by Flowbird’s local distribution partner, Butts Ticket Systems, based out of Pennsylvania.

 

About Flowbird

FLOWBIRD operates in 4,350 towns and cities across 80 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential, while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.

www.flowbird.group

Quercus Technologies: Artificial Intelligence takes control of the new SmartLPR – QAI Inside!

February 08, 2024

 

Artificial Intelligence takes control of the new SmartLPR: QAI Inside!

 

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Quercus Technologies, a forerunner in All-In-One license plate recognition cameras, is proud to announce the launch of its latest innovation, the new version of the SmartLPR system. This advanced license plate recognition system redefines industry standards, introducing novel key features that will mark a new era in vehicle recognition, while maintaining the essential characteristics for which Quercus was the first to market.

With the latest version, we’ve not only made significant improvements to the product, we’ve also changed the name of our cameras, from SmartLPR Access to SmartLPR. The change comes as a result of our decision to go back to the roots of Quercus, consolidating our identity and highlighting the constant evolution of our LPR technology. This new name also represents our determination to lead in the field of artificial intelligence applied to license plate recognition systems.

QAI_greyQuercus is consolidating its role as a forerunner by incorporating its internally-developed Artificial Intelligence technology into the core of its products: QAI Inside! The main innovation is based on the use of artificial intelligence algorithms to detect and recognize license plates (OCR).

With the latest evolution of our technology and integration of artificial intelligence, we’ve also made major improvements to the Free-flow operation mode. These optimizations are taking the camera’s reliability rate to new levels, truly enabling ticketless and barrierless systems to work perfectly. In fact, we now quantify faults in terms of incorrect license numbers per thousand read, instead of one hundred, as had been the practice until now. The combination of advanced license plate recognition capacity and the power of our artificial intelligence has boosted the accuracy and reliability of our system, contributing to more efficient all-around parking management.

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Our system now has the capacity to simultaneously read plates from an unlimited number of countries, doing away with the need to previously specify which ones it should be able to read. This advancement is a landmark, as it makes the system more flexible, and expedites its configuration.

The main goal has always been the same, simplify the experience for operators and enhance that of users. At the heart of this mission is a solid foundation of internal research and development. Our highly specialized team doesn’t just follow technological evolution: they drive it. Constant research, exploration of new frontiers, and the improvement of existing solutions are essential ingredients that define our commitment to ongoing development.

IMAGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Another major advancement is the taking of better-quality images, with higher levels of definition and sharpness. Compared to prior versions, images are now seen with exceptional clarity and a more attractive overall look for operators’ visual perception. Enhanced quality and brightness play a crucial role in creating more vivid, user-friendly images.

QUERCUS FIRST

Throughout the years, we have been pioneers when it comes to launching different solutions that set the pace for the industry, a sign of our undying dedication to innovating. Quercus First (QF) reflects our ongoing commitment to leading with a visionary, even revolutionary, approach.

  • Worldwide Use: With recognition in over 200 countries, this advanced license plate recognition camera redefines geographic limits. With the same model, the Smart LPR enables successful implementation in a wide range of settings and conditions, ensuring efficient, accurate responses at the international level.
  • Wide Angle Recognition: Optimal license plate recognition at hard-to-read angles.
  • Dual Lamp – Color and IR reading inside the unit. The camera ensures exceptional performance even in dim conditions, for any type of license plate (reflective and non-reflective, in color or black and white).
  • Motorized Lens: The motorized lens provides exceptional agility and unbeatable accuracy, ensuring optimal image capture in diverse conditions.
  • HRR: The SmartLPR cameras can integrate two license plate recognition units per lane, for double license plate reading. This system, based on an artificial vision algorithm, is called HRR, (High Reliability Recognition). It is a parking system that combines all the characters and digits of the front as well as the rear license plates, enabling complete recognition of the license plate number.
  • IP67: The IP67 Certification guarantees optimal performance, even in challenging weather conditions, or in cases of high levels of dust generated inside the parking facility itself. This ensures the integrity of the system and fault-free operation.

With the SmartLPR License Plate Reader, Quercus Technologies reasserts its position as a leader at the cutting edge of technology, getting the most from the power of AI to offer new license plate recognition solutions. The new era in parking technology marks another example of Quercus’ ongoing responsibility toward constant improvement and meeting the changing needs of its customers around the world.

Blink Charging Chosen by City of Frederick, Maryland, for Downtown Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions

February 08, 2024

 

Blink Charging Chosen by City of Frederick, Maryland, for Downtown Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions

 

Electric vehicle drivers will be able to charge up on the new Blink chargers and enjoy the city’s sights at a ribbon cutting event on February 8, 2024.

Miami Beach, Fla., Feb. 08, 2024 — Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) (“Blink” or the “Company”), a leading global manufacturer, owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, announced today that the Company will be installing 20 IQ 200 chargers across four downtown parking garages in the City of Frederick, MD, for residents and visitors to utilize. A ribbon cutting event will mark the installation of the chargers on February 8, 2024, from 11:00-12:00 p.m. EST at the East All Saints parking garage located at 125 E All Saints St. in downtown Frederick.

The installation of 20 charging stations across the four designated parking garages – East All Saints, Carroll Creek, Court Street, and West Patrick – is a result of the City of Frederick’s plan to cater to the charging needs of residents lacking home charging options and visitors to the city. This strategic placement enables convenient vehicle charging for individuals during their downtown visits. These garages are strategically located near key retail, dining, and residential areas within the City of Frederick, enhancing accessibility for users.

“This expansion provides Blink Charging with the opportunity to expand our charging solutions into bustling cities, like Frederick,” said Mike Battaglia, Chief Operating Officer of Blink Charging. “Our mission is to meet electric vehicle drivers, whether residents or visitors, with the convenience of charging on-the-go. We look forward to electrifying the City of Frederick and revolutionizing the future of transportation in the city.”

The collaboration between Blink Charging and the City of Frederick signifies a groundbreaking advancement in the expansion and innovation of EV charging infrastructure. The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development is the proprietor and operator of all four parking garage locations. In a bid to enhance service, it is introducing membership options for residents, ensuring secured access to charging spots, granting them the flexibility to charge their vehicles at their convenience. This initiative is designed to cater to residents and frequent visitors to Frederick, providing added convenience for their trips to the city.

“Frederick attracts nearly 2 million outside visitors per year on top of local transient trips by residents and workers, and in 2023 alone, we saw an uptick of 50% in the number of trips made by EVs. Our downtown parking system, ParkFrederick, strives to be easy to use so the city can continue to encourage tourism spending and prioritize expanding employment. The 20 new Blink chargers represent a huge step toward Frederick providing more charging options.” said Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for the City of Frederick.

“The introduction of these new EV charging stations within our downtown parking garages will enhance the convenience of EV ownership and reaffirms the City’s dedication to reducing our carbon footprint,” said Mayor of Frederick, Michael O’Connor. “Efforts like these are why I believe that together with Blink, we are powering Frederick towards a greener, more sustainable future.”

“We’re so excited to offer EV charging options for both residents and visitors alike,” said Jenny Willoughby, the City’s Sustainability Manager. “These chargers will contribute to the reduction of tailpipe emissions and ultimately help improve air quality in the city and the broader region.”

“Increasing the number of EV charging stations is a crucial step toward improving equitable access to clean energy and transportation. The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition is proud to have supported this important initiative to ensure that all communities have access to EV chargers,” said Antoine M. Thompson, CEO/Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition.

Blink, under the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership through Virginia Energy, recently deployed charging stations in Frederick. These Level 2 (L2) charging stations, strategically placed across six hotel locations in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland, cater to EV drivers, providing them the convenience of charging on-the-go during their visits. Blink’s initiative in the City of Frederick contributes to making EV charging more convenient and accessible for electric vehicle drivers.

About Blink Charging
Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK), a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has contracted, sold, or deployed nearly 85,000 charging ports worldwide, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to charge at any of Blink’s charging locations easily. Blink’s principal line of products and services includes the Blink EV charging network (“Blink Network”), EV charging equipment, EV charging services, and the products and services of recent acquisitions, including SemaConnect, Blue Corner, BlueLA, and Envoy. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains, and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data. With global EV purchases forecasted to half of passenger cars sold in the US by 2030, Blink has established key strategic partnerships for rolling out adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multifamily residences and condos, workplace locations, health care/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, auto dealers, hotels, mixed-use municipal locations, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets, and transportation hubs.

For more information, please visit https://www.blinkcharging.com/.

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305-521-0200 ext. 266

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