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Flowbird: Charleston, SC Updates Its Parking System with Effortless Digital Solutions

February 26, 2024

 

 

Flowbird: Charleston, SC Updates Its Parking System with Effortless Digital Solutions

 

 

New touchscreens and mobile payment options offer faster convenience

 

 

Charleston, SC — The City of Charleston, South Carolina has announced an exciting upgrade to its parking system in partnership with Flowbird Group, the leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions. The City is updating its parking system with modernized touch-screen pay-by-plate parking kiosks, fully equipped with the industry’s latest technology. Additionally, the City will be offering two new digital payment options, the Flowbird mobile payment app and Pay-by-Text! The upgrade is a part of City’s continued efforts to enhance the customer service experience with a modernized solution.

The updated parking system will feature solar-powered parking kiosks with a 9.7” full color touch display available in all City-owned surface lots. The touch screen display has the look and feel of a tablet, walking users step-by-step through the transaction process.

The new parking kiosks will introduce a ‘pay-by-plate’ parking system. This means that users will no longer be required to return to their car to display a receipt on the dashboard. Instead, all they need is their license plate.

“The City of Charleston is excited about the opportunity to upgrade our parking meter technology to improve the parking experience for our citizens and those who visit our wonderful city,” said Director of Traffic and Transportation Robert Somerville.

The City 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!

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 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.

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.

 

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.

Beam Global Announces Increase in Orders from County-Level Government Entities

January 04, 2024

Beam Global Announces Increase in Orders from County-Level Government Entities

 

SAN DIEGO  — Beam Global, (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW), a leading provider of innovative and sustainable infrastructure solutions for the electrification of transportation and energy security, announced over 20% increase in new unit sales year-over-year from county-level entities with a balance of new county customers (56%) and returning repeat county customers (44%).

County parks, county hospitals, court systems, public works (water and utility), public transit centers, fleet facilities and child support services are among the recipients of the solar-powered EV ARC™ EV charging infrastructure products. Off-grid EV ARC™ systems generate and store their own electricity, and are deployed with no electrical work, no construction and no utility bill, reducing the county governments’ costs through avoided construction, electrical upgrades, operational disruptions and ongoing utility bills. The systems can continue to charge EVs during blackouts and include an optional Emergency Power Panel that can provide vital electricity to first responders during disasters, emergencies and power outages.

“County level entities have a broad area to cover and are expanding EV charging infrastructure to support sustainability initiatives, community programs, fleet electrification and emergency preparedness,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “In the past we’ve seen strong orders for county fleet vehicles, which continue to grow, and this year we are also seeing an expansion in public charging at county parks, hospitals and civic centers, allowing more and more people to Drive on Sunshine.”

There are 3,143 counties in the United States. Beam Global is supplying EV ARC™ systems to a growing number of them and considers county governments as another significant growth opportunity. Local, state and federal government entities, including utilities and academic institutions can procure Beam Global products using the California Department of General Services (DGS) contract #1-22-61-16 which is open to government entities outside California and ensures the best negotiated pricing. Beam Global products are also on the federal General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract Number 47QSWA21D0006 as part of GSA’s Disaster Purchasing Program which allows state and local government entities to buy directly from all GSA Schedules to facilitate disaster preparation, response, or major disaster recovery.

About Beam Global

Beam Global is a clean technology innovator which develops and manufactures sustainable infrastructure products and technologies. We operate at the nexus of clean energy and transportation with a focus on sustainable energy infrastructure, rapidly deployed and scalable EV charging solutions, safe energy storage and vital energy security. With operations in the U.S. and Europe, Beam Global develops, patents, designs, engineers and manufactures unique and advanced clean technology solutions that power transportation, provide secure sources of electricity, save time and money and protect the environment. Headquartered in San Diego with facilities in Chicago, Belgrade and Kraljevo, Beam Global has a deep patent portfolio and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW. For more information visit BeamForAll.com, LinkedIn, YouTube and X (formerly Twitter).

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Government funding awarded to project to prove EVs are assets to the grid

December 19, 2023

 

Government funding awarded to project to prove EVs are assets to the grid

 

 

 

  • The project, led by 3ti, will demonstrate that EVs plugged in at workplaces, leisure destinations, fleet depots and delivery hubs can help balance peaks in electricity supply and demand
  • Innovative ‘V2X FastHub’ will be based on 3ti’s award-winning Papilio3 pop-up mini solar car park and EV charging hub, which can be rapidly deployed in under 24 hours
  • Final phase of the project includes a six-month real-world trial using fleet of 10+ EVs as grid assets
  • Project’s DC microgrid design is significantly more cost- and energy-efficient than bi-directional AC systems, making vehicle-to-everything (V2X) energy management commercially viable in the near term and accelerating decarbonisation and net-zero goals

 

Leatherhead, 20 December 2023 – A consortium of British companies has secured £1,344,552 in government funding to explore how electricity stored in electric vehicle (EV) batteries can be used to smooth out peaks in supply and demand on the UK’s electricity grid. 3ti, the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of solar car parks (SCPs), is leading the new project funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is setting out to integrate bi-directional DC charging and the associated power management systems into Papilio3, a pop-up solar car park and EV charging hub. The ‘V2X FastHub’ project will be a watershed moment for future energy security, providing a clear pathway to help resolve the issue of intermittent supply from renewables by using EV batteries as grid assets.

 

The project consortium brings together renewable energy experts 3ti with advanced EV power solutions provider Turbo Power Systems (TPS), smart energy company GridBeyond, and EV & decarbonisation experts Cenex, in a 17-month collaboration to deliver a state-of-the art system, including a six-month real-world demonstration.

3ti will lead the project, delivering a customised Papilio3 with smart grid controls and a 280 kWh DC battery. TPS will harness its DC microgrid systems, managing the bi-directional charging technology through both CCS and CHAdeMO EV charge points, while GridBeyond will oversee energy management and aggregation services through its flexible Energy Management System (EMS). Cenex will host the vehicle trial, which will include the procurement of the trial vehicle fleet, data capture, analysis and final report to Innovate UK.

Specially adapted as a V2X FastHub unit for the project, 3ti’s innovative Papilio3 is a smart grid ‘in-a-box’ that can host up to 12 EVs at a time, housed within an upcycled, rapidly deployable shipping container that can be placed almost anywhere. With a solar canopy and energy storage battery, the system has already delivered in a range of applications for factories, hospitals, leisure centres and council buildings across the UK. For this particular application, Papilio3 will implement a new DC microgrid system – integrating three times faster, bi-directional DC EV charge points with a 280 kWh integral battery storage system and 20 kWp solar roof array.

Through a ‘charge-as-a-service’ business rental model, the unit simplifies installation and reduces up-front costs – or the need for long-term commitment. The result is a commercially attractive, replicable and scalable EV charging solution for a multitude of organisations, including medium dwell-time workplaces, destinations, return-to-base fleets and delivery depots. The provision of EV charging at amenity and business locations maximises revenue generation and enables the faster roll-out of EV charging while simultaneously reducing the burden on carbon-intense rapid charging infrastructure.

Mark Potter, CTO at 3ti, said, “Everybody wants more EVs on the grid. They represent a massive scale, distributed energy resource that can be used to balance real-time supply and demand. This project will prove that bi-directional EV charging can work in the real world. Connected EVs will be teamed together to act as virtual power and energy storage facilities, with each car releasing and replenishing its stored energy according to user preferences and grid demand. This generates income and cost savings, which can be passed on to our customers.”

Smart Microgrids support a more sustainable and reliable energy transition, helping the UK meet its Net Zero and Energy Security targets. This project will be the first in the world to trial a 12 charge point DC Smart Microgrid for CCS V2X based on ISO15118-20, published in April 2022. Each charge point will also support CHAdeMO for compatibility with existing vehicles. This innovative set-up will provide faster, bi-directional EV charging at speeds up to ±30 kW, with much higher power and round-trip energy efficiency than AC solutions.

Potter continues, “Being able to recharge at 30 kW is critical to success in this market. In destination charging, most EVs will only charge at 7 or 11 kW using AC, even if the charge point is rated at 22 kW. Being able to charge at 30 kW regardless of vehicle limitations makes more energy available for V2X export without impacting the overall net charge.

“With DC microgrid V2X, meaningful energy and power levels can make it worthwhile to the asset owners, also offering up to 95% round-trip efficiency – compared to typically 60-70% in the AC domain. The key to unlocking V2X value is having lower OpEx and CapEx, and this project will deliver both.

Dr. Matthew Knight, Principal Technical Specialist at Cenex, said, “With almost a decade of experience in developing V2X technology, Cenex is excited to bring a novel concept to life in this space. We’re creating pre-fabricated hub solutions that integrate renewable generation, energy storage, and the latest bidirectional EV charging technology to maximise energy use and value while reducing emissions.

 

“In this project, our role as a Research & Technology Organisation involves running a technology demonstration, focus group workshops, trial data collection, technical analysis and business case modelling. Thereby embodying our commitment to identifying and evaluating solutions that drive both the commercial and technical viability of V2X through public dissemination in the multitude of forms Cenex is renowned for.”

 

Micheal Phelan, CEO at GridBeyond, said, “GridBeyond are delighted to be participating in this innovative, ground breaking project which will help demonstrate the potential of vehicle to grid technology and how it can help support a low carbon grid of the future. We are excited to be working alongside key stakeholders and partners to bring all our expertise together for future market insight

Dr Nigel Jakeman, Engineering and Business Development Director at Turbo Power Systems, said:  “It’s both gratifying and exciting to see the world first advanced EV charging technology we have developed on the back of our 40 plus years at the forefront of power solutions, being used within a partnership of true innovators to create a system which will play a pivotal role in decarbonisation and solving climate change, one of the biggest threats our planet faces today.”

The V2X FastHub project, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, delivered by Innovate UK. The V2X Innovation Programme is part of the up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

 

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About 3ti

3ti is the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs). 3ti has a unique three technology (“3t”) approach to generating renewable energy from car parks.

By integrating local mains electricity with solar power, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and EV charge points, 3ti provides secure, consistent, clean solar energy for businesses whilst simultaneously providing low carbon, fast EV charging infrastructure for employees, suppliers, customers and the general public.

3ti is passionate about renewable energy and believes that providing low carbon EV charging infrastructure is the key to decarbonising the transport sector.

Solar energy from car parks is a low cost, low carbon and innovative way to power buildings and EV chargers, enabling customers to generate their own renewable energy and work towards achieving net zero emissions.

The 3ti team is responsible for the two largest SCPs in the UK, at Bentley Motors, Crewe and JP Morgan Chase, Bournemouth, is working on multi-site projects for the Ministry of Defence, and has already installed around 15 MWp of solar PV across almost 3,000 parking spaces around the country.

 

About Cenex

Cenex, established as the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies in 2005, lowers emission in transport & associated energy infrastructure and operates as an independent, not-for-profit research technology organisation (RTO) and consultancy.

Our independent experts find the right solutions that reduce pollution, increase efficiency and lower costs, and offer informed commentary on the latest policies, technologies and innovations.

About Turbo Power Systems

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge power conversion systems with applications for industry, transport and energy. We design and manufacture everything in-house at our 55,000sqft facility in Gateshead, shipping our products worldwide.

Our 40-year track record in the development and deployment of power electronics and electrical machines has seen us deliver innovative solutions to- and in collaboration with- some of the world’s most important businesses.

About GridBeyond 

GridBeyond’s vision is to deliver a global zero carbon future. By leveraging AI, we innovate and collaborate with our customers to create optimal value from energy generation, demand and storage to deliver a zero-carbon future.

By bridging the gap between distributed energy resources and electricity markets, GridBeyond’s technology means every connected asset – whether utility-scale renewables generation, battery storage, or industrial load – can be utilised to help maximise opportunities and enhance the grid. By intelligently dispatching flexibility into the right market, at the right time, asset owners and energy consumers unlock new revenues and savings, resilience, and management of price volatility, while supporting the transition to a Net Zero future.

Canada’s First Bidirectional EV Charging Hub Launches in British Columbia

December 15, 2023

Canada’s First Bidirectional EV Charging Hub Launches in British Columbia

 

Coast to Coast Experiences Leads Collaboration to Bring Vehicle-to-Grid Technology to their Fleet of Electric Buses and to BC Hydro

Pilot Project with BC Hydro, Lion Electric, BorgWarner, Powertech Labs and Fermata Energy demonstrates Technical Feasibility as a Proof of Concept to Make Vehicle-to-Grid a Reality in British Columbia and Globally

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Coast to Coast Experiences (CTCE), determined to electrify its fleet in North America, introduced Canada’s first Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, demonstrating the very first bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in British Columbia.

Working with BC Hydro, The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV), BorgWarner, Powertech Labs and Fermata Energy, CTCE is creating the first rapid, deployable, end-to-end V2G mobile power infrastructure in Canada, enabling stored energy from CTCE’s electric bus fleet to support power grids, such as BC Hydro peaking and demand response initiatives. The pilot is designed to test the technical feasibility of bidirectional charging and mobile grid infrastructure, opening up the opportunity to monetize electric fleets. In collaboration with the pilot program partners, Fermata Energy’s bidirectional charging platform enables the parked electric buses to be utilized as mobile batteries with stored energy discharged to mitigate peak energy demand, send power back to the grid, lower the vehicles’ total cost of ownership and create value for electric fleet operators.

The initiative lays the groundwork for future deployable V2G charging hubs in Canada and North America. CTCE’s partnership with other critical industry leaders in advancing V2G technology will also highlight the essential role an electric bus fleet can have in offsetting the peak capacity of utilities, such as BC Hydro, during peak periods.

CTCE electric buses, which stand idle many hours each day, can become valuable mobile power plants, allowing utilities, such as BC Hydro, to leverage power from the bidirectionally-enabled electric vehicle during peak periods to offset the grid. This will be especially crucial during inclement weather and natural disasters when extreme pressure on the grid creates the potential for outages.

“Ultimately, we are creating grid infrastructure solutions for an electrified transportation ecosystem that will provide for an end-to-end V2G mobile power infrastructure,” said Rob Safrata, CEO of Coast to Coast Experiences and Novex Delivery Solutions. “This enables commercial electric vehicle fleet operators, when their vehicles are sitting idle, to create a high-power, mobile, bidirectional power plant capable of supporting grid resilience, peak shaving, and powering buildings.”

“This project implements an exciting milestone for Fermata Energy and the V2G industry as we successfully demonstrate bidirectional charging on the Combined Charging Standard (CCS1), which has been widely adopted in the North American market. Our integration with Lion Electric and BorgWarner allows us to leverage our AI-driven cloud-based V2X software platform to determine where power is needed most as we support CTCE in maximizing the value of their electric fleet,” says Tony Posawatz, CEO of Fermata Energy. “In collaboration with Powertech Labs and BC Hydro, this pilot is a great opportunity to capitalize on existing resources to build a stronger grid, create additional sources, and ultimately provide grid stability and economic value to ratepayers.”

“Lion all-electric buses serve as mobile batteries capable of enhancing power grid resiliency. Our vehicles are equipped with V2G technology, a smart, bidirectional charging technology that redirects unused power from the electric vehicle back to the power grid,” said Nicolas Brunet, President of Lion Electric. “The pilot project aims to demonstrate the possibilities and impact of this innovative technology, which can support various power needs and generate revenue for the operator. Our electric buses are capable of providing V2G solutions today, marking another milestone in demonstrating benefits of electric transportation and enhancing the feasibility of electrification,” Brunet emphasized.

“With the growing adoption of electric vehicles, bi-directional charging represents a unique opportunity to use stationary vehicles as back-up batteries to charge electronic devices, homes and businesses and even send power back to the grid when demand is high,” says Chris O’Riley, President and CEO of BC Hydro. “This trial marks the first of its kind for large vehicles in Canada, and we are excited to work with Coast-to-Coast Experiences and Powertech on this innovative technology that has the potential to benefit all British Columbians.”

“Environmental responsibility is the cornerstone of our business,” says Rob Safrata, CEO and owner of CTCE Experiences and Novex Delivery Solutions. “Together, with our industry partners, we are transforming the health of our communities by merging innovation and technology as we electrify the bus industry across North America,” Safrata continues. “Additionally, we will prove our ability to generate additional revenue streams by monetizing our electric buses from the sale of power back to the grid to offset peaking capacity during key periods of the year.”

“I am very proud we have finally come to this moment and want to thank our partners as collaboration is key when mounting new infrastructure,” continues Safrata. “This pilot sets the groundwork for CTCE to partner with utilities in all the markets we operate in around North America. Our company hopes to inspire others to make different choices for the benefit of our health, our homes, and our planet.”

The V2G pilot project is fully commissioned and operational over the next 2 weeks, participating in a variety of grid programs while creating a V2G road map for BC Hydro and laying the foundation for distributed V2G charging hubs throughout North America.

About Coast-to-Coast Experiences
CTCE was founded in 2009 and currently operates in three of the most recognized tourism destinations in the world—Vancouver, Seattle and New York. These key tourism markets have provided CTCE with a platform for solidifying their expertise in clean transportation and electrification as we continue to lead the way to a regenerative future. Find Coast to Coast Experiences at www.ctcexperiences.com.

About Fermata Energy
Park it. Plug it. Profit. ™ Fermata Energy is a leading software platform services provider of data science data science-driven Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging technology, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), and Vehicle-to-Building (V2B) solutions. The company was founded in 2010 to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and the transition to renewable energy. Fermata Energy’s proprietary technology enables its customers to manage EVs as distributed energy resources by selling excess energy stored in EV batteries to offset costly peak demand charges. To learn more about Fermata Energy, please visit https://fermataenergy.com/ and follow the company on LinkedIn.

About BorgWarner Chargers
For more than 130 years, BorgWarner has been a transformative global product leader bringing successful mobility innovation to market. Today, we’re accelerating the world’s transition to eMobility — to help build a cleaner, healthier, safer future for all.

About Powertech Labs
As a subsidiary of BC Hydro, a provincial Crown corporation, Powertech Labs plays an instrumental role in supporting BC Hydro and the Government of British Columbia in their hydrogen strategy, and more broadly in B.C.’s CleanBC plan to lower climate-changing emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

About BC Hydro
BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia, Canada. It generates and delivers electricity to 95% of the population of B.C. and serves over five million people.

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Fermata Energy – Daniel Cherrin, dcherrin@northcoaststrategies.com, (313) 300-0932

ParkMobile’s Mobile Parking Payment App Launched at Purdue University

November 16, 2023

 

ParkMobile’s Mobile Parking Payment App Launched at Purdue University

 

 

ParkMobile partnered with the university to bring its parking app to West Lafayette campus

 

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 16, 2023  — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of EasyPark Group, has partnered with Purdue University to integrate its mobile parking payment solution across campus. With the transition from Purdue’s previous provider, students and visitors are now able to pay for a parking spot via the ParkMobile app or web browser. Additional ParkMobile information can be found on the Purdue University Parking website including a “How to use ParkMobile” video and live map that shows all ParkMobile parking spots on campus.

“As we continue to extend our market presence in North America and inch toward our goal of making cities more livable, we’re thrilled to partner with Purdue University to bring our app to its campus. With school in full swing, students and visitors of the university will now be able to easily pay for a parking spot right from their mobile device,” said David Hoyt, managing director of ParkMobile.

This year, ParkMobile is prioritizing strategic partnerships with colleges and universities to create a seamless, stress-free experience for students and visitors. ParkMobile serves over 140 colleges and universities, with 737,319 users in Indianaand reach in primary cities in nearby states.

“With the adoption of ParkMobile, we’re able to modernize and increase parking services, like the map within the app that shows hourly spots on campus,” said Rob Wynkoop, vice president of Auxiliary Services at Purdue University. “As we continue to evaluate short-term parking and add more ParkMobile spaces at strategic locations throughout campus, the map will reflect those.”

ParkMobile is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and can be accessed on a mobile web browser. To pay for parking via the ParkMobile app or website, users will enter the zone number or scan the QR code found on the signs located within the lot or near individual parking spots, choose the duration of time they wish to park and touch the “start parking” button. Users can easily extend their parking sessions after they have paid for parking via the ParkMobile app.

About ParkMobile

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of the global parking tech company, EasyPark Group. With the vision to make cities more livable, EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line, and operates in over 4,000 cities across more than 20 countries. ParkMobile offers digital solutions to quickly find and pay for on-street and off-street parking via a mobile device. The company also offers parking reservations at stadiums, venues, and metro area garages. ParkMobile’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the U.S., including 8 of the top 10 cities, as well as college campuses and airports. ParkMobile has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Pacesetter Award list, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces and won the 2022 Stevie Awards for Best Mobile On-Demand Application. Visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter for the latest news and information. For EasyPark Group news, visit easyparkgroup.com.

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TKH Security: Horseshoe St Louis to revolutionize the parking experience for guests with a state-of-the-art Automated Parking Guidance System

November 15, 2023

TKH Security: Horseshoe St Louis to revolutionize the parking experience for guests with a state-of-the-art Automated Parking Guidance System

 

 

Cheshire, CT  – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) is thrilled to announce its recent collaboration with Horseshoe St Louis in St Louis, Missouri. The core of the partnership is the installation of a state-of-the-art Automated Parking Guidance System (APGS), ushering in a new era of parking efficiency and convenience for Horseshoe St Louis and its patrons.

Horseshoe St Louis is a premier casino and entertainment destination in St. Louis, Missouri. With the installation of TKH Security’s APGS, the casino aims to elevate the experience of guests and employees alike in its 867-space, four story parking garage.

TKH Security’s APGS optimizes parking facility management and enhances the parker’s experience from initial garage entry to an open space. Monitoring up to six parking spaces simultaneously, the M5 camera-based smart sensor is the core of the APGS. Sensors utilize streaming HD video 24/7 to provide operators with real-time occupancy data for each parking bay. With 99%+ accuracy, M5 sensors ensure precise and up-to-date 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 by Horseshoe St Louis in their quest to elevate customer satisfaction through innovative parking solutions. This partnership showcases our dedication to transforming the parking experience for casinos and entertainment venues,” said Jeff Sparrow, Director of Sales, North America. “We anticipate installation completion in early 2024.”

Their APGS package also includes:

  • LCD Signage: Large LCD displays provide clear, user-friendly information, ensuring a seamless parking experience for all users.
  • Park Alerts: Real-time alerts notify operators when certain vehicles enter the building, including special guests and persons who are banned, if someone parks in a restricted space, or if someone overstays their limited-time space.
  • Park Surveillance: By capturing streaming video when motion is detected or continuously, operators can be on the lookout for suspicious activity in a more efficient way than ever before. Plus, since recordings can be saved up to 90 days, security can easily work with authorities when needed.
  • API Package: The API package allows Horseshoe St Louis to both integrate the system seamlessly with their existing infrastructure and connect securely to a limitless set of third-party parking related solutions, creating a customized and robust solution.
  • INX Integration: INX provides Horseshoe St Louis with powerful data analytics and reporting tools, enabling them to make data-driven decisions for ongoing improvements to their parking operations. Real-time and historical actionable data includes: occupancy, dwell, turnover, heatmaps, frequency, trends, comparative analysis, and environmental conditions.

TKH Security is proud to partner with Schaeffer Electric Co on this project.

EasyPark Group intends to acquire Flowbird Group

November 09, 2023

EasyPark Group intends to acquire Flowbird Group

 

 

With the intended acquisition of Flowbird Group, a global mobility player providing integrated parking and transportation solutions, EasyPark Group aspires to become the leading mobility platform provider in the world, further strengthening its commitment to make cities more livable.

EasyPark Group, one of the global leaders in mobile paid parking, serving tens of millions of people around Europe, North America and Australia, intends to acquire Flowbird Group, a global mobility player providing integrated parking and transportation solutions. For the past 40 years, the company has been a long-term partner to thousands of cities and municipalities in over 80 countries.

“The next chapter of EasyPark Group’s growth journey means doubling down on helping cities become more livable. Through a well-suited mix of mobility and transportation services, EasyPark Group will improve urban traffic flow, space utilization and accessibility globally. We will empower our partners to reinvest in the city’s public transportation, urban greenspaces, and safety,” said Cameron Clayton, CEO of EasyPark Group.

 

“Our intended acquisition of Flowbird Group will strengthen our offerings to cities, partners, and users, with a shared commitment to customer satisfaction and driving long-term growth and innovation. This opportunity offers new possibilities for employees at both companies, and we’re excited to be able to welcome Flowbird Group into the EasyPark Group team. Combined, we aim to take greater responsibility for the digitalization of urban mobility and aspire to become the leading global mobility platform provider as soon as the deal is closed,” Clayton said.

Together, with Flowbird Group and their focus on business-to-government services including equipment and transportation solutions, EasyPark Group will increase its reach in thousands of new locations around the world where the company can deploy its award-winning consumer and business-to-business services.

“We look forward to joining forces with EasyPark Group. This highly complementary combination aims to create an integrated player in the mobility space enabling new multi-modal mobility solutions for the benefit of commuters and travelers looking for effortless mobility solutions and sustainable traveling. We are excited to collaborate with EasyPark Group’s leadership team on this fantastic entrepreneurial journey as soon as the deal is closed,” said Frederic Beylier, CEO of Flowbird Group.

Flowbird Group operates under the brands Flowbird, YourParkingSpace, TPARK, Extenso Cloud, and Yellowbrick and offers multiple mobility solutions, covering equipment and services such as pay and display machines, software, and park & charge. Flowbird Group also offers transportation solutions, both within ticketing and open payments for debit and credit cards, as well as mobile wallets.

EasyPark Group has eased parking since 2001 and today, the company helps drivers save time and money by finding and managing parking and electric vehicle charging. It allows businesses, parking operators, property owners and cities to administrate, plan and take data-driven decisions. EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line and operates in over 4,000 cities across more than 20 countries.

EasyPark Group owners, the investment firms Vitruvian Partners and Verdane, are supporting the intended acquisition and the current owner of Flowbird Group, Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P, has agreed to re-invest most of its capital into EasyPark Group. The deal is subject to customary approvals by relevant authorities and the parties have agreed not to disclose the terms of the transaction.

About EasyPark Group
EasyPark Group is a leading global parking tech company with the vision to make cities more livable. With award-winning technology, EasyPark Group has eased parking since 2001 and today, the company helps drivers save time and money by finding and managing parking and electric vehicle charging. It allows businesses, parking operators, property owners and cities to administrate, plan and take data-driven decisions. EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line and operates in over 4,000 cities across more than 20 countries. easyparkgroup.com

About Flowbird Group
Flowbird Group solutions are used in 4,350 cities in 80 countries to make journeys effortless. The company’s relentless desire to enable mobility, through frictionless technology, which gives back time to us all, is the driving force behind the innovations. Flowbird Group is dedicated to complete, data-led solutions, which can be used to inform mobility policy and make a positive impact. www.flowbird.group

Conduent Transportation Selected by Reading Borough Council, UK, to Provide Parking Enforcement Services

October 27, 2023

Conduent Transportation Selected by Reading Borough Council, UK, to Provide Parking Enforcement Services

Conduent will provide on- and off-street parking civil enforcement officers while managing on- and off-street pay and display machines

Contract marks an important expansion of Conduent’s parking enforcement services in the UK

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Oct. 26, 2023 — Conduent Transportation, a global provider of smart mobility technology solutions and business unit of Conduent Incorporated (Nasdaq: CNDT), today announced its selection by Reading Borough Council in the UK to provide on- and off-street parking enforcement services. The contract, initially for a four-year term, begins in November.

Conduent will provide Reading Borough Council with on- and off-street parking civil enforcement officers (CEOs) to oversee parking compliance while managing on- and off-street pay and display machines. Conduent will also deploy technology and data analytics to make parking management more efficient and effective in the borough, approximately 40 miles west of London. Conduent will retain the existing team and, with natural attrition, will focus on hiring full-time employees from the local area, 12 of which being long-term unemployed.

“We are committed to creating the best value and good quality services for our residents,” said Councilor John Ennis, Lead Councilor for Climate Strategy and Transport at Reading Borough Council. “This contract will carry out an essential service to make our streets safe, free-flowing and make parking convenient for the residents who live here, which are fantastic benefits. The commitment to employ local people and those who are long-term unemployed makes this contract beneficial for so many people in Reading.”

“This new contract marks an expansion of Conduent’s parking enforcement services in the UK,” said Adam Appleby, President, Transportation Solutions at Conduent. “Our solution embraces the use of our people, technology and data analytics to provide an efficient and effective service to Reading Borough Council as it seeks to continuously improve the quality of service it delivers to all stakeholders.”

In 2020, Conduent was selected by Oxfordshire County Council to provide on-street parking enforcement services. In addition, late last year, Conduent began training its on-street parking CEOs to become the first in the country to participate in the “Ask for Angela” campaign , to help vulnerable members of the public in dangerous or uncomfortable situations. Conduent’s CEOs in Reading will also be trained to participate in the Ask for Angela campaign.

Conduent Transportation is a leading provider of automated and analytics-based smart mobility solutions for government agencies. These solutions, spanning roadway charging and management, parking and curbside management , and advanced transit and public safety systems, enable streamlined and personalized services for citizens and travelers who use them. The company has been helping transportation clients for more than 50 years and operates in more than 20 countries.

About Conduent
Conduent delivers digital business solutions and services spanning the commercial, government and transportation spectrum — creating exceptional outcomes for its clients and the millions of people who count on them. The company leverages cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and advanced analytics to deliver mission-critical solutions. Through a dedicated global team of approximately 60,000 associates, process expertise and advanced technologies, Conduent solutions and services digitally transform its clients’ operations to enhance customer experiences, improve performance, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Conduent adds momentum to its clients’ missions in many ways, including delivering 43% of nutrition assistance payments in the U.S., enabling 1.3 billion customer service interactions annually, empowering millions of employees through HR services every year and processing nearly 12 million tolling transactions every day. Learn more at www.conduent.com .

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PHOENIX PARKING SOLUTIONS ENTERS PARTNERSHIP WITH PYRAMID NETWORK SERVICES TO AUGMENT ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARKING AND CHARGING SOLUTIONS

October 26, 2023

PHOENIX PARKING SOLUTIONS ENTERS PARTNERSHIP WITH PYRAMID NETWORK SERVICES

TO AUGMENT ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARKING AND CHARGING SOLUTIONS

Pyramid Network Services Helps Operators Implement EV Infrastructure from Start to Finish

 

 

ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2023)—With electric vehicles comprising a growing share of the car market, parking lot operators are faced with upgrading their operations with new technologies. Phoenix Parking Solutions continues its history of innovation by partnering with Pyramid Network Services to provide infrastructure solutions for platform-agnostic electric vehicle (EV) parking and charging.
“This partnership with Pyramid Network Services will future-proof our clients as the demand for electric vehicle accommodations increases,” says Jeff Patterson, president of Phoenix Parking Solutions. “The company’s turnkey solutions will put our clients in an advantageous position to appeal to customers who need access to charging stations and offer an additional revenue stream for operators.”
The addition of EV infrastructure is the latest in the Phoenix Parking Solutions service portfolio and works cohesively with its other state-of-the-art solutions like text-to-park, gateless parking garages, digital permits and license plate recognition technology.
Pyramid Network Services will consult with Phoenix Parking Solutions’ clients to determine the capacity for EV parking. Once the scope of the project is defined, Pyramid Network Services then manages all the steps in the process from permitting to installation. The company also does the legwork to find available local, regional and national incentives to help mitigate the installation costs. After installation is complete, Pyramid Network Services remains available to train clients on operations and offer continued maintenance for the charging stations. According to Cy Weichert, founder and CEO of Pyramid, “Our national footprint, coupled with our expertise in simultaneously developing large quantities of sites across a broad landscape, enables us to support the need for EV chargers in a scalable, predictable, and timely manner for our customers. We help take the ‘guesswork’ out of what is a very new technology for most.”
“We draw from our experience in construction, zoning and permitting and infrastructure development to support the evolving EV market, and we are pleased to partner with Phoenix Parking Solutions to help its clients lead the charge,” says Pat Bisceglia, director of EV construction at Pyramid Network Services.
About Phoenix Parking Solutions
Phoenix Parking Solutions is an Atlanta-based company specializing in a range of parking services for Atlanta-based Phoenix Parking Solutions provides parking management solutions for office buildings, residential complexes, retail and mixed-use developments, healthcare buildings, municipal garages, college campuses and more across the country. It is known for helping its clients implement digital solutions that improve the parking experience, save time for lot operators and maximize parking revenue. Phoenix president Jeff Patterson, an active member of the National Parking Association (NPA) and one of less than 500 Certified Parking Professionals in the country, has been named to NPA’s 40 Under 40 – Class of 2021 that recognizes the positive impact of the best and brightest young professionals in the parking industry. For more information, call 678-412-0505 or visit phoenixparkingsolutions.com.
About Pyramid Network Services
Trusted. Proven. Committed. Pyramid is a debt-free, nationwide infrastructure services company. Since inception in 1996, Pyramid has been an industry leader in the commercial wireless, public safety, utility and renewable energy sectors and has completed work on over 100,000 wireless sites. Pyramid believe in the simplification of electrification. Charge Forward with Pyramid Network Services.

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