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Phoenix Motorcars Delivers ZEV Trucks to City of Salinas

February 07, 2023




Phoenix Motorcars Delivers ZEV Trucks 
to City of Salinas




Anaheim, California (February 3, 2023) – Phoenix Motorcars is proud to announce their recent deployment of 3, All-Electric, Zero-Emission Z500 trucks to the City of Salinas. The project included 1 x Zero Emission flatbed truck, and 2 x Zero Emission cargo trucks, as well as 3 x Level III charging stations.


The three trucks are built on the Ford E-450 chassis powered by Phoenix Motorcars and will serve the City of Salinas in their fleet department. The all-electric zero emission trucks were funded in part by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) Clean Air Management Program and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.


According to Richard Stedman, MBARD’s Air Pollution Control Officer, “Over 60% of the total emission of smog forming compounds in our region comes from motor vehicles with the largest portion coming from medium to heavy duty diesel trucks and buses. By partnering with the City of Salinas to purchase three medium duty electric trucks, we’re taking another step toward improving air quality in our community.”


The Phoenix Z500 trucks are equipped with a 94-kWh battery pack offering up to 110-mile range and can be fully charged in approximately two to three hours with a 50-kW Level III charger. The Z500 trucks, as compared to its equivalent fossil fueled alternatives, will reduce atmospheric emissions by ~61 tons per vehicle annually, reduce maintenance costs by 75% and fuel costs by 80%.


“Agriculture is the foundation of our local economy, so the air quality and climate in our community matter,” said Salinas Mayor Kimbley Craig. “Replacing three large fleet vehicles helps protect our environment and also significantly reduces operational and maintenance costs. Climate resiliency and environmental sustainability are part of the core values of our Council and improve the quality of life for our residents.”


Phoenix has been the leader in medium duty electrification for over a decade. With 4 million all-electric miles driven on their zero emission drive systems, Phoenix has unparalleled experience and expertise helping public and private fleets successfully deploy and adopt electric vehicles into their fleets, cleaning the air quality and providing clean, quiet and safe zero emission transportation and mobility for their companies and communities.


“Phoenix Motorcars is proud of our commitment to sustainable vehicle technology, and our project to bring the first zero emission trucks to the City of Salinas” says Thomas Allen, Vice President of Sales for Phoenix Motorcars. “We’ve been an avid supporter of both the state HVIP program and MBARD’s efforts to help clean the air quality in Monterey County, and this project is a huge success for both the City of Salinas’ fleet, and their community members who breathe the air of the beautiful central coast. Zero emission transportation and mobility is an integral part of building a sustainable future and it’s great to see the City of Salinas being an early adopter. Operating the Z500 all-electric trucks from Phoenix will provide significant emission savings and cost saving opportunities to Salinas and their community.”

About Monterey Air Resources District

The mission of the Monterey Bay Air Resources District is to Protect Public and Environmental Health while balancing Economic and Air Quality Considerations.

The District is responsible for air monitoring, permitting, enforcement, long-range air quality planning, regulatory development, education and public information activities related to air pollution, as required by the California Clean Air Act and Amendments (HSC Section 40910 et seq.) and the Federal Clean Air Act and Amendments (42 U.S.C. Section 7401 et seq.)

About Phoenix Motor Inc.

Phoenix Motorcars is a leader in developing medium-duty electric vehicles for commercial markets with a primary focus on class 4 vehicles. Phoenix Motorcars strives to provide fleets with clean transportation and renewable energy through advanced technology solutions and remains committed to excellence in electric vehicle innovation. Phoenix Motorcars offers a range of vehicle configurations, including shuttle buses, utility trucks, service trucks, flatbed trucks, walk-in vans, cargo trucks and school buses.


Phoenix Motorcars
1500 Lakeview Loop
Anaheim, CA 92807

Media Contact:
Dave Davis, Marketing Manager



February 07, 2023


The longest range and fastest charging EV shuttle on the market, Endera’s built-in-the-USA buses are now available (as the lowest bid price) to 300+ California transit fleets.


LOS ANGELES, CA [February 7th, 2023] Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) has authorized, on behalf of the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CALACT), Endera for their B-Series all-electric buses in the largest statewide purchasing contract in US history. Endera was awarded the contract for up to 1,000 electric shuttles through its distribution partner, Coachwest Luxury & Performance Motorcars (Coachwest).


CALACT association’s membership of transit agencies, as well as city and county governments, can now purchase Endera’s B-Series all-electric shuttles through a streamlined process which complies with federal and state purchasing regulations.


CALACT is the largest state transit association in the United States and helps fleet operators avoid lengthy and expensive individual procurement efforts. With over 300 members, CALACT works to promote professional excellence, stimulate ideas for effective community transit, and advocate for improved public transportation in all parts of California.

Endera’s All-Electric B-Series Shuttle


An estimated 1,000 electric shuttles are expected to be purchased from the CALACT contract by 2025, with additional electric buses procured over the entire 5-year contract period, making it the most of any state purchasing contracts for electric buses in the United States.


As the industry’s only vertically integrated mid-sized EV bus maker in the United States, Endera’s electric powertrains and vehicle bodies are built under one roof at the company’s 250,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Ohio.


Endera’s electric shuttles and associated service partnerships support California’s clean air and climate goals. Endera’s proprietary electric powertrains are developed at the company’s Research and Development (R&D) headquartered in Los Angeles, California. With a focus on quality and service, Endera offers state-wide service capability throughout California with its R&D facility and service partners.


“Endera was awarded the CALACT contract as the lowest priced vendor and the only vertically integrated one-stop-shop. We listen to our clients to learn about the problems they face and understand the solutions they need, which is why we have a superior offering in virtually every category,” said John Walsh, Founder & CEO of Endera.


“All of our models have a fast-charging option, increasing up-time for operators, while also providing significant range capability. We have developed a fully integrated software ecosystem that makes it easier and less expensive to adopt electric buses, so fleet operators can focus on running their business.” Walsh continued.


“Whether a fleet is large or small, finding reliable, affordable electric shuttles can be a tough proposition. Endera is honored to be one of the select few to successfully complete the rigorous CALACT vetting process, allowing us to offer our best-in-class electric buses to transit fleet operators throughout the state,” said Don White, Sales Manager at Endera.


Jay Real, Manager, Sales at Coachwest added, “Coachwest is pleased to offer Endera products under the CALACT contract. These cutting-edge vehicles are also eligible for Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) point-of-sale vouchers.”


Endera’s electric buses feature smart technology, including proprietary dispatch software that tracks vehicles and routes, automates records and energy management, and streamlines reporting and vehicle service. The platform also integrates with Endera GO, a consumer app designed to improve riders’ experience.


The B-Series offers a 12-passenger + 2 and a 16-passenger + 2 wheelchair seating option, with additional floorplans available to meet each agency’s requirements. The series has a lightweight body design to maximize range efficiency and can charge in as little as 45 minutes, making it the fastest charging electric bus of its class on the market in the U.S.


About Endera

Endera is a technology company, specializing in electric specialty vehicles, charging solutions and software products. As an end-to-end electric vehicle maker, Endera provides vehicle design, manufacturing, and service. Made in America, Endera delivers one of the lowest total costs of ownership and provides sustainable solutions that rival its fossil fuel counterparts in price, technology, longevity, profitability, and service. To learn more, visit


About Coachwest

Coachwest Luxury Performance & Motorcars has been serving the California community for over thirty years, and it has built a loyal consumer-base in the industry. Coachwest delivers the best vehicles, products, and services, ensuring customers are satisfied with their choice of transportation.

Parking and Mobility Company, Spot Parking Rebrands to Modii: Leading Digital Infrastructure in Mobility Spaces

February 06, 2023




Parking and Mobility Company, Spot Parking Rebrands to Modii: Leading Digital Infrastructure in Mobility Spaces




With a New Year, comes a new name. Modii, formerly known as Spot Parking, is rebranding to better reflect its mission of modernizing mobility. The new name represents the company’s core focus on creating digital infrastructure, data integration, and parking intelligence. 

As urban areas become increasingly congested and consumer expectations continue to adapt, Modii is supporting digital transformation to meet these challenges – transforming the way people travel in the built environment through data-driven mobility solutions.

The Modii platform creates an ecosystem that unifies technologies and provides efficient and cost-effective solutions to the parking and mobility industry. Modii President, Mark Frumar, said the company’s rebrand is timely as the industry continues to embrace a data-driven approach to improve the lives of their communities.

“Using technology to solve problems that continually plague the industry has always been a focus of ours. We are excited to now expand our platform to align with our customer’s future vision of frictionless multi-modal transportation and sustainability”

“As we see the requirement of a digital infrastructure becoming mainstream, our rebrand will better position us to support our customers,” said Mr. Frumar.

Modii’s customers include several of the country’s largest and most prominent universities, as well as growing municipalities leading innovation from coast to coast.

Modii will maintain its commitment to providing excellent service to its customers. The company’s new logo and branding will be rolled out across all of its products and services in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Alina Prioteasa at or visit our website at

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2023 PCI Design Awards Winners

January 31, 2023


Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2023 PCI Design Awards Winners



CHICAGO  –The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is excited to announce the winners of 2023 PCI Design Awards. Three panels of jurors honored 25 winners and eight honorable mentions for the specials, buildings, and transportation categories.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the PCI Design Awards program which recognizes creative and innovative useses of precast concrete. A panel of engineers, architects, and precast concrete producers judges all nominees. 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, sustainable design, 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.

“We are once again thrilled to recognize the tremendous capabilities of the precast concrete industry to meet the needs of the built environment, especially on this milestone 60th anniversary of the program,” said PCI President and CEO Bob Risser, PE. “Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to the jurors and PCI staff who make the program a success. Through the past 60 years, the precast concrete industry continues to innovate and improve and these exemplary projects are the latest examples of that.”

Winning projects will be recognized February 24 at the 2022 PCI Convention in Columbus, Ohio. PCI publications, including Ascent, PCI Journal, and ASPIRE magazines, will also feature the winning projects.

Photos of all projects are available by emailing

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View all of this year’s winners and honorable mentions. View past winners.
2023 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects – Specials

Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award

FORTRESS Nameplate #1 La Vernia, Texas Tindall

All-Precast Concrete Solution Award

NM 50 over Glorieta Creek Glorieta, N.M. Castillo Prestress

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Award and Justice/Correctional Building

Wayne County Criminal Justice Center Detroit, Mich.

Sustainable Design Award and Best Rehabilitated Bridge

Swift Island Historic Arch Bridge Rehabilitation and Widening Albemarle, N.C.
Eastern Vault Company, Inc., Ross Prestres

Specials Awards Jury

Suzanne Aultman, PE, FPCI, LPCI, vice president of engineering, Metromont Corp.
Corey Greika, PE, vice president, sales manager, Coreslab Structures (Indianapolis)
Kyle Knop, AIA, CSI, CDT, vice president, senior project manager, Zimmerman Architectural Studios

2023 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects – Buildings


Government and Public

1021 O Street Office Building San Francisco, Calif. Willis Construction Co. Inc.


Higher Education/University

University of Toronto Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TKL Group

International Building

HYLO Tower
London, U.K.
Fibrobeton Yapi Elemanlari San. Ins. Tic. A.S.


SEW-Eurodrive Smart Factory & Maxolutions Showroom Wellford, S.C.
Tindall – South Carolina Division


P1479 Outdoor Infantry Immersion Trainer Camp Lejeune, N.C.
GATE Precast Co.

Mixed-Use (co-winners)

The Jasper Charleston, S.C. GATE Precast Co.

Serif and The LINE Hotel San Francisco, Calif. Willis Construction Co. Inc.


Elm 551 at Parkside of Old Town Chicago, Ill
Dukane, Wells


1001 Water Street Tampa, Fla.
STABIL Concrete Products, LLC


All-Precast Concrete Parking Structure

CCHS Wilmington Visitors PG Wilmington, Del.
High Concrete Group

Hybrid Parking Structure

Restoration Hardware – Knox Street Gallery Parking Structure Dallas, Texas
GATE Precast Co.

School K-12

NYCSCA PS IS 667 Brooklyn, N.Y. High Concrete Group


UBS Arena
Elmont, N.Y. Universal Concrete Products


Kirkwood Performaning Arts Center Kirkwood, Mo.
MPC Enterprises Inc.

Custom Solution

Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center Dive Tower Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
GATE Precast Co.

Buildings Jury

Adam Roark, PE, project design manager, Gage Brothers
Vanessa Schutte, AIA, ALEP, K-12 education central region leader, DLR Group Michael Zensen, AIA, LEED, AP, CDT, CCCA, BECxP, CxA-BE, vice president, Cannon Design Heidi Ziemann, PE, LPCI, chief engineer, JVI Inc.


About PCI

2023 PCI Design Awards Winning Projects – Transportation

Main Span up to 75 feet

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Southborough and Westborough, Mass. JP Carrara & Sons, Inc.

Non-Highway Bridge (co-winners)

I-579 Urban Open Space Cap Pittsburgh, Pa.
Northeast Prestressed Products, Inc.

Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley San Diego, Calif.
Oldcastle Infrastructure

Special Solution

Key Crossing Reliability Initiative Baltimore, Md.
Coastal Precast Systems

Transportation Jury

Reggie Holt, senior structural engineer, Federal Highway Administration Bijan Khaleghi, state bridge design engineer, Wisconsin DOT
Todd Lang, PE, SE, senior bridge engineer, HDR Inc.


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

Professional Parking Technologies Introduces CellRaven, A Groundbreaking New Product That Provides Reliable and Cost-Effective Cellphone connectivity in Buildings and Parking Facilities

January 31, 2023



Professional Parking Technologies Introduces CellRaven, A Groundbreaking New Product That Provides Reliable and Cost-Effective Cellphone connectivity in Buildings and Parking Facilities



Dallas, TX  —Professional Parking Technologies LLC (ProParking) today announced the launch of CellRavenTM, a groundbreaking new product that provides reliable and cost-effective cellphone connectivity throughout buildings and building complexes, as well as in parking facilities and underground parking garages. CellRaven is a proprietary formula that re-engineers enterprise WiFi signals throughout any building or underground parking facility. That customized WiFi signal can then be accessed by all cell phones with WiFi calling capabilities.

“High-Rise buildings often struggle to provide reliable and consistent cell-service, particularly in their underground garages, and traditional strategies have been extraordinarily expensive,” said Brent Van Loggerenberg, ProParking’s managing Partner. “Most cell phones have WiFi calling capabilities, so by extending a strong, consistent signal throughout a building or parking structure, CellRaven provides near universal connectivity at a fraction of the cost of traditional cellular strategies.”

CellRaven’s powerful enterprise solution offers high speeds, strong signals, and the ability to re-engineer the solution to the specific cellular needs of any building owner. Repeaters are strategically placed throughout underground garages to provide the necessary coverage, even for people in moving vehicles. Additional repeaters can be placed in lobbies and other common areas, as well as on individual floors, to assure a strong and consistent signal throughout the building.

In addition to improving cell coverage, CellRaven also provides important parking benefits. Because newer IP-based Parking Access and Control Systems (PARCS) and EV Chargers rely heavily on connectivity, the WiFi provided by the system can also be used to connect PARCS and other systems to cloud-based applications or to communicate with command centers and other remote sites. Additionally, CellRaven can connect parkers using other parking technologies like mobile payment, pre- booking, or EV Charging.

More information about CellRaven can be found at

About Professional Parking Technologies

Professional Parking Technologies is rewriting the rules when it comes to delivering parking technologies. The company’s pioneering approach to creating systems comprised of complementary technologies makes automating parking garages and lots simpler, more effective, and more affordable. Each parking technology system is custom designed to meet the unique needs of an individual parking facility. Professional Parking Technologies can be found online at

Mobile Smart City Corp participates at a Florida Digital Twins Workshop

January 30, 2023

Mobile Smart City Corp participates at a Florida Digital Twins Workshop



January 2023- Mobile Smart City will participate at the Florida Digital Twins Workshop, organized by the Smartcities Council in Orlando, on February 1 & 2, 2023
John Incandela and Luis Garma will join a two day workshop, co-hosted by the Smart Cities Council, University of Central Florida, City of Orlando and Orange County, FL. The workshop will review several digital solutions against multiple use-cases and solution demonstrations for city leaders and citizens, with a special strength on how to improve stakeholder engagement.

Mobile Smart City is an active member of the Smart Cities Council, the longest-running global smart cities ecosystem, founded in 2012. The council works with innovation, technology, and data to leverage smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high- quality jobs. The Smart Cities Council serves as an objective and neutral network for sharing knowledge. Mobile Smart City provides smart livable, workable, and sustainable solutions to municipalities and local governments through innovation and technology. “We are constantly innovating to accelerate development and building technology to deliver better places to live and work” said John J. Incandela, President, and CEO of Mobile Smart City.

Mobile Smart City is an international tech company specialized in developing and implementing smart digital solutions for to municipalities and governments. Founded in the year 2015, the company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a regional office in Maryland, and has operations in several countries: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States.

Mobile Smart City holds a wide experience in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of complex digital payment solutions, parking management systems, and access control, including Payments, Citations, and Collections. We have developed more than 300 projects during the last 8 years, implementing our platforms and gaining a solid expertise. We have accumulated many references working with different Municipalities, Counties, Universities, Airports, and private operators, helping them to improve their revenues and their user’s experiences, using our state-of-the-art technology.

Mobile Smart City offers a cloud-based platform, hosted in the US, that can provide an outstanding customer experience when using digital services, parking, transportation, and access control. Our solutions include Mobile Parking Payments, Digital Permits, Parking Enforcement, LPR Fast Pass & QR Access Control, Muti-space Parking Meters, Pay-in- Lane, and Business Intelligence.

Mobile Smart City Corporation, provides Smart Cities and Enterprises with a suite of mobile Solutions and Services, including parking payment, tax payment, enforcement, mobile ticketing, transit payment, local advertising, insurances and more.

For more information or call 1-844-726-4644

ZipBy rolls out another 3 ticketless sites in Buffalo NY, Atlantic City NJ and Washington DC

January 27, 2023




ZipBy rolls out another 3 ticketless sites in Buffalo NY, Atlantic City NJ and Washington DC




Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2023:  ZipBy, a global leader in ticketless technology today announced the installation of 3 new sites:

  1. Atrium Lots – 95 Washington St, Buffalo, NY
  2. 22 S Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
  3. Uline Arena – 1140 3rd Street NE, Washington DC

The off-street and on-street sites comprise ZipBy’s leading ticketless parking solution to give drivers a frictionless parking experience.

Drivers simply enter the parking garage via the ZipBy app and park. As they leave, ZipBy detects their exit and opens the barrier gate. No touching of cellphone or winding down of window is necessary. The parking fee is charged to their credit cards and a receipt emailed to them. No more waiting at the pay station to pay for parking.

About ZipBy:

ZipBy is the next generation of access control technology. ZipBy offers ticketless parking for off street, on street and surface lots, along with secure pedestrian and building access.
More information at

Please direct any media inquiries to Shirley Rodriguez:

Walkable Urban Areas in U.S. Grow Despite Pandemic Fallout

January 25, 2023

Walkable Urban Areas in U.S. Grow Despite Pandemic Fallout

New report ranks the top 35 US metropolitan areas on their walkable urbanism, demonstrating  continued market demand and consumer preference for walkable urban places, in spite of the pandemic

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 25) — Today, Smart Growth America and Places Platform, LLC released Foot Traffic Ahead 2023, a new report ranking the top 35 metro areas by their walkable urbanism using an index that considers premiums in commercial rents, multifamily rental rates, and for-sale home prices. Co-authored by Michael Rodriguez, AICP, and Christopher B. Leinberger, and using data from Yardi Matrix and Rocktop Partners, the report finds that the demand for walkable urban real estate far exceeds supply.

Foot Traffic Ahead finds higher demand driving premiums for commercial and multifamily rents and for-sale home prices in walkable urban places, compared to car-dependent alternatives. The report also provides policymakers with recommendations on how to increase both the supply of and access to equitable, walkable urban development while safeguarding affordability and providing benefits such as improving community health, lowering emissions by reducing car use, and advancing equity by bringing access to economic opportunity.

The rankings of metro areas with the most walkable urbanism are:

Foot Traffic Ahead did find modest reductions in the walkable urban rent and for-sale price premiums over drivable sub-urban due to the pandemic, a “bump in the road”, but significant price premiums remain across the board for walkable urban real estate, including 34% price per square foot price premiums in residential for-sale and  47% rental premiums in office and multifamily rentals.

The report also found that 19.1% of the total U.S. real GDP and 6.8% of the US population are located in walkable urban places that represent just 1.2% of total landmass of the top 35 US  metros.  This is notable as it is illegal to build walkable urban densities and mixed-use development on much of the 98.8% of land that is car-dependent due to restrictive zoning policies in most metropolitan areas. Tools to address high prices and short supply include zoning reform to increase walkable urban land supply and expansion and investment in affordable housing.

This report also ranks the metro areas on social equity by three dimensions—affordability, transit, and proximity to walkability for different socioeconomic and racial groups—finding that there is not an inherent tradeoff between walkable urban places and equitable access to walkable neighborhoods.  For example, New York and Washington, D.C. rank in the top 10 of both our walkable urban and social equity rankings. In contrast, Portland and Los Angeles are also in the top 10 of our walkability rankings but in the bottom 10 of our social equity rankings. The report’s future momentum index identifies which metro areas are growing their share of walkable urbanism, promising increased walkable urban development in the future.

“Foot Traffic Ahead demonstrates that people want to live in walkable urban places, but there’s often not enough housing where folks need it, making it unaffordable and inaccessible to low- and moderate-income people, and to many communities of color,” said Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America. “As the market continues to choose walkable urbanism, it is critical for policymakers to protect existing affordability, promote new affordable housing, and remove barriers to increasing the supply of housing overall. All people deserve access to the quality-of-life and economic benefits that walkable urbanism can provide.”

“The so-called ‘death of the city’ has been overstated, again, as walkable urban price premiums and increased market share of office, retail, multi-family rentals and for-sale housing real estate in walkable urban places held up, despite impacts from the pandemic,” said Christopher B. Leinberger, Managing Director and Co-founder, Places Platform, LLC. “These findings provide a strong economic base and cement walkable urban places and development as the wave of the future as we move toward a more connected, environmentally-sustainable way of life.”

This is the first major study analyzing the real estate market in walkable urban places after the disruption due to Covid-19. The report finds that the pandemic did negatively impact office-dominated downtowns, but found that downtown adjacent walkable urban places surrounding downtowns, walkable urban bedroom neighborhoods, urban universities, and particularly urbanizing suburbs grew during the pandemic, demonstrating a preference for walkable places beyond the traditional downtown.

For more information and to access the report, visit

Smart Growth America helps create healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live for all people through research, advocacy, and direct community support. Our work spans housing and land use, transportation, and economic development to find solutions to communities’ most pressing needs. We work with elected officials at all levels, real estate developers, chambers of commerce, transportation, urban planning professionals, and residents to improve everyday life for people across the country through better development.

Places Platform, LLC is an information services company that provides a unified view of both commercial and residential real estate. Our proprietary suite of analytics provides a contextualized understanding of value, risk, and volatility in local real estate markets. Places Platform tells you what “location, location, location” is actually worth.


TagMaster NA & Hamilton Manufacturing offer EXPRESSPASS LPR Maximizing Revenue

January 25, 2023



TagMaster NA & Hamilton Manufacturing offer EXPRESSPASS LPR Maximizing Revenue


Tacoma, WA | January 2023 TagMaster North America, Inc. (TMNA), a leader for AVI (Automated Vehicle Identification) with over 25 years of experience and technical knowledge, announces the successful implementation of the innovative CT-45 LPR Camera with industry-leader, Hamilton Manufacturing Corp to provide a fully integrated and high accuracy vehicle identification solution for car wash applications.

The high-performance LPR technology offered by TagMaster NA addresses a wide range of challenges in this market, offering the ExpressPass LPR solution, which is a fully automated and efficient monthly club membership solution.  By fully automating the monthly club member signups it drives revenue and loyalty. Increased throughput, loyalty, and recurring revenue are just a few of the benefits of Hamilton and TagMaster NA’s LPR solution.


TagMaster NA’s LPR technology platform offers a feature-rich identification solution with a constantly updated OCR engine to ensure the highest read accuracy of plates from every state and new issuance plates for every state. The dual cameras (both IR and Color) ensure that even damaged, or non-reflective plates are captured as well.  By optimizing the customer experience and ensuring a seamless and accurate transaction the customer retention rate increases as well as personalized and/or custom services are increased, resulting in higher revenue from new and recurring customer bases.

Hamilton Manufacturing is a leader of unattended car wash kiosks, providing systems with innovative technologies, superior capabilities, as well as outstanding security and durability. Their solutions are designed to engage customers and grow businesses through innovative technologies, superior marketing capabilities, as well as outstanding security and durability. The dual (IR and white light) LPR camera is capable of capturing all distinct types of vehicles traveling at variable speeds and angles with extremely high accuracy, including partially reflective and damaged plates. The LPR camera also provides additional information, such as overview images from the color camera associated with the transaction, which ensures fast and accurate information and vehicle identification throughout the operation and a seamless experience for the car wash club members. Together Hamilton Manufacturing and TagMaster North America are able to offer the very latest technologies and customer convenience into a low TCO and high ROI solution for the car wash industry.

Hamilton Manufacturing has been in business since 1921 and is a leading producer of unattended payment solutions for the carwash, parking, laundry, and amusement verticals. Hamilton designs, manufactures, and supports some of the most innovative products in the modern car wash industry. Their hardware, technology, and market solutions contribute to a superior experience for your customers, while also helping improve your operational efficiency and profitability. | P: 888-723-4858

TagMaster North America, Inc. is a leading provider of Intelligent Identification solutions, offering dual technologies, including long-range Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and License Plate Recognition (LPR). TagMaster NA addresses a wide range of challenges in the parking, rail bound, access, industrial and security industries with 25 years of experience and technical knowledge. The diverse family of hardware and software solutions ensures maximum adaptability and versatility. | P: 866-615-5299

Phoenix Parking Solutions Teams with Developers to Make Smart Parking Decisions

January 24, 2023


Phoenix Parking Solutions Teams with Developers to Make Smart Parking Decisions


Phoenix Parking, photo credit: Brandon Amato




ATLANTA (Jan. 24, 2023) – Phoenix Parking Solutions, a full-service parking management and consulting company based in Atlanta that optimizes gateless service with technology-driven tactics, offers its consulting services to developers who are looking to secure funding, optimize revenue and elevate the guest parking experience.


Phoenix owner Jeff Patterson, a leader in the digital conversion of the parking industry, presents a more efficient, profitable, sustainable and safer approach to parking by consulting on mixed-use developments, office buildings, apartments and retail centers before they are even built.


Patterson, who has a successful history of educating property owners and management companies on how to replace antiquated parking systems with cloud-based parking methods, provides developers guidance from the moment they are looking to build a project. At this initial stage, his company can help generate a pro forma statement to help sell the project to investors and creditors. This financial projection justifies the amount to be spent on concrete and space so investors can get an idea of their ROI.


The next stage involves developmental consulting on the infrastructure of the garage, including any necessary referrals to architectural firms. Phoenix consults on smart city planning and sustainability options including curb cuts, lighting, camera coverage and nested gate areas. Patterson and his team lend their expertise to offer complete systems that combine strategic light placement, motion sensors and solutions to save money on additional wiring. Phoenix is also responsible for determining whether the city requires private property owners to have a certain amount of electric vehicle charging stations and how quickly these needs will grow.


The third and final stage involves consultation on the parking garage design elements such as the placement, verbiage and material of elevator, floor and wayfinding signs. Phoenix is well versed on sign ordinances and other nuances that garage operators don’t always consider.


Knowing the types of tenants that will be in these developments ahead of time also helps Phoenix determine infrastructure elements that can reduce insurance claims, such as placing rounded curbs near restaurants, so guests and valet drivers don’t scrape front bumpers or curb wheels when pulling up to the valet stand.


Being able to finalize plans for a parking facility is much easier to do before the garage is built. Having to tear up concrete to replace antiquated systems or to upgrade and reposition lighting and camera systems creates added costs that have a negative impact on ROI. The latest security measures that Phoenix recommends allow parking garage operators to monitor cameras in real time and make guests feel safer when walking to their cars thanks to motion sensors and LED lighting.


Patterson is one of less than 500 Certified Parking Professionals in the country, which he says has prepared him to be a better consultant. Earning this certification calls for a mastery of parking industry knowledge and best practices including ADA regulations, facility design and signage.


“By being a very forward-thinking company, we stay in the know with webinars and expos, and by checking out existing installations of new products,” says Patterson. “Phoenix is always looking into more sustainable options to recommend to clients, and we don’t rely on the cookie-cutter models of old. We’re here to save help our clients save money with an efficient garage that utilizes new and proven solutions.”


Ultimately, Phoenix guides developers toward cost savings from day one, which results in a better return on investment down the road. “We consult on city requirements, but beyond that, we want to prepare our clients for future growth,” Patterson adds. “It’s important to think about what the market will look like by the time the building is done.”



About Phoenix Parking Solutions

Phoenix Parking Solutions is an Atlanta-based company specializing in a range of parking services for restaurants, hotels, country clubs, shopping centers, and community events, in addition to parking management, logistics, and consulting services. Currently parking tens of thousands of cars per week at dozens of premium locations throughout the city, Phoenix has established itself as one of the largest parking providers across downtown and Midtown Atlanta. 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



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