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Japa, Inc. Elevates Parking Experience in San Francisco’s Prime Location

March 01, 2024

 

 

 

Japa, Inc. Elevates Parking Experience in San Francisco’s Prime Location

 

 

 

Japa, Inc., a pioneer in smart parking solutions, is excited to announce a new partnership that will redefineparking in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant areas. This strategic collaboration focuses on enhancing the parking experience at two key parking lots situated near a renowned theater in the heart of thecity, leveraging Japa’s advanced technology to facilitate seamless parking management and guidance.

 

In an area known for its bustling activity and limited parking availability, Japa’s innovative solutions come as a welcome relief. By integrating Japa’s technology, visitors and locals alike will now have access toreal-time parking occupancy data, navigational assistance to available spaces, and an overall more efficient parking experience right at their fingertips through the Japa obile Application.

 

This initiative marks a significant milestone in Japa’s mission to revolutionize parking across diversesectors, including educational institutions, corporate campuses, hospitals and municipalities. The partnership not only highlights Japa’s commitment to implementing smart technology in urban environments but also aligns with the city’s efforts to enhance convenience and accessibility in high-demand areas.

 

“San Francisco is a city known for its innovation and forward-thinking approach to urban challenges.By bringing Japa’s smart parking solutions to this prime location, we’re not just improving parking; we’re enhancing the way people experience the city,” said Mathew Magno, CEO of Japa, Inc. “Ourtechnology is designed to make parking management as seamless and stress-free as possible, a crucialstep towards realizing the full potential of smart urban environments.”

 

The collaboration between Japa, Inc. and the city’s parking management ensures a tailored approach toaddress the unique demands of San Francisco’s dynamic urban landscape. With Japa’s technology, the goal of transforming parking to a seamless part of the urban experience is now within reach, benefiting not just drivers but the broader community by reducing congestion and improving accessibility to the city’s cultural landmarks.

 

About Japa, Inc.

Japa, Inc. is at the forefront of the smart parking industry, offering innovative solutions that combine advanced data analytics and user-friendly technology to tackle parking challengesworldwide. Our mission is to streamline the parking process, making it a stress-free component of urbanand corporate environments. Based in West Sacramento, CA, Japa’s portfolio boasts successful smartparking implementations across the United States, contributing to the development of Smart Campuses and Smart Cities by facilitating efficient, technology-driven parking management systems.

eleven-x Awarded Sourcewell Contract for Parking and Curbside Management Solutions

March 01, 2024

 

 

 

eleven-x Awarded Sourcewell Contract for Parking and Curbside Management Solutions

 

Enables stress-free procurement of their eXactpark smart parking and curbside solution for more than 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit organizations

 

 

 

WATERLOO, Ontario — eleven-x®, a global leader providing complete, high-performance, wireless IoT and Smart City solutions, announced today that Sourcewell, a trusted cooperative purchasing agency representing over 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit organizations, has selected the company as a competitively awarded supplier of parking and curb management solutions (contract #120423-ELVNX).

Sourcewell participating agencies across all 50 U.S. states and Canada can now access a full range of eleven-x’s solutions and services including its innovative eXactpark™ smart parking technology solution which can offer real-time parking occupancy and reliable data monitoring via the patented SPS-X wireless sensor, a cloud-based software dashboard, extensive analytics, curbside management, API, parking enforcement, compliance analyzer, public website, and wayfinding via the eXactnav™ mobile app, amongst other capabilities.

“We’re honored to be selected as an awarded supplier by Sourcewell as it will streamline the purchasing process for thousands of cities and universities interested in leveraging smart parking and curbside management solutions to improve mobility, reduce traffic and foster safer environments,” said Dan Mathers, CEO and Co-Founder of eleven-x. “We are already seeing that such goals have become integral to the current operations of many cities & institutions, and how innovative parking and curbside management technologies like eXactpark are critical to helping them achieve these objectives. I’m excited that now more than 50,000 organizations have access to our solutions to accelerate positive progress and improve people’s lives.”

 Sourcewell serves government and education organizations with a cooperative purchasing program that manages a competitive solicitation process which offers members easy access to an established network of awarded contracts that most times meet or exceeds local requirements. Any government or education organization can purchase through their services, saving time and money utilizing their ready-to-use, competitively solicited contracts.

“I am excited to work with eleven-x to bring their innovative solutions to Sourcewell agencies. By leveraging this contract, I believe organizations can improve the parking experience for drivers in their communities, better manage their parking resources and collect reliable data for future planning efforts,” said Nicholas Trout, Supplier Development Administrator at Sourcewell.

eleven-x’s Sourcewell contract is valid for four years, until January 15, 2028. Additional information regarding the procurement process and contract award can be found on eleven-x’s landing page on the Sourcewell website.

 

About eleven-x® 
eleven-x is an industry leading IoT and Smart City technology company focused on improving the parking experience for all with its award-winning, smart parking technology solution, eXactpark™. A comprehensive software platform, eXactpark enables drivers to find available parking quickly and easily in real-time while delivering accurate and reliable 24/7 data to support numerous use cases including curbside management, demand-based pricing and improved compliance while helping optimize parking resources. Powered by the patented SPS-X wireless space occupancy sensor, eXactpark™ reduces traffic, improves safety and lowers GHG emissions. The solution is being utilized by cities and institutions across North America to successfully address mobility challenges. Customers rely on the company’s world-renowned expertise for an easy-to-use, fully scalable smart solution to deliver better services. Visit eleven-x.com for more information and follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube.

 

About Sourcewell
Sourcewell is government empowering government since 1978. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program to streamline the public procurement process. On behalf of 50,000 participating agencies, Sourcewell conducts competitive solicitations, awarding the most responsive and responsible suppliers. Agencies can purchase from hundreds of awarded contracts delivered through a local dealer or representative. Sourcewell staff work as force multipliers, empowering you to fulfill your public service mission

88% of U.S Drivers Avoid Paying for Parking, New ParkMobile Study Reveals

February 27, 2024

 

88% of U.S Drivers Avoid Paying for Parking, New Study Reveals

 

 

According to a survey conducted by the most used parking app in the U.S., ParkMobile, 75% of drivers have been deterred from going out because of bad parking despite 85% of spaces sitting empty

 

ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2024  — ParkMobile, the most used parking app in the U.S. and part of the EasyPark Group, conducted a survey to understand the parking experiences of U.S. drivers. The study highlights the frustration that drivers experience because of poor parking infrastructure, with 88% of drivers seeking to avoid paying for parking. With search times taking around 10 minutes on average, the difficulty of finding and paying for parking deters 75% of drivers from traveling or attending social experiences.

Study respondents also highlighted removing uncertainty from the parking journey would be a positive draw for consumers. Among drivers that avoid paying for parking, 67% would be willing to pay if a parking space was able to be reserved in advance. When asked about coordinating these reservations, 84% of respondents who have used more than one mobile parking app in the past year would prefer one app to handle all their parking needs, including reserving mass transit and event parking. ParkMobile’s offerings have already catered to this consumer demand by providing parking reservation for street parking, garages, and stadium events.

“American cities are filled with both overtaxed city-center parking in high demand and sprawling underused garages and surface lots that are often constructed without information about the parking experiences of modern consumers,” said Chris Camp, Chief Commercial Officer of EasyPark Group. “These choices negatively impact traffic, the environment and urban vibrancy, and should be considered as part of a holistic approach to building sustainable city cores. At ParkMobile, we are dedicated to making cities more livable and we feel data insights are one way to make more informed consumer decisions and better planned infrastructure.”

Inconsistent rules and parking payment systems increase difficulty for drivers and disincentivize engaging with parking infrastructure. While 88% of respondents state they rarely pay for parking, sentiment towards paid parking changes if additional context can be provided. If paid parking ensured improved transportation, including improved bike lanes, 70% of respondents would be willing to pay. Additionally, the survey highlights that almost half of respondents (46%) are unaware that free parking is funded through local resident taxes and 64% of respondents would be more willing to pay for parking if it meant lower taxes.

“ParkMobile, as a part of EasyPark Group, has seen the need to advance parking infrastructure through technology and insights. As part of this advancement there is the opportunity to educate drivers and municipalities about the realities of their existing parking ecosystems and what is possible for the future. Implementing models of open market parking and offering Parking Data as a Service provides streamlined engagement with parking technology and is a step toward improving cities’ relationships with parking,” said Camp.

Since being founded in 2008, ParkMobile has processed over 120 billion minutes of parking in North America. ParkMobile works with cities to provide real-time parking data and trends to better plan their urban design. This includes some of the two million parking spaces across the country, in over 600 cities and municipalities and 140 colleges and universities.

The study was conducted by ParkMobile with over 2,000 respondents located across the U.S. Respondents included drivers of various ages that drive at least two days per week on average to represent those most aware of their parking experiences. For more information on the study visit: The ParkMobile State of Parking Report.

CONTACT:

Haley Haas
PR Manager, US 678-446-0148
haley.haas@parkmobile.io

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

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