RATP DEV USA APPOINTS ARNAUD LEGRAND AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

April 01, 2020

 

 

 

 

RATP DEV USA APPOINTS ARNAUD LEGRAND AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

(April 1, 2020) – RATP Dev USA, the North American subsidiary of the global transportation provider, announces the appointment of Arnaud Legrand, former Chief Executive Officer of Bombela Operating Company (BOC), as the Chief Executive Officer of RATP Dev USA.

“I am delighted that Arnaud Legrand has joined RATP Dev USA’s team,” said Mehdi Sinaceur, RATP Dev’s Senior Vice President – Americas, South Africa, United Kingdom Business Unit. “With over 20 years of international experience in the transport sector and more than 10 years at RATP Group, Arnaud brings RATP Dev USA his proven leadership and the highest standards of performance to take our teams and operations to an even higher level.”

Mr. Legrand brings with him an impressive scope of operational and managerial expertise. He directed technical teams and projects for 21 years in complex transit operations, such as railway tests and aeronautical maintenance. During his time in the aeronautical and railway industries, his career was bolstered by international influences; he commissioned and developed international industrial partnerships. Arnaud Legrand joined RATP Group in 2008 as the Deputy General Manager of RER B, one of Paris’ regional trains, completing over 165 million journeys per year. In 2010, he was named RATP Dev’s Executive Vice President for Africa and America, Deputy to the Executive Vice President for Africa and America within RATP Dev, which at the time, managed over 80 transport operating companies. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RATP Dev’s subsidiary (BOC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, leading the Operations and Maintenance of the Gautrain Transport System.

Arnaud Legrand is an experienced transportation business leader with demonstrated project management skills and outstanding industrial and technical background.

“I am very excited to continue to contribute to RATP Dev worldwide efforts in serving our clients and passengers. The present time reminds us, if needed, how essential and challenging our job is to ensure safe and performant transit operations. I am proud to join and lead the US team, of which professionalism, engagement and dedication are values I particularly share,” said Arnaud Legrand.

Arnaud will operate from RATP Dev USA’s corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

About RATP Dev

Founded in 2002, RATP Dev operates and maintains urban transportation systems in 12 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, the Philippines, and the United States of America). With more than 1.5 billion passengers travelling on its networks every year, RATP Dev demonstrates every day its extensive and renowned expertise in a wide range of mobility services, ranging from rail, regional express rail, tramway, to bus, cable car and sightseeing activities. RATP Dev leverages in France, outside of Paris, and across international markets the technical expertise and experience of RATP Group, the leader in driverless and tramway operations and operator of the Paris network, one of the largest public transportation networks in the world. In North America RATP Dev employs over 6,000 team members transporting more than 78 million passengers in over 25 locations across the US, operating a wide range of services.

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Executive Biography: Arnaud Legrand Chief Executive Officer RATP Dev USA

For over 21 years, Arnaud Legrand has directed technical teams and projects in complex transit operations, such as railway tests and aeronautical maintenance. Mr. Legrand is leader with an impressive scope of operational and managerial expertise. During his time in the aeronautical and railway industries, his career was bolstered by international influences as he commissioned and further developed international industrial partnerships. Throughout his extensive career, he has been a strong link and facilitator between the technical teams manufacturing and/or producing transit services and their passengers and clients.

Mr. Legrand was most recently positioned with RATP Dev in South Africa, where he led the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) as Chief Executive Officer since 2013. Prior to this role, in 2010, he was named Deputy to the Executive Vice President for Africa and America within RATP Dev. Mr. Legrand originally joined our parent company, RATP Group in 2008, as the Deputy General Manager of RER B, one of Paris’ regional trains, completing over 165 million journeys per year.

Mr. Legrand will operate from RATP Dev USA’s corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, where he and his family reside.

SAA Awards Vehicle Parking Management Contract to Mawgif

April 01, 2020

 

 

 

 

SAA Awards Vehicle Parking Management Contract to Mawgif

 

 

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has been awarded for managing and operating all vehicle parking at Sharjah Airport to Mawgif, the National Parking Company, in order to improve parking at the Airport for the benefit of passengers, customers and employees.

 

 

In accordance with this agreement, Mawgif will provide new solutions for parking at the Airport using the latest technology and systems, offering new parking fee payment options in all locations and managing the parking area for Airport staff. This will improve the quality of services provided by the Airport.

HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, SAA Chairman, and Mohamed Al Musbahi, Director of Mawgif, signed the agreement at SAA’s headquarters in the presence of HE Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, SAA Director, Andrew Perrier, Group Business Development Director at Mawgif, and a number of officials from both organisations.

“At Sharjah Airport, we strive to provide a comfortable travel experience for all passengers. We partner with organisations that meet our requirements in terms of innovation and experience to ensure added value for the users of Sharjah Airport,” said His Excellency.

He added, “We are pleased to partner with Mawgif, a pioneer in airport parking solutions, and we are positive that our new partnership will benefit our customers by enhancing performance and efficiency and helping to improve the travel experience.”

Mohamed Al Musbahi said, “Parking is the passenger’s first and last experience at the Airport. We look forward to working with our partners at Sharjah Airport Authority to upgrade this experience in a way that enhances the passenger’s journey and reflects the culture of the Emirate of Sharjah by using our expertise and the latest technology and systems in this field.”

Founded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 2001, Mawgif, which develops & manages parking in over 10 cities, has branches in Jordan, UAE and KSA. It specialises in investing & operating international airport parking areas, and its portfolio includes important international & regional airport customers.

National Parking Company (Mawgif) day to day operations is supported by a team of over 1400 staff lead by a management team with global parking technology and operations experience. Mawgif is an active World Business Partner member with the Airport Council International (ACI)

www.mawgif.com

 

For any further questions please contact:

Andrew Perrier

Group Business Development Director

a.perrier@almusbah.com

+971528901342

 

 

Fybr: The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today

March 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

Fybr: The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today

 

 

 

The American Public Transportation Association reported that in 2018, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation. It’s a colossal number, and for many years, it’s been an ever-increasing one. Per the APTA, public transportation use has increased nationally by 21% since 1997, outpacing the 19% increase in population by a considerable margin.

 

 

It’s apparent that the new normal is anything but, and COVID-19 changes everything. According to a recent article in the New York Times, NYC’s system, the largest in North America, is seeking a $4 billion federal bailout as the Coronavirus pandemic has triggered a precipitous decline in ridership. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority—which runs the subway, buses, and two commuter rails—said ridership had declined 60 percent on the subway and 49 percent on buses as compared to this same time last year. Across the country in San Francisco, local authorities report a similar downturn, as the total number of Bay Area fares is down over 70 percent. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and more: It’s happening in communities across the country, and the concern is one shared nationwide.

 

Look no further than the aforementioned APTA, which this week has asked the federal government to provide $16 billion in emergency funds to transit agencies across the country that are similarly struggling because of the pandemic, calling public transportation “a lifeline for essential services.”

 

There is little question that what our nation currently faces is unprecedented. Yet, we can look to history for some indications as to what the future may hold. “Sneezers and coughers beware” read a newspaper headline in the evening edition of the Oregon Journal on October 5th. The ensuing article encouraged the washing of hands and the safeguarding of personal space. Those using public transportation were encouraged to sneeze and cough into their elbows and shirt sleeves, and to avoid those who appear to be experiencing respiratory duress. That article dates back to 1918, over 102 years ago.

 

At that time, our nation was in the midst of fighting the first World War, and the outbreak in question was Spanish Influenza. The recommended “four feet of distance” was an early prototype for social distancing. Eventually, we triumphed on all fronts, from the battlefield to the crowded streetcars of Portland. Yet the re-adoption of public transportation was a slow one, and in the years following the outbreak, the use of personal vehicles skyrocketed in Portland and across the country.

 

 

More recently, in the wake of 2003’s SARS epidemic, numerous studies were conducted in an effort to learn from the outbreak. While in the throes of the disease’s spread, six locations—Hong Kong, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Great Britain, and the Netherlands—indicated that public transportation (which includes buses, trains, and airplanes) was the riskiest place for citizens to spend time during a pandemic, in comparison to entertainment destinations, shops, hospitals, workplaces, and schools. Public officials and health organizations recommended then that citizens who utilized public transportation wash their hands, maintain distance, and think carefully about commuting patterns. Sound familiar?

 

Past is often prologue, and despite the discouraging numbers and trends of today, the certainty remains that things will get better, much as they did in the months and years following the Spanish Flu and SARS outbreaks. It’s not a stretch to see an improvement in infection rate on the horizon, and eventually, it’s all but inevitable that we will eradicate Coronavirus altogether.

 

Additionally, it’s heartening to note that times of hardship have long served as flashpoints for innovation, and new solutions often arise amidst turmoil. The future of transportation in our communities may be an uncertain one, but regardless of the challenges posed, fresh new thinking will doubtlessly play a part in the solution.

 

If the financial hardship faced by public transportation providers results in scaled-back operations, it’s imperative that commuters still be able to get to work and back simply and safely. Many prognosticators are predicting that in the wake of the pandemic, more people will take to personal vehicle use and commute in their own vehicles.

 

Predictions are informed guesses at this point, and there are no guarantees. Yet the statistical trends are hard to ignore, and there is little doubt that communities nationwide would be well served to brace themselves for a new commuter reality. Simply put: It’s time to prepare. If these predictions come to light, the implications upon parking, congestion and pollution could be pronounced, presenting a host of new issues for communities. Finding ways to adequately manage vehicles, monitor parking, and more effectively manage curbside assets are all strategies that will play a critical role in keeping things moving efficiently—both for drivers and cities.

With more vehicles on the road, regardless of whether they are from residual social distancing or inevitable population growth, reducing circling and double parking, keeping roads clearer, mitigating traffic congestion, reducing emissions, and making the lives of parking-seekers easier will all be desired—and even essential—outcomes.

To stop Coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, educate our kids, take care of family members and yes, commute. What will the new commuter landscape look like? Nobody can know for certain. What we do know is that regardless, efficiency will play an essential role in our success.

The New Commute? Looking at Tomorrow’s Mass Transit, Today.

Sources:

https://www.apta.com/news-publications/public-transportation-facts/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/nyregion/coronavirus-nyc-subway-federal-aid-.html

https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2020/03/coronavirus-public-transit-fares-free-rides-bus-covid-19/608350/

https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-portland-spanish-influenza-coronavirus-pandemic-history/

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK54171/

 

AMID COVID-19 CRISIS, CYBERSECURITY EXECUTIVES LOOK TO VIRTUAL SUMMITS FOR INFORMATION, EDUCATION

March 31, 2020

AMID COVID-19 CRISIS, CYBERSECURITY EXECUTIVES LOOK TO VIRTUAL SUMMITS FOR INFORMATION, EDUCATION

 

 

 

650,000-Member Data Connectors Community to hold its first Virtual Cybersecurity Summit in Los Angeles this week; US Secret Service to Deliver Keynote on Agency’s Role in Responding to Financial Threats During Crisis

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2020  — Data Connectors, representing the largest cybersecurity community in North America, announced today it will hold its first Virtual Cybersecurity Summit. The firm, who has put on physical conferences since 1999, responded quickly to keep scheduled events on track with an immersive, online experience.

“Our community – over 650,000 CISOs and other cybersecurity professionals, has universally expressed appreciation that we will continue to provide opportunities for education and collaboration with government agencies and solution providers,” said Dawn Morrissey, CEO and founder at Data Connectors. “While those executives are homebound amid the coronavirus quarantine, their firms are more concerned than ever about protection from advanced threats—our events are where they come to learn what it takes to stay ahead,” she added.

The 2020 Los Angeles Virtual Cybersecurity Summit takes place this Thursday, April 2nd. While this is the 16th event the firm will host to serve the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, it will be the first time it does so in the virtual event environment. The firm said it augmented the usual community in that area of about 30,000 with an additional 75,000 members of the greater community across all of California and neighboring states Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

“Live virtual summits have been part of our roadmap for some time—this crisis encouraged us to move quickly,” said Michael Hiskey, the firm’s chief strategy officer. “Rather than simply postponing events, or attempting some sort of boring, elongated webinar, we needed to offer a fully immersive, virtual event experience to facilitate collaboration for our cybersecurity community,” he asserted.

Keynote presentations from Facebook and the United States Secret Service top the full-day agenda, which will also feature nine industry expert presenters and 30 virtual exhibits from cybersecurity solution providers.

  • Assistant Director Michael D’Ambrosio, of the US Secret Service’s Office of Investigations, will discuss the agency’s role in defending critical financial infrastructure as well as in responding to financial threats during the COVID 19 crisis.
  • Michael Husnik, Head of Protective Intelligence for Facebook, will discuss how his team performs risk mitigation and investigation of nefarious actors targeting Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus and Calibra.

The Virtual Summit will also feature an interactive panel discussion with some of the top Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from Los Angeles-area firms, including:

  • E.J. Hilbert, Managing Director & CISO, CNM LLP
  • Chris McMasters, Chief Information Officer, City of Corona, CA
  • Mohammed Bagha, Deputy CISO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
  • David Hanighen, Chief Information Security Officer, Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Donny Fan, Chief Information Officer, APLA Health

Attendees from the community of over 600 cybersecurity professionals registered for the summit will ask questions and interact online with the CISOs, as well as each other and the organizations who will feature their solutions at the event. Solution providers for the LA Summit include Morphisec, Avanan, OneTrust, Aria Cybersecurity Solutions, Arcserve, Netskope, Illusive Networks, Spirion, Armis and many others.

The Summit will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and start at 8:30am PT. Registration is free for qualified professionals, who can also obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for participation. More information can be found at dataconnectors.com/lapr.

Data Connectors had 50 cybersecurity conferences planned for 2020. Virtual Summits are planned over the next several weeks in Hartford, Detroit, Portland, Des Moines, Louisville, Chicago, Tampa, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Canada-East. The firm will continue its physical, in-person Cybersecurity Conference Series after the crisis has subsided. At the same time, the company stated that while Virtual Summits meet the needs of the community amid the COVID-19 Crisis, they will also become a permanent fixture of the firm’s strategy into the future.

Details for all events can be found at dataconnectors.com/attend

About Data Connectors
Since 1999, Data Connectors (dataconnectors.com) has facilitated the collaboration between cybersecurity professionals and solution providers. Today, the community comprises over 650,000 members and 250 active vendor partners. Members enjoy informative education from industry luminaries, innovative solution providers and government agencies such as the FBI, InfraGard, US Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security. Data Connectors brings live conferences to over 45 cities across North America each year, and also provides interactions with the community via virtual conferences, Web Briefings, and regular communications.

AppyWay: Pioneers in mobility announce research collaboration to support a commercial and sustainable reality for Automated Valet Parking

March 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

AppyWay: Pioneers in mobility announce research collaboration to support a commercial and sustainable reality for Automated Valet Parking

 

 

  • Automated Valet Parking (AVP) is a key feature needed in a level 4/5 automated vehicle. To identify available parking, reserve, navigate to and pay for is a complex task.

  • In particular, addressing how and where Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) park when not carrying passengers has been identified as critical for the sustainable deployment of CAVs in cities.

 

 

LONDON UK, Tuesday 31st March 2020:  A consortium of mobility innovators from the public and private sectors today announced their Innovate UK funded project, ‘ParkAV’, is spearheading technical and commercial research to help realise level 4/5 CAV adoption in cities. The project aims to solve the issue of where these vehicles will go to drop off passengers, how they park between trips to recharge, access storage, or be serviced and, importantly, blend the relationship between on and off-street parking to support Mobility as a Service (MaaS) operators.

 

The consortium made up of Jaguar Land Rover, AppyWay (formerly AppyParking), Coventry City Council, Milton Keynes Council and managed by WhiteWillow Consulting, have focused efforts on what is seen as the core issue for the successful introduction of CAVs. How do cities, urban areas, traffic & highways planners ensure empty CAVs do not contribute to traffic and congestion?

 

The notion of AVP is actively being explored at a technical level by vehicle manufacturers globally. However, the ‘ParkAV’ partners suggest that whilst such engineering developments are to be welcomed, developing a scalable and sustainable framework to see AVP become commonplace, and monetised, requires a deeper public and private sector collaboration.

 

Ben Boutcher-West, Head of Mobility for AppyWay,

“A key deliverable within the project has been a detailed framework for both the flow of data and the flow of money to ensure AVP is viable solution. Beyond just the vehicle technology, AVP looks to deliver the function within a mobility subscription, one that manages topics such as Value Added Tax, all suppliers and even EV payment, in one technical and commercial interface. As a consortium, we have maintained a customer focus, ensuring they would be set down compliantly at their chosen destination. That means consumers no longer would have to enter the off-street facility at all and enjoy a much more convenient and hassle-free service, dropped off at their point of interest.”

 

Sunil Budheo, Innovation Manager at Coventry City Council continues,

“When thinking about what our constituents might expect in the future with the rise of CAVs, it’s important to focus on not only optimizing the user experience but also making sure the needs of the city are considered. Drop-offs and pick-ups for CAV journeys are likely to be on-street and close to points of interest, so both on-street and nearby off-street parking locations need to be part of our thinking. We must mitigate the circulation of empty vehicles on our streets and we’re proud to be continuing our innovative work in this space as part of the ParkAV project.”

 

Brian Matthews. Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council notes,

“We have recently seen practical demonstrations of CAVs operating in both Milton Keynes and Coventry, so we are very confident that self-driving vehicles parking themselves is not too far away. ParkAV gives us the opportunity to understand how this technology can be best applied in city environments, maximizing the benefits for travellers and cities.”

 

The group have uncovered the baseline requirements and considerations across four key areas:

 

  • User experience: what do consumers/passengers want and expect?
  • Commercial model: how are all parties active within an AVP session compensated? How will the market opportunity be unlocked to enable scale?
  • Integration: how do the physical and digital realms integrate across on and off-street infrastructure? How do cleaning and valet services access vehicles?
  • Local government integration: off-street parking works best when it compliments on-street provision and supports local transport and traffic policies. Solutions that support both are important requirements for the mobility-as-a-service marketplace.

 

Key to the research is to understand the detailed flow of money and data that will enable multiple on and off-street operators and service providers to work together, presenting the operator and end consumer with a single interface with which to do business. This will maintain safe and reliable mobility for consumers. A comprehensive data and money exchange model has been developed; ensuring systems scale across multiple sites and are commercially and socially viable.

 

The work from the ParkAV project enables the sector to deliver CAV’s in a more integrated way. A key point is that in order to scale the rollout of shared, connected and one-day autonomous vehicles, through a concept the consortium call “MaaSpark” (MaaSpark is the concept of parking for MaaS providing dynamic kerbside access and integrated payments), further steps are required to make parking better for everyone.

 

We don’t have to wait to take these steps; they can be implemented ahead of the CAV technology itself. The steps laid out by the consortium form a “call to action” for government and an opportunity for all sectors to collaborate further.

 

Based on their findings, the ParkAV project suggests the following to central government:

 

  • Change the Road Traffic Act to allow short term parking (“kerb-kissing”) in bays dedicated for other users and allow dynamic payment / reservation of parking bays (this also works for human driven vehicles)
  • Allow digital and dynamic Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) captured from roadside data to enable digital coverage for the whole UK. Within this, renaming from Traffic Regulation Order to “Mobility Enabling Order” will emphasise the change in thinking
  • Mandate standards that support interoperability from parking payment systems (as is starting to happen with Electric Vehicles for both charge point access and payment accounts)
  • Don’t just look at CAV vehicle capability, but have a customer and business centric view of how they influence land use and development planning to encourage adaptability of land use and growth with a technology agnostic approach

 

For local government, they suggest:

  • Develop new approaches to more open parking contracts, based on outcome based Key Performance Indicators with more risk taken by the contractor. This would allow parking to move from a negatively viewed labour intensive enforcement model to an outcome driven enabling model to support social good, whilst preserving current income levels from “parking”
  • See MaaSpark as an important enabler of MaaS, rather than a competitor/ blocker to it
  • Develop ways to charge wholesale prices for parking by changing contract approaches
  • Consider and plan now for future AV parking within new developments, allowing for future change of use.

 

AppyWay, Jaguar Land Rover and the wider UK industry then have opportunities to exploit these actions, enable changes, and help to provide better parking for all, not just autonomous vehicles.

 

 

Colin Teed, Lead Engineer, Advanced Electrical Research at Jaguar Land Rover said, “The ParkAV project demonstrates the key role that AVP could play in the future of mobility. The potential for AVP to reduce the time and stress when parking a vehicle is an exciting step forward in helping Jaguar Land Rover to reduce congestion in the future. By developing premium features, which enhance our customers driving experiences we can achieve our Destination Zero mission.”

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the partners should you wish to know more about the findings.

 

 

 

The ParkAV project is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. It is part of the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.

 

As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries.

 

This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

 

 

Jaguar Land Rover

 

 

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

 

At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2019 Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.

 

We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. We have seven technology hubs. In the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China.

 

We have a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. All new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle models offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice.

 

 

AppyWay

 

AppyWay exists to help cities thrive from the kerb up. We see the kerb as a catalyst – the key to powering progress with the most pressing urban mobility challenges. Our platform of data, APIs and tools provide digital kerbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses.

 

Through close collaboration and industry leading partnerships, the AppyWay platform effectively acts as a ‘future mobility’ conduit between the public and private sector:

 

Kerbside Management | B2G

AppyKerb, our Govtech stack, is a complete kerbside management platform. With AppyKerb, Local Authorities are empowered to commoditise and open up their assets. This enables rich data-driven insights and digital access solutions for everyone using our kerbs.

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Intelligent Mobility | B2B

AppyWay business solutions keep people, goods and cities flowing. A full eco-system of kerbside data APIs, payment solutions and CAV integrations improves kerb interactions for local enterprises, customers, deliveries and fleets alike.

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Milton Keynes Council

 

Milton Keynes council is a unitary authority in the South East Midlands. Constructed as new town, the area has seen consistent and rapid growth over the past 50 years, making it one of the UKs most successful economic growth areas. Home to 280,000 residents the city is characterized by high levels of private car use linked to significant levels of city centre parking areas, making the efficient management of parking a key priority for the city

 

 

Coventry City Council

 

Coventry City is the 12th largest in UK and the 2nd largest in West Midlands and part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. It has a Long-established link with Motor Manufacturers, Daimler built the 1st British car in 1897 it is Home for London Taxi (Electric). It was the first city to trial Autonomous Vehicles in a live environment it has provide a test bed environment for testing connected and autonomous vehicles in a live environment. It is the first city to trial digital traffic regulation orders and is developing autonomous valet parking. Coventry is preparing for City of Culture 2021 and for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where we will be Showcasing to the world our leadership in this area.

 

SKIDATA: Frictionless Parking Promotes Public Health

March 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

SKIDATA: Frictionless Parking Promotes Public Health

 

 

Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2020)—In this uncertain time of pandemic and public health crisis, we must find ways to minimize common touchpoints that could allow the Coronavirus and other viruses to spread more widely. SKIDATA, the leading provider of parking technology, urges parking owners, operators, and business owners with parking assets to look to frictionless parking to protect their staff and patrons, and promote public health.

 

“Frictionless parking was developed as a driver amenity, to make parking more convenient,” said Chris McKenty, SKIDATA Vice President. “No one foresaw that it could also promote public health, but that’s exactly what it’s doing. Owners and operators who already have frictionless technologies in place should encourage tenants and parking patrons to take advantage of the technology and create user accounts. And those who don’t should look into expanding their current equipment into frictionless technology suites.”

 

Frictionless parking suites combine several parking technologies, including Parking Access & Revenue Control Systems (PARCS), License Plate Recognition (LPR), and parking guidance technology to provide a completely touch-free parking experience. Parkers register their vehicles online and establish credit card payment credentials. When they drive to a frictionless parking facility, the LPR equipment recognizes the vehicle and permits entry; the parking guidance equipment directs them to an open space, and when they are ready to leave, the LPR again recognizes the vehicle and bills the associated credit card the appropriate fee. Some systems include pre-booking platforms that allow parkers to reserve and pay for parking in advance.

 

“Promoting public health isn’t just about the Coronavirus,” said McKenty. “Hopefully, this virus will be eradicated soon. But even if it is, we are still subjected to the flu and other viruses every year. The new reality of parking is that we need to eliminate as many common touchpoints as possible, and frictionless parking can be an important part of a parking public health strategy.”

 

About SKIDATA

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

EnSight Technologies Chosen to Install Integrated Parking Guidance Technology At Landmark Class A Office Building in Downtown Redwood City, California

March 30, 2020

 

EnSight Technologies Chosen to Install Integrated Parking Guidance Technology At Landmark Class A Office Building in Downtown Redwood City, California

 

 

 

Redwood City, CA (March 30, 2020)— EnSight Technologies announced today that it has been selected to install its smart, simple, and scalable parking guidance technology at 601 Marshall Street, a Class A office building in the heart of Redwood City, California. EnSight’s pioneering parking occupancy management and guidance technology will be installed in the complex’s five-story parking garage to help tenants and visitors find available parking quickly and conveniently.

 

 

“We are excited to be bringing our technology to the iconic 601 Marshall complex,” said Chris Scheppman, managing member of EnSight Technologies. “Parking guidance is the perfect technology for developers and building owners who want to improve the parking experience with guidance equipment, without spending a fortune.”

 

EnSight Technology’s intelligent camera-based solution will replace an existing system that is no longer functional.  Through this unique project, EnSight Technologies will install its industry-leading parking guidance software into the garage’s existing infrastructure, utilizing existing cameras and dynamic signage. By utilizing existing infrastructure, the complex’s owners were able to add the most advanced parking guidance technology at considerable savings. The system will count vehicles entering and exiting the garage and transmit that occupancy information to signs located at garage entrances.

 

“As cities throughout the United States continue their evolution into smart cities, parking guidance suites like this will play a critical role,” said Scheppmann. “Parking guidance is the essential infrastructure for the success of smart cities because it guides drivers directly to available parking. Ultimately, this will make transportation much easier and city streets much less congested and safer.”

 

Installation of the software is expected to take a week to complete, followed by a short fine-tuning period to optimize the software for use with the complex’s equipment. The project should be finished in late-April.

 

About EnSight Technologies

EnSight Technologies is a parking technology company that has set out to simplify parking guidance with smart technology. EnSight’s smart, simple and scalable technology ecosystem provides a cost-effective parking guidance alternative to parking owners and operators of all sizes. The company can be found on the Internet at www.ensight-technologies.com.

 

Parking Industry Praises Congress and Administration for Rapid Passage of CARES Act

March 30, 2020

Parking Industry Praises Congress and Administration for Rapid Passage of CARES Act


 

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020  — The parking industry commends Congress and the Administration for their swift action in bipartisan passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to aid workers and businesses nationwide. The scale and scope of the legislation will help small businesses and larger companies bridge the devastating collapse of business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, as well as the Treasury department were in close contact with parking industry leaders throughout the negotiations.

The 581,000 employees in the parking industry and nearly 1 million workers in total supported by the parking industry are grateful for the support for furloughed workers to help sustain them until business is up and running again.

“We are so glad that so many Members of Congress, particularly Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, and Leader McCarthy, understood quickly that with our industry facing an 80 percent collapse in demand, emergency funding and aid for businesses is the lifeline businesses need to avoid immediate closure due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Aid for workers and loan facilities for small businesses and larger companies are vital to the survivability of the parking industry in the face of the pandemic,” said NPA President, Christine Banning, IOM, CAE.

“It will be essential for the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department to implement their new funding authorities swiftly so that we can get cash to our businesses and their employees during this critical time,” added Banning.

Banning commended the Congress for its responsiveness to the employers of the parking industry who are working tirelessly to keep workers employed and aid workers furloughed by the immediate drop off in business due to the novel coronavirus.

The inclusion of key provisions provide relief to an industry besieged by rapid declines in business, putting more than half of all industry workers at risk. Recovery depends upon liquidity for business to stay open and be able to recover and bring back furloughed workers.

Key Provisions helping parking industry workers and employers include:

  • Increased unemployment benefits.
  • Deferral of the payment by employers of the 6.2 percent payroll tax for their employees until Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Establishment of a $500 billion loan guarantee program for larger companies as well as for nonprofits from 500 to 10,000 employees that the Treasury Department will implement within 10 days.
  • $350 billion for new small business lending that includes companies, nonprofits, and others with up to 500 employees (and, in some limited exceptions for larger businesses).

Banning said, “As an industry we’ve come together to rally the support of the Senate and House, so that Congress hears the voice of the parking industry and helps our employees industrywide in the private and public sector make it through this crisis. My heartfelt thanks to the devoted Senators and Congressional Representatives who have heard the plea of small businesses and larger companies that are the employers who help parking as essential infrastructure support hospitals, government, hospitality and businesses in our transportation system.”

About National Parking Association
The National Parking Association is the nation’s leading voice of the $131 billion parking industry—an essential industry that contributes $260 billion in total economic activity across the country. We are the market leader in parking industry research, education and programs, and advocate for its nearly 1 million employees. We support advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research, and education. Learn more at weareparking.org.

Parking Industry Coalition Thanks Congress and Administration for CARES Act Leadership

March 30, 2020

Parking Industry Coalition Thanks Congress and Administration for CARES Act Leadership

 

 

Calls for Further Assistance for Medium-Sized Businesses

 


WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020  — The parking industry through Women in Parking, Veterans in Parking, the Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) and the Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association (NAPITA) thank Congress and the Administration for their leadership in the rapid passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help workers affected with furlough due to the impact of COVID-19.

These industry groups appreciate the Congressional and Administration efforts to aid workers, small businesses and employers nationwide. The package of grants and loans will help our small-business members hold on during the crisis to emerge as employers and continue offering parking as an essential service in our nation’s infrastructure. However, NPA believes further attention must be given to assist medium-sized parking operators and suppliers who have fallen between the cracks of the CARES Act.

Congress has stepped forward in a bipartisan manner to help the country weather the impact of COVID-19 as it has swept the country with closures that have stalled business nationwide. Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, as well as the Treasury Department, were in close contact with parking industry leaders throughout the negotiations. We will continue to work in close partnership with the government to make sure all NPA members are able to access these essential federal lifelines.

NPA President Christine Banning said, “The 581,000 employees in the parking industry and nearly 1 million workers in total supported by parking want to express our appreciation to Congressional leadership and the Administration for the emergency funding in the CARES Act, which provides direct aid to the dedicated individuals who work in our sector, including those who have been temporarily unemployed or furloughed due to the pandemic.”

Equally important are the small business and business loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury Department, which will infuse businesses with capital to stave off closure or bankruptcy and help businesses rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.

Banning added, “Our country is strong and parking organizations nationwide stand together for parking operators, airport/near airport parking, hospitals, universities, municipalities, and businesses to serve as an essential link in the first mile and last mile of transportation. As Americans, employers, and employees, we are all working hard to stay the course, so that we can rebound as an industry and country. We look forward to working with the federal government to ensure the necessary support is provided to parking employers of all sizes to make this possible.”

Banning commended the Congress for its responsiveness to the employers of the parking industry who are working tirelessly to keep workers employed and aid workers furloughed by the immediate drop off in business due to the novel coronavirus.

The inclusion of key provisions provide relief to an industry besieged by rapid declines in business, putting more than half of all industry workers at risk. Recovery depends upon liquidity for business to stay open and be able to recover and bring back furloughed workers.

WOMEN IN PARKING
WOMEN IN PARKING is the premier organization promoting the advancement and achievement of professional women with mentoring, networking, leadership and career outreach opportunities across all sectors of the parking industry.

Veterans in Parking
Veterans in Parking (ViP) is a Not for Profit Organization comprised of U.S. Military Veterans and Civilians affiliated with the parking industry in the United States. ViP helps recruit, hire and place Military Veterans in careers with the parking industry.

The Airport Ground Transportation Association
AGTA, is an association of ground transportation operators, airport authorities, and industry suppliers dedicated to the continuous improvement of airport ground transportation services for the airline traveling public.

Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association
The Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association (NAPITA) represents national and local near-airport parking operators and their 12,000+ employees from across the country, who, each year, see approximately 25 million parking visits. NAPITA’s mission is to partner with airports and other stakeholders in the aviation industry to ensure safe, efficient, and equitable access to their airport curb for off-airport parking operators and to increase the role ground transportation plays in the broader air travel industry and the overall experience for air travelers.

About National Parking Association
The National Parking Association is the nation’s leading voice of the $131 billion parking industry—an essential industry that contributes $260 billion in total economic activity across the country. We are the market leader in parking industry research, education and programs, and advocate for its nearly 1 million employees. We support advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research, and education. Learn more at weareparking.org.

LAZ Parking Implements Measures In Reaction To Impact Of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

 

LAZ Parking Implements Measures In Reaction To Impact Of COVID-19

Establishes Employee Relief Fund to Support Temporarily Furloughed Employees

HARTFORD, Conn., March 20, 2020 — Alan Lazowski, Chief Executive Officer of LAZ Parking, underscored his company’s commitment Thursday to protecting customers, clients and employees impacted by the evolving threat of COVID-19, or Coronavirus.

In a separate letter, Lazowski assured employees that the LAZ senior leadership response team is monitoring the unfolding situation, tracking developments, and taking all recommended measures to keep everyone safe.

“The health and safety of our customers, clients, and employees across our 3,100 locations and 423 cities is, and always will be, our highest priority,” Lazowski said. “As this situation continues to unfold, we will closely monitor and take guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health officials around the country.”

LAZ is also responding to the significant downturn across all aspects of the economy impacting the industries that LAZ serves, including stadiums, entertainment venues, restaurants, office buildings, hotels, airports, and universities. During these unprecedented times LAZ and its dedicated team of leaders throughout the nation are working tirelessly 24/7 to protect as many jobs as they can and the long-term future of the company.

LAZ has also notified its employees that a percentage of its workforce will be temporarily reduced at this time with the intention of being rehired once the crisis subsides and business rebounds.

“It is going to take difficult sacrifices and federal government intervention to bridge the financial gap created by this pandemic and help our nation’s workforce receive higher unemployment benefits during this crisis,” added Lazowski. “We have been and will continue to be in contact with the highest levels in government in order to advocate for our people, our company and members of the entire parking industry. We are asking that the federal government provide relief to the parking industry and our temporarily reduced workforce and pay as close to 100% of employees’ wages during the layoff period. We are optimistic that the federal government will do the right thing.”

LAZ’ founding partners will not take any pay for at least the next 90 days and have established a $1,000,000 Employee Relief Fund, where furloughed team members can apply for financial grants.  There will be no expectation of grant repayment and the money. Since 1981, LAZ has navigated many business challenges in times of extreme volatility. The company wants to assure the public that the Spirit of LAZ, rooted in its “Never Ever Give Up” attitude, has never been stronger!

About LAZ Parking


LAZ Parking founded in Hartford, CT in 1981, is one of the largest and fastest-growing parking companies in the United States, operating over 1.2 million parking spaces across the country in over 3,155 locations in 35 states and 423 cities. With over 38 years of experience providing parking management, transportation and mobility services, LAZ works seamlessly across a variety of market segments, including hospitality and valet, office buildings, medical, airport and transportation, campus, government and municipal, retail, events, residential building and shuttle services. Additional information can be found at www.lazparking.com.

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