Register for the Airport Parking Network Event on November 20th and 21st in Frankfurt!
Registrations for the 9th edition of the Airport Parking Network Event are open. Last year’s event hosted over 100 airports from all around the world and 25 of the top solution-providers in the industry. This year’s event will be no exception!
Workshop descriptions are up on the event website with more to follow!
Visit www.parkingevent.com for more information!
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Parkhound acquired by Spacer, to form the ultimate marketplace for space
Australia’s leading marketplace for parking, Parkhound (www.parkhound.com.au), today announced it has been acquired by Australia’s leading marketplace for storage solutions Spacer, following a successful $2.7M Series A funding round.
‘We started the business for one reason – to make it easier and cheaper for consumers to access parking – and we have gone a long way to achieving that goal. With the acquisition of Parkhound the business will hit new heights. Our members will gain even more scale, better options and even cheaper prices’, added co-founder, Michael Nuciforo.
“The acquisition is testament to our great team, who we can’t thank enough for their hard work and commitment, as well as all those who supported us throughout our start up journey.” continued Mr Nuciforo.
Parkhound is a thriving online community of over 55,000 members that can easily exchange and lease parking spaces with other drivers. Local residents and businesses make money from leasing a parking space and drivers get a cost effective and hassle-free parking experience. Parkhound has over 10,000 locations across Australia, where suppliers can make $400 to $700 a month renting parking, while those seeking parking can save up to 50% compared with other parking services.
“We’ve built Parkhound from an initial concept to a thriving marketplace serving the Australian community. The acquisition of Parkhound not only gives both businesses the opportunity to scale and grow, it’s also beneficial to our customers so we’re happy with the outcome. We’ll continue to work with Spacer for a seamless handover and look forward to seeing the marketplaces continue to grow and serve communities all over Australia and the world,” remarked Robert Crocitti, co-founder of Parkhound.
“We want to thank all of our members and all the local communities who dared to dream, that have embraced the platform and made it into the successful Australian icon it is today” continued Mr Crocitti.
“Following our most recent round of funding, the second phase of Spacer growth is focused on tapping into Australia’s $1 billion market for parking space by acquiring Parkhound. With cities becoming increasingly densified through urbanisation, many new apartment builds are only allocating one parking space for a two-bedroom unit, making parking ‘rentals’ high in demand along with self-storage,” comments Michael Rosenbaum, CEO and co-founder Spacer.com.au.
Acquiring Parkhound is a key milestone achievement for the business and a strategic move to become the leader in ‘space’ globally. Parkhound has built a solid foundation to successfully trade one of the biggest commodities, city parking. This complements Spacer’s business model that already includes parking to expand our offering and become the market leader. We have been following the company for some time and we are excited to take Parkhound through its next growth stage,” continues Mr Rosenbaum.
The acquisition, a significant transaction, marking the growing value of the sharing space economy and a landmark movement in Australia’s start up scene, includes all intellectual property, database, tech platform and customers, bringing the combined company’s inventory up to 20,000+ across storage, parking and warehouse space.
Launched in 2014, Parkhound has grown exponentially by disrupting the commercial car parking market. With Australian cities consistently ranking in the top 10 most expensive parking cities in the world, Parkhound has offered a much cheaper and convenient experience through its website and app booking service. Parkhound members have booked over 5 million hours of parking and its suppliers have made over $5 million in parking revenue this year alone. The founders, in an Australian series first, also rejected three investment offers on the Ten Network’s Shark Tank last year.
Parkhound is an online community where members can easily exchange and lease parking spaces with other drivers. Local residents make money from leasing a parking space and drivers get a cost effective and hassle free parking experience.
Spacer is Australia’s premier marketplace for storage and parking, which connects Hosts (people or businesses with space) with Renters in their community. Founded by ex-Deals Direct CEO Michael Rosenbaum and former private equity professional Roland Tam, the company has closed $5 million from angel and private investors since October 2015. In March 2017, Spacer acquired Roost, the pioneers of peer-to-peer space sharing in the United States, and rebranded the company to become Spacer.com.
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Michael Nuciforo, Parkhound Co-founder
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PARC Group Welcomes New Members
At their Mid-Year Meeting in New Orleans, members of the PARC Group welcomed two new members: Access Professional Systems (APS) of San Diego, California, and Access Control Group (ACG) of Pearl, Mississippi. Like other member companies of the PARC Group, ACG and APS are regional leaders in access control systems.
PARC Group is a well-known, multi-national network of many of the top companies in vehicle access control technology and integration. Members meet twice annually and network throughout the year.
Chris Scheppmann, president of Access Professional Systems located in San Diego, California, stated that the group offers valuable networking and collaboration opportunities in a rapidly-changing industry. “APS is proud to join this network of dedicated industry leaders,” said Scheppmann. “All of our companies are committed to providing the latest technology and the highest level of service and support to our customers.”
With locations across North America, PARC Group companies are Parking Systems Integrators that offer superior expertise in a one-stop resource. Member companies have proven reputations for state-of-the-art technologies and solutions for vehicle access control and the integration of all access control systems.
To find a PARC Group member company in your area, or for more information, visit the PARC Group Web site at www.parcgroup.com.
Tim Breuning, PARC Group President and owner of Light & Breuning, is available for an interview if desired. To schedule an interview, or for additional information or clarification about this news release, please contact Donna Kelly at 312.342.4690.
PARC Group Member Companies:
Access Control Group
Access Control Systems LLC
TN, KY, MS, AL
Access Professional Systems
Rochester and Western NY
Ber-National Controls, Inc.
Central NY and Syracuse
DKS North – Larry Wanat
Entry Guard Systems, Inc.
Florida Door Control
Light & Breuning, Inc.
Richard N. Best Associates, Inc.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
Southern Time Equipment Co.
Ontario Parking Systems Ltd.
London, Ontario, Canada
Automatic Control Technology
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Automatizacion y Trafico Alto
Vision Components: Standalone, network-compatible ALPR systems for parking applications
At the National Parking Association’s big annual meet, Vision Components will present embedded imaging solutions for automatic license plate recognition (ALPR). The modular Carrida software and hardware components enable blacklist/whitelist access control, parking management, identification of vehicle types and colors, and data logging. They can be networked with gates, barriers, ticket printers, under-vehicle scanners (UVSS), and other relevant equipment. Vision Components’ core ALPR product for OEMs is the high-performance, hardware-independent Carrida software engine with a typical processing time of 30 ms and a reading accuracy >96%. It can process all common still image and video formats, detects all plates displayed in one image, and recognizes characters with a minimum height of 12 px. A dedicated parking management software tool files all collected data and makes it available at any time for review and statistical analysis via web GUI. OEMs can implement the ready-made ALPR software tools on systems already equipped with vision sensors. Or they can integrate the Carrida Cam for decentralized intelligence in their applications – a small, fully functional standalone ALPR system. Multiple Carrida cameras with a master-slave configuration enable control of several entrances and exits.
Vision Components at the NPA Convention & Exposition
Palm Springs, CA, 2 – 5 October 2017
About Vision Components
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. Customers can choose between models with ARM processors and VC Linux firmware or DSP-based models with the proprietary VCRT operating system. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Furthermore, VC provides free software libraries for many applications including license plate recognition, motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.
City of Lynchburg Launches Mobile Parking App PassportParking®
Passport chosen to provide parking payment app for City
Lynchburg, VA — The City today announced the launch of PassportParking, a mobile pay parking application. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America. PassportParking will be available at over 400 off-street parking spaces throughout Lynchburg.
The pay-by-cell payment option showcases the City’s continuing efforts to provide more options that make paying for parking an easy and convenient method for downtown businesses and visitors. The PassportParking app will provide drivers with the convenience of making payments from their smartphone, which not only makes paying easier, but reduces the chance of receiving a parking ticket.
In addition to paying for a parking session, customers can:
- Receive alerts when parking session is about to expire
- Extend parking session remotely
- View parking history
- Receive email receipts
- Get updates and alerts
“Mobile payment is another option for City of Lynchburg to help make the parking experience stress-free and user friendly for our downtown businesses and visitors,” said Dave Malewitz, Parking Manager for the City of Lynchburg. “By integrating the pay-by-cell payment option into our already existing paid parking areas, we are continuing efforts to expand on our parking management initiatives, aimed at providing convenient, safe, and easy accessible public parking.”
“Passport is thrilled to partner with the City of Lynchburg and introduce our industry-leading mobile pay technology,” said Kelsey Owens, Sales Executive at Passport. “We’re excited to bring a mobile option to the City that seamlessly combines paying for parking to managing and extending a parking session in just a few taps.”
PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.
Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 400 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.
Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.
PARKING BOXX PARTNERS WITH INTEGRAPARK TO ADD AUTOMATED ACCOUNTING CAPABILITIES TO REVENUE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Beaverton, OR (October 3, 2017)—Parking BOXX, the North American-based parking systems manufacturer and software developer, has partnered with IntegraPark to integrate IntegraPark’s industry-leading PARIS accounting software into Parking BOXX’s access and revenue control equipment.
IntegraPark’s Parker Accounts Receivable Information System (PARIS) is the only billing and accounts receivables system developed specifically for the parking industry. The integration of the PARIS accounting software will permit parking owners and operators using Parking BOXX equipment to automatically bill active access card users, ensure compliance with parking lease terms, and collect automatic monthly payments through recurring credit card charges and bank drafts. By automating billing and eliminating time-consuming manual key entry, parking owners and operators can streamline accounting processes and reduce costly data entry errors.
“With the PARIS integration, Parking BOXX continues to provide innovative customer service amenities to our parking systems,” said Renee Smith, President and CTO of Parking BOXX. “We were the first to provide certified EMV-compliant unattended parking payment technology and the first to provide TAP-enabled kiosks, and we are leading the push to make parking equipment fully accessible to people with disabilities.”
“We are also leaders when it comes to offering the most value to parking owners and operators,” continued Smith. “Owners and operators who use Parking BOXX equipment outfitted with the PARIS software can enjoy significant cost savings in their day-to-day operations.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Parking BOXX to make our PARIS application available to their customers,” said Kyle Cashion, founding principal of IntegraPark. “There’s tremendous synergy between our technologies, and the addition of PARIS will provide significant benefits to users of Parking BOXX equipment.”
IntegraPark is the leading provider of accounting and operations management solutions for the parking industry, with applications integrated with most major revenue control systems.
IntegraPark’s products include PARIS for monthly parker billings and receivables, Geneva for revenue analysis and bank deposit reconciliation, and Rome, which gathers real-time information from a variety of revenue control systems and facilitates the import of that information into back office financial systems. The company can be found online at www.integrapark.com.
About Parking BOXX
Headquartered in North America, Parking BOXX is a leading parking system provider. Parking BOXX accommodates the needs of small lots as well as large, complex parking systems. Parking BOXX has over 75 years of parking industry experience, dealers throughout North America, and parking sites in operation from Los Angeles to the Caribbean to Newfoundland. Parking BOXX systems reliably run sites with thousands of daily vehicles and millions in annual parking revenue. For more information on how Parking BOXX can help meet your parking system and parking lot equipment needs, please visit https://parkingboxx.com, call 800-518-1230, or email email@example.com.
Sixt Rent-a-Car Opens Expanded, Innovative Miami Airport Space to Keep Pace with Surging Demand
Six years ago, Sixt opened its first U.S. location at the Miami airport with an initial fleet of 500 rental vehicles—today, Sixt MIA has grown to more than 2,500 largely luxury-class vehicles and serves as one of the company’s flagship locations
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL—October 4, 2017) Sixt Rent-a-Car, the world’s premiere affordable luxury car rental service with more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries, is renowned around the world for its one-of-a-kind “Signature Sixt Experience”, meeting the unique needs of each customer with first-class service. As the company continues to expand in the United States—with the recent announcement of two, brand-new locations at the San Diego and San Antonio airports—Sixt is also focused on upgrading and improving existing locations whenever possible.
In Miami, Sixt’s first U.S. location and a key travel and leisure market, the company is launching a newly-expanded space that will enable it to keep up with surging demand. The key feature of the new location is an innovative counter space design that will dramatically streamline counter-to-car time for travelers flying into the airport.
“Miami continues to be a hugely successful market for us. We’ve worked extremely hard to be the best in the area, offering travelers and local customers alike our Signature Sixt Experience, including luxury cars, first-class customer service, and competitive pricing. We’ve been grateful to see our sweat equity pay off as business continues to grow year after year,” said Daniel Florence, co-President of Sixt USA.
“Today, we’re launching a new space at the airport with exciting new innovations. Our new location is about four times what it was before. We’ve expanded to ten customer service counters, including a special Sixt Info-Counter for customers who want to ask questions before they get into line. We’re also introducing a new TV monitor system directing customers to their counter, and have included careful details such as a spacious area to rapid charge electronic devices, a complimentary beverage and snack selection, and music that makes you want to dance. We can’t wait to roll out the orange carpet for everyone coming to Miami International Airport.”
Sixt’s story in Miami is one of growth and success, year after year. One of the very first Sixt locations in the U.S., MIA opened in 2011. Sixt had acquired Excellence Rent-a-Car’s facilities and started with a local fleet of nearly 500 vehicles. By 2012, Sixt Miami had tripled its revenue and increased counter space to accommodate surging demand. A year after that, Sixt had almost 1,300 rental vehicles in the area. By 2015, Sixt needed to expand yet again, purchasing space from All Day Rent-A-Car, increasing counter space, and growing its revenue dramatically once again. Today, Sixt has more than 2,500 vehicles available and continues to grow.
Sixt is now the 5th largest car rental company in the United States. The company has grown to over 750 employees, and serves more than 50 rental locations located in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Washington, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and Massachusetts.
Sixt SE has its registered headquarters in Pullach near Munich and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and corporate customers as well as private travelers. With representations in over 100 countries worldwide Sixt is continually expanding its presence. The Company’s strengths lie in the high proportion of premium cars in the vehicle fleet, its employees’ consistent service orientation and a good price-performance ratio. Taken together these strengths have given Company an excellent market position. Sixt was founded in 1912 and maintains alliances with renowned brands in the hotel industry, well-known airlines and numerous prominent service providers in the tourism sector. The Sixt Group generates revenues of EUR 2.4 billion (2016). http://about.sixt.com/
The University of California, Davis – Health has selected the AIMS Parking Management system for their permitting and parking enforcement operations.
UC Davis Health will utilize AIMS to manage all aspects of issuing and managing their permits and parking tickets. The AIMS Web customer self-service component will provide online permit registrations, ticket appeals and payments, and other account management functions. They will utilize the AIMS Mobile Android app along with AIMS License Plate Recognition (LPR) on 2 vehicles for enforcement. EDC will provide hosting services for the complete system.
Peter Tiberini, Manager of Parking and Transportation Services, said:
“After a careful review of all providers, we chose AIMS as they were able to provide everything we asked for and check all of our boxes. Highest reasons being their flexibility to integrate with others, and the amazing references we received from their current users citing the wonderful customer service, responsiveness to customer needs and wants, and system ease of use for the end user. The ability to receive system upgrades/updates at no additional upcharge really shows their dedication to providing the user an outstanding product.”
EDC works hard to maintain our reputation of unequalled customer service to support our customers and their use of AIMS. We are proud to have UC Davis Health join our family of satisfied customers.
For additional information on AIMS visit our website: www.aimsparking.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-886-6316.
SENTRY CONTROL SYSTEMS NAMES MARY BETH McNAIR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Van Nuys, CA (October 3, 2017)—Sentry Control Systems announced today that Mary Beth McNair has joined the company as an account manager. McNair is a long-time parking industry account management professional, and in her new position she will oversee business development and customer service for Sentry projects in Southern California. Sentry is America’s leading parking technology provider.
“Mary Beth McNair will be a tremendous asset to Sentry and our clients,” said Lester Mascon, executive vice president of operations for Sentry Control Systems. “Mary Beth is a long-time parking professional with tremendous skills and experience.”
A professional with more than ten years of experience, McNair joins Sentry from The Parking Network, where she served as vice president. Prior to her tenure at The Parking Network, she served as a director for Flow Thru Technologies. McNair is a resident of Long Beach, California.
Mary Beth McNair can be reached at (800) 246-6662 and by email at email@example.com.
Sentry, a subsidiary of SKIDATA, is America’s leading parking technology company, providing innovative hardware and software solutions that improve the parking experience while increasing profitability. By installing, building, and managing parking control systems Sentry can help developers and owners of all types conquer their unique parking challenges. Sentry has over three decades of proven expertise and is backed by SKIDATA—an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Sentry [www.sentrycontrol.com] offers comprehensive services that set the standard, including extensive training to assure that customers are getting the most from their equipment, ongoing maintenance, and outstanding support. SKIDATA [www.skidata.com] is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swiss Kudelski Group [www.nagra.com].
Visit Sentry online, www.sentrycontrol.com.
Parking Professionals Will Gather in Indianapolis at T2 Systems’ Annual Connect Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 2, 2017 — Hundreds of parking professionals from across North America will be attending T2 Systems’ annual Connect conference in Indianapolis beginning Monday, November 13, 2017 through Thursday, November 16. Connect is the parking industry’s largest and longest-running customer conference.
Parking professionals from T2’s customer base—which includes major universities, municipalities and private parking operators—will be attending Connect 2017, where they’ll experience over 100 different session offerings. More than 500 attendees, including parking managers and operators, attended the 2016 conference and had access to industry-leading experts and the latest in parking topics such as PARCS, LPR parking, enforcement, permit management, meters, pay stations, parking technology/trends and more.
“Creating community is a key part of how we do business,” said T2’s SVP of Customer Experience, Maggie Vercoe. “We foster collaborative engagement throughout the T2 customer community, looking to our customers to better the industry alongside us. Connect is the perfect opportunity for those engagements to take place in person,” Vercoe added. “It’s truly rewarding to watch our customers engage with us and one another. The opportunity to establish strong relationships that last long after Connect ends has high value for our attendees, and for the T2 staff as well.”
T2, based in Indianapolis, develops comprehensive platforms to make parking management and enforcement as seamless as possible. Its UNIFI parking management platform provides a full suite of technology solutions to increase efficiency, improve ease of parking management and boost revenue for its users. Over 1,200 customers—including universities, municipalities and private operators—rely on T2 for multi-space pay stations, permit management, enforcement, PARCS, business intelligence, vehicle counting, citation services and event parking.
Learn more about Connect at T2’s website.
T2 continues to be the largest parking technology provider in North America, with more than 23 years in the parking management industry and currently serving thousands of parking professionals. T2 integrates the best people, processes and technology for powerful, high performance and secure parking solutions. Its open technology and processes are used to manage more than 200 million parking transactions for over $2 billion annually across all 50 states and nine provinces in Canada. For more information about T2 Systems, visit www.T2systems.com.