Fly, Eat out, Park: ParkNews.biz Nov 17th– 23rd, 2020
Kudos to the Miami Parking Authority and PayByPhone for supporting Miami’s restaurants! Starting Nov 23rd, 2020 through Dec 24th, 2020, through campaign “We are where you dine,” customers may register on the app for the chance to win a $50.00 gift card from a participating Miami restaurant. Ninety PayByPhone customers will be randomly selected over the five-week campaign.
Considering that Los Angeles restaurants are being shut down again even for outdoor dinning, perhaps it is time to fly to Miami.
Flying what our John Van Horn and Marcy Sparrow did last week. They both ventured to cold Chicago to work on PIE 2021. John wrote a blog about his trip mentioning how it broke him out of complacency and got his creative juices flowing. Seeing others in person and allowing one’s facial expressions shine, creates dynamic instead of stagnation. “ I have mentioned before that restricting face to face meetings is anathema to one’s creative juices. This little two day trip made a huge difference in my outlook. The meetings at the hotel were face to face, across a table without masks. We could see the excitement in the facial expressions of our partners in PIE 2021. They told us stories about life in the pandemic and how they were coming out of it.”
Further about flying, this past week, SP Plus Corporation (SP+), announced the addition of Check ‘N Fly™ baggage check-in services exclusively for valet parking customers who are traveling on domestic flights with American Airlines or Delta Air Lines at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston, Texas.
In other news, both ParkMobile and Passport, brought their contactless payment option for parking to Google Pay. “Google Pay users can pay for parking in over 240 ParkMobile cities across the U.S. without needing to download a separate parking app or create an account.”
And “When users download Google Pay on iOS and Android, Passport Parking will be made available through the Google Pay app. This allows users to pay for parking without the need to download the full Passport application.’
Collaborations in parking industry are thriving. Perfect example is ABM and Smarking; ABM Increases Revenue by 95-250% with Smarking’s Dynamic Pricing Engine
Another collaboration is our own Parking Today and All Traffic Solutions bringing you information with the survey: Parking Industry Insights During COVID-19 and Beyond. “The good news is that we know more about COVID-19 than ever before. There is a better understanding of how the coronavirus is spread and rapid testing is available to slow down the spread of the virus. The more we know, the more comfortable our society becomes and the more comfortable they feel returning back to a sense of normal in terms of their day-to-day activity.”
And since it is Thanksgiving week, we must focus on the good news. Soon I pray this lockdown and pandemic will be over. We will all be flying, parking and dinning out. And next year we will all see you at PIE 2021 in Chicago.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. Thank you for sharing your news with us here at ParkNews.biz and Parking Today.
God bless you and God bless the USA.
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The Miami Parking Authority Launches Campaign to Support Miami Restaurants in Partnership with PayByPhone
VANCOUVER, BC – Announcing The Miami Parking Authority launch of the “We are where you dine” campaign, in partnership with PayByPhone, designed to support Miami restaurants leading up to the holiday season.
The integrated campaign consists of offering PayByPhone customers, who park in Miami within November 23 and December 24, 2020, the opportunity to enter a holiday contest. Customers may register on the app for the chance to win a $50.00 gift card from a participating Miami restaurant. Ninety PayByPhone customers will be randomly selected over the five-week campaign.
The campaign will place highly targeted messages across social and digital media platforms; communicate with food bloggers and influencers as well as industry associations; and engage with business, economic development, and grassroots organizations. We are where you dine is aimed at encouraging customers to support an industry that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The MPA is pleased to launch this campaign in advance of the holidays to help restaurants stay open and thrive during the holidays, which is a busy selling season under different circumstances,” said Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, chief executive officer. “This initiative reiterates the MPA’s unwavering commitment to supporting economic development in the community that it proudly serves.”
This is one of several initiatives that the Authority has launched to support the Miami community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Other campaigns include setting aside free parking spaces for restaurant pickup and delivery and parklets for al fresco dining as well as the Welcome Back, Miami campaign which doled out over $500,000 in in-kind parking fees.
For more information about the We are where you dine campaign, visit https://www.miamiparking.com/2020/11/wearewhereyoudine/
About Miami Parking Authority
Miami Parking Authority, officially known as the Department of Off-Street Parking of the City of Miami, was created in 1955 by a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature and incorporated into the City of Miami’s Charter in 1968. MPA manages and develops on- and off-street parking in the City of Miami. It shares responsibility with the City of Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County for enforcement of parking regulations.
PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payment companies in the world, processing over 125 million transactions annually, totaling more than $550 million USD in payments. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines. A subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, PayByPhone is leading the way in the creation of the mobile future. For more information, visit paybyphone.com.
Parking Management and Real Estate Investment Firm, Centerpark, Acquires Three NYC Parking Facilities for $40M
The acquisition supports Centerpark’s trajectory towards becoming one of the largest parking facility owner/operators in New York City.
New York, NY – Centerpark, a New York City-based parking management and real estate investment firm, this week announced its closing of a $40 million acquisition of three parking properties in Manhattan. The acquired properties are strategically located at 159 West 53rd Street, 212 East 47th Street, and 455 Central Park West.
Centerpark has taken a relatively contrarian position within the parking industry by making big bets on urban parking-related real estate. Focused on repositioning parking properties in gateway cities, the company’s purchase encompasses a total of 82,000 square feet and 475 parking spaces in Manhattan’s coveted Midtown and Upper West Side neighborhoods.
Led by industry veteran Gregg Reuben, Centerpark’s expanding portfolio is positioning the company to become one of the city’s largest owner/operators of parking and logistics-oriented properties. To date, the company and its partners have invested $100 million to accumulate a diverse portfolio of New York City parking properties. “The long-term market fundamentals remain strong and coupled with our use of proprietary technologies and value enhancement strategies, these investments will prove to be valuable and well-priced acquisitions”, said Centerpark CEO, Gregg Reuben.
Both the Seller and Centerpark were represented by Brian Ezratty, Vice Chairman of Newmark, Grub, Knight & Frank. In keeping with Centerpark’s low leverage strategy, the transaction included $18,250,000 in mortgage financing from Citigroup, which was arranged by Ryan Horowitz, Managing Director of Cooper Horowitz.
For more details about Centerpark, please visit centerparkus.com.
Passport Parking Now Available in New Google Pay App
Passport launches a new and convenient way to pay for parking through Google Pay
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2020 — Passport, a transportation software company, announced today that Passport Parking and its private label brands are now available in the new Google Pay app, which will make paying for parking quick and easy for users across its client base.
Google Pay is designed to make commuting stress-free and help save commuters time. When users download Google Pay on iOS and Android, Passport Parking will be made available through the Google Pay app. This allows users to pay for parking without the need to download the full Passport application.
“We designed Google Pay to help consumers and merchants engage and transact more conveniently and securely,” said Josh Woodward, Director, Google Pay. “The Google Pay platform creates opportunities for merchants to deepen customer engagement in creative ways with easy payments, offers, rewards, and customized, dynamic content.”
For cities seeking a seamless way to reach more parkers and expand the adoption of cashless payments, the new Google Pay application is an excellent solution. “We’ve been looking for ways to improve the adoption of mobile pay parking in Boston while keeping residents safe,” said Greg Rooney, Commissioner of Transportation, Boston. “Passport’s integration within the Google Pay app is an exciting step forward in reaching this goal.”
This is just one of many payment options Passport is bringing to cities. “We believe paying for parking digitally should be as simple and accessible as possible,” says Khrisitan Gutierrez, Chief Revenue Officer for Passport. “Making Passport Parking available within Google Pay is a natural extension of our application, and is part of our mission to create seamless parking experiences for our clients through the Passport Operating System.
To learn more about how Passport supports cities’ mobility infrastructure, visit: passportinc.com.
About PassportPassport sets cities in motion, helping to create more livable, equitable communities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is a transportation software company, delivering the operating system that enables cities to manage vehicle interactions with streets and sidewalks. With Passport, city leaders increase convenience, efficiency and compliance today and tomorrow. Trusted by more than 1,200 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists, and was named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020.
Park Assist has been Awarded its Third Parking Guidance System Contract for Lake Nona Town Center
CHESHIRE, CT – November 19th, 2020 – Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Lake Nona Town Center’s latest Headquarters Office (HQO) project. Developed by Tavistock Development Company, Lake Nona Town Center is a premier mixed-use destination located in Orlando, FL. The center consists of six million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment for guests, with a Marriott and Residence Inn on-site, an open-air social setting, and a nine-screen cinema. The HQO project will incorporate an additional office component to this site and provide parking availability for all future office employees. Equipped with Park Assist’s M4 system, Lake Nona Town Center’s latest garage will continue to deliver a superior parking experience for all office employees and guests.
Given Park Assist’s long-standing presence in Florida, the success of its previous installations on-site, and its industry-leading technology, Lake Nona chose to implement Park Assist’s camera-based M4 smart-sensor system in its newest facility. Park Assist’s proprietary M4 PGS and digital wayfinding signage offer each parker advanced guidance from garage entry to exit, removing stress and uncertainty from the parking journey and curating an enhanced customer experience. The color-coded M4 smart-sensor system guides parkers through the facility to vacant spaces using red and green lights to indicate occupancy, guaranteeing reduced search and park times, and decreased traffic.
This PGS will also include exclusive software add-ons that utilize Park Assist’s License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, such as Park Finder™ and Park Alerts™, as well as Park Surveillance™. Upon returning to the facility, Park Assist’s customer-centric Find Your Car™ feature enables guests to swiftly locate their vehicle. By merely entering all or part of their license plate number into a Park Assist enabled kiosk, parkers are guided to the exact space where their car is parked, increasing customer satisfaction and decreasing the time it takes to exit the facility.
Park Assist’s Park Alerts and Park Surveillance software add-ons help increase control and security in the garage. The Park Alerts software extension allows parking management to set automated rules and alerts, enabling operations staff to enforce policies and remain informed about parking abuse and violations within the garage. Park Assist’s Park Surveillance module enables the M4 sensors to capture streaming video of any movement in or around parking bays. With unobstructed views of each parking bay as well as the space in between vehicles, the M4 cameras can successfully capture all action in the garage, serving as a proven deterrent of theft and other criminal behaviors.
“Lake Nona has been an incredible location for the Park Assist portfolio. We are delighted and proud to work with Tavistock Development once again on our third major project for its HQO garage. Our consistent commitment to excellence has only added to the customer experience and innovation that the owner strives for throughout the development.” Said Thomas Alexander, National Channel Manager.
Site work at Lake Nona is already underway, and the installation is slated for completion by the end of 2020.
About Park Assist
Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera-based parking guidance installations in the world. Our patented technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics, and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.8 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.
ParkMobile to Provide More Contactless Parking Payment Options Through Google Pay
ParkMobile will enable parking payments through the Google Pay app in over 240 cities across the U.S., providing more convenience for users
Atlanta, GA – November 19, 2020 – ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., announced today that it is seamlessly integrating the ParkMobile experience within the new Google Pay app. With this integration, Google Pay users can pay for parking in over 240 ParkMobile cities across the U.S. without needing to download a separate parking app or create an account.
To make a parking payment, a user will open the Google Pay app on their mobile device and tap to park from the home screen. The user will start a new session, enter the parking zone and space number, add time, and finish the payment. If it is the user’s first-time using Google Pay to park, the user also has to enter the car’s license plate number. Once the session has started, the user can easily extend parking time from the Google Pay app without going back to the meter.
“Combining ParkMobile and Google Pay provides an innovative new way to create a better parking experience in our city,” says Anthony Mack, Executive Director of the Newark Parking Authority. “This gives our residents and visitors more choices for contactless parking payments.”
This new Google Pay experience leverages the ParkMobile 360 Platform, which offers a set of tools and connections enabling technology partners to plug into ParkMobile’s vast parking inventory, creating new ways for cities and operators to add additional contactless payment options. Built for mass-scalability, the ParkMobile 360 Platform enables partners to roll out across hundreds of cities simultaneously. For ParkMobile clients, there is no additional work required, as all the rates, payments, enforcement, and reporting will still be handled through ParkMobile’s centralized systems.
“We are thrilled to provide Google Pay users with a new way to pay for parking in over 240 cities across the U.S. today, and look forward to expanding the solution to our complete network in the coming months,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We have built our technology platform to enable our partner ecosystem to seamlessly connect to our APIs, delivering access to the ParkMobile network within their experience. By doing this, we empower every driver, everywhere, with more choice when it comes to contactless parking and mobility solutions.”
ParkMobile, LLC, is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, providing a contactless way for millions of people to easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities, as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without worrying about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.
Jeff Perkins, CMO
Vision Components: New high-end sensors with MIPI interface
Vision Components presents various new camera modules that combine high image quality and frame rates with the advantages of the MIPI CSI-2 interface and consist of the sensor board and a fully integrated MIPI adapter board. Thereby high-end image sensors from the Sony Pregius and Sony Starvis series, which have no native MIPI interface, can be used for flexible embedded vision designs based on popular processor boards. The low-cost and easy-to-integrate VC MIPI camera modules come with monochrome or color sensors and are suitable for commercial solutions and long-term available like all VC cameras.
|Caption: Vision Components integrates additional Sony Pregius and Starvis sensors with high image quality, light sensitivity, and frame rates in its VC MIPI camera modules
Featuring a 20-megapixel resolution, 4K video, and a global reset shutter, VC MIPI IMX183 is perfect for applications with maximum image quality and speed requirements – including medical and laboratory technology, smart agriculture, and drones. The Sony Starvis sensor’s backside illuminated (BSI) technology ensures high light sensitivity and a wide contrast range. VC MIPI IMX226 and VC MIPI IMX178 with 12 MP and 6.4 MP resolution respectively exhibit the same technologies. Vision Components has integrated a full four Sony Pregius sensors for applications such as smart traffic monitoring, presence detection, and access control to cover different requirements and price segments. These sensors feature resolution of 5 MP (IMX250, IMX264) and 3.2 MP (IMX252, IMX265). The 250 series offers fast frame rates, such as the IMX252, which reaches 151.4 fps at full resolution. The 260 series, on the other hand, targets price-sensitive applications with lower speed requirements. On request, the sensors are also available as IMX250mZR and IMX264mZR versions with an on-chip polarizer. Two new global shutter camera modules are geared at industrial applications: VC MIPI IMX273 (1.58 MP) and VC MIPI IMX392 (2.3 MP) with 201 fps at 8 bits. Even more VC MIPI camera modules are already on the road map. In addition, the manufacturer also encourages requests for specific developments.
More information: www.mipi-modules.com
About Vision Components
Vision Components is a leading international manufacturer of embedded vision systems. The freely programmable cameras with powerful onboard CPUs perform image processing tasks on their own without the need for an additional computer. Vision Components offers OEMs versatile Linux-based embedded systems for 2D and 3D image processing, supplied as board cameras or in protective casings. These are complemented by a growing range of ultracompact MIPI camera boards, which connect to a variety of different CPU boards. In addition, Vision Components offers software libraries and develops customized solutions on request. The team of experts can draw on extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience with imaging applications. The company based in Ettlingen in southwestern Germany was founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, the inventor of the first industrial-grade intelligent camera. More world premieres followed, including the world’s first intelligent vision sensors and the first-ever embedded 3D laser profiler. Today, Vision Components has sales offices in the United States and Japan and works with local partners in over 25 countries to provide consistent customer focus and readily available expertise throughout the world.
EVBox’s next generation of commercial EV charging arrives in North America
Leading global provider of smart charging solutions for electric vehicles introduces EVBox Iqon to improve EV charging infrastructure for public and semi-public parking spaces.
Libertyville, Ill. – Electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software company EVBox announced today that its award-winning Level 2 commercial charging station, EVBox Iqon, has received UL-certification and is available for installation across North America. Designed specifically for the scalability needs of the North American market, Iqon alleviates many of the common problems faced at EV charging locations at shopping centers, hotels, parking facilities, or workplaces and improves the EV charging experience for drivers and operators alike.
With its North American headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois, EVBox is bringing its experience and leadership in the European EV market to the U.S. and Canada, specializing in high value, flexible and reliable charging equipment at competitive price points. Backed by ENGIE, EVBox has already installed more than 150,000 charging ports across more than 70 countries and is committed to a future of EV charging. In Europe, it is the sole supplier of public charging infrastructure in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Monaco.
“By creating Iqon for the North American market, we are expanding our AC charging options and directly responding to the rapidly growing EV charging needs in public spaces across the U.S. and Canada,” said Mark Henderson, vice president of Sales and Marketing, EVBox North America. “We are here to help meet the growing demand for reliable EV charging at work, retail, and hospitality locations with a flexible and adaptable option. With more than 20 million electric vehicles expected to be on U.S. roads by 2030, we want to ensure drivers can find charging as easily as they can find a parking space.”
Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) interoperability is a central pillar across all EVBox chargers, including the new Iqon, giving users the freedom to choose the right hardware and software combination for their needs and the flexibility to change their EV charging set up at any time without having to replace their hardware. The ability for customers to choose between vendors promotes competition in the market, which stimulates innovation and fair pricing. EVBox North America is a founding member and first certified hardware manufacturer of the Open Charge Alliance.
Key benefits of Iqon
Designed to balance form and functionality, Iqon provides an accessible, intelligent, and reliable EV charging experience. It has also been recognized with a 2019 Red Dot Award, 2019 iF Design Award 2019, and as a 2019 CES Innovation Honoree.
Smart Cable Management – Iqon’s auto-locking cable management system uses counterweights to make cables lighter and easier to pull, while also ensuring they never drag on the ground.
Wheelchair Accessibility – Iqon is ADA-compliant, keeping all of its access points (charging cables, touch screen) easy to reach from any height and intuitive to use.
Energy savings and tracking
An important feature of Iqon is that it can be configured in Hub-Satellite clusters of up to 20 ports (10 stations) that act as a single entity, allowing the stations to communicate and ensure the most efficient use of available energy. With a dedicated kWh meter inside every Iqon, the charger can track energy usage and schedule reductions in output with precision.
EVBox Iqon meets or exceeds the UL testing facility’s rigorous safety and reliability requirements. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) third-party certification is considered to be the North American standard for electronics and appliance testing. By putting products through a series of standardized performance tests, UL ensures that everything they certify is safe and reliable.
The Iqon qualifies for numerous rebates and programs across the United States that can save thousands of dollars in hardware and installation costs — in some cases paying for the entire project.
For more information about Iqon and to learn about available rebate opportunities, visit www.evbox.com.
Founded in 2010, EVBox Group accelerates the adoption of electric mobility by bringing convenient, integrated EV charging solutions to businesses and drivers around the world. From its extensive portfolio of commercial and ultra-fast charging stations built by EVBox to its scalable, open-source charging management software engineered by Everon, EVBox Group ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone.
Backed by ENGIE, EVBox Group is a leader in research and development, with multiple labs and factories across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking EV charging technology. With offices across the globe including Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam, and strong foundations in dozens of markets, EVBox Group is shaping a cleaner future of transportation.