APCOA PARKING Sweden acquires XPERT Parkering

January 13, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

APCOA PARKING Sweden acquires XPERT Parkering

 

 

Stockholm, 13 January 2020 – APCOA PARKING Sweden (APCOA), has completed the acquisition of the Swedish parking operator XPERT Parkering AB (XPERT). XPERT manages around 40,000 parking spaces with a geographical focus on the Skåne region in southern Sweden.

 

 

“This acquisition combines the strengths of two well-matched companies and brings together two strong management teams with complementary skills and capabilities. Therefore, this acquisition is a further step towards expanding our position as a leading European provider of parking and mobility services,” says Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of the APCOA PARKING Group.

 

Last year, the APCOA PARKING Group acquired the leading parking operators NCPS in Ireland and Onepark A/S in Denmark. With the acquisition of XPERT, APCOA is strengthening its position in Sweden and creates a platform for further growth.

 

“APCOA and XPERT see the merger of these two companies as an opportunity to enhance and further expand our customer service strength in Sweden. With Zoran Ackovski and Klime Taskoski, we welcome the two former owners of XPERT joining our team. They both have a well-established track record in the parking industry and we look forward to working with them in the future. We welcome our new customers and partners to APCOA,” says Bo Liliequist, CEO of APCOA PARKING Sweden.

 

About APCOA PARKING Sweden

APCOA PARKING Sverige AB („APCOA PARKING Sweden”) is a leading provider of parking services in Sweden. The company’s focus is on the construction and operation of parking facilities. The company employs around 500 people and has almost 2,000 parking and surveillance operations in numerous Swedish cities. APCOA PARKING Sweden has a total sales revenue of approximately SEK 800 million.

APCOA PARKING Sweden is part of the APCOA PARKING Group, Europe’s largest parking service provider; operating in 13 countries with a total of 5,000 employees. The total operation spans 9,500 locations and provides around 1,500,000 parking spaces.

www.apcoa.se

 

 

 

 

 

CivicSmart Supports Multiple Parking Payment Apps for the City of Atlanta and ATL Plus

January 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

CivicSmart Supports Multiple Parking Payment Apps for the City of Atlanta and ATL Plus

 

 

MILWAUKEE, WI.  – Duncan Parking Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of CivicSmart, Inc., (“CivicSmart”) is pleased to announce the enhancement of its AutoISSUE handheld enforcement software to support the City of Atlanta’s acceptance of multiple parking payment apps for on-street parking.

 

 

The City of Atlanta recently joined a small but growing number of progressive cities that recognize the desirability of allowing motorists to pay for on-street parking using the app of their choice.

 

In addition to the City’s long-time acceptance of ParkMobile, the City and its operator, ATL Plus, continue to build on the success and innovation of the City’s “Smart Parking” program by expanding to accept payments from the PayByPhone and Passport apps.

 

To seamlessly accept these payments, parking enforcement officers need to see real-time payment information in their enforcement handheld software.  For years, CivicSmart’s AutoISSUE software has incorporated payments from Atlanta’s Flowbird paystations and the ParkMobile app.  The most recent release of AutoISSUE software for the City adds payments from PayByPhone and Passport, with work underway to integrate SpotAngels mobile payments in the first quarter of 2020.

 

The AutoISSUE handheld devices contain a License Plate Recognition engine that instantly checks the paid status of each plate across any payment platform.  If a plate is not paid, the officer can efficiently and accurately issue a citation by pre-populating most of the data.  Prior to finalizing the citation, the handheld software performs a final, “last second check” to prevent an incorrect citation from being issued if a payment was just made.  Officer location and vehicle images are also captured to further document citation details.

 

The City’s and ATL Plus’ parking system is designed with the highest standards to ensure that every citation that is issued is valid.

 

In addition to integrating with multiple payment systems, the AutoISSUE software integrates with ATL Plus vehicles equipped with Mobile LPR systems so vehicles that overstay, don’t pay or don’t have permits can be automatically flagged on the officers’ handheld software.  This prevents MLPR vehicles from having to stop to issue citations themselves which can cause double-parking, congestion, and vehicle and pedestrian safety risks.

 

The AutoISSUE software is also integrated with GE’s CityIQ intelligent streetlights which are being piloted in the City and can show officers images of vehicles that block fire hydrants, crosswalks or create other safety hazards.

 

About CivicSmart

CivicSmart is a leader in citywide, on-street parking solutions with an 83-year track record providing enforcement, sensors, smart meters, housings and software products for over a million parking spaces.  Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CivicSmart’s patented “Smart Parking” solutions have been deployed globally on five continents and serve over 1,500 clients.  More information about CivicSmart is available at CivicSmart.com.

Orbility announces Michael Bigbee as the new CEO for the US 

January 10, 2020

 

 

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ORBILITY COMMITS TO MAJOR EXPANSION IN THE UNITED STATES 

 

 

Orbility announces Michael Bigbee as the new CEO for the US 

 

 

 

PARIS, FRANCE, Jan. 10, 2020 — Orbility, an OSP Inc. brand, announced today that it has appointed Michael H. Bigbee, a senior industry executive, as the new CEO for the United States, reflecting the company’s commitment to expand the company’s presence in this important market. 

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“Since we became an independent company in July 2018, we have been focused on strategic initiatives in growing our presence around the world”, said Laurent Gilles, Orbility’s Global CEO. “The United States, as the largest parking market, is vital to the acceleration of our vision and we are excited to have Michael Bigbee’s leadership for this effort. His long-term industry experience will allow Orbility to develop its presence in the U.S. in a sustainable way and to position Orbility as a major player in this market.” 

In the U.S., Orbility has focused on serving the airport market, with such long-term customers as Atlanta, Denver and Miami airports. With the introduction of Multipark Codex, its 6th generation parking revenue control system, it now has a comprehensive solution that serves both the airport and the commercial parking markets. 

“I am excited to be joining a leading global company with such a long and distinguished history,” said Michael Bigbee. “Orbility’s continued commitment to product innovation, dedication to superior customer support, strong management backing and a keen desire to expand the U.S. market via a dealer network creates an exciting environment in which to expand rapidly.” 

About Orbility:

Created in 1969 under the name Trindel, the parking activity quickly became a market leader as ELSYDEL and ASCOM. In 1977, the first magnetic stripe parking systems were put into service, followed in 1987 by the first parking equipped with credit cards. In 2004 the bar of 1,000 parking installations was crossed under the ACS brand. In 2008 the Multipark Reflex range was launched, followed in 2015 by Multipark Codex. In 2018, the company OSP HOLDING and its brand ORBILITY were created to become an independent company supported by investment fund WINCH CAPITAL III with the objective of diversifying its activity in the mobility business and developing its international presence. 

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DCA Cities selected to transform Brisbane City Council’s Smart Cities parking operations 

January 09, 2020

 

 

DCA Cities selected to transform Brisbane City Council’s Smart Cities parking operations 

 

 

 

After a competitive tender process, Brisbane City Council has announced Database Consultants Australia (DCA) as the supplier to deliver its infringement management solution. 

 

 

The contract will see DCA partner with Council to implement an industry best practice infringement management system, streamlining Council processes and delivering a better service to Brisbane residents of Australia’s largest local government area. 

Council selected DCA Cities as the successful tenderer based on a single integrated, end-to-end solution that enables industry best practice delivery of infringement issuing, processing and management. 

DCA Director of Cities, Sandy Del Papa said DCA Cities has a long and successful history of safely delivering parking management solutions for its customers. 

“We are pleased that our expertise in the design and construction of innovative solutions has been recognised,” Mr Del Papa said. 

“We look forward to delivering this important project for Council and the people of Brisbane. DCA’s Infringement Management as a Service (IMaaS) is a unique combination of innovative technologies underpinning known and successful methodologies. The IMaaS solution will deliver a customer-centric platform that will digitally transform current operations.” 

In partnership with DCA, Council has also introduced DCA’s ePermits solution. 

Brisbane residents now enjoy the benefits of the fully digitised ePermits system with online applications, payment and issuing, together with flexible permit options. ePermits integrates with industry best practice on-street management technology to keep city’s moving and offers the ability to integrate complementary smart city technologies. 

For more information contact: communications@data.com.au 

 

About DCA 

DCA specialise in technology and data optimisation. DCA are experts in IoT software innovations, database development and data management, and are driving transformation across four core niche markets; 

• Smart city and parking technologies 

• Higher education research management 

• Digital marketing support services 

• Hosting and data assurance services 

Proudly Australian owned, our 350+ passionate employees and local development team are dedicated to turning our client’s ideas into commercial reality; we empower our people to make a difference. 

data.com.au

 

About Brisbane City Council 

Brisbane City Council is responsible for transport services for the largest single local government entity in Australia. Their operations incorporate the management of a broad spectrum of public infrastructure. Within this mix of services, Council owns and manages a range of parking facilities and are leading the way with smart city strategies aimed at delivering a more liveable, sustainable city. 

Parkopedia and EasyPark announce partnership to provide highly automated payment for parking directly from the in-car dashboard

January 08, 2020

 

 

 

 

Parkopedia and EasyPark announce partnership to provide highly automated payment for parking directly from the in-car dashboard

 

 

  • Parkopedia and EasyPark to provide seamless on-demand in-car parking payments to Mercedes-Benz drivers;

 

  • Service is now available in over 200 cities in Germany and is rolling-out across Europe;

 

  • Drivers accessing EasyPark-enabled locations can pay for parking using the Mercedes-Benz in-car system and the Mercedes me© app.

 

 

Parkopedia and EasyPark, two of the world’s leading parking service providers, today announced a partnership that allows drivers who are parking in EasyPark-enabled locations to automatically start their street parking and pay through their MercedesPay© account. The new on-demand parking service offers drivers an easy solution for parking payments, through their Single Sign-On account with the automotive manufacturer, directly from the comfort of their vehicle.

 

After pulling into a bay within a paid on-street parking zone, the vehicle triggers the automated parking payment using details provided by Parkopedia and EasyPark. The driver confirms the start of the parking transaction and exits the car. When the driver returns and starts the ignition, the vehicle prompts the driver to stop the parking transaction. The driver’s MercedesPay© account is then charged and an electronic receipt issued, ensuring they only pay for the actual time spent parked at that location, as opposed to potentially over or under-paying.

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EasyPark Group CEO Johan Birgersson, said the partnership between EasyPark, Parkopedia and Mercedes-Benz AG is driven by an uncompromising commitment to innovation and excellent customer service. “The Mercedes-Benz brand is synonymous with world-class design and the highest quality driving experience. Bringing the latest technology into cars to address the main parking pain points, the time drivers have to spend on finding and paying for parking, this innovative feature allows for a smooth and easy user experience that saves time and effort for users.”

 

Commenting on the announcement, Parkopedia’s COO Hans Puvogel said, “The launch of Single Sign-On payments for EasyPark-enabled locations is another example of how Parkopedia is working to help innovate the parking industry and provide better experiences for drivers. We are honoured that Mercedes-Benz have extended their trust in Parkopedia and EasyPark to offer on-demand parking as part of Mercedes-Benz’s comprehensive in-car parking services, and look forward to continuing to work together to further enhance the in-car experience for drivers.”

 

 

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About EasyPark Group
Since 2001, our award-winning digital services have been helping motorists to manage their parking in about 1400 cities across 18 countries. But what we do doesn’t stop there. On a larger scale, our technology helps businesses, operators, and cities with parking administration, planning and management. What we actually do is make urban life easier – one parking spot at a time. Visit www.easyparkgroup.com to learn more!

 

 

About Parkopedia

 

Parkopedia is the world’s leading parking service provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Coyote, Ford, Garmin, GM, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and many others. Parkopedia provides detailed information on 70 million parking spaces in 15,000 cities around the world.

The service allows drivers to find the closest, cheapest or available parking to their destination, pay for it and navigate directly to the parking space.

 

https://business.parkopedia.com

Park Assist Launches Parking at UCSD’s Living and Learning Center into the Future

January 08, 2020

 

 

Park Assist Launches Parking at UCSD’s Living and Learning Center into the Future

 

 

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA – January 8th, 2020 – Park Assist® has been selected to install its M4 Parking Guidance System (PGS) at the University of California San Diego’s newly constructed Living and Learning Campus. Referred to as UCSD, this public university located in La Jolla, California, is working to create a live, learn, play environment over the course of the next few years. The 1.6 million-square-foot Living and Learning center is one of UCSD’s new construction projects aimed at this goal. The community will hold student housing, retail space and academic buildings. As the campus continues to evolve, the need for efficient and safe parking options for students and staff has become increasingly important; Park Assist’s leading-edge camera-based smart-sensor system will serve this initiative.

As UCSD strives to implement smart parking solutions across the campus, installing Park Assist’s M4 technology is a leap toward this future. Prior to the Living and Learning facility, Park Assist was contracted by UCSD to install its M4 system at the Osler garage which was met with resoundingly positive customer feedback. Due to its success and reputation as an industry leader, Park Assist was UCSD’s clear provider of choice for the Living and Learning garage’s new guidance system.

Park Assist’s M4 technology will use color-coded smart-sensors that guide drivers to vacant spaces, allowing for reduced search and park times and decreased traffic congestion. In addition, UCSD will offer visitors the exclusive Find Your CarTM feature where they can locate their vehicle upon reentry to the garage by entering all or part of their license plate numbers into a Park Assist system which will then guide them to the correct car.

The university will also utilize Park Assist’s Park AlertsTM module to help increase garage productivity and enhance security and safety. This software extension will allow UCSD to set automated rules and alerts and notify parking compliance staff of any parking policy violations.

“We are thrilled to be back working with UCSD on this important new campus addition. UCSD has always been known for innovation and we are proud that the M4 system was chosen to be a part of its initiative to implement campus-wide smart parking.” – Will Cai, Account Manager.

Site work is set to begin in Q1 2020 and is projected for completion by Q3.

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.

New Plant-safe Soft Green LED Spectrum Products from Barron Lighting Group

January 08, 2020

 

 

 

 

New Plant-safe Soft Green LED Spectrum Products from Barron Lighting Group

 

 

Glendale, AZ – January 8, 2020 – Barron Lighting Group, the parent company to Growlite indoor and greenhouse horticultural lighting, announces the addition of their plant-safe soft green LED spectrum products – the GLE-GL green LED vaportight luminaire, the GLE-S green LED exit sign, and the GLE-GL-RKU green LED retrofit kit.

 

 

Barron Lighting Group is pleased to introduce our new soft green LED product line specifically designed for horticulture applications to provide plant-safe, green egress and task lighting – the GLE-GL green LED vaportight luminaire with optional battery backup, the GLE-S green LED exit sign, and the GLE-GL-RKU green LED retrofit kit,” said Heather McCune, Vice President, Sales Operations of Barron Lighting Group.

 

The GLE-GL is a task light used in grow rooms during the dark cycle allowing growers to work on plants with plant-safe green lighting. Available with a UL 924 compliant 90 minute battery backup option, the GLE-GL provides plant-safe egress lighting for grow facilities without disrupting critical photoperiod times.

 

The GLE-S is a code compliant exit sign which emits a plant-safe, soft green light perfect for use in grow rooms, allowing for needed life-safety compliance without risk to the grow cycle. The GLE-S is also available with a green combination exit/emergency light option.

 

The GLE-GL-RKU is a purpose-built LED retrofit kit for hallway lighting outside grow rooms, and can easily be added to existing general purpose lighting. Hallway lighting leaking into grow rooms can have an adverse affect on plants during the dark cycle. The plant-safe, soft green light eliminates this risk.

 

For more information about the GLE-GL – https://bit.ly/34F12Xo

For more information about the GLE-S – https://bit.ly/34y0lPK

For more information about the GLE-GL-RKU – https://bit.ly/2Fq8qfn

 

About Barron Lighting Group

Barron Lighting Group, based out of Glendale, Arizona, manufactures a comprehensive line of lighting fixtures and solutions for commercial and industrial applications and is the parent company to four brands: Exitronix life-safety and emergency lighting, Trace-Lite indoor and outdoor commercial and industrial lighting, specialtyLED commercial and decorative lighting, and Growlite indoor and greenhouse horticultural lighting.

 

For more information, visit barronltg.com.

TagMaster North America Welcomes Waldemar Batistella as Its New Vice President of Operations

January 08, 2020

 

 

 

TagMaster North America Welcomes Waldemar Batistella as Its New Vice President of Operations

 

 

 

Industry veteran Waldemar Batistella brings over 30 years of experience to TagMaster NA’s executive team

 

 

 

Tacoma, WA (January 2020) – TagMaster North America, Inc., a leading provider of advanced identification and mobility solutions, announces the appointment of industry veteran Waldemar Batistella as their new Vice President of Operations. As part of Batistella’s new position at TagMaster NA, he will oversee operations and product management as TagMaster NA continues to expand and diversify their product offerings in multiple platforms including long-range RFID, license plate recognition (LPR), and all-in-one software solutions.

 

Batistella brings over thirty years of industry experience to his new role with TagMaster NA. He is intimately familiar with numerous aspects of the parking and mobility industry, including electronic engineering with experience in both software and hardware development, product design from concept to conception, as well as business administration and project management.

“Batistella is a well-regarded figure in the industry,” said Ali Khaksar, President of TagMaster NA. “With over thirty years of industry experience, along with his extensive track record of managing successful large-scale projects, his insight and expertise make him a valuable addition to our executive team.”

TagMaster NA continues to earn its position as an industry leader, staying abreast of the ever-evolving industry standards and ahead of the curve with its wide breadth of identification solutions, including the CS-family of intelligent LPR cameras, dual platforms of long-range RFID technology, custom-tailored all-in-one software solutions, and the customizable Ground Transportation Management System (GTMS). “TagMaster NA has built an outstanding reputation and has driven a tremendous amount of success in our highly competitive industry,” said Batistella. “I am very excited to be a part of the TagMaster NA organization as it is uniquely positioned to continuously support the industry’s crescent demands for superior, faster, and accurate vehicle identification solutions.”

Batistella will contribute his well-established understanding of industry demands, project management, and product engineering to enhance TagMaster NA’s efforts innovating and developing high performance mobility solutions. “With our shared vision of providing superior identification solutions and outstanding support and service,” said Khaksar, “Batistella is a fitting addition to our team who will support our continued growth and success.”

Batistella holds an MBA, an MS in Electronics Engineering, and a PMP certification.

TagMaster North America, Inc. is a leading provider of identification solutions for automated vehicle identification (AVI) and rail-bound transportation. Collective technologies provide convenient and reliable platforms for applications throughout the Americas. TagMaster North America’s breadth of identification solutions are able to increase security, decrease environmental impact and add value to actualize and simplify vehicle access control for a wide array of projects. For more information on TagMaster products, support and services, visit www.TagMasterNA.com or contact us at Info@TagMasterNA.com | P:253.238.1421

New Color and Power Switchable LED Flat Panel from Barron Lighting Group

January 08, 2020

 

 

 

 

New Color and Power Switchable LED Flat Panel from Barron Lighting Group

 

 

Glendale, AZ – January 8, 2020 – Barron Lighting Group, the parent company to Trace-Lite indoor and outdoor commercial and industrial lighting, announces the addition of the LPA-CP Series color and power switchable LED flat panel.

Barron Lighting Group is pleased to introduce our new LPA-CP Series from our Trace-Lite brand. Available in two size configurations, the LPA-CP color and power switchable LED flat panel provides customers with ultimate flexibility while minimizing inventory by having both CCT and wattage be selectable in the field,” said Heather McCune, Vice President, Sales Operations of Barron Lighting Group.

 

Trace-Lite’s LPA-CP Series of adjustable backlit LED panels offers incredible performance in an energy-efficient, slim profile steel enclosure available in 2′ x 2′ and 2′ x 4′ configurations. The CCT can easily be switched between 3500K, 4000K and 5000K. The wattage can be adjusted between 20W-25W-30W for the 2′ x 2′ configuration and 30W-35W-40W for the 2′ x 4′ configuration. This series is ideal for office spaces, schools, hospitals and any indoor location that requires even illumination and lower maintenance. The LPA-CP Series is compatible with most standard T-bar grid ceilings and includes 1-10V dimming standard. Trace-Lite LED panels offer soft and uniform light with PMMA optical lensing that will not yellow over time.

 

For more information about the LPA-CP – https://bit.ly/34uxNqk

 

About Barron Lighting Group

Barron Lighting Group, based out of Glendale, Arizona, manufactures a comprehensive line of lighting fixtures and solutions for commercial and industrial applications and is the parent company to four brands: Exitronix life-safety and emergency lighting, Trace-Lite indoor and outdoor commercial and industrial lighting, specialtyLED commercial and decorative lighting, and Growlite indoor and greenhouse horticultural lighting.

 

For more information, visit barronltg.com.

VIDEALERT EXPANSION CONTINUES WITH NEW OFFICES

January 08, 2020

 

VIDEALERT EXPANSION CONTINUES WITH NEW OFFICES

 

 

PINNER, MIDDLESEX, 6 JANUARY 2020 – Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions, has moved to new and larger offices in Pinner, Middlesex. This new building will enable the company to continue expand its sales, project management and technical teams to help deliver the Marston Holdings Group strategy to become the market leader in the transportation, including the support of smart and cleaner cities, and enforcement services sectors. The combined Group now provides ‘cradle to grave’ solutions from effective enforcement using the latest camera technologies, through to BPO and judicial services.

 

According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert:  “We have already outgrown the offices that we moved into just two years ago after experiencing a significant increase in our customer base, including many high profile new contract wins to replace legacy systems that areunable to match the productivity and uptime rates achieved by our latest automated digitalsolutions.  As well as providing Videalert with a platform for further growth, the Clock House will also be used as a Marston Group Technology Demonstration Centre.”

Videalert is retaining Riverside House to provide additional workshop and storeroom facilities.

 

About Videalert

Videalert is part of Marston Holdings, the UK’s largest transportation and enforcement services group. It is also one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions. Videalert is the only company able to provide its own suite of attended, unattended, and Mobile Vehicle CCTV enforcement solutions using the same intelligent digital video software platform.  The platform supports the widest range of traffic management andenforcement applications as well as clean air and low emission zones using the same infrastructure.  This unique, future-proofed solution combines sophisticated video analytics with ANPR and offers a full range of deployment options including wired LAN, Wi-Fi LAN and 4G WAN as well as supporting all analogue and ONVIF compliant digital megapixel cameras.  For further information, please visit www.videalert.com

 

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