Advanced Parking Concepts (APC) is proud to announce that they have received the “Innovator of the Year Award”!
Our Commitment to Community as well as our COVID-19 Grocery Delivery Assistance Program has been recognized by the National Parking Association.
The COVID-19 Grocery Delivery Assistance program allowed the most vulnerable communities to shelter in place, keeping our valued staff working and ensuring that APC did not furlough any employees.
APC’s staff not only provided a vital service but, demonstrated by action, the APC WAY! The following links our video acceptance of this honorable award: https://lnkd.in/eh_PfSB
Headquartered in Verona, New Jersey since 1985, APC’s success story begins with our amazing staff. The APC WAY is driven by our trademarked mission statement, “Proudly creating the perfect first & last impression”. Our portfolio consists of Condominiums, Medical Centers, Universities, and Corporate Centers. APC’s Event Division services over 700 events annually. If you’re looking for a company that executes the highest standard of service please contact us at973- 857-2008 or email@example.com
Phoenix Motorcars wins grant with Houston Metro and EasyMile for development of first FMVSS compliant autonomous shuttle bus in the US
Ontario, CA. – Kickstarting the autonomous bus revolution in the US, the city of Houston is set to receive the first Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Buy America-compliant mid-size autonomous bus in the US.
Jointly developed by Phoenix Motorcars and EasyMile, the self-driving bus will be deployed in real-life traffic conditions and is set to revolutionize last-mile transit connectivity. Furthering its success in powering traditional medium duty shuttles and trucks with its cutting-edge electric drivetrain technology, Phoenix Motorcars will integrate EasyMile’s driverless technology to its range of zero emission vehicles.
The news comes as part of Houston Metro being selected among projects to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant of nearly $1.5 million. It will develop an autonomous vehicle technology prototype for private or public roads at 12-15 mph in 12 months from launch date, with further operation for 12 months of testing.
The autonomous bus will serve Texas Southern University, the University of Houston, and Houston’s Third Ward community connecting to Metro buses and light rail.
“We are proud to be selected by the FTA as the OEM zero-emission vehicle provider and look forward to adding the Level 4 Autonomous EZ ZEUS into our product catalog. As the world moves toward net zero carbon goals and prioritizes clean air quality, the self-driving ZEV is the next step in Phoenix Motorcars’ quest to provide future technology today.” says Thomas Allen, Sales Manager at Phoenix Motorcars.
Phoenix Motorcars and Easy Mile will develop this Class 4 Medium-Duty Zero-Emission Shuttle Bus with Level 4 Autonomy that aims to:
- Introduce autonomy in a variety of bus depot use cases and, ultimately, deploy on public roads;
- Provide invaluable initial feedback in the development of this industry;
- Leverage prior experience in launching EasyMile’s driverless technology
- Provide integration with Phoenix Motorcars’ industry-leading and proven Class 4 zero-emission drive system
- Support existing agency initiatives around improved safety and energy efficiency via innovative technologies; and
- As the inaugural class of AIM incubators, provide industry leadership in sharing project outcomes with the public transportation community.
More about the FTA’s AIM: https://cms7.fta.dot.gov/AIM
BACKGROUND ON PARTNERS
Phoenix Motorcars: Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Ontario, California, Phoenix Motorcars develops, deploys, and services all electric drive systems for Zero Emission Commercial Vehicles. The company’s electric vehicles have logged over 2.3-million zero emission miles, reducing over 6.5 million pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by over 3,400 acres of U.S. forests. Phoenix Motorcars strives to provide fleets with clean transportation and renewable energy through advanced technology solutions and remains committed to excellence in electric vehicle innovation.
EasyMile: A leader in driverless mobility, EasyMile has developed and deployed autonomous mobility solutions worldwide based on vehicles manufactured by recognized industrial partners. The company has already deployed over 300 driverless projects in 30 countries and travelled over 450,000 miles.
AECOM: The world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM, supports the adoption of emerging technologies, including AV shuttles, connected/automated/electric vehicle and ITS solutions for our partners by providing feasibility studies, analysis, planning, engineering, construction, deployments, management and marketing of new solutions.
AECOM recently formed the Automated Bus Consortium, bringing together transit and transportation agencies to investigate the feasibility of deploying full-size, full-speed accessible Level 4 automated buses across the United States.
AECOM is currently supporting several DOTs using their Connected Roadway Classification System (CRCS) tool, which assesses ADS complexities and existing infrastructure impacts of an AV deployment.
LAZ Sr. VP Receives Women In Parking IMPACT Award
Andi Campbell one of four LAZ Employees Recognized by the National Parking Association
Hartford, CT – Sept. 17, 2020, Andi Campbell, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources at LAZ Parking, has been awarded the 2020 Women in Parking IMPACT Award, LAZ CEO Alan Lazowski, announced today. The honor is given annually by the National Parking Association (NPA) and the Women In Parking Advisory Board. A panel of industry peers selected Campbell as “an outstanding parking executive who fosters inclusion, professional development and the advancement of parking professionals – particularly women,” according to a letter to Campbell from NPA President Christine Banning.
“As the leader of People + Culture, Andi has been game changer for LAZ,” Lazowski said. “In her eight years at LAZ, she has distinguished herself as an innovator, mentor, and thought leader not only within our company but across the parking industry. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the honor.”
Campbell joined LAZ in 2012 as Vice President of Talent Development and has been Senior Vice President of HR since 2018. She leads people and culture initiatives at LAZ and is best known for creating scalable “people” strategies that drive measurable results. The award is the latest of many for Campbell. She was named to a “Top 40 Young Trainers” list by Training Magazine in 2012, recognized as a “Game Changer” by Workforce Magazine in 2014, and to a “Top 40 Under 40” list by the NPA in 2015.
“To be acknowledged for work you love doing is humbling,” Campbell said of the IMPACT award. “I want to thank Alan and my LAZ family for creating a work environment that fosters growth and opportunity for me and thousands of other LAZ employees.”
Three other LAZ employees – Maggie DiPaolo, Alex Hooker, and Stephane Adovelande – were named by NPA to this year’s “40 Under 40” list. The awards honor young professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves as rising stars in the parking and transportation industry.
Honorees are identified through a peer-reviewed selection process that recognizes parking professionals who demonstrate innovation, integrity, and excellence. NPA and its Young Professionals Network are growing thanks to a dynamic influx of talent that is expanding as the parking industry evolves, Banning added.
“Our three winners this year have been up-and-comers within our company for some time, so it’s fitting that their talents and drive be recognized by their peers in the industry,” Lazowski said. “These outstanding young professionals are the future leaders of our industry.”
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 3,141 locations in 35 states and 423 cities. With four decades 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 buildings, and shuttle services. Additional information can be found at www.lazparking.com.
America’s Largest Deployment Of Electric Shuttles At A US Airport – Endera to ACE Parking
SAN DIEGO — Endera, a technology company specializing in commercial electric vehicles, charging stations and software solutions, today announced the delivery of 18 all-electric passenger shuttles to ACE Parking, for use at the San Diego International Airport. By the end of 2020, the entire 29 all-electric vehicles will be delivered, making it the nation’s largest deployment of an all-electric fleet at a U.S. airport.
ACE Parking, manager of the airport’s shuttle fleet, purchased 29 all-electric shuttle buses to convert the existing LPG (liquified petroleum gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas) fleet to all-electric, achieving sustainability goals of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and their longtime operating partner, ACE Parking. Sixteen of the vehicles within the fleet will be large, high occupancy shuttles based on the Ford F-550 platform, which are the first of their kind to be electrified.
“By combining our AI driven telematics and safety technology, San Diego International Airport will now have the most technologically advanced shuttle buses on the road at a U.S. airport. We are able to help them accomplish their sustainability goals and show a compelling reduction in energy and maintenance costs for these vehicles,” said John Walsh, CEO of Endera. “The vehicles and their technology will revolutionize the way fleets are managed at airports, hospitals, universities, and any other application where high occupancy vehicles are utilized. Our smart technology coupled with the resulting efficiency saves fleet operators precious financial and energy resources.”
The vehicles were purchased in part to help the San Diego Airport comply with California’s Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle Regulation, which was adopted in June 2019 by the California Air Resources Board. The new regulations require airport shuttle operators to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies. Airport shuttle operators must begin adding zero-emission shuttles to their fleets by 2027 and complete the transition to ZEVs by the end of 2035.
The all-electric buses are using a lightweight composite body, built by Diamond Coach, that maximizes range efficiency over other traditional, steel and aluminum designs. Utilizing a Lightning Systems’ electric drivetrain, the EV shuttles can achieve up to 130 miles of range on a fully-packed 26 passenger bus and can charge in as little as two hours and 15 minutes, making it the most efficient shuttle of its size on the market in the U.S.
The new vehicles feature Endera’s AI-driven telematics platform to automate records and reporting, as well as provide a new dispatching console for their management team to carry out operations. Each vehicle will be equipped with an automated passenger counting system which uses cameras and AI algorithms to accurately count passengers and provide detailed reports to the management team. Part of the technology was designed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 by including an infrared camera that reads passengers’ temperatures as they board the bus, alerting the driver of an ill passenger. Endera’s energy management system also will allow fleet operators to easily and efficiently monitor and manage their vehicles charging stations to minimize energy usage.
Endera’s vehicles also offer the Wayne Go app, available on iOS and Android, which allows airport riders to see in real time where buses are relative to their location, next bus estimated arrival time, seat availability, and give riders the ability to provide feedback of their experience.
“With decreased down-time and economic efficiency of electricity, the San Diego International Airport will save up to nearly $20,000 a year, per vehicle vs LPG or CNG vehicles. Additionally, these vehicles will reduce around 5 million pounds of Co2 emissions at the airport annually,” said Kevin Hernandez, Managing Director of ground transportation for ACE Parking in San Diego. “The incredibly quiet and smooth ride will lead to decreased driver fatigue, and riders will enjoy a more serene experience onboard.”
By the end of 2020, an additional 29 Endera all-electric vehicles will be in operation in San Diego County at an off-airport parking facility and a commercial office campus.
Endera is a vertically integrated transportation technology company, specializing in smart electric commercial vehicles, charging stations and software solutions. As an end-to-end electric commercial vehicle supplier, Endera provides vehicle design, technology, and fabrication. Made in America, Endera delivers one of the lowest total costs of ownership over other commercial electric vehicles and provides sustainable solutions that rival its fossil fuel counterparts in price, technology, longevity, profitability and service. To learn more, visit www.enderamotors.com.
Mackenzie Health Chooses Park Assist’s
M4 Parking Guidance System
CHESHIRE, CT – Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Mackenzie Health’s new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the first smart hospital in Canada, will provide state-of-the-art health care, utilizing smart technology systems and devices, while increasing access to care for the Southwest York Region community and beyond. With a keen focus on technology and innovation, Mackenzie Health will incorporate Park Assist’s advanced-tech, camera-based M4 PGS in its expanding parking facility to enhance its patient’s experience and bring next-generation guidance to the garage.
As Mackenzie Health prepares to open its second hospital site, it has chosen to implement Park Assist’s camera-based M4 smart-sensor system and wayfinding signage to optimize parking in the facility, increase patient and guest satisfaction, and reduce parking search times. This system will also come equipped with Park Assist’s new software platform, INX, helping to increase control of the garage and the Parking Guidance System.
When parkers enter the garage, they will be greeted with digital Wayfinding signage, ensuring they experience the highest level of guidance from the start. Continuously updated with information collected from the M4 sensors, these signs provide highly accurate and detailed data to help parkers make the most informed decisions. Park Assist’s digital signs indicate which levels of the facility have available parking spaces as well as how many spots are available on each level. From there, internal directional signs guide parkers through the facility to the appropriate parking area.
Park Assist’s camera based M4 smart-sensor system then completes the wayfinding loop. The bright, color-coded LED lights in the smart-sensors help parkers navigate the garage by indicating which spaces are available and which are occupied using red and green lights. This not only makes the parking process easier and more efficient for the end-user, but it helps to decrease traffic congestion and reduce the amount of time patients and visitors spend searching for parking.
“Park Assist is pleased to continue bringing an unprecedented patient experience to the Mackenzie healthcare team, alongside our Ontario-based partner, Precise Parklink.” Said Robert Wishart, Regional Account Manager, Northeast.
Working with local partner, Precise Parklink, Park Assist’s installation began in March and is set to go live this fall.
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.
Utah Valley University adopts Passport mobile pay solution for parking
New choice for on-campus cashless parking now available
Orem, UT (Sept. 17, 2020) — Students and faculty at Utah Valley University can now pay to park using the Passport Parking mobile app. The digital application, which is replacing the existing parking app at the university, is an alternative to paying at a meter or paystation and makes it safe and easy to pay to park directly from a smartphone.
In order to initiate their first parking session, drivers download the free app and create an account with their email address and preferred method of payment. Depending on the lot, users will either enter their license plate number or space number and be able to manage and pay for their parking all from one place.
Passport Parking is powered by the Passport Operating System that enables over 1,200 cities and universities to manage vehicle interactions on streets and sidewalks through one comprehensive back end. In addition to supporting Utah Valley University, Passport partners with Salt Lake City to provide a convenient payment option for parking through the city’s private label, ParkSLC.
“Utah Valley University was in search of a mobile pay solution with a more robust and comprehensive back office system,” said Mollie Bolin, Passport sales executive. “Passport is excited to bring this new parking solution to the campus to improve the experience for the parking operators and for the students..”
Drivers can download the Passport Parking app from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at passportparking.com.
Passport 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, London, 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.
AMG Payment Solutions Receives National Merchant Processing Services Contract through NCPA
As the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, cities across the country are looking for ways to reduce operating expenses. AMG can provide immediate financial relief to cities with paid on- / off-street parking programs.
For NCPA, the AMG partnership can assist members for the following reasons:
- Processing a $1-$7 parking transaction is unlike processing any other transaction.
- The reason for this is the micro size or “small ticket” nature of the transaction.
- Cities have no choice but to utilize a merchant account to work with their parking hardware / software / pay-by-cell providers to enable customers to pay with plastic.
- There is no need to pay more for this simple commodity service.
- AMG’s First Data platform utilizes preferred interchange pricing from both Visa and MasterCard.
- For small ticket “regulated” debit card transactions, AMG clients pay interchange of 1.70% + $0.05 per transaction versus the published interchange rate of 0.05% + $0.22 per transaction.
- On a $3 parking transaction conducted with a “regulated” debit card, AMG clients pay $0.13 less in interchange than they would with any other provider.
- Parking customers are using a “regulated” debit card between 25%-65% of the time.
- AMG can reduce month end processing fees by 20% – 50%.
AMG’s value proposition is unique and unlike anything else in the merchant processing industry and the parking industry. AMG is proud to provide client references from over 150 U.S. Cities.
AMG Payment Solutions is a full-service credit card processing firm with over twenty-five years of expertise in the municipal parking, government, hospitality and e-commerce industries. We specialize in in-person, online and mobile solutions and have developed strategic partnerships with various third-party providers in the merchant processing, payment gateway and parking sectors to provide industry-leading products and services to a wide variety of clients.
AMG’s niche’ focus in parking provides a unique cost saving solution to:
- Smart parking meters
- Parking pay stations (kiosks)
- Gated garage PARCs systems
- Mobile parking payment platforms (ParkMobile, Passport, PaybyPhone)
AMG’s processing partners are First Data / Fiserv and Elavon, two of the strongest merchant processors in the United States.
- AMG services municipalities, universities, healthcare facilities, and parking management companies to help process parking revenue and significantly reduce client operating expenses
- AMG provides merchant accounts for all aspects of government – always at interchange plus pricing
NCPA is a leading national government purchasing cooperative working to reduce the cost of goods and services by leveraging the purchasing power of public agencies in all 50 states. NCPA utilizes state of the art procurement resources and solutions that result in cooperative purchasing contracts that ensure all public agencies are receiving products and services of the highest quality at the lowest prices.
There are over 90,000 agencies nationwide from both the public and nonprofit sectors that are eligible to utilize NCPA’s cooperative purchasing contracts. These include, but are not limited to the following agency types:
- School Districts (including K-12, Charter schools, and Private K-12)
- Higher Education (including Universities, Community Colleges, Private Colleges, and Technical / Vocational Schools)
- Cities, Counties, and any Local Government
- State Agencies
- Healthcare Organizations
- Nonprofit Corporations
HERE and INRIX build end-to-end parking ecosystem
INRIX becomes the first parking information provider to distribute data to and through multiple HERE channels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 15, 2020 – HERE Technologies, the leading location data and platform company, today announced that INRIX, a leader in connected car services and mobility analytics, will partner to offer a complete parking solution that includes on-street and off-street parking availability, dynamic rates and indoor mapping to HERE automotive customers.
HERE Parking, a connected vehicle service available around the world which makes finding a spot faster and easier, will leverage INRIX for static and dynamic, on-street parking data in more than 1,100 cities (65 countries) and off-street parking data in more than 20,000 cities (150 countries). The combination of INRIX data and HERE location services can navigate the driver to an available spot inside a parking garage, seamlessly transition to a companion mobile app for continued guidance inside a building like an airport or shopping mall, then return the driver to their car with a convenient find-my-car feature. For electric vehicles (EV), drivers will be mapped to the right parking spot with the appropriate charging capabilities.
HERE and INRIX also plan to collaborate around new, innovative parking solutions for automotive customers and beyond. Additionally, INRIX will leverage the HERE Marketplace to further monetize their traffic analytics data sets.
“Our goal has always been to create best-in-class mobility solutions, and our continuing and growing partnership with HERE takes us one step closer. The combined reach of our innovation, coverage and expertise will help drivers around the world find parking smarter and faster,” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX.
By coupling the learned behaviors of HERE Parking like price versus walking distance with INRIX’s real-time data, analytics and coverage, the new data available via HERE Marketplace will provide leading global coverage and information while guiding drivers to on-street spaces with the highest probability of being available.
“As we continue to build a robust end-to-end ecosystem of connected car solutions on the HERE platform, we see this as a natural first step towards a gateway for in-car commerce,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE Technologies. “Our HERE Parking team continue to push the product forward with speed, welcoming co-innovation from our partners at INRIX and backed by the go-to-market approach HERE is known for.”
HERE Parking offers automakers an end-to-end, location-enabled user experience throughout people’s journey with integrated indoor and parking services. The neutral, digital inventory connects parking and mobility service providers, enabling integrated parking and charging recommendations, reservations and transactions, combined with (indoor) location services.
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and mobility analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and innovative solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, retailers, insurance agencies, advertisers and dozens of other industries that can benefit from understanding how people and vehicles move Learn more at INRIX.com.
About HERE Technologies
HERE, a location data and technology platform, moves people, businesses and cities forward by harnessing the power of location. By leveraging our open platform, we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, please visit www.here.com and http://360.here.com.