Portland launches its first mobile parking app, PassportParking®
App can be used in more than 1,600 spaces downtown
Portland, Maine (June 18, 2018) — The City of Portland, Maine, announces the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows drivers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.
This is the first time Portland will have a mobile parking application provider. Drivers can pay for parking in more than 1,600 metered-spaces with the PassportParking app. In addition to paying for parking, drivers can monitor their parking sessions, view payment history and receive email receipts. Drivers can also extend parking time on the app.
“We wanted to provide a convenient solution to our Portland drivers,” said John Peverada, Portland parking manager. “With the PassportParking app, our drivers can pay for parking from anywhere, when they’re on the go.”
Passport also powers Portland’s enforcement solution, enabling the city to now have a comprehensive parking management platform with a powerful backend portal for real-time reporting and analytics.The PassportParking app is widely used throughout the New England area in places such as Cambridge, Mass., and the greater Boston area. The company also powers the ParkBoston app for the City of Boston. The company will soon launch its PassportParking app in Burlington, Vt., with 400 off-street parking spaces.
“Whether you’re a resident or a visitor in Portland the app will provide easy access to pay for parking,” said Passport Regional Sales Director Conor Kelly. “You can enjoy a stroll along Commercial Street, visit the the Children’s Museum or dine at one of the city’s great downtown restaurants knowing you can extend your parking time through your smartphone, when needed.”
Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sectors. The app is free to download through the App Storeor Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.
Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.
Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.
Cleverciti shows the first 3D outdoor digital parking display for combined wayfinding and advertising
Parkex, Coventry, 13 – 14 June 2018: Leading parking technology provider Cleverciti Systems is showcasing Circ360™ (Stand E48), the industry’s first 360 degree real-time digital signage solution for pole and aisle wayfinding.
Circ360™ is an omnidirectional floating LED sign that displays live parking information in 360 degrees. Quickly mounted on existing lampposts of any size, multiple displays are easily located directly above parking spaces making them ideal for a range of dynamic on-street and open-air digital signage applications. These include local parking availability, advertising, smart city data, security notifications and more.
“Our Circ360™ digital signage solution is designed for on-street and outdoor parking areas such as those at airports, casinos, shopping centres, stadia and theme parks,” said Markus Grauvogl, Vice President Sales EMEAR, Cleverciti Systems. “Cities, venue owners and parking operators can now enhance the motorist and customer experience by turning the often time consuming and stressful chore of parking into a much more straightforward procedure.”
The Circ360™ is the latest addition to the Cleverciti Systems smart parking platform now in daily operation in 19 countries. Its high-precision overhead parking sensors and innovative Cockpit management software empower cities and property owners to manage parking in a more intelligent and efficient way. Cleverciti Systems helps reduce traffic congestion and emissions, while dramatically improving the parking experience for consumers. It also helps grow revenues for cities, property owners and operators.
About Cleverciti Systems GmbH:
Cleverciti Systems has developed a world-class, end-to-end solution for parking detection, guidance and monitoring for on-street and outdoor parking. Cleverciti Systems aims to become the global smart parking leader by helping cities reducing traffic and pollution, allowing drivers to enjoy a seamless parking experience, and enabling infrastructures’ owners to maximize their returns. This will be achieved by scaling its current solution and staying at the forefront of disruption through continuous R&D. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany with offices in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. www.cleverciti.com
Propark America Begins Parking Operations at JAXPORT Cruise Terminal
(Jacksonville, FL) – Propark America announced today that it has recently commenced management of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Cruise Terminal parking facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
“As a leader in parking management services here in Jacksonville, we’re particularly excited about JAXPORT’s cruise ship parking operation,” said Propark’s Regional Vice President, David Horn. “We realize that the parking operator has a responsibility to serve as anambassador for the City of Jacksonville, and that’s a role that Propark is proud tofill.”
In addition to providing its signature premium service delivery, honed over decades of providing travel-related parking services to airports and cruise terminals across the country, Propark realized the opportunity to implement a new revenue control equipment upgrade at JAXPORT’s 512-space parking facility. The improvement is anticipated to not only provide complete financial accountability, but also reduce the dependence on third-party reservation service providers, which will result in significant savings for the Port Authority. Furthermore, the new technology will reduce transaction times by 50% allowing for smoother parking ingress and egress, which will help to enhance guest satisfaction.
“Propark’s software enhancements will help the Jacksonville Port Authority realize annual savings in excess of six-figures by allowing the parking operation’s booking system to function independently,” explained Horn. “Through our new technology application, Propark will also accurately protect revenue and provide complete accounting transparency, further developing substantial gains to JAXPORT’s bottom line.”
The JAXPORT Cruise Terminal has served more than 2 million passengers, who travel to Jacksonville from all 50 states. With 77 sailing dates for Carnival Cruise Line, the new economic impact generated for Northeast Florida totals $67 million annually.
About Propark America
Propark America is one of the country’s largest privately-owned parking companies, providing full-service parking solutions and mobility services for all business types, in over 75 cities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.propark.com.
Passport hires new executive to lead M&A and partnership efforts
Charlotte, N.C. (June 12, 2018) — Igor Karpovich is the latest executive hire at Passport, the world’s leader in mobile payments in the transportation industry. Karpovich has been named the chief corporate development officer.
The company raised $43 million in Series C investment from Bain Capital Ventures in December. At that time, Passport made a commitment to hire at least 50 employees this year, aggressively seeking the best talent to meet the needs of clients, expand its global reach and accelerate product growth and innovation. The company has since added more than 20 team members, including recent hiresMeredith Cage, vice president of product, and Duncan Mapes, vice president of engineering.
Karpovich, the newest executive team member, comes to Passport with a wealth of international business experience. He had most recently served as the senior vice president of Verifone in London. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, he led teams for companies such as GE Capital, where he was the vice president of strategy and business development; Citigroup Global Wealth Management as the managing director of global business development and head of venture banking for Sberbank in Moscow. He also founded two companies as an entrepreneur.
“The transportation industry has been undergoing a tremendous shift in recent years and Passport is in a unique position to continue to lead the charge in mobility and payments,” said Bob Youakim, Passport CEO. “With the addition of Igor, we will accelerate our strategic growth initiatives and international expansion efforts to support our continued growth trajectory.”
Currently, Passport has more than 100 employees and has been named one of the fastest growing companies in Charlotte by the Charlotte Business Journal since 2016. The company is now hiring for product managers, product designers, software engineers and many more positions. For more information about these employment opportunities and more, go to passportinc.com/careers.
Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 500 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.
Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.
HUBER+SUHNER Debuts Network Densification Solutions For Operator-Friendly 5G Installation At DAS & Small Cells Congress 2018
The SENCITY® Occhio and Cubo® Converter reset the bar for capacity, density and installation simplicity
Las Vegas, 12 June 2018. Operators looking to overcome the issues linked to deploying small cells will benefit from a new compact antenna when HUBER+SUHNER, leading manufacturer for optical and electrical connectivity, launches the easy-to-install SENCITY® Occhio at DAS & Small Cells Congress in Las Vegas, 11-13 June.
With 5G requiring a network that accommodates the growing demand for more bandwidth, providing reliable, fast coverage and capacity, the latest addition to the HUBER+SUHNER antenna family – the SENCITY® Occhio – has a small form factor and enables a simplified densification of the network.
“As we approach 5G, demands for always-on mobile communication will increase, with operators having to ensure that dense indoor events where people congregate in smaller areas are properly catered for,” said Michele Martoccia, Market Manager Cell Site at HUBER+SUHNER. “However operators have struggled for a long time to deploy small cells in popular locations, combatting worries from communities of spoiling the environment. By using the SENCITY® Occhio compact antenna, such concerns are mitigated.”
The HUBER+SUHNER 4×4 MIMO SENCITY® Occhio antenna offers operators significant values when struggling with deployments indoor and outdoor. With a very small form factor and an appealing design, the antenna utilises the breakthrough NEX 10 connector interface, affords 50% shorter installation times and is simpler to deploy than any other offering on the market. The Occhio operates between 1.7-6GHz, easily satisfying the growing bandwidth appetite.
Also on display will be the Cubo® Converter for indoor and outdoor applications from HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics, which keeps the installation simple and reliable, designed for rapid deployment with minimal training for installers. Recent testimonials from customers confirm that the equipment works as soon as plugged in – no set-up or configuration required, just power. Carrier-grade and cost effective, the flexible platform allows the user to easily multiply existing fiber capacity and therefore bandwidth by a factor of up to 48.
“With the Cubo® Converter, we can manage the imminent data expansion easily and economically, and operators, neutral hosts and integrators alike will find the Cubo® Converter very beneficial in the long term,” said Bill Burress, Sales Director North America at HUBER+SUHNER. “We are excited to showcase our products to customers from across the wireless value chain at DAS & Small Cells, and introduce the Occhio to the market. It is the perfect opportunity for us to launch our latest densification solution and it is a chance for us to show future customers in the US and beyond the seamless and fool-proof solutions we can offer.”
All the products will be presented at the HUBER+SUHNER booth 308 at DAS & Small Cells Congress 2018 from 11-13 June in Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. For more information visit:http://www.dascongress.com/
ABB makes a gift of 30 fast-charging stations to the people of Zurich
On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, technology group ABB has made a gift to the people of Zurich of 30 fast-charging stations for sustainable emobility. The gift was accepted on behalf of the people of Zurich by Mayor Corine Mauch and City Councilor
“We look forward to working together with the city of Zurich – the home and heart of ABB – to shape the future of sustainable mobility,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “We already have more than 7,000 fast charging stations installed worldwide. As the global market leader in e-mobility, we are extremely pleased to expand this base by 30 stations today, and in doing so to actively support Zurich’s journey to sustainable and eco-friendly mobility. Zurich has always been a pioneer of urban e-mobility. We consider it an honor to be able to further this pioneering spirit with our leading technology solutions.”
ABB, formed in 1988 from the merger of Sweden’s ASEA and Switzerland’s BBC, has long had a close relationship with Zurich, which is home to the company’s headquarters. ABB employs 135,000 people in more than 100 countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Mauch of Zurich said: “I am delighted to accept this gift on behalf of the people of Zurich. It’s a farsighted gift that takes the city of Zurich another step forward in e-mobility.” City Councilor Michael Baumer observed: “E-mobility has a lot of untapped potential for the future of transport in cities like Zurich. We plan to leverage that potential and will support ABB in choosing locations and operators for these charging stations.”
The efficiency, versatility and cost-effectiveness of the Terra 54 fast-charging stations from ABB make them ideal for use in an urban setting. They are capable of charging not only electric cars, but also buses and trucks within a brief time span to add range of 100 to 300 kilometers.
The selection process for suitable locations for the 30 fast-charging stations is already under way. The aim is to place them in central, publicly accessible locations in the city and in the surrounding area. One of ABB’s Swiss predecessor companies, “Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon”, electrified Zurich’s very first tramline in 1894. Today, the company offers charging technologies for electric cars, buses and trucks, as well as solutions for the electrification of ships, railways and cable cars. ABB is the global market leader in sustainable e-mobility infrastructure, covering the entire value chain of charging infrastructure – from integrating renewable energy into a robust grid to the installation of charging stations.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com
MARY SMITH OF WALKER CONSULTANTS HONORED BY INTERNATIONAL PARKING INSTITUTE WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Orlando (June 8, 2018)—Mary Smith of Walker Consultants has been recognized by the International Parking Institute (IPI) with one the parking industry’s highest honors, the 2018 IPI Lifetime Achievement Award. The Senior Director of Parking Consulting for Walker Consultants, Smith is widely recognized across the globe as one of the industry’s most accomplished professionals. Smith’s expertise and creativity can be seen in thousands of parking projects across the United States, Canada, Abu Dhabi, China, Dubai, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Qatar, Russia, and Turkey. As co-author of Parking Structures: Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Repair, the industry’s most important reference and text book, she has also played an instrumental role in the evolution of the modern parking structure.
“We are extraordinarily proud that Mary Smith is the recipient of the 2018 IPI Lifetime Achievement Award,” said John Bushman, President and CEO of Walker Consultants. “Mary’s leadership as a parking professional is unparalleled and for 40 years she has demonstrated one of the industry’s most thoughtful and creative minds. Mary has left a legacy across the industry that has reshaped parking design and planning throughout the world. This is a well-deserved honor.”
In addition to being an authority on parking design and planning, Smith is also recognized as the industry’s “go-to” person on issues related to vehicle sizes and parking dimensions, parking under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and compliance with the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). And with the introduction of self-driving vehicles on the horizon, she has become the acknowledged authority on how SDVs will impact parking planning.
Smith was also the author of the Urban Land institute/International Council of Shopping Centers Shared Parking (Second Edition), an equally seminal work in land planning. She is currently co-chair and will be principal author of the updated third edition.
In presenting the award, Roamy Valera, Chairman of the IPI board said, “Mary is widely acknowledged as one of the leading parking planners and functional designers in the world. This lifetime achievement honor is well-deserved.”
Walker is a global consulting firm, with 19 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensic Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at http://www.walkerconsultants.com.
Humanitarian Yo-Yo Ma visits MeterFeeder hometown to celebrate it’s cultural revival.
Braddock (PA)– World renowned musician, cellist, and humanitarian Yo-Yo Ma visited MeterFeeder’s hometown of Braddock, PA today to recognize the successful cultural revival of the community. Mr. Ma is known for his work in using music to bringing cultures and communities together.
Mr. Ma took a walking tour of Braddock art installations, spaces, and local businesses in the morning, and ended with a cultural conversation in the afternoon at the Greater Valley Community Services Rec Room where he discussed the work of Braddock civic leaders, local artists, and business owners. The John F. Kennedy Center is hosting the event through their Arts Across America campaign. The goal of the initiative is “to uplift and celebrate the unexpected, undiscovered, and everyday communities that are committed to using the arts to promote connection, a strong creative economy, and increased cultural citizenship”.
MeterFeeder,a minority owned company, is proud to be a part of this growing, changing, and thriving community. CEO Jim Gibbs had this to say: “I’m so excited that this community and its talented citizens are being recognized by a man such as Yo-Yo Ma. They really deserve all the recognition that they are getting, and I’m happy to be here to celebrate with them.”
MeterFeeder joined the Braddock community in the summer of 2016. Moving their headquarters–from Mountain View, CA to the Pittsburgh suburb–the MeterFeeder team wanted to position themselves to work, hands-on, with the small to mid-sized municipalities that makeup a large portion of their client-base.
“Building future citiesalso includes building future main streets,“ Mr. Gibbs emphasized, “We are building the systems that to allow the technology improvements that are happening in the top technology centers to be accepted in economically depressed areas.”
You can learn more about MeterFeeder at www.meterfeeder.com.
Colonial Airport Parking: New Mobile App Simplifies the PHL Airport Parking Experience
DATE | Lester, PA – Colonial Airport Parking has launched a new mobile app that makes it faster, easier, and less expensive for customers to park when traveling from the Philadelphia International Airport.
With the Colonial Airport Parking Mobile App, travelers can easily make parking reservations and automatically receive the 10% Colonial Airport Advantage Member discount.
Travelers now have the ability to request a shuttle pick up right from the app, with an estimated arrival time and real-time shuttle tracking. The feature uses Geo Location to demonstrate the shuttles’ exact distance from the airport.
The app stores everything in one place for added peace of mind. Travelers can manage their accounts, view parking history with paperless receipts, and scan their Colonial Airport Advantage cards right from their phones – eliminating the need to carry a plastic card. The app also shows points earned through the Colonial Airport Advantage Program, which can be redeemed for free parking or car washes.
“Our goal is to help make travel as stress-free as possible for our customers, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide a mobile app that makes parking at the airport even easier,” says John Groden, CPP, Operations Manager at Colonial Airport Parking.
The Colonial Airport Parking Mobile App is available now for both iOS and Android.
About Colonial Airport Parking
Colonial Airport Parking has been providing travelers with a more convenient and efficient parking experience for over 30 years. Located just two miles from PHL, Colonial Airport Parking offers both self-parking and valet options in a clean, well-lit facility that is monitored by on-site staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Colonial Airport Parking, Inc.
630 S. Governor Printz Blvd.
Lester, PA 19029