Metropolis Partners with Premier Parking to Deploy its Artificial Intelligence Platform Nationwide

April 15, 2021

 

Metropolis

 

Metropolis Partners with Premier Parking to Deploy its Artificial Intelligence Platform Nationwide

 

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 15, 2021  — Metropolis, a leading AI-powered autonomous commerce  platform, announced a long-term, national partnership with parking industry leader Premier Parking. Metropolis’ proprietary computer vision technology and mobile platform will be deployed across Premier’s portfolio, which consists of more than 100,000 parking spaces across 500 locations in 40 cities, by the end of the year.

 

Nashville-based Premier Parking is a leader in the parking industry with facilities across the country. Premier operates, manages and supports a wide range of industries using its unrivaled customer service, innovative solutions and technology-focused approach to bring great benefits to its partners.

Metropolis will help to consolidate Premier’s existing technology systems and streamline operations while providing a seamless online-to-offline parking experience for customers. Over time, customers will gain access to mobility integrations, transparent pricing, frictionless entry and exit, and check-out free payment all through the Metropolis mobile app.

“We are changing how people think about parking and making the process safer, easier and more enjoyable,” said Premier CEO Ryan Hunt. “By integrating with Metropolis, we are providing our customers with a seamless, first-of-its-kind parking experience to power the future of parking. This partnership combines Premier’s large national market presence with Metropolis’ advanced technology systems, creating a compelling and competitive offering unlike anything currently available.”

Launching in Nashville, Premier’s flagship market, the partnership will expand to additional markets based on urban density and demand for innovation in parking. This includes Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Detroit in the immediate months.

Building on its $41M Series A fundraise in February, this partnership further fuels Metropolis’ rapid geographic expansion and signifies the demand for its frontier technology. By working closely with partners like Premier to build efficiencies into parking assets and provide remarkable experiences for consumers, Metropolis is one step closer to transforming the parking industry and urban mobility.

“Premier is an unparalleled partner for us when it comes to driving our vision of disrupting the traditional parking experience and empowering the future of urban mobility,” said Metropolis CEO Alex Israel. “Parking is a crucial building block of the urban landscape, and with this partnership we’re able to create an immediate impact on the way people navigate their cities across the U.S.”

About Premier Parking

Premier Parking, founded in 2001 in Nashville, offers self-parking accommodations, valet and transportation services for hotels, hospitals, and special events (private and public), and much more to offer full scope parking management services to businesses and asset owners throughout the country. www.premierparking.com

About Metropolis

Metropolis is an AI-powered autonomous commerce platform disrupting traditional city infrastructure to make way for modern mobility. Starting with vertically integrated parking technology and a frictionless, checkout-free mobile experience, Metropolis makes parking easier end-to-end. Founded by CEO Alex Israel, Metropolis launched in stealth in 2017 and recently released its mobile app to the public. The brand is rapidly scaling its platform across the U.S. this year, including: Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Nashville, Detroit and more. www.Metropolis.io

Media Contact:

Elizabeth MacAulay

Metropolis@Derris.com

GlobalTranz Ranked a Top Ten Freight Brokerage by Transport Topics for Fourth Consecutive Year and Advances in Top 50 Ranking of Largest Logistics Companies

April 15, 2021

GlobalTranz Ranked a Top Ten Freight Brokerage by Transport Topics for Fourth Consecutive Year and Advances in Top 50 Ranking of Largest Logistics Companies

 

PHOENIX, April 15, 2021 — GlobalTranz Enterprises, LLC., a leading technology-enabled third-party logistics solutions provider offering award-winning technology, people-powered customer service, and extensive multimodal carrier relationships, announced today that Transport Topics ranked GlobalTranz as the ninth largest Freight Brokerage and 27th in its annual listing of Top 50 Logistics Companies.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Transport Topics has ranked GlobalTranz among the top ten freight brokerages and the third consecutive year that the company has been included in the Top 50 Logistics Companies ranking. GlobalTranz moved to the 27th spot for 2021, up from its ranking as 50th in 2020.

One of the most respected business publications covering trucking and freight transport news, Transport Topics annually recognizes the largest freight brokerages and third-party logistics providers in North America.

GlobalTranz exhibited significant growth in the past year, including its announced 40 percent revenue growth in Q4 2020 resulting from expansion of its Managed Transportation Services, Final Mile delivery offerings and the GlobalTranz TMS next-generation logistics platform. Revenues from the company’s Managed Transportation Solutions group grew by 61% and Freight Under Management grew by 116% in 2020. Additionally, the company’s gross profit increased 24% for a strong finish to a tumultuous year and the company plans to reach $1.9 billion in revenue in 2021.

“Recognition among top logistics providers by Transport Topics reinforces our commitment to meeting shipper customers’ evolving logistics needs with market-leading technology and supply chain solutions, especially during a year that created profound changes in our industry,” said Bob Farrell, Chairman and CEO of GlobalTranz. “We take pride in GlobalTranz’s performance, both financially and in the outstanding work our teams delivered for customers.”

For more information on GlobalTranz, visit globaltranz.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @globaltranz.

About GlobalTranz
GlobalTranz is a full-service third-party logistics provider, bringing award-winning customer service, exceptional industry expertise and market-leading technology to shippers, carriers, and logistics service providers (LSP). GlobalTranz’s people-powered approach combined with comprehensive, relationship-driven support provides shippers of all sizes with fast and reliable, multi-modal transportation services as well as strategic supply chain solutions – enabling them to optimize efficiency and deliver on business goals. Leveraging its extensive independent agent network, GlobalTranz has emerged as a fast-growing market leader with a customer base of over 1 million product users and 25,000 shippers. In 2021, Transport Topics named GlobalTranz #9 on their list of Top 10 largest freight brokerage firms in the U.S., and in 2020, Inbound Logistics ranked GlobalTranz #4 on their list of Top 10 3PL Providers.

 

New and innovative parking technology Hozah raises seven-figure investment deal 

April 15, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

New and innovative parking technology Hozah raises seven-figure investment deal

Hozah is the ultimate champion for zero touch parking payments which allows drivers to make automatic payments for their parking. Simply park and go.

 

 

 

Croydon, April 2021: Suss Ventures have contributed a six-figure sum alongside a multi-million investment drive. This raise marks a huge success for Suss Ventures who are synonymous with sourcing sustainable businesses for their community of impact-driven investors and corporate partners. The zero-effort payment system eliminates the worry of parking fines and is completely cashless, automated and secure.

 

David Fowle, Managing Director of Hozah, said: “We’re delighted to have received this investment through Suss Ventures, which is a real show of faith in our capability to revolutionise the UK’s car park infrastructure. We look forward to using these funds to help our customer avoid parking fines, frustrating apps and tickets, and we’re proud of our relationship with the team at Suss Ventures.”

 

What is Hozah?

David Fowle and Naomi Bishop founded Hozah in 2017 with the vision of transforming the UK’s car park infrastructure. Payment systems are often unclear and often leave people rushing back for a predetermined parking allocation time, which can build unnecessary costs for the driver. Their fully automated parking payment system connects drivers’ credit/debit cards to number plate ANPR recognition cameras which detect when drivers enter and exit Hozah-enabled car parks. The parking fees are then automatically billed for the length of their stay without any action required by the driver.

 

They work closely with local authorities to offer their residents a better way to pay for parking and currently headquartered in Croydon. They work with several nationwide councils such as Croydon, Coventry, and Oxford and are beginning to trail with other nationwide councils. Hozah was named Best Business for Digital, Data and Technology at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards Ceremony 2019, with David Fowle highly commended in the hotly contested Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

Nigel Lambe, CEO at Sussex Innovation, said: “It’s brilliant that businesses like Hozah are able to streamline parking systems that can be a pain for many drivers like myself. The investment is the latest step in a long-term relationship between Sussex Innovation and Hozah, who have been members of the business incubator since 2018. Hozah’s latest round of investment is part of our drive at Sussex Innovation to support innovative businesses on their journey from start-up to scale-up.”

 

How does it work?

That platform enables users to park and go with a one-time sign up that simply requires your number plate and payment details. Once set up, users will be charged automatically for their length of stay when you enter a Hozah-enabled car park, without the need to do anything else. Users no longer have to worry about parking fines because their car is now their payment card. No cash, no apps, no fines, and no more waiting at the ticket machine.

 

Their user feedback is a clear testament of their efficiency:

 

“Hozah is brilliant because I don’t have to worry about finding loose change.” – Mia from York.

 

“I used the car park regularly and this is perfect for me as I always have my toddler with me” – Kate from Sheffield.

 

“Very happy with Hozah over the last year, just got a new car and already added the new car reg to my Hozah account which couldn’t be simpler.” – John from Coventry.

 

Sign up for your Hozah account on their site https://hozah.com/.

 

About Suss Ventures:

Suss Ventures, founded in 2019 by Head of Investments at Sussex Innovation Laurence Grant, is the investor matching service of Sussex Innovation. The business incubator backed by the University of Sussex works with innovative start-ups and scale-ups to help them understand their market. The network brings together the South East’s most innovative and sustainable start-ups and high net worth individuals together to accelerate the growth of high potential businesses. Suss Ventures have since welcomed over 100 innovative founders and active investors into their community.

 

About Sussex Innovation:

Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators, with offices located in Brighton and Croydon. Its third site due to open in Brighton city centre. With 24 years’ experience, headquartered at the University of Sussex, its members are ambitious companies who help to solve problems in innovative ways. Since its foundation in 1996, it has helped more than 600 businesses of all sizes, providing them with the strategic insight to achieve high growth, and the practical resources to manage that growth sustainably. As of 2019, it hosts more than 150 member companies, across a range of sectors from the forefront of engineering and biomedical research to digital media and app development.

 

New and innovative parking technology Hozah raises seven-figure investment deal 

April 15, 2021

New and innovative parking technology Hozah raises seven-figure investment deal 

Hozah is the ultimate champion for zero touch parking payments which allows drivers to make automatic payments for their parking. Simply park and go.

Croydon, April 2021: Suss Ventures have contributed a six-figure sum alongside a multi-million investment drive. This raise marks a huge success for Suss Ventures who are synonymous with sourcing sustainable businesses for their community of impact-driven investors and corporate partners. The zero-effort payment system eliminates the worry of parking fines and is completely cashless, automated and secure.  

David Fowle, Managing Director of Hozah, said: “We’re delighted to have received this investment through Suss Ventures, which is a real show of faith in our capability to revolutionise the UK’s car park infrastructure. We look forward to using these funds to help our customer avoid parking fines, frustrating apps and tickets, and we’re proud of our relationship with the team at Suss Ventures.”

What is Hozah? 

David Fowle and Naomi Bishop founded Hozah in 2017 with the vision of transforming the UK’s car park infrastructure. Payment systems are often unclear and often leave people rushing back for a predetermined parking allocation time, which can build unnecessary costs for the driver. Their fully automated parking payment system connects drivers’ credit/debit cards to number plate ANPR recognition cameras which detect when drivers enter and exit Hozah-enabled car parks. The parking fees are then automatically billed for the length of their stay without any action required by the driver. 

They work closely with local authorities to offer their residents a better way to pay for parking and currently headquartered in Croydon. They work with several nationwide councils such as Croydon, Coventry, and Oxford and are beginning to trail with other nationwide councils. Hozah was named Best Business for Digital, Data and Technology at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards Ceremony 2019, with David Fowle highly commended in the hotly contested Entrepreneur of the Year award. 

Nigel Lambe, CEO at Sussex Innovation, said: “It’s brilliant that businesses like Hozah are able to streamline parking systems that can be a pain for many drivers like myself. The investment is the latest step in a long-term relationship between Sussex Innovation and Hozah, who have been members of the business incubator since 2018. Hozah’s latest round of investment is part of our drive at Sussex Innovation to support innovative businesses on their journey from start-up to scale-up.” 

How does it work? 

That platform enables users to park and go with a one-time sign up that simply requires your number plate and payment details. Once set up, users will be charged automatically for their length of stay when you enter a Hozah-enabled car park, without the need to do anything else. Users no longer have to worry about parking fines because their car is now their payment card. No cash, no apps, no fines, and no more waiting at the ticket machine.  

Their user feedback is a clear testament of their efficiency:  

“Hozah is brilliant because I don’t have to worry about finding loose change.” – Mia from York. 

“I used the car park regularly and this is perfect for me as I always have my toddler with me” – Kate from Sheffield. 

“Very happy with Hozah over the last year, just got a new car and already added the new car reg to my Hozah account which couldn’t be simpler.” – John from Coventry. 

 

Sign up for your Hozah account on their site https://hozah.com/.

About Suss Ventures:

Suss Ventures, founded in 2019 by Head of Investments at Sussex Innovation Laurence Grant, is the investor matching service of Sussex Innovation. The business incubator backed by the University of Sussex works with innovative start-ups and scale-ups to help them understand their market. The network brings together the South East’s most innovative and sustainable start-ups and high net worth individuals together to accelerate the growth of high potential businesses. Suss Ventures have since welcomed over 100 innovative founders and active investors into their community.

 

About Sussex Innovation:

Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and corporate innovators, with offices located in Brighton and Croydon. Its third site due to open in Brighton city centre. With 24 years’ experience, headquartered at the University of Sussex, its members are ambitious companies who help to solve problems in innovative ways. Since its foundation in 1996, it has helped more than 600 businesses of all sizes, providing them with the strategic insight to achieve high growth, and the practical resources to manage that growth sustainably. As of 2019, it hosts more than 150 member companies, across a range of sectors from the forefront of engineering and biomedical research to digital media and app development.

 

PayByPhone Expands to 9 More Locations Across North America in First Quarter of 2021

April 14, 2021

PayByPhone Expands to 9 More Locations Across North America in First Quarter of 2021

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, BC  –  PayByPhone, the world’s leading mobile parking payment company, celebrated unprecedented success in 2020, launching in 9 new locations across North America. In addition, PayByPhone Maps, an important technological improvement, was introduced to 22 locations. The parking guidance tool allows drivers to use the app to find available parking spaces. The maps are interactive and allow users to determine hours of operation and parking restrictions, making parking that much faster, safer and more convenient.

“I am very proud of how PayByPhone and our people have continued to excel as true partners in the communities that we serve,” said Roamy Valera, CEO North America. “Through our focus on partnership, we have worked closely with the municipalities, universities, and private lot operators to address their unique needs and create programming that truly benefits people in those communities.”

During the first quarter of 2021 some of PayByPhone’s most important programs have revolved around promoting public health, as well as the economic health of the communities the company serves. To that end, PayByPhone introduced specialized programming to help communities reopen safely after Covid-19 outbreaks forced city-wide shutdowns and programs such as recent “Spring into Seattle” sweepstakes, which supported local businesses that were impacted by the pandemic.

The PayByPhone app is NOW available to drivers in:

  • Portland State University
  • Delta Grand Hotel – Kelowna
  • Kelowna International Airport
  • NJ Transit, New Jersey
  • City of Denver, Colorado
  • City of Carolina Beach, North Carolina
  • City of Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • LoanDepot Park, Miami (Formerly Marlins Park)
  • Epic Parking, Toronto

As a result of PayByPhone’s expansion, hundreds of thousands more drivers across North America can now pay for parking with their personal mobile devices from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles, using the most convenient app available.

For more information, visit paybyphone.com.

About PayByPhone

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.

Beam Global Expands Sustainable EV Charging Program with Major Georgia Utility

April 14, 2021

 

 

Beam Global Expands Sustainable EV Charging Program with Major Georgia Utility

 

SAN DIEGO — Beam Global, (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW), the leading provider of innovative sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media and energy security, announced that a leading Georgia utility has deployed two EV ARC™ sustainable EV charging systems for public use. The units are located in high traffic areas accessible to the public, with one unit in metropolitan Atlanta and the other in rural Georgia.

“Utilities continue to take advantage of the unique ability of the solar-powered EV ARC to be placed where EV charging is needed most, without the limitations of lengthy permitting and costly construction projects,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “Utilities are adopting Beam’s innovative infrastructure solution, implementing off-grid EV charging powered by locally generated and locally stored energy. These systems are becoming part of an emerging energy resilience strategy for utilities.”

According to a leading analyst report, From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather, 90% of electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses challenges to their operations and profitability, while only 24% of North American utility executives surveyed felt well-prepared. Energy resilience strategies and emergency preparedness planning have experienced increased priority.

About Beam Global
Beam Global is a CleanTech leader that produces innovative, sustainable technology for electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media, and energy security, without the construction, disruption, risks and costs of grid-tied solutions. Products include the patented EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® lines with BeamTrak™ patented solar tracking, and ARC Technology™ energy storage, along with EV charging, outdoor media and disaster preparedness packages.

The company develops, patents, designs, engineers and manufactures unique and advanced renewably energized products that save customers time and money, help the environment, empower communities and keep people moving. Based in San Diego, the company produces Made in America products. Beam Global is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW (formerly Envision Solar, EVSI, EVSIW). For more information visit https://BeamForAll.com/, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter.

 

Fleet Advantage Named Most Innovative Company in  Equipment Finance by Monitor Magazine

April 13, 2021

Fleet Advantage Named Most Innovative Company in
Equipment Finance by Monitor Magazine

 

 

Recognized for Pioneering Programs that Kept Fleets Moving in America
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE (April 13, 2021) – Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in fleet data analytics, fleet financing solutions, and lifecycle cost management (LCCM) today announced it has been named one of the most innovative companies in equipment finance by Monitor magazine. Monitor magazine is the leading source for equipment finance and equipment leasing industry news. This is the first year Monitor is celebrating innovative companies with this award – recognizing leading edge companies that revolutionize the equipment finance realm among other various industry categories.

As a leading innovator in fleet analysis and modernization, Fleet Advantage is being recognized for the essential role it plays in aiding numerous fleet organizations to deliver food and necessary health items like the COVID-19 vaccine to an estimated 350 million Americans. Many companies had to quickly respond and adjust to a new normal that required more flexibility in their business operations. On top of this, finance executives in the transportation sector had to continuously do more with less. They were tasked with increasing efficiencies, monitoring, and complying with regulatory mandates and meeting customer expectations – all while saving money.

To help alleviate organizations of financial strains, Fleet Advantage developed its Sale-Leaseback program. With this program, a company can select the assets from their fleet that are older models, which are inefficient and less reliable, and Fleet Advantage will purchase those assets and lease them back to the fleet for an interim period until they can then transition to new equipment when ready. This enables organizations to generate cash in the near term, which is especially critical today, given the COVID-19 pandemic and strain it has placed on companies as well as the economy. The cash gained can then be used for immediate internal needs or to provide extra working capital.

“Innovation is a multi-faceted process that allows us to get creative to evolve and transform concepts to better assist our customers,” says John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage. “Last year, we really focused on our innovative thinking to help fleet organizations whose businesses were turned upside down due to the supply chain demand from the pandemic.”

Organizations that take advantage of the Sale-Leaseback program also reap the benefits of Fleet Advantage’s proprietary ATLAAS (Advanced Truck Lifecycle Administrative Analytics Software) platform. The platform alone makes Fleet Advantage innovative by transforming how private truck fleets and for-hire carriers operate, manage, and evaluate fleet costs through several strategic advancements and new solutions.

Since inception, ATLAAS has helped customers save an estimated $200 million, and as a result Fleet Advantage has over $1 Billion of assets under management and serves America’s top truck fleets. ATLAAS has over 18 billion miles of data as part of the company’s tracking and analysis and monitors over 54,000 vehicles offering advantages in benchmarking of operating costs and providing monthly, quarterly, and annual fleet reporting for Total Cost of Ownership.

 

About Monitor Magazine
Since its launch in 1974, Monitor has evolved into the leading independent trade publication in the equipment finance and leasing industry. Employing a unique content deliver format, each issue includes timely articles authored by industry specialists and regular features, which are a hallmark of the magazine.

The Monitor’s seven annual offerings include the Monitor 100 Issue in addition to the publication’s six bi-monthly issues. In June of each year, the Monitor publishes its most popular issue — the Monitor 100 — our annual ranking and analysis of the top 100 equipment finance and leasing companies in the U.S. This 30+ page exclusive report has served as a benchmark for the industry for over 20 years. For more information on the Monitor’s reports and rankings, visit www.monitordaily.com/monitor100/.

 

About Fleet Advantage
Fleet Advantage has over $1 Billion of assets under its Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) program and serves America’s top corporate fleets. Fleet Advantage guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing fleet financing solutions with matching proprietary data driven IT processes and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety. Fleet Advantage is ranked as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the state of Florida and the fastest growing independent truck lessor in the U.S. In 2018, Fleet Advantage was ranked the 9th Top Private Independent from Monitor Daily; and in 2015 and 2013, the company was named to Inc. magazines’ 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation. In 2011, CEO John Flynn received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Florida – Emerging Category award.

VinFast Selects NVIDIA DRIVE to Power Next-generation Intelligent Autonomous Electric Vehicles

April 13, 2021

VinFast Selects NVIDIA DRIVE to Power Next-generation Intelligent Autonomous Electric Vehicles

 

 

HANOI, VIETNAM –  – VinFast Trading and Production LLC announced today that it has selected NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for its new generation of autonomous electric vehicles designed to deliver a superior driving experience to customers.

VinFast recently announced it is developing and preparing to start mass production of smart electric cars in all segments, including: the VF e34 mid-size SUV (Segment C), the VF e35 mid-size SUV (Segment D), and the VF e36 full-size SUV (Segment E). All three models have Level 2 – 3 autonomous capabilities, with 30 smart features.

VinFast EVs will first ship with the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier system-on-a-chip (SoC) starting in 2022. The automaker will upgrade to NVIDIA DRIVE Orin across its entire range of upcoming premium EV models.

NVIDIA DRIVE Orin is the industry’s highest performing AV processor. Built with more than 21 billion transistors, it features the latest NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, 12 Cortex-A78 ARM64 CPUs​, along with programmable vision and deep learning accelerators. The SoC is capable of processing more than 254 trillion operations per second to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks running simultaneously to support special vehicle features. This includes capabilities such as cruise planning, locating charging stations and dealerships, theft-risk warning, user habit preferences, self-driving on highways, parking and more.

As a result, VinFast’s electric cars will offer increased safety and enhanced autonomy to outperform existing models on the market; and deliver these safe, intelligent EVs at large scale. In addition, the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system is designed to ISO 26262 ASIL-D safety standards to ensure the highest level of automotive electronics safety.

“VinFast’s strategy is focused on cooperating with global technology companies to pair their latest advancements with our products,” said Ms. Thai Thi Thanh Hai, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup and CEO of VinFast. “Enabled by NVIDIA, our new fleet of EVs will have the latest AI capabilities and features essential for safe self-driving and over-the-air software updates.”

“VinFast’s selection of NVIDIA DRIVE will accelerate development of the automaker’s intelligent EVs—delivering new levels of safety and convenience that will help shape the future of transportation in Vietnam, throughout Southeast Asia and the world,” said Rishi Dhall, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles at NVIDIA

VinFast is the leading Vietnamese car manufacturer across every segment in terms of sales in Vietnam. In early 2021, VinFast announced three electric SUVs with autonomous features up to Level 3, in which, VF e34 is the first model to be launched in Vietnam first by the end of 2021. All three models are using artificial intelligence technology with many outstanding smart features and are expected to export to the US, Canada and Europe in the year 2022.

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Colorado State Parks: A Case Study – Flowbird

April 12, 2021

 

 

 

 

Colorado State Parks

A Case Study – Flowbird

 

 

 

 

How the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife went from soggy dollar bills to $3 million in credit card revenue

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. The agency manages 41 state parks, more than 350 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. Visitors flock to parks across the state for a variety of recreational activities including hiking, biking, fishing, camping and more.

In 2017, CPW evaluated options to modernize park admissions to provide more convenience to end-users, add more security, and allow park staff to focus on other critical tasks.  Flowbird was chosen to implement a new automated fee payment system.

In 2018, 15 self-service pay stations were installed for fee collection.  The pay stations were installed across 9 parks to better serve customers looking to quickly pay with a cashless option. The pay stations, officially named the, “Strada,” replaced the older ‘honor system,’ requiring customers to place exact amounts of cash into envelopes when staff weren’t available to sell park passes.  Utilizing wireless communications, all data from the Stradas are sent in real-time to Flowbird’s back-office system for reporting and analysis.

 

THE CHALLENGE

An outdated entry pass system

Colorado State Parks offer a variety of recreational amenities. Daily or Annual passes could be purchased at the entry gate during staffed hours, but options were limited after-hours or during the slow season. Visitors could use honor boxes to purchase their pass, but would need exactly $7 in cash to place in the provided envelopes.

Each day, staff would need to drive out to each honor box and collect cash; some filled with coins, others with just $5 bills, and hope that there wasn’t rain the night before. The cash would be hand-counted, a laborious task for revenue managers who had other jobs to perform before the day was done.

 

 

THE SOLUTION

Flexibility and Automation

In June of 2018, 15 Flowbird Strada self-service pay stations were installed to better service visitors of the CPW parks. The Strada machines accept credit cards, making it more convenient for customers who are not carrying the exact amount of cash.  Additionally, the solution is much more weather-resistant than the envelope system.

The pay stations are also solar-powered, allowing for operation without AC power throughout the parks. Constructed of heavy steel and engineered for security, the Strada interacts with customers after-hours, stands up to inclement weather, and provides peace-of-mind for CPW officials when staff are not available.

The flexible software running on the Strada allows CPW to sell a variety of passes including a daily vehicle pass, annual pass, family annual pass, and an individual walk-in pass.  Park donations are also accepted on the Strada.

 

BENEFITS

After installation of the new pay stations, the CPW gained better control of revenues along with a higher customer satisfaction rate. Though the honor boxes are still available for those who wish to pay in precise amounts of cash, staff has minimized their collection time, from once daily, to every 3 days. Payments collected by the pay stations are tracked through Flowbird’s back-office system, allowing CPW staff to better track parks visitation.

“All of that staff time has been saved,” said CPW Statewide Business Operations Coordinator Kirk Teklits, “That doesn’t mean we decrease staff, we just have time for more meaningful things, like serving customers and our parks.”

During peak season, the pay stations create a 2-lane system using both staff and kiosk. If a line is building up at the entry gate, staff can direct customers to the kiosk to purchase a pass quickly and assist the next customer. According to Teklits, customer satisfaction increased immensely with the self-serve addition, many of which already expect the credit card option to be there with today’s technology.

The Strada pay stations also comply and assist in the CPW’s stance on sustainability and green energy. With each machine running on advanced solar power, there was no need to build out infrastructure to have power, saving time and money to dedicate to the parks.

Additional phases of the project were performed in 2019 and 2020.  Now, CPW utilizes 54 Strada Pay Stations across 26 parks statewide.

At the end of 2020, an additional payment option – contactless payments – was put into test mode.  This functionality allows park visitors to pay with a contactless bank card or with a mobile wallet such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Over 200,000 transactions were performed in 2020 generating close to $3 million in revenue for Colorado Parks & Wildlife to help keep the parks well maintained and help park staff provide an enjoyable experience to their visitors.

 

www.flowbird.group

Uber, Planes and Baseball – ParkNews.biz March 31st – April 12th, 2021

April 12, 2021

 

 

Uber, Planes and Baseball – ParkNews.biz March 31st – April 12th, 2021

 

 

The demand for rideshare services is growing: This week, “Uber saw its highest-ever monthly bookings in March thanks to a rise in COVID-19 vaccinations. Uber’s mobility business marked its best month since March of last year, passing a $30 billion annualized gross bookings run-rate, while its average daily gross bookings rose 9 percent month over month. Meanwhile, Uber’s delivery business also saw a record-setting March, marking a $52 billion annualized gross bookings run rate, a more than 150 percent increase year over year.”

 

And since the demand for rides and delivery services is through the roof, Uber is offering sign-up bonuses and other incentives for drivers.  “In a government filing, the company said demand for ride-hailing, which plunged during coronavirus lockdowns last year, has recovered more quickly than expected as daily COVID-19 vaccinations exceed 3 million per day in the U.S.

Some people are still avoiding public transportation out of infection fears, potentially boosting demand for services like Uber and Lyft further.” – Read about it here: April 12, 2021 – Drivers Wanted: Record Demand At Uber As Vaccinations Rise.

 

Another piece of good news is that more and more people are flying.  And thus, the pandemic parked planes are being put into service.  “ …  in recent weeks, American saw demand climb with spring break, Easter and Passover travel. It saw vacationers book flights for the summer. And it saw a need for those idle planes.

Each day an airplane is parked, American loses about $50,000 in potential revenue, Steele said. That figure does not include the labor hours for the maintenance work.

So American began the meticulous process of putting the aircraft back into service, and it plans to have its entire remaining fleet back in the air by the end of this month.” More here: April 12, 2021 – How American Airlines pulls parked planes from pandemic storage

 

 

Last but not least, Baseball season is in full swing.  And if you are in Miami attending the Marlins games, you will have no stress with parking.  PayByPhone, Miami Parking Authority and Miami Marlins have teamed up to make your parking experience easy breezy.  PayByPhone CEO Roamy Valera said: “The Marlins’ parking operations had a vision to introduce safe and frictionless parking to the venue while increasing mobility. We have worked closely with the Miami Parking Authority and we are thrilled to be chosen as the team’s parking solution provider.”  Read more here: April 12, 2021 – PT Plus: Miami Marlins Team Up with Miami Parking Authority and PayByPhone for a Better Parking Experience

 

JVH reports in his blog that attendance registration for PIE 2021 is growing daily.  So far 600 have already signed up to meet in Dallas, TX July 18th – 21st.  We are all excited to see you in Texas.

 

Have a blessed new week and fantastic rest of April.

 

Sincerely,

 

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

astrid@parkingtoday.com

www.parkingtoday.com

 

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