The piece written by Kea Wilson, engages Billy Grayson, director of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and our friend Tony Jordan, president of the Parking Reform Network. Both of these gentlemen are passionate about minimizing the land devoted to private car storage and parking minimums.
Therefore, Tony Jordan says: “It’s under-appreciated for sure that EV charging policy is parking policy. At the end of the day, Biden’s plan is really just giving people money to upgrade their parking. Hopefully it won’t be used to build new parking, but we don’t know that for sure yet.”
Billy Grayson says: “From a climate perspective, the best car is no car at all. Creating walkable, bikeable, transit-rich neighborhoods should still be our number one priority, and for every dollar we invest into EV charging, we should be investing at least $1.50 into those modes. But in those cases where we’ve made the decision that it’s still important to provide car infrastructure, then yes — we should make sure those cars are electric.”
What decision does a woman like me make if she ponders buying a new car? To buy an electric car, a hybrid car, to keep my old gas eater SUV and stick to buying what I know best and that is particular luxury purses? The latter are pricy but so simple and they actually appreciate in value.
Gas prices are going up. In Los Angeles, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose on Saturday for the 8th day in the row. Our prices are the highest since they have been on Nov 10th, 2019. Saturday’s average price was $4.084 – that is 85.2 cents higher than the beginning of the year (source – NBC Los Angeles).
My head is spinning from all of this. In the olden days, I didn’t have to worry if to buy an electric or a gas car. It was all so simple. Now, I have to be environmentally correct, politically correct and correct period. Alas when I bought my SUV years ago, the only correctness needed was fixing with what works for me and my needs. And that is what I miss about the good olden days: the middle. Not right, not wrong, but fitting me and the ones around me. Not black nor white but in shades of different colors in between.
Indianapolis, IN — Parker Technology recently announced the promotion of Tammy Baker, formerly VP of Client Experience, to Chief Operating Officer.
During Tammy’s time at Parker, the business has grown 7X. She has been responsible for building a team and scaling operations to meet and exceed customer expectations. Because Parker’s service is a people business, Tammy has shown an excellent ability to find and retain leaders and teammates who embody the company’s core values and deliver to her high standards.
On top of her duties in operations, Tammy has been responsible for leading Parker’s efforts to develop and launch a new software platform. Using her previous experience leading the call center and interacting with facility managers, she has guided the software team to deliver scalable and innovative platform that helps Parker’s parking operator customers collect more revenue and deliver a better customer experience.
Brian Wolff, President & CEO of Parker Technology said: “Tammy’s contribution to our business since her arrival in 2016 has been nothing short of transformative. Ask any one of the hundreds of customers with whom she interacts on a monthly basis and they will tell you how critical her leadership has been to their confidence in Parker Technology.”
About Parker Technology
For parking operators who have limited resources to manage intercom and inbound customer service calls, Parker Technology combines parking domain expertise, a flexible software platform and their professional customer service center, or your staff, to ensure customer problems are resolved efficiently and according to the facility’s business rules. Parker helps clients create a better customer experience, while collecting more revenue, keeping traffic moving, freeing up internal staff to focus on higher-priority on-site tasks, and gathering data insights to run operations more effectively. Learn more at www.helpmeparker.com.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – PayByPhone, the world’s leading mobile parking payment company, announces the “Driven By You” campaign that focuses on celebrating the people that have led to PayByPhone’s 20 years of success, and share the unique stories of clients, partners, team members, and drivers.
“Whether it’s a parent who needs to get their kids to daycare early in the morning, to the small business owner in any of the municipalities we serve, these are the people that are a part of the greater PayByPhone community and we couldn’t be where we are today without them,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone.
PayByPhone will be hosting the “Driven By You Contest” which will launch on April 15th, 2021 until June 15th, 2021. The contest will be encouraging PayByPhone users to share their efforts within their community in story form, for a chance to be selected to win one of 4 – $1000 Visa gift cards. The stories should highlight how the user is bettering the community around them, whether it be through their local business, charity, or own personal initiative. Contest winners will be selected at the end of June, based on their submission and unique contributions to their community.
MBTA, Boston, MA
South Florida Region (Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Gables)
PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payment companies in the world, processing over 125 million transactions annually, totaling more than $550 million USD in payments. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines. A subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, PayByPhone is leading the way in the creation of the mobile future. For more information, visit paybyphone.com.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – 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.
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.
Smartphone Access Capabilities to Parking Facilities
Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2021) – SKIDATA, the world leader in parking access and revenue management, today announced a new technology integration partnership with Openpath, a leader in touchless, modern access control, and workplace safety automation. Through this partnership, Openpath’s groundbreaking touchless and mobile access control technology will be integrated into SKIDATA’s parking access and revenue control equipment to permit drivers to enter and exit SKIDATA-equipped parking facilities, using their Openpath credentials.
“We are excited to be partnering with Openpath,” said Darrell Smithson, President, North America of SKIDATA. “SKIDATA already makes the world’s most reliable and user-friendly parking equipment. The addition of Openpath’s technology will improve the customer experience by providing seamless entry into parking facilities.
“SKIDATA has always led the way when it comes to introducing new technological capabilities to the parking industry,” continued Smithson. “This partnership will help ensure that SKIDATA will continue to lead the way in providing smart city infrastructure.”
The addition of Openpath’s technology, which provides touchless and mobile access via Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and LTE, to SKIDATA equipment will permit drivers to access SKIDATA-equipped parking facilities with their smartphones and other personal devices, as well as via license plate recognition (LPR), allowing drivers to enter and exit parking garages quickly and conveniently without having to stop and swipe a card or reach out of their vehicle to validate parking access. When drivers approach the parking facility, they can gain access via the SKIDATA app on their personal devices. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE access are most useful for managing permit parking, and the technology is perfect for parking owners and organizations who offer permit parking, including residential facilities, office complexes, universities, hospitals, airports, special events parking, and stand-alone parking garages.
“With this integration, we are excited to further demonstrate how Openpath’s seamless user experience extends beyond just the four walls of a building. Providing safety and simplicity for users throughout their day; from the moment their vehicle enters the parking garage, to the doors, elevators, and turnstiles they use in repetition. Openpath’s technology enables a completely touchless experience for tenants and guests and eliminates the need for users to juggle multiple apps or credentials to get where they are going. Our mission is always to deliver end-to-end security while reducing friction, and this integration is another great example of that,” said James Segil, President and Co-Founder of Openpath.
Openpath is a leader in mobile access control solutions. Openpath allows anyone to use their mobile phone to open an authorized door with the wave of a hand, without needing the phone or app open. Openpath’s patented Triple Unlock technology delivers 99.9% reliability for a secure, frictionless and fast entry experience. With a robust cloud solution, Openpath provides a comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud capabilities, future-proofing the needs of the built environment. The company has introduced innovative Tailgating and Lockdown Solutions providing the ability to lock/unlock any door, zone or building in an emergency from a mobile device. Founded in 2016, Openpath is based in Los Angeles’ Silicon Beach with an additional office in Indiana. Openpath unlocks more than five million doors per month and growing since 2018. To learn more, visit www.openpath.com.
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
LAZ Parking Announces New Electric Vehicle Charging Program to Install 500 New Charging Stations at Locations Nationwide
As part of this new initiative, 500 Tesla Connectors will be rolled out nationwide at LAZ locations.
HARTFORD, Conn., April 29, 2021 — LAZ Parking announced a new electric vehicle (EV) charging program today. The initiative will bring 500 new Tesla Connectors to LAZ Parking locations nationwide.
Company officials said that Tesla vehicles account for more than 85 percent of electric cars in use across the United States. By installing Tesla Charging, LAZ will attract Tesla drivers to its parking garages via Tesla’s in-app and in-car touch screens. By hosting Tesla charging zones at current and future locations, LAZ can generate incremental revenue for clients. Residential, commercial, hotel, and retail locations are the primary focus of the initial launch.
“Providing value for our clients and customers is, and always has been, at the heart of everything we do as a company,” said LAZ Chairman and CEO Alan Lazowski. “This initiative recognizes the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market and positions our clients to meet the fast-growing demand for charging stations. At the same time, it provides clients with a way to implement these upgrades at a significantly reduced cost while benefitting from the revenue generated from the use of chargers.”
Tesla is rolling out a pay-for-use charge network throughout LAZ locations. Rates will be competitive and comparable to other Tesla chargers in each area.
“The EV market is growing exponentially, and our customers will need more and more charging,” Lazowski said. “As LAZ expands its Proximity on Demand Services (PODS), it is imperative that we enable EV charging transactions within our parking facilities for our customers and clients.”
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 3,128 locations in 32 states and 438 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.
FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL AWARDS NSL, a Marston Holdings company CONTRACT EXTENSION
EPPING, ESSEX, 28 APRIL 2021 – Folkestone & Hythe District Council has awarded NSL, a Marston Holdings company, a three-year contract extension for the provision of parking enforcement and debt recovery services. Under this contract, which was originally awarded in 2017, NSL will continue to provide enforcement of on and off-street parking regulations, including the management of coastal car parks, special events and ongoing liaison with the police.
A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “Over the period of the contract, NSL has consistently demonstrated the ability to enforce parking contraventions in a fair and professional manner whilst acting as a seamless extension to our own services. Also, when required, the company has gone the extra mile to assist in other areas including the enforcement of illegal HGV parking in residential areas near the M20.”
Mark Hoskin, Group Business Development Director at Marston Holdings, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract extension which recognises our ability to work in partnership with local authorities to provide efficient, value for money and high-quality parking enforcement and debt recovery services. These services form a key part of Marston Holdings’ wider portfolio of end-to-end transportation and enforcement solutions which include urban design, CCTV and parking enforcement and notice processing through to debt recovery.”
NSL is part of Marston Holdings and the UK’s leading provider of parking enforcement services. With over 4000 highly trained frontline colleagues, parking professionals, comprehensive back office and customer support services along with access to the latest technologies, the company can shape the entire parking environment to balance the needs of all users and maximise compliance. Marston Holdings is the UK’s largest provider of High Court debt and recovery services and comprises a number of market-leading companies including CCTV enforcement company Videalert, Project Centre, a streetscape design, engineering and landscape architecture consultancy and ParkTrade, a leading European provider of road tolling and charging solutions.
Fleet Advantage Announces Several Key Organization Promotions
Team Promotions Reflect Significant Work Ethic and DedicationDuring an Unprecedent Year Due to the Pandemic
FORT LAUDERDALE –Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in fleet data analytics, fleet financing solutions, and fleet lifecycle cost management (LCCM) today announced several promotions within its organization. The promotions are a testament to the continued commitment and dedication provided by the Fleet Advantage team to their clients and partners.
Bill Ten Eyck, CTP and Don Davis, CTP have each been promoted to Senior Vice President National Accounts.Ten Eyckpossesses over 38 years of experience in the areas of equipment leasing and finance, transportation management, dedicated contract carriage and global supply chain management, as well as management of national private fleets.
Davis has been focused on growing the company’s overall Lease Origination portfolio by helping national clients replace and upgrade thousands of trucks. Davis has an extensive background in truck fleet operations and finance having served with other companies within the industry prior to his role at Fleet Advantage.
Matt de Aguiar has been promoted to Chief Strategist to the CEO where he is focused on increasing collaboration, workflow discipline and overseeing internal and external processes. De Aguiar has been with Fleet Advantage for nearly two years, and he has made an immediate mark on the company in helping to address some of the systemic challenges while fostering greater collaboration between teams and ongoing projects.
Katerina Jones has been promoted to Vice President Marketing and Business Development. A seven-year veteran of Fleet Advantage, Jones independently leads the marketing departmentand drives awareness in the trucking industry through cultivating strategic campaigns and concepts that ultimately grab the attention of decision-makers in top fleet organizations. She also plays a direct and instrumental role in the onboarding of new clients due to the structured marketing approach she has put together and implemented.
Jackie Jacobs, CLFP has been promoted to Senior Fleet Transaction Analyst and Project Manager where she plays an intricate role by spearheading data analytics and equipment procurement strategies for the Transaction Management Team. Jacobs also played a crucial part in the development of the LCCM Software within the company’s data-driven and award-winning technology platformATLAAS Unified (Advanced Truck Life Cycle Administrative Analytics Software). Through ongoing analysis, reporting and statistical modeling, Jacobs helps Fleet Advantage provide custom truck data analytics reports for its customers and bank partners to examine cost metrics and to establish an optimal fleet modernization strategy.
Shayna Sweet has been promoted to Senior Operations Administrator. She has been with Fleet Advantage for more than six years and is responsible for administrative functions throughout key processes involving contracts, invoicing, preparing Power of Attorney for funding packages, registration and titling. Sweet also plays an instrumental role in organizing various tax exemption forms and has an excellent working relationship with customers, licensing agents and teams within the company.
“Fleet Advantage has an extremely talented team in place with industry skill sets that position the organization well for future success and growth,” said John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage.“These promotions reflect the leadership and work ethic of the team, as well as their commitment to the many clients and partners we serve throughout the fleet industry.”
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.
Township Of Maplewood, New Jersey, Partners With ParkMobile To Offer Contactless Parking Payments
ParkMobile continues to expand availability throughout the Garden State, replacing MobileNOW!
Maplewood, NJ – ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., announced today a new partnership with the Township of Maplewood, New Jersey, enabling residents and visitors to pay for parking on their mobile device. The ParkMobile app is now available at nearly 200 off-street spaces for commuters in the Train Station Lot and the Baker Street lot. ParkMobile replaces both the MobileNOW! and ParkSmarter apps.
The ParkMobile app is the #1 parking app in the U.S., with over 23 million users, and is available for both iPhone and Android devices. ParkMobile can also be accessed on a mobile web browser for those who do not want to download an app. To pay for parking using the mobile or web app, a user enters the zone number posted on signs around the parking spot, selects the amount of time needed, and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. The user can also extend the time of the parking session on their mobile device.
ParkMobile offers all the same features and functionality as MobileNOW! and ParkSmarter but has a better user experience and is available in many more locations in the immediate area and across the country. Other differences include ParkMobile’s 24/7/365 customer service and additional payment options like PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
ParkMobile has a large base of users in New Jersey and across the Tri-State Area.
There are currently over 2 million users in the state where the app is available in most major cities, including Newark, Hoboken, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and more. Beyond the Garden State, the app can be used to pay for parking in over 450 cities across the U.S. and is widely available along the Northeast corridor from Washington, DC., to Philadelphia, to New York City.
“The Township of Maplewood is very pleased to offer the popular ParkMobile app to our residents, commuters and visitors,” says Glenn Michalowski, Assistant Towsnhip Administrator. “This is the most widely used parking app in the state of New Jersey, making it an easy transition from the previous apps and helping us drive more contactless parking payments.”
“ParkMobile is excited to expand our availability in New Jersey with the launch of the Township of Maplewood,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We are available all across Garden State, making it quick and easy to use one app pay for parking wherever you go.”
ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities, as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.
VIDEALERT EXPANDS MOBILE ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE OPERATIONS WITH NEW TECHNICAL APPOINTMENT
PINNER, MIDDLESEX, 28 APRIL 2021 – Videalert, part of Marston Holdings and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic enforcement and management solutions, has announced the appointment of Rupert Hector as an electronics engineer at the company’s Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) engineering hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
Rupert Hector joins direct from Siemens where he completed an electronics technician apprenticeship. He will be responsible for assisting in the development and production of and expanding range of multi-purpose MEVs which includes fully electric cars, vans and bikes as well as hybrid and other fuel variants. Each MEV is equipped with a full suite of traffic and parking management applications which can also be retrofitted to vehicles from other suppliers.
According to Rob Kinch, Technology and Innovation Director at Videalert: “This appointment will enable us to meet the increasing demand from local authorities wanting multi-purpose MEVs that offer the flexibility to be used immediately in a wide range of applications as well as providing the ability to enforce moving traffic contraventions when legislation permits. Rupert will also help boost further ongoing technical development of our MEVs.”
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 and enforcement 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 or contact:
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