Emeryville, California, Introduces Contactless Parking Payments with the ParkMobile App
People in the city will be able to skip the meter and easily pay for parking on their mobile device
Emeryville, CA — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., announced today a new partnership with the City of Emeryville, California, to enable residents and visitors to pay for parking on their mobile device. ParkMobile is the city’s first mobile parking app and will be available at over 500 parking spaces around town. With the recent COVID-19 crisis, city leaders encourage residents and visitors to use the app instead of the meter or pay station to prevent the spread of the virus.
The ParkMobile app is the #1 parking app in the U.S., with over 22 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 already has over 2.4 million users in the State of California. The app is widely available in most major cities in Northern and Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Berkeley, Monterey, Newport Beach, and more. Additionally, ParkMobile can be used to pay for parking at many colleges and universities in the state including, UCLA, Stanford, University of San Diego, Cal Poly, and San Jose State.
“Emeryville is thrilled to announce this new partnership with ParkMobile,” says Amber Evans, Economic and Community Development Coordinator with responsibility for installing paid parking in Emeryville “We know that people generally prefer to pay for parking with a mobile app, affording a touchless experience, and we are happy to provide this option to our residents and visitors, creating a better overall experience in the city.”
“ParkMobile is pleased to add Emeryville to our growing network of locations in California,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We have a large base of users in the state, making it easy for people to use one app for contactless parking payments wherever they 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.
ParkMobile Contact: Jeff Perkins, CMO, email@example.com
Emeryville Contact: Amber Evans, Community Development Cooordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Westward Industries’ GO-4 EV now patrolling around 15,000 parking spots at San Francisco International Airport
Three units of the newest Westward Industries’ GO-4 EV are the latest green and sustainable addition to the current Airport fleet. The GO-4 is the only long-lasting vehicle designed specifically for parking enforcement.
Winnipeg, MB– Manufacturer Westward Industries, in partnership with Municipal Maintenance Equipment (MME), U.S. based dealership, have recently delivered three green and sustainable vehicles to SFO Airport. This follows a long and continued partnership between the manufacturer and the dealer who have been supplying parking enforcement vehicles to the Airport for over a decade.
The demand for green utility vehicles is on the rise both for safety and environmental reasons.
Westward Industries GO-4 enables parking management operators to perform their jobs in a smarter and faster way. The center operator cockpit demonstrated itself to be particularly functional during the Covid pandemic where six feet of distance orders are in place. The unique double sliding door for left or right curbside access offer safe navigation for workers while minimizing traffic interruption. The vehicle was first launched in 1990, redesigned as an EV in 2014 and improved continuously by specialized engineers and technicians.
The green GO-4 is powered 100% by long-lasting high-quality Lithium-ion batteries, making the vehicle much more friendly to the environment. Each vehicle may save 6.2 tons of CO2 per year compared to a typical small SUV. Ongoing costs are also a fraction of traditional vehicles. Nationwide an average charge for the GO-4 EV is only $2 for 100 miles. When considering these savings, and reduced maintenance costs, the GO-4 EV quickly becomes an intelligent long-term investment.
Chris Franz, VP at Westward comments, “We are sincerely enthused at seeing so much genuine interest from fleets to move more sustainable. When we began offering an electric utility vehicle in 2014, so few agencies were ready to adopt. Today we have the fortune of refining our platform over 7 years. Our EV is now becoming more cost efficient than our fuel model over a 7-year cost analysis. As electric vehicles gain this cost advantage, we will see more municipalities embrace them.”
James Wheeler, GM at MME “We are excited to support a strong product like the GO-4 that is embracing EV technology and we look forward to a bright sustainable future in this category.”
Westward Industries has five different vehicles in their portfolio of utility and commercial vehicles for nearly every industry. For more information about the GO-4 and Westward Industries visit westwardindustries.com or request a free online webinar at email@example.com.
About Westward Industries
Built tough in North America. Westward Industries is a manufacture of long lasting, task-specific, utility vehicles. The well-known GO-4 series is the premier compact parking management vehicle used by fleets across the country. License plate recognition now offered factory direct. Our new MAX-EV line is designed to be robust, long lasting, versatile, low-speed, street legal utility vehicles for various fleet utility applications such as; landscaping, delivery, vector control and more, with Lithium-Ion Technology. The full portfolio includes the GO-4 Parking Vehicle SD, GO-4 XTF Flat Deck HD, GO-4 XTR Refuse Hauler, MAX-EV 4-wheel LSV and the NEW MAX-EV 3 – 3-wheel transporter.
About the GO-4
Designed specifically for parking management & enforcement with center operator seating and easy curb access from both sides. Safely navigate congested areas. Built strong with a 2.5-inch steel rollbar. The GO-4 has been developed with two efficient drivetrains, a 100% electric platform with up to a 100-mile range, or a 1.0L gasoline 3-cylinder automotive engine. Comfort upgrades available like the very popular Knoedler premium air ride seat, air conditioning, Bluetooth radio, full-length rear-view mirrors, back up sensors, nerf bars, safety glass film and more. Turn-key factory direct LPR (License Plate Reader) models also available, Westward partners with leading LPR vendors offering todays latest technologies. Currently serving industries like police & parking departments, university campuses, security patrol, water meter reading, airports, and more.
Contact: Chris Franz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge Architectural Metal Mesh with Flying Boat Graphics Memorializes Miami’s
Seaplane History on New Public Parking Garage
–Aviation images on stainless fabric add to Art in Public Places program–
Cambridge, Maryland – Shimmering Cambridge Architectural metal mesh designed to obscure vehicle visibility at Miami’s new Grove Bay public parking garage is also the canvas for a series of bold graphics that pay homage to the historic seaplanes that once flew from the site.
The garage’s location at Coral Grove’s Dinner Key was home to the first continental naval air station in the early 1900s and later became the base for Pan American Airways flying boats serving Havana and South America destinations from 1930 – 1945.
A public-private venture between the City of Miami, Miami Parking Authority and investors, the garage will serve customers at Regatta Harbour’s retail shops, restaurants and marina as well as visitors to Miami City Hall, the former art deco Pan American terminal.
“The project’s location is directly visible from a prominent street and at the gateway to City Hall, said Marcel Morlote, AIA, senior vice president at Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners. “It required that the building’s façade be attractive and imaginative.”
The second and third floors – on four out of five sides of the garage – are covered with Cambridge’s Lanier pattern. The metal mesh features eight images of Clipper flying boats interspersed with milestone dates and aviation descriptors that are powder-coated on the stainless fabric.
“The mesh designs,” said Morlote, “provided the best option to achieve several seemingly contradictory requirements: block direct visibility of automobiles as required by code; be open enough to satisfy the owner’s requirements; and act as a canvas for artwork to fulfill the City’s Art in Public Places mandate.”
The City requires developers to spend 1.5 percent of budget on public art for all new building projects. The flying boat graphics memorialize a piece of Miami history in a contemporary fashion, said Morlote.
Cambridge’s durable stainless mesh – woven by artisans on Maryland’s Eastern Shore – delivers several important functional benefits according to the company’s Sales Manager Ivan Zorn.
“With a 48 percent open area, the mesh conceals vehicles from the outside while accommodating open air flow requirements for ventilation and providing a tightly woven medium to apply the powder-coated graphics,” said Zorn. “The tensioned mesh panels also comply with Florida building codes for wind force and hurricane resistance.”
At total of 267 stainless mesh panels – 10,356 square feet – were installed on the 333-space garage.
The garage and mesh are lit at night.
Garage Owner: City of Miami, Miami Parking Authority and Grove Bay Investment Group
Architect: Wolfberg Alvarez Partners
Stainless Steel Mesh: Cambridge Architectural
Graphics: Rendered images by Will Hemsley V with powder coating by Metal Arc
General Contractor: MCM
Installer: L&S Erectors
About Cambridge Architectural
Cambridge Architectural is one of the most experienced full-service providers of sustainable architectural mesh systems for both interior and exterior building applications. As a world leader in tensioned mesh systems, Cambridge Architectural metal fabric solutions lend unique aesthetic appeal, functionality, affordability and sustainable benefits to a variety of structures interior and exterior. Cambridge Architectural offers full system design, engineering and collaboration from concept through installation – in the most challenging building environments and under the strictest budgets. Cambridge Architectural metal fabric systems are categorized by the primary applications they serve, including parking structures, exterior shades, facades, canopies, curtains and others. As a member of the United States Green Building Council, Cambridge Architectural is committed to promoting methods, technology and products resulting in environmentally responsible and healthy buildings. The Cambridge Architectural team develops systems that meet or exceed LEED requirements and provides consultation and direction on a project-by-project basis. Visit www.CambridgeArchitectural.com for more information.
PayByPhone Partners with Epic Parking to Bring Contactless Parking to The Toronto Area
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Residents and visitors of the Toronto area will now have a better parking experience thanks to PayByPhone when parking at Epic Parking locations across Toronto. The leading global provider of mobile parking payment solutions, is expanding to over 900 private off-street parking spaces, now providing a contactless choice to drivers to pay for parking.
“Epic Parking and other Private lot operators around the world are looking at parking more strategically – clearly understanding the impact of parking on its residents and visitors,” said Roamy Valera, CEO of PayByPhone. “We strive to bring our experience to our parking operator partnerships to deliver a safe and frictionless parking experience for their operations and their drivers.”
“We want to give our residents and visitors access to safe and frictionless parking options anytime, and we found the perfect partner in PayByPhone,” said Matthew Clermont, Epic Parking.
PayByPhone is a hassle-free solution for over 35 million registered drivers, allowing them to pay for parking with just their smartphone. The app sends text messages automatically when a parking session expires, and gives drivers the ability to extend their parking session without needing to return to their vehicle. Drivers can also begin a session without registering for an account, making it ideal for those who are pressed for time.
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.
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ACCESS PROFESSIONAL SYSTEMS EXPANDS ARIZONA OPERATIONS
As Part of the Expansion, the Company is Moving to New Offices at 475 E. Monroe Street in Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ – Access Professional Systems announced today that it has expanded its Phoenix operations, moving into new offices at 475 E. Monroe Street in Phoenix. The new expanded Phoenix offices will accommodate Access Professional System’s rapidly growing Arizona workforce from which the company will serve the entire state of Arizona. Access Professional Systems is Arizona’s sole provider of TIBA Parking Solutions parking access and revenue control equipment and the only company in the state authorized to maintain and service TIBA equipment.
“We are excited to be expanding our Arizona operations,” said Chris Scheppmann, president of Access Professional Systems. “In having expanded our business into Arizona just a few months ago, the response of the local market has been overwhelming. We look forward to being a vibrant part of the Arizona business community for many years to come.”
Access Professional Systems is an experienced TIBA Certified Value-Added Reseller and the leading TIBA sales and support partner in Southern California and (now) Arizona. Access Professional Systems is particularly well-known as a systems integrator and turn-key provider of advanced parking technologies. Ranging from design work, consultation, implementation, support and comprehensive maintenance of the technologies they deploy. In addition to parking technology, the company provides installation and support of gate automation systems, commercial doors, building access control systems, and video surveillance systems.
About Access Professional Systems
Access Professional Systems (APS) is a leading provider of parking technology. Founded in 1977, APS has been providing comprehensive parking and gate automation, access control, video surveillance, and parking guidance solutions for over 40 years. APS can be found online at https://www.accessprofessionals.com
RICH & ASSOCIATES LEADS TEAM THAT DESIGNED FORD MOTOR COMPANY’S GROUNDBREAKING NEW BAGLEY PARKING HUB IN DETROIT
Southfield, MI (February 18, 2021)—Rich & Associates, the world’s oldest firm dedicated solely to parking design, planning, and management, announced today that it led the multi-discipline team that designed Ford Motor Company’s new Bagley Parking Hub. Rich & Associates designed the structure and is providing ongoing parking engineering consultation through the construction process. With design completed, construction of the groundbreaking mobility hub is about to commence and should be completed in 2022.
“We are proud to be playing such an important role on this pioneering project,” said David Rich, Vice President of Rich & Associates. “From day one, Ford challenged our team to create a facility that’s more than just a parking garage. Through their vision, and the expertise of the entire design group, we are creating a mobility hub that will serve as a model for cities and private owners across the globe.”
The Bagley Parking Hub will be a state-of-the-art mobility center located in Detroit’s Corktown Neighborhood. In addition to parking, it will offer micro-mobility solutions, including e-bikes and scooters. The technology-enabled environment will also offer electric vehicle charging stations, smart parking and automated payment technologies, parking guidance systems, and smart lockers. The hub will also enhance street life through exterior artwork, two new public plazas, green spaces, and a tree canopy.
The Bagley Parking Hub will be part of a landmark 30-acre mobility Innovation District being built by Ford Motor Company around Michigan Central Station. The vision includes creating an open platform for innovators, startups, entrepreneurs, and other partners from around the world to develop, test, and launch new mobility solutions on real-world streets, in real-world situations. In addition to the Bagley Parking Hub, the development revolves around four buildings: Michigan Central Station; the Book Depository, which sits adjacent to the station and is being revitalized into a maker space; The Factory, which is already home to the company’s autonomous vehicle business unit; and a newly constructed development to the west of the station. The parking hub will connect the site buildings and serve as an entry-point to visitors.
Other members of the Bagley Parking Hub’s design team include the architectural and planning firm ROSSETTI, Strategic Energy Solutions and Giffels Webster.
About Rich & Associates
Rich & Associates (R&A) is the nation’s foremost parking consulting firm, providing customized solutions for every type of parking need. Founded in 1963, Rich & Associates’ industry-leading role as planners, designers, developers, and operators comes from our focused expertise in the ever-changing field of parking and mobility. In keeping with our founding principles, we provide innovative approaches to all aspects of parking. Working as a cohesive team, while partnering with our clients, we deliver quality services and successful customized solutions to meet the unique needs of each parking project. Rich & Associates can be found online at www.richassoc.com.
Filling up hotels’ empty parking lots: a.Lot Parking on a mission in Hollywood
With hotel occupancy rate dropping by 50%+ across the U.S. due to COVID-19, this hotel is driving new customers to… its parking lot.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2021 — Hotel parking lots are usually overflowing with hotel guests, staff and vendors. However, something unbelievable happened over the last year and hotels are empty. The hospitality industry is suffering big losses during the pandemic all across the country and around the world.
A crisis of such scope is the right timing for new generation technologies to change the ways important and yet often underestimated assets, like parking spaces, are managed and utilized.
The Hollywood Hotel, a beautiful classic Hollywood hotel located at 1160 N. Vermont Ave, in Hollywood, California, did just that and partnered with a.Lot Parking, a provider of touchless parking technology solutions, to upgrade their parking lot. This proved to be a great decision to meet COVID-19 challenges.
First of all, the Hollywood Hotel wanted to minimize its parking management. A.Lot Parking team has installed a revenue management and touchless access control software re-using all existing parking control hardware such a barrier arms and gates, induction loops and traffic signals. Since a.Lot Parking technology is fully digital, cloud-based and touchless, it can be managed remotely at anytime from anywhere. This has eliminated a need for extra operational costs and enabled the hotel’s front-desk staff to manage all parking operations, from reservations, user permissions and revenue settings.
It turned out that “touchless” became a key word in 2020 helping the Hollywood Hotel not only to deliver the highest quality safety standards to its hotel and parking clients, but also to avoid extra resources making sure that the equipment is constantly cleaned and possible to use.
The next question was – how to bring more customers to the underutilized parking lot located in the middle of Hollywood, one of the busiest urban areas in Los Angeles? The biggest help came from a.Lot Parking seamless integration with SpotHero, the digital parking leader and only independent off-street parking marketplace in North America. Millions of drivers use SpotHero’s mobile apps and website to find, book and access off-street parking in over 7,000 locations across 300 cities in the U.S. and Canada. This feature has helped Hollywood Hotel to attract customers from surrounding businesses like medical facilities and municipal essential services offices. Seeing parking revenue rising during the times of red numbers showed the potential of digital solution from a.Lot Parking that enabled the parking sharing in expensive and usually very busy locations like Hollywood.
Kian Zarrinnam from The Hollywood Hotel, said a.Lot Parking provided solutions that fit the Hotel’s needs: “The Hollywood Hotel and a.Lot Parking became partners by listening to each other’s needs and ultimately fulfilling them now and into the future. At the end of the day it’s all about time, and a parking system must be simple with as little maintenance, effort and cost as possible. Time equates to money!”
About a.Lot Parking:
A.Lot Parking Solutions specializes in touchless parking management and access control systems for commercial buildings, healthcare facilities and hospitality industries. A.Lot cloud-based Parking Management Platform (PMP) use license plate recognition (LPR) for touchless access control and mobile app for touchless payments. The PMP offers comprehensive analytics platform and maximizes return on parking assets.
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ZipBy USA LLC awarded Breakthrough Technology agreement with Premier
Inglewood, CA. – ZipBy USA LLC has been awarded a group purchasing agreement as a Breakthrough Technology: Contactless Parking and Revenue Control Solution (PARCS) with Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. Effective 12/1/2020, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for ZipBy’s contactless parking solution.
Brooks Ellis, President, ZipBy USA commented, “This Breakthrough Technology award designation with Premier marks a significant step for ZipBy. As the first product to receive this designation in the Parking Equipment and Parking Management solutions category, it clearly illustrates the unique benefits of ZipBy in delivering a solution to enhance the patient, staff, and visitor experience, while also improving clinical outcomes by reducing the touch points in parking management without compromising on controls.”
ZipBy is a fully integrated, all-inclusive, touchless and ticketless Parking Access Revenue Control solution. ZipBy is a complete parking ecosystem that provides unprecedented convenience and flexibility to the parker, facility owner, and operator. It is the only system that enables parkers to Enter, Exit and Pay for parking, with a guaranteed 100% Revenue Capture that does not require the driver to interact with a smartcard, electronic device or the parking system equipment.
About Premier: Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and 200,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.
About ZipBy USA: ZipBy USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMA Group of Companies Limited, an Australian business established in 1982. ZipBy is 100% owned, developed and operated by TMA Group of Companies Limited. TMA is a multinational company and maintains operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, North America, Hong Kong and Thailand.
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Parking Industry Veteran, Bret Johnson, Starts New Role At West Town Payments
Bret Johnson, a veteran in providing credit card processing services to the parking industry has recently started a new role at West Town Payments.
Bret was formerly at TSYS where he was the company’s parking industry specialist for 16 years and was responsible for producing over 2,000,000 credit card transactions annually for the industry. His expertise is credit card processing, including revenue control systems and PCI compliance, has made him a sought-after speaker at many national and regional parking conferences, such as IPMI and PIE.
In his new role, Bret seeks to provide credit card processing services tailored to the parking industry to help companies simplify their processes and improve cash flow.
About West Town Payments:
West Town Payments, LLC and West Town Bank & Trust have partnered together to offer a full-service payments offering to the parking industry. West Town Payments provides compliance-focused, technology-enabled payment processing solutions to merchants throughout the U.S. The Company offers a highly secure, comprehensive commerce platform for physical point-of-sale or online merchants, with West Town Bank & Trust providing merchant deposit accounts and treasury management services on the back end. In addition to its strategic banking partnership, West Town Payments is a direct acquirer through Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, and is well-equipped with the experience, resources and compliance-driven framework to partner with businesses in any industry.