NextGen Parking announces availability of EMV retrofits for 3M/Federal APD parking revenue control equipment

December 13, 2017

 

 

NextGen Parking announces availability of EMV retrofits for 3M/Federal APD parking revenue control equipment

 

 

 

 

NextGen Parking has announced the availability of EMV retrofits for 3M/Federal APD parking revenue control equipment which ensure the continued viability of those systems well into the future. Having completed engineering development and testing of this offering over the past year, NextGen has commenced installations at selected sites and delivery of kits for installation by other former 3M/FAPD resellers.

 

 

3M’s departure from the parking business in 2014 left owners and operators of 3M/FAPD ScanNet and EFMS based PARCS systems with questions over ongoing PCI compliance, particularly as relates to PA/DSS software certification. While EFMS & ScanNet systems installed before November 2016 retain their status as PA/DSS certified payment applications, concerns have been raised as to their continued compliance with PCI DSS requirements given the lack of ongoing application support by the software developer and discontinued operating environments. Additionally, MasterCard’s recent requirements for merchant support of 2 Series BIN (Bank Identification Number) transactions present a new challenge for 3M/FAPD system owners and operators.

NextGen’s retrofit for 3M/FAPD systems removes PARCS Software (EFMS or ScanNet) from PCI scope as a payment application and eliminates the requirement for PA/DSS compliance. Additionally, the retrofit provides EMV (chip card) readers in a full PCI validated Point-to-Point Encrypted (P2PE) solution from Payment Express, a world leader in secure payment card transaction processing. Finally, 2 BIN transactions are fully supported as would be other future developments from card issuers.

Retrofits can be installed on 3M/FAPD pay-on-foot, pay-in-lane, credit card exit verifier, and PowerPad payment devices of either SST or Universal One generations of equipment. This replaces Central Credit Card functionality but does not utilize any former 3M/FAPD proprietary property nor does it require substantial modification or replacement of installed equipment components or software. Reports and other system features & standard functionality remain largely unaffected.

EMV retrofits are available from NextGen and other former 3M VARs and FAPD distributors who are knowledgeable and experienced in servicing 3M/FAPD equipment.

NextGen Parking is a PCI Security Standards Council Qualified Integrator & Reseller (QIR) Company and PARCS distributor based in Houston, Texas, serving parking markets in the South Central and Southeastern U.S.

www.nextgenparking.net

Park Assist®: Parking Just Became Easier at the Natick Mall

December 13, 2017

 

 

Park Assist®: Parking Just Became Easier at the Natick Mall

 

 

 

NATICK – The Natick Mall has parking for more than 7,100 vehicles, but during the busy holiday shopping season it can seem like there are no parking spots available. The Natick Mall has installed a new system called Park Assist, which it hopes will help customers and employees have an easier time to park.

 

“It’s essentially a parking navigation system,” said Jennifer Kearney, Natick Mall senior general manager, on Saturday. “The goal is there to be no frustration, no driving up and down the rows looking for a spot. Now you can know if there’s a spot there before you even try to look.”

Park Assist debuted on Black Friday, the busiest Black Friday in three years, she said.

“How it works is, every parking garage has a lighted alert board – red if the lot is full and green if the lot has spots. It also has the number of spots available in each lot. The alert board is updated in real time, meaning that if a car pulls out of a spot, the number in instantly updated. There are sensors throughout the parking lot and it updates it right away,” Kearney said. “The employees who work in the mall love it, too.”

One of those employees, Jim Brovelli, who works at Temper-Pedic, said Park Assist, and the new lighting the mall also installed in the parking garages, makes things a lot easier for him to get to work. “The flow seems to be a lot better,” he said. “I like that you can see down the row and see if there’s a green light or a red light so you know if there’s parking. The lighting is good, too. It just makes it feel safer.”

Peter Quigley of Natick said he did not notice the new Park Assist system when he pulled into the parking garage near Sears. He said he has been parking in that garage for years and it’s a habit. But, he said, he thinks the system will be good for customers. “The mall is something compared to the mall in the past,” he said, speaking of its growth.

Park Assist is not new for General Growth Properties, the mall’s owners. The company have installed it in other malls across the country, including earlier this year at the Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island. It took about seven months to install the system. Kearney said she did not have an exact cost for the project. “It was pricey, but the capital investment was worth it for our customers,” she said.

 

About Park Assist:

Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera based parking guidance installations in the world. Our technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.6 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.

 

About Natick Mall:

Natick Mall is a greater Boston’s destination of choice for family-friendly shopping and dining. It allows visitors to explore over 250 stores in the heart of the Golden Triangle shopping districts, including numerous children’s retailers. For more information, visit www.natickmall.com

Scheidt & Bachmann Acquires Majority Stake in evopark

December 11, 2017

 

Scheidt & Bachmann Acquires Majority Stake in evopark

 

 

Porsche remains a close strategic partner

 

Fort Collins introduces FC parking application, powered by Passport

December 08, 2017

 

Fort Collins introduces FC parking application, powered by Passport

 

 

 

FC Parking makes paying for parking easier and quicker

 

 

 

FORT COLLINS, Colo., (Dec. 8, 2017)  The City of Fort Collins today announced the launch of the FC Parking mobile application. The app was created by Passport, the global parking technology leader who powers the parking apps for large cities like Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Detroit.

 

 

“It is really important for us to make parking as easy as possible,” said Craig Dubin, communications and administration manager at the City of Fort Collins. “By partnering with Passport to launch FC Parking, we are bringing a more convenient way to pay for parking at the new Firehouse Alley Garage.”

 

The app is now available to use to pay for parking sessions at over 200 parking spaces and drivers will soon be able to pay at parking meters across the city.

 

The FC Parking app makes parking easy by allowing users to purchase parking with a debit or credit card from their smartphones. Drivers no longer have to carry around change or run back to the meter.  In addition to paying for parking, users can monitor their parking sessions, extend parking time remotely, view payment history, and receive email receipts.

 

“We are proud to bring our mobile payments technology to Fort Collins,” said Phil Endres, sales executive at Passport. “With FC Parking, users can conveniently navigate their parking experience with a few taps on their smartphones.”

 

The FC Parking app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at parking.fcgov.com.

 

 

 

 

 

About Passport

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 400 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients. Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.

 

 

 

 

Impark Deploys  New Parking App in Canada

December 08, 2017

 

Impark Deploys  New Parking App in Canada

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 7, 2017): Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) announced today the deployment at parking facilities throughout Canada of hangTagTM, a new parking app. HangTag allows parkers to conveniently locate parking facilities on a map, view lot details, get driving directions, and pay for parking without going to the meter. The app also provides an early notification when a session is about to expire, allowing parkers to extend time right from their phone.

 

 

 

“Impark is excited to deliver this innovative and improved digital experience to our customers. We conducted extensive consumer research into what parking app users would find most valuable, and hangTag precisely matches those results,” commented Gordon Craig, Impark’s president of Canadian operations. “We’re confident that parkers will appreciate the new search features, and with the ability to easily add more time as needed, they can park with the peace of mind that they won’t overstay. In addition, we know that being able to access parking receipts from the app is an easy and secure way to track those business expenses.”

 

HangTag was first launched in August at Impark facilities in Vancouver, BC, and has since expanded to over 860 Impark locations across Canada, with plans for further expansion of the service through the company’s operations in the United States.

 

Hangtag is currently available for use at parking facilities in Vancouver and the B.C. Lower Mainland, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

 

 

hangTag™ is a new parking platform that allows you to pay for parking right from your smartphone in a few easy steps.  For more information: www.hangtag.io

 

 

Imperial Parking Corporation (Impark), with headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is one of the largest parking and transportation management companies in North America with approximately 3,400 locations, and over 9,000 employees.  For more information: www.impark.com

Sixt Wins Expedia Award for Innovative Marketing

December 08, 2017

 

Sixt Wins Expedia Award for Innovative Marketing

 

 

In receiving Expedia Media Solutions 2017 Partner Award, Sixt earns recognition from Expedia for excellence and creativity in running creative digital marketing campaigns, another reason why the company continues to grow and thrive in the U.S. market

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL—December 7, 2017) Sixt Rent-a-Car, the world’s premiere affordable luxury car rental service with more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries, is renowned around the world for its one-of-a-kind Sixt Experience, meeting the unique needs of every customer with world-class service. The company is attracting attention for its rapid expansion in the United States, opening new locations in new markets, as well as launching a new North American corporate headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just last month.

Today, Sixt is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Expedia® Media Solutions, the advertising arm of Expedia, Inc., as a winner of its annual 2017 Partner Awards program, which honors innovative marketing campaigns from partners across the globe. Presented at the annual Expedia Partner Conference, the awards acknowledge partner campaigns that demonstrate innovation, creativity and achievement in travel marketing.

“Sixt is a well-established, iconic mobility brand in Europe and around the globe, but we’ve only been here in the U.S. market since 2011. That’s why we work hard every day to introduce ourselves to American consumers, communicating our values and unique offering as a company. We’re relentless in looking for fresh and creative ways to share and spread that message, and that’s why we so deeply appreciate partnering with Expedia, “said Daniel Florence, Sixt USA Co-President. “We’ve had great success collaborating with their team, which has been a key to Sixt’s rising to become the 5th largest car rental company in the U.S. in such a short period of time. We’re grateful to receive this award, and will continue to push the envelope and move forward with this successful partnership.”

 

Sixt worked with Expedia Media Solutions to create an integrated campaign to reach travelers across Expedia’s U.S. network of brands including Expedia.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapTickets and Hotwire. The integrated campaign included display media targeting shoppers that were searching for destinations in the U.S. and Europe, and led them to a dedicated car rental page that was compatible with multiple devices. The campaign leveraged first-party travel behavior insights and strategic targeting, which allowed Sixt to reach more travelers than ever before. The return on ad spend (ROAS) across all the branded ROAS reached 10:1. The campaign also realized click through rates as high as 2.5 percent.

Sixt was one of twelve brands recognized by Expedia Media Solutions at this year’s Partner Conference. Read Expedia’s Blog Post on Sixt here, and go here to see more information about the awards.

Helpful Links:

Forbes on Sixt https://goo.gl/QoNuVd
Website https://www.sixt.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sixt.rentacar.usa/
Twitter https://twitter.com/SixtUSA
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sixtusa/

 

About Sixt:

Sixt SE has its registered headquarters in Pullach near Munich and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and corporate customers as well as private travelers. With representations in over 100 countries worldwide Sixt is continually expanding its presence. The Company’s strengths lie in the high proportion of premium cars in the vehicle fleet, its employees’ consistent service orientation and a good price-performance ratio. Taken together these strengths have given Company an excellent market position. Sixt was founded in 1912 and maintains alliances with renowned brands in the hotel industry, well-known airlines and numerous prominent service providers in the tourism sector. The Sixt Group generates revenues of EUR 2.4 billion (2016). http://about.sixt.com/

Passport Enables Mobile Payments and Digital Permits while also streamlining Enforcement Software At Metro North Parking Lots  

December 05, 2017

 

 

Passport Enables Mobile Payments and Digital Permits while also streamlining Enforcement Software At Metro North Parking Lots  

 

Mobile app PassportParking makes parking easier for Metro North commuters

 

 

 

New York, NY (December 5, 2017) — Metro North riders can now pay for parking through their smartphones by downloading the free PassportParking mobile app. The app enables drivers to conveniently pay for their parking at any of the 15,000+ parking spaces in parking lots and monthly permits, managed by LAZ, along the Metro North Rail Line. PassportParking is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.

 

Users can also use the app to:

  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

 

In addition to launching the PassportParking app at Metro North lots, Passport is hosting over 14,000 active digital permits for those locations, and provides the citation management software that enforcement officers use to monitor all payment methods and enforce parking. The fully-integrated parking system for Metro North offered by Passport is the only vendor in the marketplace to provide an enterprise package of this nature.

 

“Passport was able to offer us a fully integrated mobile solution to help us manage our parking operations better with mobile payments, digital permits, and citation management software,” said Eric Siskind, senior vice president of LAZ.  “Metro North riders can now easily pay for their parking on the go with the PassportParking app or manage their permits online. Our enforcement officers are also able to see mobile parking sessions in real time through their mobile devices, ensuring a more accurate enforcement process.”

 

“We are excited to be offering our state of the art technology to commuters using Metro North facilities as part of nearly 90 million trips per year,” said Khristian Gutierrez, chief revenue officer at Passport. “Our cloud-based platform ensures a hassle-free parking experience and enables a one-stop shop to optimize parking management for our partners, by leveraging real-time data.”

 

Passport also provides the software for the nearly 20,000 digital permits for New York City Housing Authority, enabling residents to conveniently purchase and manage their permits online through Passport’s system, as well as the ParkWhitePlains mobile app in White Plains, NY.

 

The Passport app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and parkers can also manage parking online at ppprk.com.

 

About Passport

 

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 400 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.

 

Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

December 04, 2017

 

 

 

Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority Introduces Mobile Payment App Powered by Passport

 

Borough adds mobile parking app for quicker payment option

 

 

 

Bridgeville, PA (December 1, 2017) — Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority today announced the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows parkers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.

 

The PassportParking app makes paying for parking more convenient for residents and visitors. In addition to paying for a parking session, users can:

 

  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • Extend time remotely
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

 

“We’re thrilled to provide Bridgeville with an easier way to pay for parking,” said Joe Solomon, Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority manager. “By implementing PassportParking, we are able to provide drivers with a convenient option to pay and manage their parking sessions directly from their smartphones.”

 

“We’re excited to partner with Bridgeville Borough Parking Authority to bring our mobile payment technology to its residents and visitors,” said Sarah Russell, project manager at Passport. “Passport is proud to digitize the parking experience and we look forward to bringing more convenience and innovation to the borough.”

 

The app is available at 4 parking lots including Washington & PNC Bank, Washington & Bank Street Extension, Railroad Street and Station Street. PassportParking is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.

 

 

About Passport

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Portland, Westminster and Miami. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.

ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena

December 01, 2017

 

 

 

ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena

 

 

Since I will be attending the Gulf Traffic Conference in Dubai next week and due to the up coming Christmas Hollidays, the newsletter from ParkNews.biz will come out on Tuesdays during the month of December.

 

 

I am looking forward to getting your press releases and your news – they are always published immediately on ParkNews.biz and then mentioned in Parking Today the magazine. ParkNews.biz has become the go to source of parking, smart city and smart parking news in the USA and internationally.

Thank you for contacting Marcy Sparrow Marcy@parkingtoday.com to have your banner placed on the ParkNews.biz and in our newsletter.  (We have one spot available on our widely read newsletter.)  Your news and your banner with your call to action, create immediate opportunities for your brand and your company.

Thank you!

Have a wonderful December.

Sincerely,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

astrid@parkingtoday.com 

Vark – The Smartest Way to Valet

November 30, 2017

Vark

The Smartest Way to Valet

 

 

 

 

The word valet conveys a luxurious tone, one that paints a picture of a curbside service that would remove the effort and time it would take to self-park a vehicle.  However, the reality today involves lengthy lines and wait times, sometimes in the cold, rain or heat, which often makes this luxury feel more like a hassle – and that’s just the customer side.

 

 

 

Put yourself in the operator’s seat and things get a whole lot more complicated. Filled with plastic key tags, special grease pencils, paper tickets, expensive tablets and even more expensive kiosks.

Well Vark has the solution for both. A great experience for both the operators and the customers with minimal to no extra cost.

After talking to valets and watching the operations run, we realized that there were several ways that the valet industry could be disrupted. From this realization and the desire to provide a tool to solve these problems once and for all, the idea for Vark was born. Combining over 40 years of technology experience and thought leadership from valet consultants, we have the solution that will modernize the valet industry and provide a much better experience.

The old world process is typically a very manual operation utilizing paper tickets or dated technology like text messaging and often leaves both customers and operators wasting time and unfulfilled. This can all be eliminated by using our patent-pending valet platform called Vark. With the tap of a button:

  • Customers can request their vehicle
  • Prompt your valets to pick up a vehicle on their way back from dropping one off
  • View operational analytics
  • Provide in-app marketing to drive additional revenue
  • And so much more…

Key industries that we are serving are: Valet Operators, Hospitality, Healthcare, Cities, and Universities.

Schedule a demo with us and we would be happy to show you how it all works and check us out at www.VarkNow.com.

For any questions contact Kris Nickell directly at Kris.Nickell@Diogras.com.

 

 

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