FLOWBIRD Selected Through State of Washington Competitive Solicitation

June 18, 2018

 

 

 

FLOWBIRD Selected Through State of Washington Competitive Solicitation

 

 

Contract to save cities from going through individual bidding process

 

 

 

Flowbird Group, the name of recently merged parking and transit leaders, Parkeon and Cale, has been chosen by the State of Washington as an approved vendor for single and multi-space parking meter systems for all government entities and public benefit non-profits within the State.

 

Through a competitive solicitation for parking payment systems, conducted in partnership with the State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services, agencies in the State of Washington can contract directly with Flowbird instead of going through an individual bidding process due to the signing of Washington State Master Contract # 04417.

 

This contract is open to a broad spectrum of agencies including:

  • State Agencies
  • State Boards,
  • State Commissions
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Offices of Separate Elected Officials
  • Local Government Agencies
  • Federal Agencies
  • Washington State Tribal Entities
  • Public Benefit Non-profits

 

These agencies can choose from a wide range of Flowbird products, from both the Cale and Parkeon lines, to help manage their paid parking or admission pass systems. The contract includes the latest models of Cale’s full-color CWT Touch, Parkeon’s StradaPAL with a 7” full-color display screen, and mobile payment apps such as Whoosh! and WaytoPark.

 

Agencies can also take advantage of a host of Flowbird CLOUD services such as reporting, advanced Data Analytics, mapping, City news, localized coupons, text reminders, and citation payment at the meter.

 

The State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services went through a thorough evaluation process including a Request for Information, Request for Proposals, and vendor interviews. The evaluation committee was made up of State of Washington governmental agencies.

 

“We are extremely pleased about becoming an approved vendor for the State of Washington,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America. “This collective procurement will allow entities throughout the State to improve their parking operations quickly and benefit from the most advanced technology roadmap using a quality parking system that has gone through an exhaustive vetting process.”

 

 

Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to continue its rapid expansion across the State of Washington where Flowbird already provides solutions for more than 30 clients.  The contract began on May 8th, 2018 for a period of 6 years

 

About Flowbird

Parkeon and Cale have merged to become FLOWBIRD: Urban Intelligence. Flowbird operates in over 5,000 cities and 70 countries, using a cloud-based solution to help clients ease traffic congestion and efficiently manage their parking and transit systems.  Our significant expertise and strong investment into research and development allow us to deliver products and digital services that will help us improve individual journey experiences and make our communities better.

www.flowbird.group

University of Illinois adds mobile parking app, powered by Passport

June 18, 2018

 

 

 

University of Illinois adds mobile parking app, powered by Passport

 

 


University adds “MobileMeter” mobile parking app for convenient payments

 

 

 

Champaign, IL (June 18, 2018) —The University of Illinois announces the launch of MobileMeter, a mobile pay parking application powered by Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit. The MobileMeter app has been greatly successful in the City of Urbana and the City of Champaign. It is being adopted by the University of Illinois for a seamless experience throughout the college community and it will be available in more than 2,100 spaces across campus.

 

In addition to paying for parking, users of the MobileMeter app can monitor their parking sessions, extend sessions remotely, view payment history and receive email receipts. To use MobileMeter, parkers register, select their length of stay, enter the zone number from the meter or decal and supply payment information.

 

“Smartphone technology is an essential part of our everyday lives and parking is no exception,” said David Ivey, University of Illinois Parking Manager. “I anticipate our budding partnership with Passport will not only provide a convenient payment by app option, but also offer a more robust payment platform. Specifically, I believe this partnership will provide a critical alternative to our outgoing CashKey program. We’re excited about the potential as well as the flexibility and responsiveness of the Passport team.”

 

“The University of Illinois joins a growing number of Big Ten universities powered by Passport including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Iowa, Purdue University and the University of Nebraska,” said Tom Wiese, Passport executive. “We’re honored to partner with the university to provide a mobile solution for parking with MobileMeter.”

 

The MobileMeter parking app is free to download from the App Storeand Google Play. Drivers can also manage their parking through the mobile web at www.mobilemeter.us/.

 

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

 

Libelium celebrates The Annual IoT Conference with 100 experts on the Internet of Things from 20 countries

June 18, 2018

 

 

 

Libelium celebrates The Annual IoT Conference with 100 experts on the Internet of Things from 20 countries

 

 

Zaragoza, 18th June 2018

 

Libelium, designer and manufacturer of technology for smart cities, is holding an international conference in Spain with experts in Internet of Things solutions. Bringing together a hundred representatives from 20 worldwide countries, the event will be held on 21 and 22 June in Zaragoza, the city that hosts the Libelium headquarters.

 

 

The conference includes several working sessions in which specialists will showcase the latest IoT technology applications in two key areas: environmental sustainability and the urban environment. Participants will be able to discover the most innovative projects in precision agriculture, intelligent water management, environmental monitoring of air quality, noise pollution and intelligent parking management.

 

The event program includes the participation of international representatives of renowned multinational technology companies such as Ericsson, Vodafone, Arrow and Schreder, as well as others specialized in specific vertical solutions for improving productivity in vineyards, noise control in airports, water quality monitoring in Asian fish farms and the management of public parking spaces in shopping malls and cities.

 

Alicia Asín and David Gascón, co-founders of Libelium, will participate as hosts, revealing the latest trends in the IoT technology market in which many telecommunications companies, device manufacturers, software developers and cloud platforms operate.

 

Libelium’s technological platform is committed to the interoperability of different sensors that allow the measurement of any parameter through any wireless communication protocol and send the recorded data to multiple cloud platforms. In this way, the ecosystem of collaborating companies and alliances that Libelium has reached in recent years provide compatibility with large companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Indra, Telefónica, Nec, Ericsson and Telnet, among manyothers.

 

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the facilities of the Aragonese winery Pago Aylés (Cariñena) where Libelium has implemented a precision agriculture project to monitor the growth of the vineyards.

 

 

More information: www.libelium.com/iot-conference

City launches new end-to-end parking management solution with Passport

June 18, 2018

 

 

City launches new end-to-end parking management solution with Passport

 


Mobile parking, permits and citation management platform available in Ferndale

 

 

 

 

Ferndale, Mich. (June 18, 2018) — The City of Ferndale, Mich., announces the launch of a new end-to-end parking solution with Passport. The new system includes ParkFerndale, a modern mobile parking application that allows drivers to pay for their parking through their smartphones, a citation management platform and permit options for residents of Ferndale. The parking solution is completely powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport. The system will streamline the City’s parking operations providing more accuracy and convenience to both the City and drivers, integrating both the mobile pay, permits and citation management systems together on the same platform.

 

With the Passport citation management platform and parking platform, the two systems will run congruent with one another for a seamless client experience. The City’s enforcement officers can efficiently issue citations using wireless handheld devices and Bluetooth printers. Enforcement officers are empowered knowing that they can monitor parking, conduct digital chalking and immediately upload pictures of violations. The real-time data transfer allows parking administrators to access citation information in real time upon ticket issuance through Passport’s back office platform.

 

The new system also has a built-in Scofflaw violation tool to provide officers with instant repeat offender information. With the platform, Ferndale has the ability to track enforcement officers in real time, pull ticket density reports and analyze parking patterns to continuously improve transportation in the city. Passport’s powerful back end portal provides real-time reporting and analytics for the City to make data-driven decisions regarding Ferndale’s parking.

 

“One parking solution designed to handle all the City’s needs gives Ferndale the advantage of having a first-rate operation where everything from parking to enforcement and permits are connected,” said Ferndale Assistant City Manager, Joseph Gacioch. “This system better-equips our City with the latest technology, more precise data and the best tools to monitor and manage our transportation efforts.”

 

“Whether you’re a resident who needs to pay for parking or an enforcement officer overseeing the city’s on-street parking Passport provides a solution that supports the city and in turn, its citizens,” said Passport’s Tom Wiese. “When a city leverages real-time data they can make data-driven decisions that are right for their community.”

 

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sectors. In Michigan, Passport powers the citation management platforms in Flint and St. Joseph. It is the No. 1 mobile pay provider with millions of transactions per year in the state.

The ParkFerndale app is free to download through the App Storeor Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at Ferndale.ppprk.com. Annual, quarterly, and monthly business permits are available, as are residential permits. Permits may be purchased at www.ferndalepermits.rmcpay.com.

 

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

 

Code Blue Introduces Newest Help Point®: Centry™

June 18, 2018

 

Code Blue Introduces Newest Help Point®: Centry™

 

 

 

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN (June 18, 2018): Code Blue Corporation is pushing the security industry forward into the next generation with the introduction of Centry™, a compact IP video Help Point® now available from the industry pioneering manufacturer of emergency communication solutions.

 

Code Blue packed a lot of firsts into Centry. It is the first Help Point to include a camera integrated right into its faceplate, the first to include an embedded Station Beacon Light, that will bring the visibility of a blue

light phone indoors, and the first device to be Powered by EmerComm®, Code Blue’s new device operating system that provides increased security and functionality and allows locations to install intelligence at the edge with an agnostic system of sensors and indicators to give emergency phones full computer capabilities.

 

All of this is built on the traditions synonymous with all Code Blue Help Points, including durability, visibility and versatility.

 

“The release of Centry marks an important first step into the future of Code Blue’s emergency communication solutions,” Code Blue Chief Design Officer David Fleming said. “Not only are we bringing an exciting new Help Point to the market, but we have developed a platform in EmerComm that will serve as the backbone to our electronics for years to come.”

 

Available in either surface or flush mounts, Centry is powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE), allowing a single connection to drive both power and network connectivity to the device. Additional features include:

 

  • 1- and 2-buttonconfigurations
  • SIP protocolsupport
  • Contemporaryfaceplatedesign,withmultipleADAcompliantletteringchoiceswithBraille
  • Station Beacon Light for visualidentification
  • 3 Ethernetports
  • 3 auxiliary N.O. input contactclosures
  • 3 auxiliary N.O. output contactclosures

 

For more information, visit codeblue.com/centry or contact an authorized Code Blue representative.

 

About Code Blue

Safety has always been the No. 1 priority for Code Blue Corporation. Located in Holland, Michigan, the industry pioneering manufacturer of emergency communication solutions provides assistance to people by handcrafting products that are reliable and accessible. From our iconic blue light phone pedestals to our award-winning software, we help people feel safe by offering durable and visible security solutions that provide help at the touch of a button, while assisting first responders before, during and after an incident with a complete end-to-end system that utilizes alerting, managing, archiving and responding technology.

 

 

 

 

Portland launches its first mobile parking app, PassportParking®

June 18, 2018

 

 

 

Portland launches its first mobile parking app, PassportParking®

 

 

 

App can be used in more than 1,600 spaces downtown

 

 

 

Portland, Maine (June 18, 2018) — The City of Portland, Maine, announces the launch of PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows drivers to pay for their parking through their smartphones. The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, serving cities and universities throughout North America.

This is the first time Portland will have a mobile parking application provider. Drivers can pay for parking in more than 1,600 metered-spaces with the PassportParking app. In addition to paying for parking, drivers can monitor their parking sessions, view payment history and receive email receipts. Drivers can also extend parking time on the app.

 

“We wanted to provide a convenient solution to our Portland drivers,” said John Peverada, Portland parking manager. “With the PassportParking app, our drivers can pay for parking from anywhere, when they’re on the go.”

 

Passport also powers Portland’s enforcement solution, enabling the city to now have a comprehensive parking management platform with a powerful backend portal for real-time reporting and analytics.The PassportParking app is widely used throughout the New England area in places such as Cambridge, Mass., and the greater Boston area. The company also powers the ParkBoston app for the City of Boston. The company will soon launch its PassportParking app in Burlington, Vt., with 400 off-street parking spaces.

 

“Whether you’re a resident or a visitor in Portland the app will provide easy access to pay for parking,” said Passport Regional Sales Director Conor Kelly. “You can enjoy a stroll along Commercial Street, visit the the Children’s Museum or dine at one of the city’s great downtown restaurants knowing you can extend your parking time through your smartphone, when needed.”

 

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sectors. The app is free to download through the App Storeor Google Play. Users can also manage their parking at ppprk.com.

 

 

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

 

Cleverciti shows the first 3D outdoor digital parking display for combined wayfinding and advertising

June 13, 2018

 

 

 

Cleverciti shows the first 3D outdoor digital parking display for combined wayfinding and advertising

 

 

Parkex, Coventry, 13 – 14 June 2018: Leading parking technology provider Cleverciti Systems is showcasing Circ360™ (Stand E48), the industry’s first 360 degree real-time digital signage solution for pole and aisle wayfinding.

 

 

Circ360™ is an omnidirectional floating LED sign that displays live parking information in 360 degrees. Quickly mounted on existing lampposts of any size, multiple displays are easily located directly above parking spaces making them ideal for a range of dynamic on-street and open-air digital signage applications. These include local parking availability, advertising, smart city data, security notifications and more.

“Our Circ360™ digital signage solution is designed for on-street and outdoor parking areas such as those at airports, casinos, shopping centres, stadia and theme parks,” said Markus Grauvogl, Vice President Sales EMEAR, Cleverciti Systems. “Cities, venue owners and parking operators can now enhance the motorist and customer experience by turning the often time consuming and stressful chore of parking into a much more straightforward procedure.”

The Circ360™ is the latest addition to the Cleverciti Systems smart parking platform now in daily operation in 19 countries. Its high-precision overhead parking sensors and innovative Cockpit management software empower cities and property owners to manage parking in a more intelligent and efficient way. Cleverciti Systems helps reduce traffic congestion and emissions, while dramatically improving the parking experience for consumers. It also helps grow revenues for cities, property owners and operators.

About Cleverciti Systems GmbH:

Cleverciti Systems has developed a world-class, end-to-end solution for parking detection, guidance and monitoring for on-street and outdoor parking. Cleverciti Systems aims to become the global smart parking leader by helping cities reducing traffic and pollution, allowing drivers to enjoy a seamless parking experience, and enabling infrastructures’ owners to maximize their returns. This will be achieved by scaling its current solution and staying at the forefront of disruption through continuous R&D. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany with offices in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. www.cleverciti.com

LPA Executive Director Larry J. Cohen, CAPP, Elected to 2018 International Parking Institute Board

June 13, 2018

 

 

LPA Executive Director Larry J. Cohen, CAPP,

Elected to 2018 International Parking Institute Board

 

 

 

LANCASTER, PA. (June 13, 2018) – Lancaster Parking Authority Executive Director Larry Cohen, CAPP, was recently elected to the 2018 International Parking Institute Board of Directors. The IPI Board of Directors is the voice of the membership and plays an instrumental role in directing initiatives to advance the profession.

 

 

“I am honored to be elected to the IPI board of directors and look forward to joining colleagues from around the globe,” said Cohen. “Serving on this board will give me access to and knowledge of the best practices in the parking and mobility industry.”

 

Cohen has more than 25 years of experience in the parking and transportation industry. Before joining the LPA, he owned and operated a parking company in Philadelphia, Pa; served as vice president of parking planning for a New York City consulting firm; and was the past director of parking and transportation at the George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and University of Pennsylvania Health Systems. Cohen also served eight years as president of the Middle Atlantic Parking Association. Cohen is a frequent author and speaker on industry topics.

www.lancasterparkingauthority.com

Propark America Begins Parking Operations at JAXPORT Cruise Terminal

June 13, 2018

 

 

Propark America Begins Parking Operations at JAXPORT Cruise Terminal

 

 

 

(Jacksonville, FL) – Propark America announced today that it has recently commenced management of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Cruise Terminal parking facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

“As a leader in parking management services here in Jacksonville, we’re particularly excited about JAXPORT’s cruise ship parking operation,” said Propark’s Regional Vice President, David Horn. “We realize that the parking operator has a responsibility to serve as anambassador for the City of Jacksonville, and that’s a role that Propark is proud tofill.”

 

In addition to providing its signature premium service delivery, honed over decades of providing travel-related parking services to airports and cruise terminals across the country, Propark realized the opportunity to implement a new revenue control equipment upgrade at JAXPORT’s 512-space parking facility. The improvement is anticipated to not only provide complete financial accountability, but also reduce the dependence on third-party reservation service providers, which will result in significant savings for the Port Authority. Furthermore, the new technology will reduce transaction times by 50% allowing for smoother parking ingress and egress, which will help to enhance guest satisfaction.

 

“Propark’s software enhancements will help the Jacksonville Port Authority realize annual savings in excess of six-figures by allowing the parking operation’s booking system to function independently,” explained Horn. “Through our new technology application, Propark will also accurately protect revenue and provide complete accounting transparency, further developing substantial gains to JAXPORT’s bottom line.”

 

The JAXPORT Cruise Terminal has served more than 2 million passengers, who travel to Jacksonville from all 50 states. With 77 sailing dates for Carnival Cruise Line, the new economic impact generated for Northeast Florida totals $67 million annually.

 

About Propark America

Propark America is one of the country’s largest privately-owned parking companies, providing full-service parking solutions and mobility services for all business types, in over 75 cities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.propark.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passport hires new executive to lead M&A and partnership efforts

June 12, 2018

 

 

 

Passport hires new executive to lead M&A and partnership efforts

 

 

 

Charlotte, N.C. (June 12, 2018) — Igor Karpovich is the latest executive hire at Passport, the world’s leader in mobile payments in the transportation industry. Karpovich has been named the chief corporate development officer.

 

 

The company raised $43 million in Series C investment from Bain Capital Ventures in December. At that time, Passport made a commitment to hire at least 50 employees this year, aggressively seeking the best talent to meet the needs of clients, expand its global reach and accelerate product growth and innovation. The company has since added more than 20 team members, including recent hiresMeredith Cage, vice president of product, and Duncan Mapes, vice president of engineering.

 

Karpovich, the newest executive team member, comes to Passport with a wealth of international business experience. He had most recently served as the senior vice president of Verifone in London. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, he led teams for companies such as GE Capital, where he was the vice president of strategy and business development; Citigroup Global Wealth Management as the managing director of global business development and head of venture banking for Sberbank in Moscow. He also founded two companies as an entrepreneur.

 

“The transportation industry has been undergoing a tremendous shift in recent years and Passport is in a unique position to continue to lead the charge in mobility and payments,” said Bob Youakim, Passport CEO. “With the addition of Igor, we will accelerate our strategic growth initiatives and international expansion efforts to support our continued growth trajectory.”

 

Currently, Passport has more than 100 employees and has been named one of the fastest growing companies in Charlotte by the Charlotte Business Journal since 2016. The company is now hiring for product managers, product designers, software engineers and many more positions. For more information about these employment opportunities and more, go to passportinc.com/careers.

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 500 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

 

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

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