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City of Las Vegas Launches Smart Curbside Management Corridor with Cox

March 04, 2021

 

 

City of Las Vegas Launches
Smart Curbside Management Corridor with Cox

 

 

 

IoT Business Line of Cox Begins Pilot Traffic Management Solutions for a Safer Downtown

 

 

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, March 4, 2021 – Today, Cox Communications announced it has initiated a pilot partnership with the city of Las Vegas to trial its smart curbside management solution from Cox2M, aimed at reducing downtown traffic congestion.

The goal of the Las Vegas pilot is to reduce traffic congestion in downtown Las Vegas. Covering six parking spots along the sidewalk adjacent to the 100 block of Main Street are two digital kiosks that utilize video analytics and smart parking technology to better manage active curb loading zones for taxis and rideshares, making conditions safer for visitors and pedestrians.

“The city is working on a variety of smart and innovative public-private partnerships, just like this one,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “We appreciate Cox for their out-of-the-box thinking and assistance as we work together to ease traffic congestion in our downtown. It’s ideas like this one that will move our city into the future.”

“Our relationship with the communities of Southern Nevada runs deep and developing the pilot program with the city of Las Vegas has been a huge step forward in exploring what we can do with smart community technology,” said Derrick Hill, vice president, Cox Business Las Vegas. “We are absolutely committed to improving the way of life for Southern Nevadans, and we’re proud to be partnering with the city to utilize strategic technology to enhance the overall visitor experience.”

“Installing the curbside management kiosks demonstrates the innovation that Las Vegas is pursuing to create a smarter ecosystem for visitors and residents”, said Barak Weinisman, vice president, Cox2M and smart communities. “We look forward to working with the city to help ease traffic flow and showcase how kiosks can enable visitor engagement.”

Video analytics from devices along the curb will capture vehicle and license plate information and send utilization data to the kiosks to kick off a countdown timer. If a vehicle remains in the loading zone after the countdown ends, the system reports the incident directly to the city, ensuring a constant flow of traffic.

On the backend, the Cox platform provides cloud processing of traffic flow information, an on- screen interface to display vehicle information, and an online portal to report traffic flows and pedestrian counts.

Additionally, Cox Media explores the placement of advertisements on the kiosks and how that can provide local businesses with brand presence in vibrant downtown Las Vegas.

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“We are excited to be part of the technology that moves Las Vegas forward as a Smart City,” said Tonya Ruby, vice president, Cox Media Las Vegas. “Cox Media is all about finding solutions for local businesses and these kiosks are another way we can deliver relevant messages to residents and visitors.”

After weeks of successful testing, installation is completed. The six-month pilot began recently in early March, with the potential to resume upon successful operation. For more information on Cox2M, visit www.cox2m.com.

About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

About Cox Business:

The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides voice, data and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including health care providers; K−12 and higher education; financial institutions; and federal, state and local government organizations. The organization also serves most of the top-tier wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers in the U.S. through its wholesale division. For more information, please visit www.coxbusiness.com.

About Cox2M:

A new Cox Communications business line, Cox2M is committed to enabling truly connected environments by providing commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to businesses and communities. Cox2M delivers the ability to monitor and track commercial assets, powering operational efficiencies and improved experiences for its customers. Cox2M’s end-to-end solutions seamlessly integrate connectivity, hardware, software and analytics to solve customer problems. Cox2M currently serves the automotive sector and is broadening its focus to other business sectors, cities, and communities. from cars to power business and operational decisions and provide massive return-on-investment.

About Cox Media:

Cox Media is the advertising sales division of Cox Communications, the third largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country. With nearly 30 offices in 18 different states, Cox Media covers six million households across our footprint, connecting advertisers of all sizes to audiences across multiple screens. Anyone, anywhere, any screen is at the center of our core offerings, with a focus on innovative digital media and TV advertising solutions to match individual client needs.

Coord: Metro Nashville Launches Smart Zone Pilot To Better Manage Curb Space in Downtown

February 01, 2021

Metro Nashville Launches Smart Zone Pilot To Better Manage Curb Space in Downtown



 


 


In partnership with curb management platform, Coord, Metro Nashville is piloting an innovative Smart Zone program to streamline curbside loading, reduce congestion, and support local economic activity.



 


Nashville, TN, February 1, 2021 – Metro Nashville, in partnership with Coord, a leading curb management company, today launched its first-ever Smart Zone program to better manage the city’s curbs. This follows Nashville’s selection by Coord as one of four U.S. cities to participate in the company’s inaugural Digital Curb Challenge to undertake a brand new curb management program.

The demand for curb space for commercial on-demand delivery, e-commerce, and freight continues to grow in cities. Smart Zones, powered by Coord’s technology, enable commercial drivers to use their mobile devices they already use every day to locate, hold, book, and pay for time at nearby, available loading zones. As a result, Smart Zones promote the economic vitality of commercial areas by making it easier for businesses to receive supplies and fulfill customer requests for deliveries, improving the experience for people who visit the area. While offering a more streamlined experience for drivers, Smart Zones can improve mobility for everyone visiting the downtown neighborhood by managing safety and congestion challenges, such as double-parking and blocked pedestrian access.

Known for its vibrant music and entertainment industry, Nashville will use the Smart Zones to provide enhanced efficiency for commercial deliveries that serve businesses in the central business district that cater to locals and tourists alike. The pilot program is part of Metro Nashville’s Transportation Plan to provide a holistic multimodal system that better connects neighborhoods, residents, and businesses to places they need and want to go safely.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said, “I’m pleased Nashville has been selected for a Coord pilot to demonstrate the benefits of digital curbside management as our downtown conditions make for a great fit for this program. It’s also a strong complement to the Metro Nashville Transportation Plan and our Vision Zero effort to significantly increase safety on our roads. Our musicians, performers and hospitality providers need to be able to load in and out safely. Downtown employees and residents must be able to travel smoothly and safely. This is another step in our effort to make transportation safer and easier in Nashville.”

“Public and private partners are currently working together to improve the city’s real and perceived mobility challenges, some of which relate to traffic into, around, or through downtown. With commercial deliveries being a necessary component of the neighborhood that generates 25 percent of Davidson County’s sales tax revenue, we’re optimistic that Smart Zones will make a positive, measurable impact on the downtown experience for businesses, employees, residents and visitors alike,” said Tom Turner, President and CEO of the Nashville Downtown Partnership.

Metro Nashville has deployed eight Smart Zones located in downtown Nashville:

  • 2nd Ave between Broadway and Commerce (NE side)

  • Church St between 4th Ave and Printer’s Alley (SE side)

  • Church St between 3rd Ave and Printer’s Alley (SE side)

  • Union St between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave (S side)

  • Union St between 4th Ave and Printer’s Alley (S side)

  • Union St between Rep. John Lewis Way and Arcade Alley (S side)

  • Rep. John Lewis Way between Union and north of the Arcade (SW side)

  • Rep. John Lewis Way between Church and south of the Arcade (SW side)

Coord’s Smart Zones will also provide Metro Nashville with information that is essential in empowering the city to make data-driven operational changes. For example, program data can be used to understand when and where loading space is most needed and to help manage demand for it through pricing and time limits. Because Smart Zone availability, rules and prices are digitally communicated to drivers, Coord’s platform allows a city to make rules adjustments for zones in response to policy changes, special events or emergencies without the hassle and expense of modifying signage on the street.

“With restaurants, music and culture, there’s no place in America quite like Downtown Nashville. As the world is discovering what locals have long known, Metro Nashville is putting forth a variety of mobility initiatives to ensure its vibrant downtown is safe, pleasant and easy to access for residents, businesses, and visitors alike,” said Dawn Miller, Coord’s VP of Policy and Partnerships. “Smart Zones and curb management are an important piece of Nashville’s investment in its transportation future. They enable the downtown to optimize curbs to support increasing demand from a variety of users. We are delighted to launch this pilot program and look forward to sharing best practices developed in Nashville with other cities across North America.”

Coord launched their second annual Digital Curb Challenge last month. Applications can be submitted at coord.com/digital-curb-challenge and are open until February 15, 2021.

About Metro Nashville

Metro Nashville, with a population of over 692,000 includes one of the most visited downtowns in America spotlighting a vibrant business, travel and tourism and music industry. With more than 180 recording studios, and 5,000 working musicians, Nashville is clearly “Music City.” Music is the reason that many people come to Nashville, but its two major sports teams, extensive park system, and endless arts and cultural opportunities offer people plenty of reasons to stay; over 16 million out of town visitors came to Nashville in 2019.

About Nashville Downtown Partnership

The Nashville Downtown Partnership is a private sector nonprofit corporation whose core purpose is “to make Downtown Nashville the compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to LIVE, WORK, PLAY and INVEST.” Organized in 1994, the Partnership has transitioned into a downtown leadership organization that focuses on business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, public space management, access and transportation, communications and marketing.

About Coord

Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Second Annual Digital Curb Challenge 

January 12, 2021

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Second Annual Digital Curb Challenge

Up to three cities or other curb managers across North America will partner with Coord to undertake a free, curb space management pilot as they look to recover and rebuild from the pandemic

NEW YORK— January 12, 2021— Coord, the industry-leading curb management company, today announced the launch of its second annual Digital Curb Challenge: the Bounce Back Better Edition. Starting today, cities and other curb managers, such as universities, airports, private developments, health systems and conference centers, across North America can apply to partner with Coord to undertake a free curb space management pilot program to better manage loading in their cities. Applications can be submitted at coord.com/digital-curb-challenge and are open until February 15, 2021.

Following an unprecedented year, cities and businesses have shown their resilience and creativity, finding new mobility solutions to challenges brought on by the pandemic — from creating more space for delivery and pickup activity to creating new safe spaces for walking, biking, and outdoor recreation and commerce. This diversification of curbside activity comes as delivery activity skyrockets, creating a need to ensure goods loading can still occur safely and efficiently. The Digital Curb Challenge 2021 launches in this unique context, seeking to enable cities and other curb managers to enlist new strategies and technologies that not only help them to recover today, but that also provide a foundation for success for years to come.

With Smart Zones, Coord puts the city at the forefront of curb management programs and empowers them with the tools needed to provide delivery and service vehicle drivers with the information and incentives to load in locations where it is safe and permitted. Today, Smart Zones allow commercial drivers to use a mobile app to see real-time Smart Zone locations and availability. When they’re nearing their destinations, drivers can hold a Smart Zone, paying for space in-app when they arrive. This provides drivers with advanced curb intelligence they can use to navigate directly to available space, reducing illegal parking and circling. Smart Zones improve the coordination, safety and convenience of loading in cities while offering a more streamlined experience for drivers, reducing the incidence of safety and congestion hazards and parking citations.

“During this pandemic, cities have been facing one of their biggest challenges in recent history.  As response work continues, today cities are both assessing whether and how to make pandemic response programs permanent and looking for new, innovative mobility programs that can move the needle even when state and local revenues are projected to decline a combined $467 billion across 2020 to 2022,” said Dawn Miller Vice President of Policy & Partnerships at Coord. “Smart Zones to better coordinate commercial loading are very inexpensive to implement, but can improve safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to local businesses. Because fleets pay to use Smart Zones, they actually generate new avenues for revenue along with mobility benefits. We have already seen successes in cities like Omaha, NE and Aspen, CO following our inaugural Digital Curb Challenge, and we look forward to partnering with new cities as they look to bounce back better.”

Cities or organizations selected for the Digital Curb Challenge will have free access to Coord’s full suite of curb management tools for the duration of the partnership and the opportunity to work closely with Coord experts to develop an effective, scalable pilot program to be deployed in 2021.

In the first Digital Curb Challenge, Coord partnered with Aspen, Nashville, Omaha and West Palm Beach to design and deploy Smart Zone programs to better manage commercial loading in their cities. More than thirty fleets, including a mix of local and regional businesses and national brands such as US Foods, FedEx, Frito Lay, Sysco and UNFI, are already using Smart Zones in these cities. This year, Coord is looking for cities to take Smart Zones to the next level by exploring one or several of these features:

 

  • Variable pricing to use different pricing for different times of day or different Smart Zones. This can help manage demand and improve availability for drivers, shifting more loading activity to times when it works well for the neighborhood (e.g., early mornings or overnight) or across more zones.

  • Exploring greater automation, booking drivers automatically into the best available Smart Zone near their destinations.

  • Deploying Smart Zones in public spaces beyond the curb, such as alleyways.

  • Exploring Smart Zones for recurring or predictable uses of public space, such as charter buses, intercity buses, or mobile vending.

  • Applying Smart Zones in a unique neighborhood, downtown or other commercial setting.

  • New ideas from cities to address unique and pressing local challenges

“We were very excited when Aspen was chosen to participate in Coord’s first Digital Curb Challenge in 2020. We went live in November of 2020, and I am even more excited now that we are in full swing with the pilot,” said Mitch Osur, Director of Parking and Downtown Service in the City of Aspen. “Working with Coord has been fantastic. Not only are they easy to work with, but the amount of knowledge we have learned from each other has far exceeded my expectations. The data we have collected has been enlightening. A few of the data points are what we expected, but a lot of data is different than what we anticipated. I can see Aspen making a variety of changes based on the data we’ve collected during this pilot, which will make our loading zones work more efficiently and provide a safer environment for Aspen. I look forward to what the future will look like in managing our curb space in Aspen.”

“Nashville partnered with Coord to pilot Smart Zones to increase compliance with loading regulations, improve traffic flow and safety, collect quality data, and ultimately capture the true cost of Metro-provided services and the value of public space,” said Derek Hagerty, Transportation Engineer at Metropolitan Nashville Public Works. “The Coord team has worked hand in hand with us every step of the way – from developing our fee ordinance to designing program details and doing outreach. Even in these challenging times, we’re ready to launch on schedule and can’t wait to see Smart Zones in Nashville.”

“At the City of Omaha’s Parking and Mobility Division we aim to provide a positive experience for downtown visitors by actively managing our curb space,” said Ken Smith, Parking and Mobility Manager at the City of Omaha. “The Digital Curb Challenge was a great framework for developing best practices in collaboration with the other pilot cities and Coord. We are proud to have been the first Smart Zone city and have extended our partnership so we can continue gaining new insights and collecting data to inform our work.”

“West Palm Beach is committed to using data and technology to make our streets safer and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in our city,” said Uyen Dang, City of West Palm Beach City Traffic Engineer. “Deploying Smart Zones is the key step to ensure flexible curb usage while promoting the City’s mobility goals. The Coord team went above and beyond, working closely with my team and Related Companies to bring a thoughtful, innovative new program to our community.”

For more information on the Digital Curb Challenge, including the simple application form, please visit https://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge or contact Coord at challenge@coord.com.

About Coord

Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Somerville, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

APPYWAY SET TO TRANSFORM JOURNEYS FOR UK DRIVERS WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW PARKING API

May 26, 2020

 

 

 

APPYWAY SET TO TRANSFORM JOURNEYS FOR UK DRIVERS WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW PARKING API

 

 

 

  • Launch of Parking API will enable developers and UK fleets to slash the wasted miles spent looking for parking, saving them time and money.

  • Congestion cost the UK economy close to £7 billion in 2019 – enabling OEM’s, fleets, and drivers to drive straight to the parking spot they need can actively reduce congestion and emissions.

  • Harnessing the power of standardised and interoperable parking data is recognised as a key enabler of the UK government’s Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy.

  • With over 450 UK towns and cities included, AppyWay’s Parking API provides access to the largest, standardised dataset for on-street parking in the UK.

 

 

 

 

LONDON, UK – Tuesday 26th May 2020, AppyWay, the pioneering kerbside management and smart parking firm has today announced the launch of their new Parking API, set to transform how drivers and fleets find parking across the UK. The launch of the API follows an upgrade to the company’s data-driven platform and the successful mapping of parking restrictions for over 450 UK towns and cities, contributing to the creation of the UK’s largest, standardised kerbside restriction dataset.

 

AppyWay have created their new Parking API to simplify what is often the complicated last part of a driver’s journey. Time spent looking for parking presents a perennial problem for local authorities, as it continues to be a significant contributor to congestion and emissions in cities. Last year, UK drivers spent on average 149 hours stuck in congestion, costing the economy almost £7 billion, in addition to the negative impact on air quality. Parking costs people, businesses, cities and our economy, and according to AppyWay’s CEO and Founder, Dan Hubert,

 

“The underlying problem is parking information, or as we like to call it, kerbside intelligence. It is difficult for drivers, job schedulers and fleet operators to get easy access to the parking information they need, when they need it. Take for example a carpenter working for a facilities management company. They’re scheduled to work at a site and normally waste time and fuel driving around the location looking for a spot. They need to know if it’s free or legal to park, how much it might cost and more importantly, what is the maximum stay permitted because their job could take more than 2 hours. Our Parking API has been specially designed to be able to expose this level of insight, giving drivers something like a ‘parking sixth-sense’, helping them drive straight to the right space that suits their needs, quickly and safely.”

 

The award-winning company suggests the Parking API can be leveraged directly by businesses to deliver benefits for their own operations but also by software developers, who are solving problems for their customers and looking to add value across their product offerings. With high-definition coverage, AppyWay uses world-leading processes to aggregate, collect and refresh kerbside data, combining with it an advanced cost calculator engine so that developers can build tailored solutions to meet a wide variety of use cases.

 

Businesses that operate fleets incur significant operational costs and a myriad of fleet management solutions are available that address a range of cost lines. AppyWay sees the potential for the Parking API to be leveraged directly by such companies, or by their software partners, to increase route efficiency, reduce parking costs and minimise fines.

 

AppyWay’s Chief Product Officer, Stephen Jones explains:

 

“Our API can be exploited at different stages of the planning or driving journey. For example, schedulers can benefit from an integration into their job management software to solve the parking challenge before drivers embark on journeys to job locations. Or you could look at it from the side of automotive, with OEMs or Tier Ones for example. Our kerbside insights can be integrated directly into the in-car experience, with parking options presented on maps, enabling a dynamic, real-time solution for drivers. Ultimately, product teams want to be able to delight their customers/users. We’ve built our Parking API so they’ll be able to do just that.”

 

AppyWay’s Parking API is available for developers to build against, with a limited free trial available following a demonstration. Further details can be found at https://bit.ly/ParkingAPI.

 

Dan Hubert, “It’s an exciting time to be able to launch our re-tooled Parking API and enable developers to build positive solutions, particularly during such uncertain times. We see day by day the need for our cities and citizens to be able to adapt to the current circumstances. An increase in personal car use for work is likely in the short-term, but towns and cities can’t really afford to see a huge spike in congestion. We’re ready to help businesses create innovative solutions with our API, so we can all enjoy more accessible, less congested and safer places to live and work.”

 

For images and brand assets please visit https://appyway.com/press

 

AppyWay

AppyWay exists to help cities thrive from the kerb up. We see the kerb as a catalyst – the key to powering progress with the most pressing urban mobility challenges.

Our platform of data, APIs and tools provide digital kerbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses.

Through close collaboration and industry leading partnerships, the AppyWay platform effectively acts as a ‘future mobility’ conduit between the public and private sector:

Learn more about our new Parking API here https://bit.ly/ParkingAPI.

APPYWAY WELCOMES SEASONED DIGITAL INNOVATION LEADER AS NEW CHAIRMAN

May 19, 2020

 

 

 

 

APPYWAY WELCOMES SEASONED DIGITAL INNOVATION LEADER AS NEW CHAIRMAN

 

 

London, UK – Tuesday 19th May 2020, AppyWay, Europe’s most awarded intelligent kerbside and smart parking pioneer, has welcomed ex Cisco UK & Ireland CEO Phil Smith CBE to its board to serve as Non-Executive Chairman.

 

 

Phil is currently Chairman of publicly listed IQE PLC and Chairman and Non-Executive Director at the Digital Skills Partnership. His previous experience, notably as former Chair of InnovateUK and The Tech Partnership, positions Smith as the ideal fit to lead AppyWay’s board and help accelerate the company’s sustainable mobility vision within the analogue kerbside and parking management industry.

 

Dan Hubert, Founder & CEO of AppyWay, “Phil has an impressive and illustrious background and I’m thrilled to add his expertise and experience to our board. His enthusiasm for our vision combined with his impressive understanding of the market have already proved highly valuable to the company in several ways. I’m looking forward to working more closely with Phil as we look to supercharge our next phase of growth.”

Phil has received many accolades including Orange Business Leader of the Year, member of the Wired 100 and listed in the 50 Kindest Leaders in 2018. Phil was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to technology, business, and skills.

Phil Smith added; “I am delighted to be joining Dan and the AppyWay team. The opportunity to revolutionise the way we understand, use and optimise our transport infrastructure around the world is exciting. AppyWay have already demonstrated their clear understanding of the key issues, challenges and opportunities with leading technologies and deep client engagement. I am looking forward to helping a talented and ambitious team do great things and to make a real difference to the world.”

 

Phil Smith’s appointment follows recent AppyWay board additions; Amazon veteran Ron Kornfeld, and John Fogelin, AppyWay’s resident CTO and Chief Security Officer.

 

 

AppyWay

AppyWay exists to help cities thrive from the kerb up. We see the kerb as a catalyst – the key to powering progress with the most pressing urban mobility challenges.

Our platform of data, APIs and tools provide digital kerbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses.

Through close collaboration and industry leading partnerships, the AppyWay platform effectively acts as a ‘future mobility’ conduit between the public and private sector:

Kerbside Management | B2G

AppyKerb, our Govtech stack, is a complete kerbside management platform. With AppyKerb, Local Authorities are empowered to commoditise and open up their assets. This enables rich data-driven insights and digital access solutions for everyone using our kerbs.

Learn more >

 

Intelligent Mobility | B2B

AppyWay business solutions keep people, goods and cities flowing. A full eco-system of kerbside data APIs, payment solutions and CAV integrations improves kerb interactions for local enterprises, customers, deliveries, and fleets alike.

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CurbTrac Assembles Industry Leaders to Innovate on COVID-19 Response with Clean Driver Program

May 11, 2020

 

 

CurbTrac Assembles Industry Leaders to Innovate on COVID-19 Response with

Clean Driver Program

 

 

Pilot Grubhub Program Held in Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia, PA  – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CurbTrac, a technology innovator in the parking and mobility industries, has launched the Clean Driver Program in partnership with ParkMobile, ParkOps, and Ballparc. The Clean Driver Program provides turn-key solutions for Transportation Network Companies (TNC), taxi companies, food delivery service providers, and corporate fleets to keep drivers and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through PPE distribution sites and automotive sanitation services.  The Clean Driver Program is made possible through the combined efforts and teamwork of numerous parking and mobility technology partners.  Commenting on the launch of the program, CurbTrac CEO Charley DeBow said, “By combining the technology platforms of industry leaders like Park Mobile and Ballparc, alongside the staffing network of Park Ops and the logistics expertise of CurbTrac, The Clean Driver Program provides  clients with a cost-effective solution to quickly and efficiently distribute PPE kits directly into the hands of their drivers as well as provide a sanitation service for fleet operators.”

 

“ParkMobile is proud to be a part of this initiative to keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “Drivers can easily use the ParkMobile app to reserve an appointment at the distribution site where they can pick up their PPE kits or have their cars sanitized.”

 

 

Another technology component of the Clean Driver Program is Ballparc, who will utilize their scanning validation functionality to track driver reservations that are redeemed within their reservation window. Ballparc’s CEO, Taylor Chapman said, “Ballparc is honored to be a part of this program and with partners that are willing to step up and think outside the box when called upon during these unprecedented times. This program is a great example of how vital innovation will continue to be in our rapidly changing industry.”

 

During the initial pilot for the Clean Driver Program in Philadelphia held this past week, CurbTrac distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to food delivery drivers, courtesy of Grubhub.  The initial pilot program was also supported by the Philadelphia Parking Authority who provided the space for the distribution site. “Ensuring the safety of our community during these times is incredibly important, especially as delivery is one of the only ways restaurants are able to stay open right now,” stated Eric Ferguson, Senior Vice President of Logistics at Grubhub. “While we’ve already extended an easy way for our driver network to access PPE, our partnership with CurbTrac’s Clean Driver Program further extends our efforts and gives drivers in Philadelphia a quick and easy way to pick up the supplies they need – and at no cost to them.”

 

International Parking & Mobility Institute CEO, Shawn Conrad, also weighed in, stating, “IPMI firmly believes in addressing mobility at all points of a journey – from the first mile to the last, and addressing all aspects along the way. Customer safety and the patron experience remains the first and most important priority. We are proud of all of our members who are innovating, pivoting, and changing the way we handle disruptions to public and private transportation and operations in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Clean Driver Program by CurbTrac represents the best of our industry – applying creativity, spurring innovation, and bringing communities together. This program, and others like it by IPMI members, serve to achieve big picture goals: protecting public health during the crisis; creating new employment opportunities for those in our industry and beyond; allowing us all to travel more freely and carefully as we reopen cities, campuses, and destinations; and helping our economy recover by getting us all moving again.”

 

For more information on the Clean Driver Program, visit www.cleandriverprogram.com.

 

 

About CurbTrac

Founded by leaders in the mobility payment vertical, CurbTrac is a Philadelphia-based technology company creating innovative solutions for the parking and mobility industries.  The company’s leading product, a centralized parking payment database, provides municipalities, universities, and private parking operators with a fully integrated, multi-app payment system.  The Clean Driver Program is CurbTrac’s latest product and leverages its flexible software, and vast network of partnerships across the US, to quickly scale customized solutions to providing COVID-19 safety measures for Transportation Network Companies (TNC).  The Clean Driver Program launched in Philadelphia to support GrubHub drivers in partnership with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

 

About Grubhub

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as more than 22 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 350,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with more than 165,000 of these restaurants in over 3,200 U.S. cities and London. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

 

CurbTrac:

Lisa DeBow, Principal, Cloudburst Advisory Group

(202) 262-4261

media@curbtrac.com

 

Grubhub:

Natalie Gerke, Senior Manager, Communications

(850) 554-5416

ngerke@grubhub.com

Walker Consultants – Curbing the Impact: Curb Management Strategies for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Your Community During Challenging Times

April 30, 2020

 

 

 

Walker Consultants – Curbing the Impact: Curb Management Strategies for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Your Community During Challenging Times

 

 

A temporary curbside pickup zone in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

COVID-19 has forced cities across the nation to quickly respond to the changing needs of the curb. Most communities have ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and anywhere people may gather: gyms, theaters, and restaurant dining rooms. Despite these closures, restaurants are offering takeout and delivery orders, increasing the immediate need for more curbside pickup space and short-term parking. This has required cities to quickly reconsider how their curbs are managed to address these changing needs.

Many cities are evaluating how parking and management of curb space can continue to support businesses while attempting to reduce the health and safety risks to community members. These efforts have centered around converting prime curb spaces to pickup zones or short-term parking and relaxing enforcement. Based on the needs of most cities during this time, some strategies to consider include:

 

Curb Management Strategies

  • Designate spaces for short-term parking and pickupin the closest, most convenient on-street spaces, especially near restaurants.
  • Reduce physical contact with meters/equipment by temporarily suspending payment/time-limits or switch payment exclusively to mobile payment.
  • Implement a “parking ambassador”model of enforcement where officers use signage instead of direct contact to educate and guide people to properly use short-term spaces and loading zones and relax or eliminate citations.
  • Temporarily cease citations of on-street residential parking restrictionsto make it easier for residents to stay home and relaxing enforcement near pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Close parking lotsat parks and beaches to limit crowds.
  • Adequately clean dockless and docked bike and scooter share equipment and instruct riders to use gloves.
  • Integrate curbside pickup locations on city websites and mobile parking apps.

 

How are Cities Responding?

San Francisco Bay Area – Multiple cities (Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco) have temporarily suspended parking enforcement including metered and time-restricted parking. Tickets will still be issued for any parking violations that may impact safety: parking in red zones, in front of fire hydrants, etc. Some Bay Area communities are also considering forgoing street sweeping parking violations.

“SFMTA has made a number of changes related to parking enforcement to aid our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes temporarily suspending enforcement of some regulations, such as 72-hour parking limits, other time limit parking and peak-hour towaway zones. These actions will make it easier for San Francisco residents to shelter in place and maintain social distancing.”
– Ted Graff, Director of Parking, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency

Rockville, Maryland – Temporarily designated 40 on-street spaces in their Town Square district as 15-minute curbside pickup spots.

Seattle, Washington – Converted spaces in front of restaurants into temporary three-minute loading zones to allow people to quickly pull in and out for curbside food pickup.

Tempe, Arizona – Offering 30 minutes of free parking at 600 metered spaces.

Lexington, Kentucky – Converted several paid parking spaces into “curbside pickup only,” offering two hours of free parking at meters, and switched enforcement to time limits instead of payment.

Pasadena, California – Suspended enforcement of overnight parking bans and time limits in residential neighborhoods, as well as enforcement of street sweeping restrictions. Offering free curbside pickup parking and 20-minute free parking at metered spaces.

“The change in converting metered spaces to 20-minute spaces was made with the goal of maintaining on-street access to restaurants for meal pick-up by patrons and delivery services. Our enforcement changes were made to help our residents with the economic impacts of the pandemic.”
— Jon Hamblen, Parking Manager, City of Pasadena 

The State of California – Closed parking lots at many state parks and beaches to limit crowds. California encouraged people to walk, run, hike, and bike in their local neighborhoods and to maintain a safe distance from each other.

Get in Touch

Want to talk to a Walker Consultants expert about managing your curb? Contact Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Walker’s curb management lead at cmancini@walkerconsultants.com

 

Curb Management Strategies During COVID-19

 CurbTrac Launches Clean Driver Program in Partnership with Grubhub and Philadelphia Parking Authority 

April 29, 2020

 

 

 

 

CurbTrac Launches Clean Driver Program in Partnership with Grubhub and Philadelphia Parking Authority 

 

 

 

 

Program provides Grubhub drivers with Personal Protective Equipment kits at no charge 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia, PA, April 29, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CurbTrac, a technology innovator in the parking and mobility industries, announced the launch of the Clean Driver Program in partnership with Grubhub and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). The Clean Driver Program leverages CurbTrac’s parking operations network and technology platform to provide turn-key solutions for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) and taxi companies to keep drivers and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the program, personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution will be available in Philadelphia to start with the ability to potentially expand across additional markets next month. 

The Clean Driver Program for Grubhub will launch with a pop-up distribution site on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 through Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 10am until 4pm. Registered Grubhub drivers can schedule a time to pick up their PPE kits at no charge at a designated location in the city. Commenting on the launch of the program, CurbTrac CEO Charley DeBow said, “By leveraging CurbTrac’s technology platform, our logistics expertise, and our staffing network, The Clean Driver Program provides Grubhub with a cost-effective solution to quickly and efficiently distribute PPE kits directly into the hands of their drivers.” 

 “Ensuring the safety of our community during these times is incredibly important, especially as delivery is one of the only ways restaurants are able to stay open right now,” stated Eric Ferguson, senior vice president of logistics at Grubhub. “While we’ve already extended an easy way for our driver network to access PPE, our partnership with CurbTrac further extends our efforts and gives drivers in Philadelphia a quick and easy way to pick up the supplies they need – and at no cost to them.” 

The PPA supported the launch of the Clean Driver Program by providing the space for the pop-up distribution site. “The Philadelphia Parking Authority is pleased to partner with CurbTrac’s Clean Driver Program to support the health and safety of food delivery drivers and customers. The PPA applauds corporate leaders like Grubhub for providing drivers with free PPE kits,” commented Scott Petri, Executive Director of the PPA. “As the City of Philadelphia gradually re-opens the economy, the PPA will continue to support initiatives like the Clean Driver Program for all for-hire vehicles,” Petri said. 

For more information on the Clean Driver Program, visit www.cleandriverprogram.com. 

About CurbTrac 

Founded by leaders in the mobility payment vertical, CurbTrac is a Philadelphia-based technology company creating innovative solutions for the parking and mobility industries. The company’s leading product, a centralized parking payment database, provides municipalities, universities, and private parking operators with a fully integrated, multi-app payment system. The Clean Driver Program is CurbTrac’s latest product and leverages its flexible software, and vast network of partnerships across the US, to quickly scale customized solutions to providing COVID-19 safety measures for Transportation Network Companies (TNC). The Clean Driver Program launched in Philadelphia to support GrubHub drivers in partnership with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 

About Grubhub 

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as more than 22 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 350,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with more than 165,000 of these restaurants in over 3,200 U.S. cities and London. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

Www.cleandriverprogram.com

 

CurbTrac: 

Lisa DeBow, Principal, Cloudburst Advisory Group 

(202) 262-4261 

media@curbtrac.com 

Grubhub: 

Natalie Gerke, Senior Manager, Communications 

(850) 554-5416 

ngerke@grubhub.com 

Phildelpehia Parking Authority: 

Martin O’Rourke 

(215) 882-2658 

mart.orourke33@gmail.com

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Digital Curb Challenge Across North America

January 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Digital Curb Challenge Across North America

 

Up to three cities across North America will be selected to partner with Coord to undertake a free, curb space management pilot program in 2020 to create more efficient, safe and accessible streets  

 

NEW YORK— January 15, 2020— Coord, the industry-leading curb management company, today announced the launch of the Digital Curb Challenge. Starting today, cities of all sizes and other curb managers such as airports, entertainment venues and universities across North America can apply to partner with Coord to undertake a curb space management pilot program, free of charge and tailored to their unique mobility challenges. Applications can be submitted at https://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge-2020 and are open until February 14, 2020.

 

With Coord’s comprehensive curb management platform, cities are empowered with the necessary tools to digitally inventory, price, allocate and manage the curb. For example, cities can reduce double parking and congestion by providing fleet drivers with the tools and incentives to park legally through a Smart Loading Zone Program. Created by city planners, Smart Loading Zones enable commercial drivers to locate nearby loading zones, see whether they’re available, and book space in them, all through a City-authorized app. Coord’s platform puts the city at the forefront of curb management programs like this with tools that enable everything from site selection, driver communication, rule enforcement, and program performance.

 

“We know that to solve some of our most critical transportation challenges, cities must be in the driver’s seat with scalable solutions in hand,” said Stephen Smyth, Co-Founder and CEO of Coord. “With our platform, cities are empowered with just that — a Digital Curb, built with the necessary ground-level insights to improve their streets more seamlessly and effortlessly than ever before. We can’t wait to bring these tools to more cities and expand access to the curb as we kick-off our first-ever Digital Curb Challenge.”

 

Cities or organizations selected for the Digital Curb Challenge will have free and complete access to Coord’s full suite of curb management solutions for the duration of the partnership and the opportunity to work closely with Coord experts to develop an effective, scalable pilot program to be deployed in 2020.

 

“As cities are grappling with increasing demand for curb space, the best way to figure out how to respond is to pilot different solutions,” said Beth Osborne, Director for Transportation for America, which is focusing on the curb in its third year of the Smart Cities Collaborative. “Every opportunity to innovate provides valuable information to the city and better use of public assets to the taxpayer. Coord is providing three cities with exactly the help they need.”

 

“We were delighted when we learned that Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative would be focusing on curb space pilots this year,” said Dawn Miller, Head of Policy and Partnerships at Coord.  “They had tremendous interest from cities, and we created the Digital Curb Challenge to both facilitate more cities launching curb space management pilots in 2020 and to expand this opportunity to other organizations that experience curb space management challenges, such as universities, health systems, transportation hubs and entertainment venues.”

 

Just as every city is unique in how it approaches curb management, each Digital Curb Challenge pilot program will be tailored to the host’s challenges, resources and interests. Pilot programs may include, for example:

 

  • Smart commercial loading zones: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by double-parking vehicles by creating tech-enabled commercial loading zones, bookable by app for participating fleet drivers
  • Ride-hail management: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by ride-hailing congestion by creating passenger loading zones the City can easily manage and evaluate
  • Demand-responsive pricing: reduce circling for parking while maintaining parking availability by regularly re-pricing metered parking to target one or two available spaces on every block

 

Since 2016, Coord has been building tools that enable cities to better manage their curbs as new transportation modes continue to change the way people get around. Cities can view and analyze their curb supply and demand data in Coord, allowing them to easily quantify the impact of alternative scenarios and communicate tradeoffs to stakeholders. This data can be supplemented with the Coord Collector mobile app, which leverages augmented reality to collect detailed, precise curb inventory and occupancy data quickly and easily. Mobility companies use the Coord API to ingest comprehensive curb regulation data and incorporate it into their day-to-day operations to improve efficiency, safety and compliance along the curb.

 

With the help of leading engineering firms and municipalities, Coord now supports 15 cities across North America, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Austin, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Vancouver.

“Dynamic curb management has quickly become the most important topic in our industry today, with practitioners trying to adapt policy and practice to support ever-changing needs and using all means of data to support those decisions,” said Brett Wood, Parking and Transportation Consultant at Kimley-Horn. “In that arena, I’ve been very impressed with Coord’s approach to curb management, creating data streams and analytical tools that help practitioners better understand how the curb works today and how future changes could impact the overall mobility ecosystem.”

 

“I’m excited at the opportunity to leverage resources that streamline processes and allow more time to be spent developing solutions that achieve community goals,” saidJane Wilberding, AICP, Senior Transportation and Parking Planner at Sam Schwartz. “Curbside data applications like Coord’s provide policy makers with meaningful insights into the complexities of today’s designations that enable them to make more informed decisions when balancing the amount of space and time allocated to the growing number of users competing for curb space in the future.”

 

“Curb management is an increasingly critical part of making cities work. The historic lack of tools and data have made it impossible to think intelligently about the curb, much less to allocate and manage it well,” said Rachel Weinberger, Principal Weinberger & Associates and Senior Transportation Fellow at RPA. “The contributions of Coord to enhancing our ability to know what’s happening and figure out what needs to happen are absolutely game changing. I’m excited about the Digital Curb Challenge and psyched to see the creative responses that will pour in.”

 

“The Neighborhood Empowerment Project and Streetopia UWS at Open Plans are working to inspire local stakeholders to take ownership of and re-imagine their curb space to meet 21st Century demands. The first step is understanding what exists and how it’s used. Coord has been an invaluable partner, providing info on existing rules and regulations and the amount of free parking space in NYC,” said Janet Liff, Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Project, Open Plans. “We look forward to their new project, getting dynamic information and discovering how the existing rules dovetail with demand. From there, we’ll have a solid springboard for change.”

 

For more information on the Digital Curb Challenge, please visithttps://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge-2020 or contact Coord at challenge@coord.com.

 

About Coord

Coord helps cities manage their streets, starting with the curb. The company was founded in 2016 with the belief that streets should serve people – not vehicles. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with the necessary tools to digitally inventory, allocate, price and manage the curb. The platform supports over 17,000 curb miles across 15 cities, with the goal of serving over 100 cities across the globe by 2021. Coord is based in New York City, and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. Learn more at Coord.com

 

APPYWAY AND SAFO PARTNER TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN OF PARKING FOR FLEET DRIVERS AND MANAGERS 

November 21, 2019


APPYWAY AND SAFO PARTNER TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN OF PARKING FOR FLEET DRIVERS AND MANAGERS 


●  Partnership between AppyWay and Safo opens up thousands of fleet drivers to kerbside restriction information for over 300 UK towns and cities.

●  The companies believe the partnership will reduce the amount of PCN’s fleets receive and reduce congestion and emissions.


LONDON, UK – Thursday 21st November, Intelligent mobility pioneers AppyWay and end-to-end fleet management firm Safo have announced a new partnership to bring accurate kerbside data and better parking experiences to fleets.
Fleets face daily parking challenges from navigating to a space to interpreting the local traffic regulations for that bay, all the while managing a hectic schedule against a congested road network. By embracing these challenges and helping drivers interpret parking easily, both companies believe they can improve driver wellbeing and reduce emissions from unnecessary driving in the search for suitable parking.
Safo Group, together with its European subsidiaries, is the chosen partner of many national and international companies. The company develops bespoke fleet management software, providing services to a portfolio ranging from top rental and lease players, car sharing, and large private and corporate international fleet companies. The reseller agreement will enable the two companies to bring a vastly improved parking experience to Safo’s combined fleet of over 1,000,000 vehicles across the UK. Thousands of drivers could benefit from kerbside restriction information for over 300 UK towns and cities. Drivers using Safo’s technology will have the option to gain full visibility on; length of bay, bay count, paid bays, disabled bays, EV bays, motorcycle bays, free bays, loading bays, resident bays, and car club bays, all with up to 1m accuracy.
The partnership provides Safo’s end clients with a greater suite of driver services to integrate within a bespoke solution. Working in partnership, both Safo and AppyWay have plans to innovate the portfolio further, ensuring drivers are catered for in new mobility technology and fleet managers can better manage the burden of bad parking.
AppyWay’s CEO & Founder, Dan Hubert says “By partnering with Safo we can bring our vision of making parking forgettable to fleets and fleet managers. Along with the implications to business operations through PCNs and impoundments, searching for parking clogs up city streets resulting in greater congestion and emissions, and parking illegally creates safety and accessibility concerns for vulnerable road users. Ensuring a vehicle is parked correctly benefits both the fleet and the communities they operate in.”
Jane Taylor, Sales & Marketing Manager, Safo adds “In our constant drive for customer satisfaction, innovation and digitisation, we are pleased to work with AppyWay using their data to surprise and delight fleet drivers across the UK. We firmly believe that through a better parking experience we not only improve driver wellbeing but also help reduce carbon emissions. This is the first step to achieving that with AppyWay through the integration of our Customer Mobile APP”
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About AppyWay
AppyWay exists to help cities thrive from the kerb up. We see the kerb as a catalyst – the key to powering progress with the most pressing urban mobility challenges. Our platform of data, APIs and tools provide digital kerbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses.
Through close collaboration and industry leading partnerships, the AppyWay platform effectively acts as a ‘future mobility’ conduit between the public and private sector:
Kerbside Management | B2G
AppyKerb, our Govtech stack, is a complete kerbside management platform. With AppyKerb, Local Authorities are empowered to commoditise and open up their assets. This enables rich data-driven insights and digital access solutions for everyone using our kerbs.

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Intelligent Mobility | B2B
AppyWay business solutions keep people, goods and cities flowing. A full eco-system of kerbside data APIs, payment solutions and CAV integrations improves kerb interactions for local enterprises, customers, deliveries and fleets alike.
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About Safo
With over 30 years in business, Safo Group, together with its European subsidiaries, is the chosen partner of many national and international Top Players. Safo has developed bespoke and unique software, providing services to a combined fleet of over 1,000,000 vehicles.
Corporate fleets hold an important role in companies which need to be managed.
Contracts, traffic fines, courtesy vehicles, fuel cards, maintenance: There are so many activities to handle and the clients need effective solutions in line with their internal operating processes.
Safo Group has been working in this way within the European market for more than 30 years, supporting clients with both small and large corporate fleets.
A cost-effective management process gives many economical benefits and allows our clients to keep their fleet under control.

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