gtechna’s Parking Hub Offers Next Generation Online Services With More Contactless Management Options
Online Hearing Self-scheduling, the Latest Addition to a Suite of Online Portal Services
BUFFALO, N.Y. — gtechna, a developer of smart parking and curbside enforcement software including ticket issuance, handheld, vehicle and fixed license plate recognition, virtual parking permits and integration with pay by plate systems, announces today the addition of hearing self-scheduling to its online parking hub.
“Parking agencies that were mostly thinking on how to survive the pandemic are now actively planning recovery strategies. This is where gtechna comes in” states Vice-president of Operations and Product Development, Marc-Andre Chartrand. We are proud to announce more enhancements to our online portal which further answer the need for contactless services to protect staff and end-users by minimizing personal contact. Some may already be using a form of online services to make administrative processes more efficient while providing a more convenient customer experience. Whether it’s viewing, paying or appealing a ticket online, the ability to self-schedule hearings comes at time when municipalities are focused on health and safety measures to mitigate risks now and down the road. “Times have changed and gtechna is renowned for its ability to anticipate change by creating a platform that scales and evolves” says Mike Bourre, Vice-president, Sales and Marketing. The next generation of parking management services is no longer on the horizon; it’s here, and gtechna is poised to deliver solutions that empower its consumers by increasing efficiency and compliance.
gtechna continues to grow organically by putting its customers first, innovating to meet today’s needs while foreseeing tomorrow’s new challenges. To learn more about how gtechna supports cities’ enforcement visions, visit the company website.
gtechna provides real-time off-street parking and curbside enforcement software as well as permit management to assist governments, private operators, transportation agencies and universities with its mobility goals. Known for providing future technology today, gtechna is now used to service more than 25 million tickets per year while increasing compliance and overall operational efficiency. Twenty years of successful collaborations with leading agencies in Washington, D.C.,Greater Boston Transit, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Seattle and Vancouver have seen the firm’s growth into international markets including Australia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. gtechna enforcement applications are among the industry’s best because the company continually invests in refining and developing its products to deliver solutions that empower its customers. Continued high-demand for gtechna technology in world-class cities has positioned the firm as the trusted source for reliable parking and mobility enforcement solutions. gtechna is a division of Harris Computer.
Q-Free to Ease Parking Woes Using Real-Time Data in Sparks, Nevada
Parking guidance system to manage complex and diverse parking in historic Victorian Square.
SPARKS, Nevada, March 24, 2020 – Q-Free (OSE: QFR), a global leader in mobility solutions for smart city infrastructure, announced it will deploy a comprehensive parking guidance system (PGS) at the Victorian Square parking garage in Sparks, Nevada. The system will provide real-time information on available spaces, making it easier for drivers to find parking. It will also allow the city to post parking availability information through an app or website, further enabling drivers to better plan their parking in the city.
The four-level Victorian Square parking garage contains 750 parking spaces in the heart of Sparks’ dining, theater, and casino district. Space availability will be monitored using Q-Free’s USDS Parking Sensor. These reliable, ultrasonic directional sensors don’t require cutting into the infrastructure, thus reducing installation costs. In addition, variable message signs in and around the garage will display parking space availability, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant signs will direct handicapped drivers to specific spaces.
Dave Radford, Executive Vice President of Q-Free America’s parking division, commended the city of Sparks for recognizing a parking problem and making the commitment to address it for their citizens. “The Sparks city government is really progressive,” he said. “When we showed them our parking solution, they saw it, liked it and made a decision. This is one of the quickest and smoothest agreements we have seen which, I believe, is a credit to the city and a testament to the quality of Q-Free products.”
Q-Free’s solution is ideal for the Sparks project because of the high vehicle turnover rate in the garage, which serves business owners and staff as well as tourists and residents enjoying the city’s entertainment offerings. In addition, sharing real-time parking availability with drivers will allow them to determine in advance whether to drive downtown, rideshare, or use other transportation.
While this is Q-Free’s first installation in Sparks, it continues Q-Free’s success in Nevada, where Q-Free solutions help manage parking at some of the Las Vegas Strip’s most iconic resorts—including the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s 5,000-space underground parking garage. “We know that our parking solutions reduce time spent looking for parking by an average of 40 percent,” said Radford. ”Based on such tangible benefits, we anticipate more contract announcements within the state of Nevada coming soon.”
Since 1984, Q-Free ASA (OSE: QFR), has been facilitating the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, with solutions that connect vehicles, drivers, and communities. Today, Q-Free’s elite brand portfolio features several top names in ITS including Intelight, OpenTMS, Intrada®, ParQSense, and Q-Free HUB. Together, these data-driven solutions improve the travel experience through smart intersection control, coordinated highways and arterials, incident management, toll operations, and parking guidance at the local, regional, and state-wide level.
Headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, Q-Free has annual revenues of approximately 1 billion NOK (120 million USD) and employs 400 transportation enthusiasts in 16 countries.
To learn more about how Q-Free is changing the way people move, visit www.q-free.com.
Boston catching up with New York for medium and long-term parking prices
– Insights from Parkopedia’s 2019 North America Parking Index –
- The 2019 North American Parking Index report looks at the 50 most expensive cities in North America for paid parking, both on-street and in parking garages.
- New York retains its position as North America’s most expensive city for 2-hour parking, for both on-street and off-street.
- Montreal is the most expensive Canadian city for paid 2-hour on-street parking, as well as off-street.
- In the majority of cities in North America, 2-hour on-street prices are significantly cheaper than off-street parking rates; only Miami Beach has cheaper off-street parking.
- New York is also the most expensive city for daily and monthly parking, with Boston in second position for both daily and monthly prices.
Detroit, USA – November 14, 2019
Parkopedia today released its 2019 North America Parking Index, with the aim of providing an accurate overview of the North American parking market. The 2019 report provides an update on the 50 most expensive cities for short-stay, daily and monthly paid parking in North America, data which was first analysed in Parkopedia’s 2017 report. The report also includes street pricing for the first time, as well as an analysis of 10 US cities to understand the distribution of pricing, parking density and estimated yield within a city. Report highlights include:
Cost of 2 Hour Parking
Motorists will find cheaper parking on-street as opposed to off-street (e.g. parking garage) in most North American cities, with significant price differentials in Denver, Boston, Jersey City, Newark and Dallas. Only Miami Beach has cheaper average prices for paid 2-hour off-street parking.
New York retains its position as the most expensive city in North America (and the world) for short-term off-street parking, with Chicago in second position and Boston in third. Montreal is now the most expensive Canadian city for 2-hour parking for both on-street and off-street, overtaking 2017’s most expensive city Calgary.
Cost of Daily and Monthly Parking
The same 3 cities that rank most expensive for 2-hour off-street pricing – New York, Boston and Chicago – are also the most expensive for daily parking, as was the case in 2017.
New York is once again the most expensive North American city for monthly parking, with Boston in second as it was in 2017, with San Francisco pushed into fourth place behind Jersey City.
Commenting on the report, Parkopedia CEO Eugene Tsyrklevich said, “Parkopedia originated in San Diego, and has since grown to provide the most comprehensive and accurate parking database in the world, revolutionising the way drivers search for and find available parking via the web, mobile apps and in-car. This enables us to supply the parking industry, planners and the general public with deep insights and detailed analysis, captured in this report.”
To access the full report, please visit: https://business.parkopedia.com/2019-north-america-parking-index
HALIFAX WELCOMES INNOVATIVE SCHEME AIMED AT REDUCING TIME MOTORISTS SPEND FINDING AND PAYING FOR PARKING
– Combination of over 1,700 bay sensors and award-winning mobile app (AppyParking) helps local residents and visitors save time finding and paying for parking
– Convenience of solution supports local economies by reducing the usual stress of parking, with motorists staying longer in town compared to using traditional pay and display tickets
LONDON, UK – Thursday 31st October: AppyWay, the pioneering kerbside management and intelligent mobility firm, today announced the launch of their innovative Smart City Parking scheme in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax in partnership with Calderdale Council.
The launch follows the successful implementation of the same scheme in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, earlier in 2019.
AppyWay’s Smart City Parking solution remains the first of its kind to integrate technical capabilities such as smart parking sensors and sensor-enabled payments across on and off-street parking spaces into a seamless mobile app experience for customers, whilst also providing powerful kerbside analytics for the local authority.
In addition to transforming the parking experience for motorists, the firm are now able to report that the scheme can help support the local economy, following the successful implementation earlier this year in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Users, when comparing the AppyParking experience to using traditional pay and display machines report they find it more convenient, less stressful and end up staying in town longer as they didn’t worry about their ticket expiring(1).
Dan Hubert, Founder and CEO of AppyWay, “We’re incredibly excited for our service to go live in Halifax and look forward to seeing local residents, businesses and visitors adopt the app. We know that by alleviating the uncertainty of parking and making the whole experience as pain-free as possible, we can help breathe life into local economies as they struggle to compete with the rise of online shopping. Our survey results from Harrogate demonstrate that if you can show people where they can park with real-time availability, make payments more convenient and less stressful then people are likely to stay for longer. We’re committed to delivering tangible benefits like this for our local authority partners and we look forward to the feedback in Halifax and to launching our next location, Portsmouth, later this year.”
For motorists parking in Halifax, AppyParking helps reduce unnecessary miles driven around town looking for parking, by providing live parking availability in the app – a key feature of installing parking sensors in each bay. The firm argue that less time and fuel spent looking for parking naturally contributes to a reduction in associated congestion and vehicle emissions.
Once parked, paying for parking is also simplified. Not only does the launch represent the first time bank card payments have been made available in Halifax, users of the app also benefit from the option of One Click Parking™, a concept created by AppyWay with the support of payments technology company Visa.
The app seamlessly pairs the user’s mobile device with the sensor under their vehicle via Bluetooth, enabling them to start a pay-as-you-go parking session that automatically ends when they drive away. This means that following the minimum ticket duration (which is either half an hour or an hour depending on location) users enjoy pay-per-minute rates, helping them avoid paying for time they don’t use, which is typical when having to decide how long they need to park at the start of their stay with pay and display.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, adds: “We know from listening to residents that they would like more flexibility when it comes to parking. By utilising this new technology we can allow drivers to plan ahead and easily see which areas of Halifax are busy for parking and where has available spaces.”
“People will also have the option to pay through the app, saving the need to find the correct change or worry about over-staying the time on their ticket – allowing visitors to explore Halifax at their leisure.”
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:
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USA’s Largest Parking Automation Provider Amano McGann
Partners with Smarking – Industry Leader in Business Intelligence
and Yield Management Software – to Empower 7,000+ Parking Sites
Orlando, FL – Amano McGann, North America’s largest provider of Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) and parking automation systems, and Smarking, the parking industry’s leader in business intelligence and yield management software, announced today a formal partnership to provide thousands of Amano client sites and future sites with Smarking’s cutting edge Business Intelligence and Yield Management Enterprise Software-as-a-Service solution.
“At Amano, we believe in investing in our clients and investing in innovation,” said Tom Benton, President & CEO of Amano McGann. “Over the last four years, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of interest from our clients in business intelligence and yield management software solutions, and rapidly emerging business success cases from parking operators, municipalities, and commercial landlords by leveraging those solutions. By partnering with Smarking, we will be able to provide our entire client base the best solution on the market, supported by our robust and secure PARCS and parking automation platforms.”
The Smarking and Amano integration will provide seamless connectivity and real-time data transfer capability in a secure and reliable fashion. The Amano and Smarking customer success and support teams across the country will be mutually trained on the intricacies of each platform to ensure clients are receiving the highest level of service.
“Successfully turning parking data into actionable insights, data-driven business decisions, and parking policies takes true expertise and dedication in both software technologies and parking operations. The Smarking team has done a great job demonstrating that in the past few years at over 2,000 parking sites across North America,” said Jeff Becker, Vice President at Amano McGann. “We are excited to equip our business development team of over 150 professionals nationally with Smarking’s market leading solutions and empower our valued clients with industry leading solutions.”
The partnership, which formally starts on Monday, October 21st, 2019 will begin with the deployment the Smarking Business Intelligence & Yield Management Enterprise SaaS at Amano’s premier sites with clients in five regions across the U.S. The partners will look to expand to the entire client base of more than 7,000 sites in the following months.
“Since 2014, the Smarking team has focused on building best in class business intelligence and yield management software and services for parking professionals. We’ve long admired Amano McGann for their market leadership and depth of client relations. Now, with this new partnership in place, we will be able to work closely with the Amano team at a national level to provide parking professionals a superior level of service and support from the combined efforts of Amano’s extensive field support teams and Smarking’s data and software expertise,” said Wen Sang, CEO of Smarking.
In the future, Amano and Smarking plan to integrate Amano’s PARCS systems with Smarking’s groundbreaking dynamic pricing engine – Automated Yield Management, or AYM. This will enable Amano PARCS to offer dynamic parking rates algorithmically optimized by AYM to the drive-up parking market. By leveraging the terabytes of data generated by Amano PARCS and the latest in data science and machine learning technologies, the partners plan to substantially increase the billions of dollars in revenue processed by Amano systems every year and grow the parking market more broadly.
Smarking is a San Francisco based technology company serving commercial real estate owners, parking operators, municipalities, and others to maximize parking asset returns. Consisting of a team of MIT data scientists, urban real estate and mobility experts, software engineers, and business professionals, Smarking’s market leading business intelligence and yield management software currently empowers over 2,000 parking locations across North America, maximizing asset income, tenant satisfaction, and cost savings.
About Amano McGann
Amano McGann, Inc. is a member of the Amano Group, a worldwide organization with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. As world leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of hardware and software solutions for the parking industry, Amano McGann distributes across North America through branch offices and an Authorized Distribution Network and provides a level of service and experience unmatched in the industry. For more information about Amano McGann’s integrated solutions visit www.amanomcgann.com.
Passport acquires Complus Data Innovations to enable more cities to facilitate curbside transactions
Acquisition reaffirms Passport’s commitment to building the industry standard for parking enforcement software
Charlotte, N.C. (June 6, 2019) — Passport today announces its acquisition of parking enforcement company, Complus Data Innovations (Complus). Together with Complus, Passport helps nearly 1,000 clients manage more than 15 million feet of curbside space – the distance from Los Angeles to New York City – through its industry-leading technology to regulate access to and collect digital payments for public parking, transit, and tolling systems. This acquisition extends Passport’s position as the leading public-sector mobility management platform.
Passport has placed an emphasis on helping cities manage and regulate access to their curb space, because poorly managed curbs can increase traffic congestion and create unsafe conditions on city streets and sidewalks. As the only tool deployed in the field to enforce parking compliance at the curb, enforcement systems ensure that city rules and goals are implemented fairly and efficiently across existing and emerging modes, such as micro-mobility.
“Compliance is the backbone of a city’s mobility operations and ensures effective and equitable usage of a finite and increasingly-strained resource: the curb. It is vital that cities have an efficient way to manage access to curb space,” said Bob Youakim, CEO of Passport. “With the acquisition of Complus, Passport can expand its international footprint, providing even more cities a strong, robust, real-time enforcement solution.”
Complus has been a leader in parking enforcement technology in the U.S. since 1986 and recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary. This deep industry expertise will help Passport strengthen its parking enforcement product, a foundational element of the company’s industry-leading suite of parking management solutions.
“In the past decade, Passport has emerged as an innovator and technological leader in the parking and mobility industry and has a strong track record of success. We are excited that our clients will now be a part of the Passport family,” said Eleonore Adkins, vice president of client success at Complus. “Together with Passport, Complus will be able to help clients better manage their operations and enforce parking compliance.”
This is Passport’s second acquisition in eight months to enhance its enforcement offering, following the acquisition of NuPark, known for its license plate recognition (LPR) technology. Along with the legacy NuPark and Complus teams, Passport is leading the way with the new industry standard enforcement solution, which provides real-time updates and reporting capabilities, integrates with LPR technology and enables enforcement officers to quickly and accurately write citations from a handheld device. With Passport’s cloud-based solution, cities can improve compliance and payments with more efficient enforcement. Additionally, the enforcement software connects with other mobility services through a central platform, allowing clients to grow and scale their operations.
Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport’s mobility platform enables clients to digitally coordinate all modes of transportation and implement real-time, data-centric management of their curbside and streetspace through its enterprise software. Trusted by nearly 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists. Passport is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital, and Relevance Capital. For more information, visit passportinc.com.
Complus Data Innovations celebrates 33rd anniversary
Company commemorates 33 years of outstanding products and client partnerships
Tarrytown, N.Y. (June 3, 2019) — Complus Data Innovations (Complus) is celebrating its 33rd anniversary in parking management software and services. Since its opening in 1986, Complus has grown its client roster to more than 200 cities across 25 states.
“In the past three decades, Complus has established itself as one of the most trusted brands in the parking industry and with each year that passes, we have more achievements and accomplishments to celebrate,” said Ariel Kunar, CEO of Complus. “As the industry continues to change and grow, our commitment to our clients has never wavered.”
Complus serves more than 200 clients, including White Plains, N.Y., Athens, Ohio and Thousand Oaks, Calif. More than a dozen clients have worked with Complus for more than 30 years, including Scarsdale, N.Y. and Pelham, N.Y. who have been clients since 1986.
Over the years, Complus has helped cities improve efficiencies, increase revenue and maximize collection rates. With an average 91.5% collection rate across all clients, Complus clients far exceed the industry average of 70%.
“The City of White Plains has been a Complus client for 20 years and in that time, Complus has provided the products and support to efficiently run our operation, serve our customers, and achieve incredible results,” said John Larson, commissioner of parking, City of White Plains. “We want to congratulate the entire team at Complus for reaching this milestone.”
Complus is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York and has 40+ employees.
About Complus Data Innovations
Since 1986, Complus has specialized in parking management software and services. With over 200 clients across 25 states, CDI is a leading parking violation processor on the East Coast. As part of its solution, CDI provides all of the equipment, data processing, training, expertise, and ongoing support necessary to effectively manage each parking ticket from the moment it is issued until final disposition.
SpotAngels Announces a New Partnership with the City of Las Vegas
SpotAngels, the “Waze for Parking” – a free community-based parking app that helps drivers find parking and avoid tickets, today announces a a new partnership with the city of Las Vegas to provide them with data to help improve the parking situation (which is the #1 complaint from citizens) in Las Vegas.
The partnership includes:
–A comprehensive online parking map containing unprecedented level of detail of street parking (location of all spots whether metered or not, all prices, all rules that are on signs, information about mobile payment) and off-street parking (locations of parking lots and garages, all prices, information about advance online booking / on-site mobile payment).
This was made available to the City in 2 weeks whereas it used to take them months to collect the data with a lower level of detail.
–A medium to communicate this parking information to citizens for free
to help them find parking and understand all the rules. The parking map is available on www.spotangels.com/las-vegas-parking
and on the free SpotAngels mobile apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users of the app will be able to crowdsource information to enhance the parking map of their city and keep it up-to-date.
–A Map Editor tool enabling the City of Las Vegas to make updates to the parking map that will be live instantly on the SpotAngels website and mobile apps and to validate all updates made by citizens.
Conduent Transportation to Provide Chicago with Data-Driven Parking Enforcement
Chicago will now have access to an innovative system to make parking enforcement more efficient, accurate and dynamic. The system, developed by Conduent Transportation, a business unit of Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT), uses advanced analytics designed specifically for parking enforcement officers working in the field.
Under a new contract with Conduent, the city will use CitySight®, a suite of digital applications that will help optimize parking enforcement efficiency and effectiveness. The technology includes Conduent’s data-driven enforcement platform that combines citation probabilities and regulatory information to help inform personnel.
“Parking enforcement officers across the country are often dispatched without optimal information” said Mick Slattery, CEO, Conduent Transportation. “What we’re now doing in Chicago is providing personnel with mobile technology, data visualization dashboards and performance analytics to better conduct their activities”
Analytics-based enforcement provides multiple benefits for communities, including enabling officers to do their jobs with greater precision and improving parking availability for consumers and merchants, reducing both driver frustration and traffic congestion.
Conduent creates digital platforms and services for businesses and governments to manage millions of interactions every day for those they serve. We are leveraging the power of cloud, mobile and IoT, combined with technologies such as automation, cognitive and blockchain to elevate every constituent interaction, driving modern digital experiences that are more efficient, helpful and satisfying.
Conduent’s differentiated offerings touch millions of lives every day, including two-thirds of all insured patients in the U.S. and nearly nine million people who travel through toll systems daily. Whether it’s digital payments, claims processing, benefit administration, automated tolling, customer care or distributed learning – Conduent serves a majority of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 500 government entities. Learn more at www.conduent.com.