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IBI Group Enhances Mobility-Based Solutions with Acquisition of HotSpot

June 01, 2022

IBI Group Enhances Mobility-Based Solutions with Acquisition of HotSpot



– Complementary mobility solution strengthens IBI’s SaaS portfolio and broadens recurring revenue –




TORONTO, June 01, 2022  — Global design and technology firm, IBI Group Inc. (TSX: IBG) (“IBI” or the “Company”), announced today that it has acquired mobility solutions provider, HotSpot (the “Acquisition”). Founded in New Brunswick in 2013, HotSpot began addressing parking issues through technology and has since developed into a suite of integrated mobility solutions. Currently, the platform is in use across Canada and parts of the U.S., with more than 80 municipalities, cities and universities, and 460,000 mobile application users leveraging the platform’s mobility solutions. HotSpot’s suite of solutions will complement and bolster IBI’s traffic and transportation practice and its extensive offering of products and solutions that have been deployed globally, including CurbIQ, Travel-IQ, TRANSIT Data Suite and Smart City Platform.

“With a track record of creating complete mobility solutions, HotSpot’s proven technology in Canada and inroads into the U.S. will strengthen our market portfolio of smart city solutions and support our strategic expansion goals in the U.S.,” said IBI Group CEO, Scott Stewart. “We look forward to welcoming HotSpot’s talented staff to IBI and continuing to expand and strengthen our expertise in the mobility sector.”

HotSpot specializes in creating products for parking, transit, taxi and merchant payments. Its low infrastructure requirement aids in the rapid rollout of flexible, integrated mobility solutions and provides savings to clients and consumers. HotSpot responds to community parking needs, creating adaptable solutions, including digital permits, gated-entry solutions, and parking enforcement and citation management solutions. In addition to parking, the platform’s app offers clients a digitized resource, combining taxi and transit information so that users can book a taxi, keep track of travel expenses, receive real-time transit updates, schedule and pay for taxis, and pay for public transit.

“We believe we can better serve our existing clients together, and we look forward to seeing HotSpot evolve with IBI through access to new pathways to global markets and a large client base. With a commitment to building sustainable, technologically advanced urban environments, we see many synergies with IBI Group that will support HotSpot’s continued growth across borders and throughout the public-private sectors,” said HotSpot CEO, Phillip Curley.

“HotSpot will add payment capabilities to our strong portfolio of mobility solutions in the urban space, and it complements our innovative product, CurbIQ. Together, both solutions will provide a comprehensive set of tools for the parking and curbside management needs of any city,” said IBI Group Global Director, Innovation, Deepak Darda.

HotSpot can enhance IBI’s existing traveller information solutions, which have already been deployed in South Africa, North America, and the UK. The Acquisition builds upon IBI Group’s strategic focus on increasing its recurring revenue and adds to its existing transit-oriented solutions portfolio while growing its expert professional staff.

For more information and/or to connect with IBI Group, please contact Andrea Berry at andrea.berry@ibigroup.com or 1-416-556-6975.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements in this news release may constitute “forward-looking” statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company and its subsidiary entities, including IBI Group Partnership or the industry in which they operate, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements. When used in this news release, such statements use words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “plan” and other similar terminology. These statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this news release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

These risk factors are discussed in detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021. New risk factors may arise from time to time and it is not possible for management of the Company to predict all of those risk factors or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those contained in forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The Company updates these assumptions at each reporting period and adjusts its forward-looking information as necessary.

About IBI Group
IBI Group Inc. (TSX:IBG) is a technology-driven design firm with global architecture, engineering, planning, and technology expertise spanning over 60 offices and 3,400 professionals around the world. For nearly 50 years, its dedicated professionals have helped clients create livable, sustainable, and advanced urban environments. IBI Group believes that cities thrive when designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch. Follow IBI Group on LinkedIn and Twitter.


OperationsCommander announces a new partnership agreement with HotSpot Parking Inc.

November 28, 2018



OperationsCommander announces a new partnership agreement with HotSpot Parking Inc.






CARLETON PLACE, ON – OperationsCommander is excited to announce a new partnership agreement with HotSpot Parking Inc. 



HotSpot’s innovative app allows customers to easily pay for temporary parking permits in municipalities, private enterprises, colleges and universities by using handheld devices. 

“The temporary parking app market has exploded over the last few years. HotSpot is the perfect solution to provide our clients with a flexible tool to add this popular functionality to the OperationsCommander platform,” said Phil MacCallum, Director of Sales and Business Development at OperationsCommander. “The partnership will be an easy add-on to the existing platform, offering a customer service benefit to all current clients and any future installs.” 

HotSpot’s app will be fully integrated with the OPS-COM platform so that permits purchased can be immediately pushed to a client database for real-time enforcement accuracy. As a fully integrated parking app, customers can choose to add this temporary parking functionality at no extra cost. 

Instead of charging the end users a service fee for every single transaction, HotSpot offers a monthly or annual membership approach of just two dollars per month or twenty dollars annually. A ten percent discount is available for CAA members. 

One of HotSpot’s most popular features is its refund option. It saves users money by allowing them to bank unused parking time for future use. 

HotSpot CEO Phillip Curley says the company is excited about partnering with OperationsCommander. 

“OperationsCommander is a leader in online and parking security. HotSpot is a leader in providing users with a modern, mobile-based parking solution. This is a natural partnership,” said Curley. “We look forward to offering our superior services together to help users park safely, efficiently and affordably.” 

HotSpot is based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The company is best known for their pay-by-phone parking and transit solution. The HotSpot App supports Metered Parking, Permitted Parking and Gated Parking environments and is flexible enough to make “every dollar count.” 

OperationsCommander has been in the online parking and security industry for almost 20 years, with clients across North America. Their platform has been developed to serve Higher Education, Health Institutions, Property Management and Municipalities. OPS-COM provides a full service, cloud-based parking and security software platform that can easily scale to any operation. 



For more information please contact: 

Phillip MacCallum – Director of Sales & Business Development 


1-855-410-4141 X224 


February 02, 2018







NEW GLASGOW, NS, February 2nd, 2018 – J.J. MacKay Canada Limited (MacKay Meters), a leading manufacturer of smart parking meters, and HotSpot Parking Inc. (HotSpot), a Fredericton based company best known for their pay-by-phone parking and transit solutions, today announced a fully integrated parking solution for the City of Moncton, New Brunswick. The City of Moncton recently purchased several hundred new mkBeacon™ wireless smart parking meters from MacKay. The City’s MacKay mkBeacon parking meters will now communicate their paid status to HotSpot’s Realtime Parking Map, helping drivers find available parking spaces by using HotSpot’s mobile application.



Available metered parking spots appear as green P’s on HotSpot’s Realtime Parking Map (http://realtimeparking.ca/). When a driver pays for parking with either coins or credit card at any new mkBeacon parking meter, the meter communicates that paid status to HotSpot and the parking spot then changes to red on the map. When time expires on the meter, the parking spot icon shown on the map changes back to green, allowing drivers to recognize that the parking spot is available. Similarly, when paying for a parking spot using the HotSpot Parking mobile app, the corresponding space would turn red on the parking map and back to green when time expires.


“We are always looking at ways to make parking easier and more efficient for the parker. With this system now available in Moncton, we have achieved both of those goals quite effectively. The new mkBeacon smart meters now installed on-street, along with the HotSpot mobile pay app real time parking occupancy map, make the City of Moncton one of Canada’s most advanced parking systems. It’s fantastic that two Atlantic Canadian companies can bring this type of technology to the streets of an Atlantic Canadian city,” said James MacKay, VP of Sales at MacKay Meters.


“Municipalities have been asking for real-time parking availability for years and technology is finally reaching a place where a municipality of any size can introduce the best parking experience possible to their citizens. We’re proud to pioneer this in the City of Moncton, but this a feat achievable by any motivated municipality,” said Phillip Curley, CEO of HotSpot.


“By offering Realtime Parking and giving users multiple ways to pay for an on-street parking space, it has made the experience of parking that much easier. The new MacKay mkBeacon smart meters with our HotSpot (Pay By Cell) service has also allowed us to reduce redundancies within our system and streamline the service for our users,” said Stephane Thibodeau, Transportation and Parking Coordinator with the City of Moncton.


About MacKay Meters


For more than fifty-eight years, and with over 500,000 meters sold, MacKay Meters has been providing customers worldwide with innovative parking systems including quality single and multi-space parking meters. www.mackaymeters.com/


Contact: James MacKay VP of Sales MacKay Meters

1 (888) 462-2529 x295



About HotSpot


HotSpot has built and implemented a simple-to-use mobile application for visitors to ease their access to municipalities and provide seamless, enjoyable experiences. Through realizing transportation as the point of opportunity for citizens, HotSpot has developed a tool to connect municipalities to their citizens and provide the best possible city experience. www.htsp.ca



Phillip Curley CEO

HotSpot Parking Inc. 1 (506) 897-1774