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International Parking Institute Changes Name to International Parking & Mobility Institute

October 17, 2018


International Parking Institute Changes Name to 

International Parking & Mobility Institute



New name reflects interconnectedness of parking, transportation, and mobility industries and expanded role of parking and parking professionals





(DENVER – October 17, 2018) The world’s largest association of parking professionals, formerly known as the International Parking Institute (IPI), has changed its name to the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI). The change reflects the interconnected, choice-driven network that now encompasses parking, transportation, and mobility.


The decision was made by the Board of Directors at a meeting in Denver today.


As the results of IPI’s 2018 Emerging Trends in Parking survey revealed, there has been a major shift in the past decade that has blurred the distinctions between the industries. The explosive growth of ride-hailing/transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, car- and bike-sharing, and effective mass-transit systems, coupled with the growing consciousness of environmentally friendly choices and sustainability, have transformed the way we get around.


More than 90 percent of those surveyed feel that “parking and transportation or mobility professionals” is a more apt description of their jobs, which today encompass such tasks as curb management, alternative commuting methods, data collection, and much more.


“Our broadened name and new logo signifies changes in the industry and what is happening in the larger sphere, where mobility is emerging as a more inclusive term for the expanding role of parking professionals,” says IPMI CEO Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We feel the new name provides an umbrella that incorporates parking and mobility and thus will better serve our members by ensuring future opportunities for growth.”


IPMI’s monthly magazine, The Parking Professional, will be renamed Momentum beginning in January 2019. Some changes will be phased in. Although the organization’s current website and email addresses will continue to function for some time, the new internet address will be parking-mobility.org, and staff email addresses will change to the domain parking-mobility.org. Its current governance structure, staff, and contacts will remain the same.

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

June 13, 2018



LPA Executive Director Larry J. Cohen, CAPP,

Elected to 2018 International Parking Institute Board




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



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


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



June 08, 2018








Orlando (June 8, 2018)—Mary Smith of Walker Consultants has been recognized by the International Parking Institute (IPI) with one the parking industry’s highest honors, the 2018 IPI Lifetime Achievement Award. The Senior Director of Parking Consulting for Walker Consultants, Smith is widely recognized across the globe as one of the industry’s most accomplished professionals. Smith’s expertise and creativity can be seen in thousands of parking projects across the United States, Canada, Abu Dhabi, China, Dubai, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Qatar, Russia, and Turkey. As co-author of Parking Structures: Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Repair, the industry’s most important reference and text book, she has also played an instrumental role in the evolution of the modern parking structure.


“We are extraordinarily proud that Mary Smith is the recipient of the 2018 IPI Lifetime Achievement Award,” said John Bushman, President and CEO of Walker Consultants. “Mary’s leadership as a parking professional is unparalleled and for 40 years she has demonstrated one of the industry’s most thoughtful and creative minds. Mary has left a legacy across the industry that has reshaped parking design and planning throughout the world. This is a well-deserved honor.”


In addition to being an authority on parking design and planning, Smith is also recognized as the industry’s “go-to” person on issues related to vehicle sizes and parking dimensions, parking under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and compliance with the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). And with the introduction of self-driving vehicles on the horizon, she has become the acknowledged authority on how SDVs will impact parking planning.


Smith was also the author of the Urban Land institute/International Council of Shopping Centers Shared Parking (Second Edition), an equally seminal work in land planning. She is currently co-chair and will be principal author of the updated third edition.


In presenting the award, Roamy Valera, Chairman of the IPI board said, “Mary is widely acknowledged as one of the leading parking planners and functional designers in the world. This lifetime achievement honor is well-deserved.”



About Walker

Walker is a global consulting firm, with 19 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensic Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at http://www.walkerconsultants.com.

Inugo: Take the pain out of permit parking

June 01, 2018



Inugo: Take the pain out of permit parking



Come to IPI, Booth 835 to find out how!




Eliminate revenue leakage by streamlining the booking, access and payment for monthly parking through the Inugo mobile app.

Inugo eliminates the need for proximity cards which are notoriously difficult to manage, time consuming to administer and too easily lost, shared or issued improperly.

Inugo seamlessly integrates with existing PARCS systems using the Inugo Bluetooth Intelligent Gate Controller to provide access control and one billing platform for all your monthly permits.

Come and see us at IPI, Booth 835 for a live demonstration and pick up all the information you need to transform your monthly permit parking.

Check us out at https://inugo.com/parking-providers/monthly-permits/


IPI 2018: SKIDATA launches the sweb®Platform, a unique cloud based parking management-system

June 01, 2018




IPI 2018: SKIDATA launches the sweb®Platform, a unique cloud based parking management-system



Salzburg / Florida, June 1, 2018. IPI, the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking professionals, is all about the latest trends and topics in the industry. From June 3 to 6, 2018, SKIDATA presents its brand new sweb Platform. The fully cloud based concept enables parking operators to increase revenues with complementary business ideas like online bookings and validations. Through full centralization of operations via the sweb Platform operation costs are reduced significantly. And thanks to its modular and unmatched interface concept, the sweb Platform allows perfect individualization.



A one stop solution that still manages to be flexible – that’s what makes sweb Platform unique. Like a digital set of building blocks, a variety of multi-functional web-based services and interfaces are available to choose from – from reporting across car-parks, online reservations and ticket validation solutions, to customer loyalty programs and much more. Be it for a single car park or a group of parking facilities, operators have the tools they need to create a customized solution that meets their specific requirements. On top of that, open interfaces enable rapid integration of third-party systems providing the maximum degree of flexibility. Additional solutions can be integrated at a later date allowing the SKIDATA Parking Facility Management System evolve to meet future demands.


Stay in the driver’s seat

“Operators profit from the sweb Platform and the multitude of advantages the SKIDATA solutions provide, without having to give up their independence and products from other companies,” explains Florian Schneeberger, SKIDATA Vice President Business Line Management & Innovation.


Despite having different business partners, operators maintain central control over all their business processes since everything runs on the cloud-based SKIDATA platform. Car park operators gain the ability to consolidate data from not only all SKIDATA sales channels, but also external sales channels, allowing optimize the use of their facility thereby increasing occupancy rates and ultimately revenue. “With central monitoring, parking facilities can keep a constant eye on operations from anywhere they choose, making efficient control, analysis and optimization possible. The customer data which is generated supplies valuable information for targeted marketing activities. On top of that, reliable data management and data visualization lead to even more efficiency.


All services can be accessed anytime and from anywhere – on a local PC or remotely from a smart phone or tablet.” That’s not only practical, but also reduces operating expenditures.


SKIDATA is celebrating the premiere of the sweb Platform on the American market at the IPI in Florida at The Gaylord Palms Convention Center from June 3rd to 6th.



SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. In 2017 the Salzburg company generated a record turnover of €320 million. More than 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski areas, stadiums, airports, shopping centers, cities, spa and wellness facilities, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.


MeterFeeder shows off entire suite of products at largest industry expo 

May 31, 2018




MeterFeeder shows off entire suite of products at largest industry expo 




Orlando (FL)MeterFeeder – the Braddock PA based parking startup – is headed to the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. Every year, The International Parking Institute hosts this expo once a year to bring parking industry experts and newcomers together in the largest parking industry gathering in the world.



MeterFeeder has been providing low-cost enforcement and payment toolsto Pittsburgh municipalities for the past few years. Recently, new systems and tools such as thedigital permit and valet featureshave been added to provide more value to customers and parkers alike. Soon, MeterFeeder’s recently announced Pay-By-Vehicle system will allow everyone to pay for parking simply by turning their car off. In the future, these systems will pave the way for autonomous vehicles to integrate into parking systems around the country.


At IPI, MeterFeeder will be able to both contribute to and learn from the most expansive and diverse displays of parking technology in the industry. All of the suppliers, manufacturers, consultants, and fellow innovators will be able available for collaboration. MeterFeeder has a unique advantage over competitors in that the software is extremely flexible and adaptable, meaning that everyone at IPI from parking managers to enforcement applications could benefit from collaboration and integration.


To find out more and to see MeterFeeder’s full array of new technology, visit IPI Booth 2034.


Take the pain out of permit parking with Inugo: IPI, Booth 835

May 30, 2018




Take the pain out of permit parking with Inugo




Inugo has been designed to make your life easier, parkers can now Book, Access your facility and Pay for Monthly parking all from their mobile phone and you can manage the whole process from a single portal.



Proximity cards commonly used by monthly permit customers are notoriously difficult to manage, time consuming to administer and too easily lost, shared or issued improperly and auditors spend many hours tracking and accounting for them.


Inugo eliminates proximity cards and users access your facility using the Inugo app on their mobile phone.


Inugo can seamlessly integrate with existing PARCS systems with the Bluetooth Intelligent Gate Controller and provide one billing platform for all your monthly permits. For ungated surface parking lots, Inugo’s advanced geo-fencing technology creates a virtual boundary so that drivers who enter the boundary can start a parking session with the touch of a button on the Inugo mobile app. The user’s credit card will be charged when the parking session has ended.


“Inugo is the first to deliver a seamless way for your monthly permit holders to book, access and pay for monthly parking on their phone” said Sam Barclay, CEO “by giving customers what they want, the ability to self-service, parking operators can eliminate access cards and manual administration from the monthly permit process”


Inugo is the developer of the Inugo Bluetooth Intelligent Gate Controller, the Inugo App and the Inugo Operator portal, which together make frictionless parking a reality in gated or ungated parking facilities.


To find out more, come and see us at IPI, Booth 835. See the product in action and go into the draw to win a free trial.


The Inugo App is available for iOS and Android users.


About Inugo:

Inugo is a startup founded to revolutionize the way that we Find, Park and Pay for parking. It not only offers time efficiencies and faster turnaround of stalls but it is also the only ticketless and cashless parking experience.

Parking professionals have an opportunity to utilize their under-used parking facilities and generate a revenue. Inugo offers a  simple, seamless and cost effective parking management tool which allows Parking Operators to configure multiple parking facilities and add differentiated rates while catering to diverse user groups.


Inugo has recently launched its groundbreaking parking technology at four Los Angeles sites as the company begins expansion in the United States.



For more information contact:


Inugo Systems Ltd

Liz Barnett | Director of Marketing

Inugo Systems Ltd




Passport, Amazon to present on, “Demystifying Smart Cities: How to Architect the Cities of Tomorrow”

May 23, 2018




Passport, Amazon to present on, “Demystifying Smart Cities: How to Architect the Cities of Tomorrow”



Patel, Bhatt join together to speak at IPI Conference in June




Charlotte, N.C. (May23, 2018) —Passport announced today that it has partnered with Amazon’s leader in Smart Cities, Hardik Bhatt, to speak about how to demystify smart cities at this year’s IPI Conference in Orlando, Fla. The speaking engagement is the first of its kind in the industry, where Passport and Amazon will answer the question of what it truly means to be a smart city. The talk, which is titled “Demystifying Smart Cities: How to architect the cities of tomorrow” will take place from 4:15-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5.


“Technology is evolving at lightning speed but cities’ physical infrastructure and systems have not necessarily caught up, therefore putting an immense amount of pressure on city leaders to find solutions for increased congestion and other challenges,” said Devin Patel, VP of business development from Passport. “As new services such as Uber or Lyft have been introduced, there is an increasing demand for integrating them with cities’ transportation and curb-management initiatives.”


Passport recently announced a partnershipwith the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) light rail and Lyft to offer a first mile/last mile solution to the city’s commuters. The program improves the transit agency’s connectivity to its customers in an innovative and cost effective way by enabling CATS to expend funds for trips only when demand is needed versus running a costly route all day with multiple buses.


“There is an unprecedented shift happening in how cities operate as our world is driven by real-time demand,” said Hardik Bhatt, Amazon Web Services’ Smart Cities and Mobility leader. “However, even some of the largest cities in the world have yet to figure out how to keep up with this change and how to become smarter, more connected cities.”


Seating in this speaking session will be limited so IPI attendees are encouraged to arrive early and add this session to their schedule. More information on this session can be found at http://ipiconference.parking.org/2018/learning_labs.cfm.


About Passport

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


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


About Amazon Web Services


For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 54 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

President of Atlanta-based Passio Technologies presents during 2017 IPI conference

June 05, 2017


Skyer: Use Technology to Maximize the Destination Experience

President of Atlanta-based Passio Technologies presents during 2017 IPI conference



NEW ORLEANS — The next generation of parking and transit technology should incorporate local city and university apps, as well as complementary services such as Lyft, Uber, Ride Amigos, and Google Transit to improve the consumer experience and increase ridership and usage rates.

“Everything we do in parking and transit boils down to one very simple and straightforward concept: How Do I Maximize the Journey to Destination Experience?” Mitch Skyer, president of Atlanta-based Passio Technologies, asked. “In other words, ‘I’ve got somewhere to go, so what’s the fastest, simplest, cheapest way for me to get there with the least amount of hassle?’”

During a presentation titled “The Bad News is Time Flies; The Good News is You are the Pilot” at this year’s International Parking Institute (IPI) 2017 Conference in New Orleans, Skyer shared his perspective about how administrators who operate parking and transit systems can tackle these challenges directly.

Technology in transit and parking takes on many forms. Starting with on board or on site hardware, operational technology that tracks passenger load, on-time performance, lot and deck counts, utilization, turnover and parking and passenger trends. Customer applications provide instant feedback on parking availability, estimated time of arrival for bus service, customer feedback and direct alerts or messages.

“The ‘Smart City’ concept includes networked devices and sensors that report on traffic, weather, maintenance items, and external factors will provide instant data to technology applications,” Skyer said. “Future technology concepts are coming quickly. Driverless cars and buses will revolutionize the Destination Experience by changing the way we think about moving and monitoring people when they travel.”

“Crowdsourcing will impact the shared transit experience. Think of Waze for buses, where we can influence and optimize each other’s behavior by collectively sharing what happens to us,” Skyer said. “This type of data can revolutionize the way schedules and routes are built and help to optimize decisions for parking development and managing parking behavior.”

For more information, visit passiotech.com.

HUB Parking Technology to Demonstrate Innovative Smart Solutions at IPI

May 19, 2017


HUB Parking Technology to Demonstrate Innovative Smart Solutions at IPI



The 2017 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo is just a few days away from welcoming over 3,000 parking professionals at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.



At booth #1317, HUB Parking Technology will showcase its latest innovations in digital and mobile technology for a total system solution that will simplify operations and maximize profits for parking management and enhance the parking experience for customers.



HUB Parking Technology system experts will be on hand to demonstrate our intelligent, web-based management system, JMS, accessible also from your mobile phone. JMS brings innovative value-added capabilities to parking managers with integrated, real-time operational data available from multiple parking facilities and powerful analysis, reporting and customization options. Outcomes are easily measurable at the push of a button and operators can always be able to intervene as necessary – at any time and from anywhere. Complex and rich statistical analyses can be accessible and easy to understand for everybody thanks to the visual graphical output and the possibility to interact with data, allowing you to communicate insights in the most effective way.


Another smart solution that will be presented is JunglePass, which allows end users to easily, smoothly and securely pre-book, find, enter, pay and exit a designated parking facility by simply using a smartphone.  JunglePass provides a seamless parking experience to the user and precious insights to the operators who can now track their transient customers’ behavior and usage patterns, plan long-term business strategies, engage and reach their clients through mobile technology that is synched with personalization opportunities (send discounts or relevant information to your customers).


HUB is equipped to meet the new challenges faced by business owners with system solutions that provide operators with the tools necessary to grow their business, learn valuable insights into their customers, provide statistical data ready for analysis, and maximize revenue potential.


About HUB Parking Technology

HUB Parking Technology is the FAAC Group Business Unit that develops, manufactures, installs and provides after-sales services for Parking Revenue Control Systems branded ZEAG, DATAPARK and FAAC. Through its local Group companies and distributors it is represented in all five continents and more specifically in North & South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

For more information about HUB Parking Technology, visit: www.hubparking.com

About FAAC Group

FAAC Group is a privately owned multinational Group, a pioneer in the automated systems industry for the control of pedestrian and vehicle access in both residential and commercial applications.

The Group activity is developed through three Business Units: Access Automation, Access Control and Parking Revenue Control Systems. FAAC Group was founded in 1965 and has today become an international industrial Group with over 2,400 employees, 18 production plants and 32 foreign subsidiary companies throughout the world. The Group is based in Zola Predosa, Bologna, Italy.

For more information about FAAC Group, visit: www.faacgroup.com

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