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Organisation of the Year – EasyPark wins top Australian Industry Parking Award

October 18, 2023





Organisation of the Year – EasyPark wins top Australian Industry Parking Award




EasyPark has been recognized by the Australian Parking Industry as the 2023 Organisation of the Year.

The Award is recognition for EasyPark’s rapid growth during an incredibly busy 18 months in which the Cities of Melbourne, Canberra and Perth andmany others, adopted the EasyPark Digital Parking Solutions including the award winning Pay via Phone for parking App as an alternative to parkingmeters and also the introduction of ticketless digital permits.

Over the last 8 years more than 70 Councils and Parking Operators across the country have introduced EasyPark Pay via Phone for parking and Digital Permit Solutions.

More than 3.1 Million Australians have downloaded the EasyPark App to dateand there are close to 100 000 new downloads each month. EasyPark was the38th* most downloaded app on the app store in September 2023!

EasyPark CEO Eli Grossinger Binshtok said receiving the industry’s top accolade at the prestigious Parking Industry Awards event, inSydney was reward for the team’s determination to make the parking experience easier for clients (councils and parking operators) and ourcustomers (end users).

“The best compliment that we get is that EasyPark is – Easy.

“People say it is easy to use and we are easy to do business with. But, as we all know, it’s not that easy to make it easy. We worked very hardbehind the scenes to achieve this outcome for our clients and customers and for this I thank our wonderful team who show great effort andcommitment every day to build this amazing organisation to make it easy for everyone else.

“We strive to go above and beyond and deliver WOW in everything we do, both internally and externally. Now for us this is a WOW moment in the history of our company.”

The EasyPark Pay via Phone App is the most used in Australia (in fact it is the most used service of its kind globally). EasyPark was established inAustralia in 2012 and has grown to become the leading Pay via Phone/App for parking service. Our 3.1 Million customers are able to use theEasyPark service in almost every State and Territory in Australia.

Beyond our shores the wider EasyPark Group has a similar growth trajectory with rapid expansion in Europe and the US. Collectively thereare now more than 80 million EasyPark App customers in over 25 countries and nearing 4,000 cities. And these numbers continue to grow rapidly asEasyPark expands.

The EasyPark App enables drivers to control their parking. Vehicle owners set their start and end time from their mobile device, and if their meeting,appointment or catch up finishes early or overruns, they simply change the timings from their phone, without having to return to the car. Unlikesome apps which are pre-loaded with money, EasyPark users only pay for the exact time they use and on the day that they use the service.

EasyPark General Manager Craig Logan said more and more Councils and Commercial Parking Operators are adopting the EasyPark digital parking services to reduce and replace physical parking meters and old outdated parking permit systems.

“Increasingly, digital options for parking are being adopted. Cloud based technology-led solutions are always the latest and most up to date, and are easily integrated with other cloud-based solutions.

“The 3G network, which many physical parking meters still utilise for communications and payment processing, will be cut off next year, and as a result, Councils and Parking Operators are considering additional digital payment options, including EasyPark as a viable alternative to upgrading their entire fleet of aging on-street parking meters.

“This Award not only reflects the amazing work from our team over the last 12 to 18 months, but it also reinforces our goal of growing the companyand consolidating our position as the market leader in digital parking solutions,” Mr Logan said.

EasyPark was also the Finalist for Outstanding Customer Service and Arjun Nambiar was named Finalist for the Young Achiever Award.

“The Australian Parking Industry is full of very dedicated hard working people and as a result is a very competitive but genial industry. This year’sAwards event was well attended and a great opportunity to come together, mix and discuss potential integrations, collaborations and partnerships allgeared toward providing great choice for clients.

“We would like to thank the CEO and the entire board of Parking Australia and all the sponsors for a well organised event and we also thank members of the Australia Parking Industry for voting EasyPark Organisation of the Year 2023,” Mr Grossinger Binshtok said.

Photo (left to right) Arjun Nambiar, Paul Sullivan, Craig Logan, Eli Grossinger Binshtok, Jason Marks Media Contact

Murray Collins

media@easypark.com.au 0422 073 394 EasyParkANZ connect with us onLinkedIn

https://easyparkgroup.com/news/ for more EasyPark Group news

EasyPark Group is a leading global parking tech company with the vision to make cities more livable. With award-winning technology, EasyPark Group has eased parking since 2001 and today, the company helps drivers save time and money by finding and managing parking and electric vehicle charging. It allows businesses, parking operators, property owners and cities toadministrate, plan and take data-driven decisions. EasyPark Group owns and develops the apps EasyPark, ParkMobile, RingGo and Park-line and operates in nearly 4,000 cities across more than 25 countries.

Since entering the Australian market in 2012, EasyPark ANZ has grown to be the largest Pay via Phone parking App provider in Australia and the only operator available in all States and Territories. To date, more than 3 million Australians have downloaded the App.

GO TO-U and Parkopedia collaborate to elevate the EV charging experience

September 13, 2023



GO TO-U and Parkopedia collaborate to elevate the EV charging experience



  • New partnership combines GO TO-U’s charging-centric operating system with Parkopedia’s in-vehicle services to provide a seamless EV charging experience
  • Drivers benefit from a simplified process of finding and navigating to available charge points, plus predictive charger availability
  • Cooperation between the two companies includes data exchange, activation and payment technology and predictive availability data to minimise charging wait times




13 September 2023 – London, UK / Los Angeles, USA – GO TO-U, the pioneering SaaS operating system specialising in EV charging infrastructure management, has entered into cooperation with Parkopedia, the world’s leading connected car services provider to elevate the electric vehicle (EV) charging experience.

Harnessing the power of advanced data analytics and machine learning, GO TO-U has established itself as a frontrunner in predicting EV charging demand, optimising resource allocation, and improving the charging process.Through this dynamic partnership, GO TO-U will share essential data points from its expansive network of EVcharging stations with Parkopedia, while drivers benefit from Parkopedia’s seamless in-car parking and charging integrations that take the stress out of finding chargers and managing charging sessions.

The new partnership will deliver driver benefits in three key areas:


Data Exchange – GO TO-U will seamlessly share real-time data from its extensive EV charging network withParkopedia, enhancing the accuracy and availability of charging station information for drivers.


Activations and Payments – Cutting-edge activations and payment technology will empower drivers to secure charging sessions and pay for these, ensuring a seamless and stress-free EV charging experience.


Optimised Charging – By incorporating GO TO-U’s data insights, Parkopedia will enhance its connected carservices, enabling more efficient charging and minimising wait times for EV redefine the landscape of EV charging, propelling us closer to a world of clean and efficient mobility.

Duncan Licence, Chief Product Officer at Parkopedia, echoed this sentiment, stating, “This collaboration enables Parkopedia to make finding and managing charging sessions easier, with drivers able to benefit from real-time charging availability information and integrated activations and payments to manage charging efficiently. We discovered in the 2023 Parkopedia Global Driver Survey that finding suitable charging locations is still a majorconcern for many EV drivers and a significant blocker to drivers looking to go electric, so we are pleased that this latest partnership helps us to provide a further improved in-car charging experience to motorists.

As the EV industry accelerates towards a sustainable future, the collaboration between GO TO-U and Parkopedia helps to make finding and paying for charging simpler and more convenient. Further updates will follow as both companies collaborate to shape the trajectory of parking and charging globally.

About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by automakers, organisations and millions of drivers around the world. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuel and tolls across 90 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit business.parkopedia.com for more information.

About GO TO-U

GO TO-U is a trailblazing SaaS operating system at the forefront of EV charging infrastructure optimization. By harnessing the power of big data and machine learning, GO TO-U empowers both drivers and station operators with predictive analytics and demand optimization, delivering an unparalleled charging experience. Learn more at www.go-tou.com.

Parkopedia Media Contact

Adam Calland Marketing Director

T: +44(0)7838219129

E: adam.calland@parkopedia.com

The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference, Announce Joint Event

November 14, 2022




The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference, Announce Joint Event



The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference are excited to announce that their joint 2023 conference events will be held on March 28-30 at the Schaumberg Convention Center, PIE Director Marcy Sparrow announced today.

The Big Ten and Friends will host 80 plus university parking, transit, and fleet leaders, who will be participating in the PIE seminars and exhibit hall along with university-specific programming.  A highlight will be a panel session featuring university transportation experts on Thursday, March 30. During this interactive session, the experts will share their stories and answer questions from attendees.

Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference representative Ross Allanson, CAPP, CPP, Director of Parking & Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota, said that he was pleased that the two organizations could come together after they paused their Big Ten conference while the country responded to COVID-19.  Centrally located, Schaumburg, Illinois is an ideal location for a conference that brings together universities and colleges from across the nation.

The Parking Industry Expo is sponsored annually by Parking Today Magazine. In 2023, it will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center adjacent to the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel, a short 20-minute ride north of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The dates are March 28-30. For full information, log on to pieshow.parkingtoday.com

From Cloud Parking to Interactive Voice Assistants: Commend takes Parking Intercom to the Next Level at Intertraffic 2022

April 07, 2022




From Cloud Parking to Interactive Voice Assistants: Commend takes Parking Intercom to the Next Level at Intertraffic 2022



  • Cloud-powered intercom solution to support unattended parking in modern Smart Cities
  • Premiere of the world’s smallest intercom module that packs a powerful punch
  • Interactive Voice Assistant leverages AI technologies for car park customer support
  • Latest and greatest intercom innovations for Smart City applications
  • NEW Commend Stand location: HALL 10, STAND 207



Amsterdam  – The pandemic and the ominous restrictions that came with it may have limited personal interaction and made Intertraffic 2020 impossible. “But that didn’t slow down our creative drive,” says Dennis Krijgsman, Segmentmanager for T&I at Commend. “On the contrary, for us it was a tremendously creative time. We had our innovation engines running in high gear. That allowed us to push the technical frontier and take Traffic Intercom to new heights in functionality, convenience, business support and security.”

Visitors to the Commend stand at this year‘s Intertraffic will be treated to an innovation-loaded display of the latest and greatest products and concepts, all designed to raise the bar of help and safety in traffic related environments. Commend’s motto, “Giving cities a voice” brings everything together under the topic of urban mobility in networked Smart City environments. Highlights awaiting visitors at the Commend stand include:


Shifting into Smart Gear: Cloud-based Parking Intercom

Commend’s Cloud Parking intercom solution ties in perfectly with the dynamic concept of Smart Cities. Designed for small-sized unattended car parks, it takes trusted Commend communication management to the level of ultimate Cloud-native efficiency, convenience and security. There is no need for a server or receiving stations, as calls can be handled conveniently in a browser or on a mobile smart device. This makes Commend Cloud Parking the most cost-effective solution to date when it comes to remotely handling parking customer calls.



“Hey IVY!”: Interactive Voice Assistant for Parking Customer Support

For service desk staff at a car park, answering customer calls can be a time consuming affair. Not any more, thanks to IVY, Commend’s cutting-edge Interactive Voice Assistant for parking customer support. Powered by latest AI speech processing technology, IVY can answer frequent customer requests to relieve human staff. Based on her speech analystics, she can even detect and prioritise emergency calls, route them to first responders and raise alarms. More at https://symphony.commend.com/en/digital-assistant.html



im3: The World’s Smallest IP Intercom Module

Combining, switching and routing of audio/video connections with full Commend Intercom power has never been easier to accommodate. Whether fitted into gate posts or pay-on-foot machines, powering emergency help points or serving in other off-street and on-street traffic environments – Commend’s brand-new IP-based im3 Module fits virtually everywhere and ties in seamlessly with Smart City networks. When it comes to IP Intercom, the Commend im3 proves how small can be incredibly powerful.



Commend Smart City Soluions: Trusted Communication, Urban Style

From smart street lights to talking cameras, intelligent bollard intercom and many other useful help and safety features, Commend innovations bring information feeds and communication lines to urban public environments to smarten up cities.




About Commend

Commend is passionate about innovating and perfecting communication and security technology. For more than 50 years Commend has been translating this passion into Intercom and Public Address solutions that customers can always trust to support and protect their business, reputation, assets and even lives. The customer’s voice, needs and trust are the key inspiration for all that Commend does, from research and production to installation and aftersales services. The result are high-class products that are built around the customer’s requirements to serve their specific business and safety needs – whether in road tunnels, on  loud and dirty factory floors or in antiseptically clean healthcare and production facilities, on ships, yachts or trains, and in places from car parks to office buildings and Smart Cities. All this is made possible by over 500 passionate individuals that work together as one across Commend’s worldwide support network, dedicated to ensuring that this corporate mission is acted upon. For further information visit www.commend.com.



For more information please contact:

Commend International

Joerg Weisser, Marketingleitung

[p] +43 662 85 62 25 272

[m] +43 664 51 60 142

[e] j.weisser@commend.com


APC Hospitality LLC announces a new affiliate of APC Security Services, Inc and Salvatore Ingui as a Regional Director 

December 14, 2021


APC Hospitality LLC announces a new affiliate of APC Security Services, Inc and Salvatore Ingui as a Regional Director






CEO & Founder of APC Hospitality LLC, Ellis M. Dumont proudly announces a new affiliate, APC Security Services, Inc. and the addition of Salvatore Ingui as Regional Director.


APC Security Services holds significant importance in the APC Hospitality brand of services.  SORA certified security officers, licensed with the ability to bring a unparalleled level of security and hospitality will enhance the APC portfolio.  Gate, lobby, front desk administration, campus and facility surveillance services in commercial, luxury residential, medical, university, hotel/resort, and events accounts will be handled with the APC WAY with professionalism and hospitality.


Sal Ingui will lead this new undertaking. Prior to retiring from the NJ State Troopers, Sal held the rank of F.O.S. Executive Officer.  Sal joins the APC Hospitality team where his expertise and leadership abilities will enhance this new venture.  Sal can be reached directly at 973-857-2008 x120 or singui@apchospitality.com.


APC Hospitality is the renowned leading provider of hospitality solutions in both the Northeast and Southeast.


TKH Security has been Selected to Deliver an Unparalleled Parking Experience at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

October 06, 2021




TKH Security has been Selected to Deliver an Unparalleled Parking Experience at Abbott Northwestern Hospital



CHESHIRE, CT – October 6, 2021 – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of the Allina Health network, is the largest private hospital in the Twin Cities and is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care. As part of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Campus Revitalization Program, Allina Health is building a new transportation hub and adding two additional parking levels to its existing facility, totaling 2,742 parking spaces. Intending to maximize its parking assets on campus, enhance security, and improve the customer experience, Allina Health has elected to implement TKH Security’s camera-based M4 System.

Allina Health originally considered installing a level-count system. However, after learning about TKH Security’s parking guidance technology and how its intelligent infrastructure and unique integrations could enhance the hospital’s overall operation, Allina Health chose to deploy the M4 single-space PGS. In addition to the smart-sensors, Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s installation will include TKH Security’s LCD- NAV and VMS-NAV wayfinding signage and several exclusive software modules: Park Surveillance™, Park Alerts™, and Park Finder™.

TKH Security’s proprietary M4 PGS and digital wayfinding signage offer each patient, visitor, and employee unparalleled guidance from garage entry to exit. The entryway LCD-NAV sign provides advanced, customizable, real-time data as drivers arrive at the facility, immediately directing them to levels that have available parking.

The in-aisle, state-of-the-art VMS-NAV signs display a vast array of continuously updated occupancy data, empowering visitors to make informed on-the-spot decisions. The VMS-NAV offers operators a flexible navigation solution that can broadcast an expansive set of dynamic digital messages beyond simple counts with split-screen, scrolling, and toggling capabilities.

As wayfinding signage guides drivers on their journey, TKH Security’s M4 smart-sensors enhance the guidance experience by indicating which specific spaces are available or occupied using color-coded red (occupied) and green (available) LED lights, helping to remove stress and uncertainty from the parking experience while increasing garage efficiency.

The Park Alerts and Park Surveillance integrations help increase control, security, and safety in the garage. Allina Health was particularly interested in how TKH Security’s surveillance technology could enrich the facility’s existing camera installation. Park Surveillance enables the M4 sensors to capture streaming video of any activity in or around parking bays. With unobstructed views of each parking bay and the space between vehicles, this serves as a reliable and proven deterrent of theft and other criminal behaviors. In addition, the Park Alerts software extension further enhances garage control, empowering parking management to set automated time and license plate-based rules and alerts. These alerts enable operations staff to enforce policies and remain informed about parking abuse/violations within the garage.

As patients, visitors, and staff return to the garage, the Find Your Car™ vehicle locator enables them to quickly and easily pinpoint their car. By entering all or part of their license plate number into the Park Finder system, guests are guided to the exact space where their car is parked, increasing customer satisfaction and decreasing the time spent exiting the facility.

“This exciting project reflects the importance of a camera-based PGS on a healthcare operation that depends on providing an elevated customer experience while maximizing the features to enhance the parking and security operation.” Said Jeff Sparrow, Regional Account Manager.

Construction on the site is already underway and the M4 System is expected to be installed in Q1-Q2 of 2022.

About TKH Security

TKH Security specializes in the development of smart electronic security, safety, and parking guidance systems. With over 25 years of experience, we offer complete solutions for Parking Guidance, Parking Facility Management, Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Surveillance, and Asset & Site Management. We are always looking for innovative solutions for the market with a focus on creative, flexible and open architecture integration. Recently merging with seven companies (Park Assist, ParkEyes, Aasset Security, Flexsposure, Key Processor, Siqura, and VDG) TKH Security has a strong position in North America, Australia, Europe, and multiple offices all over the world. TKH Security is a member of TKH Group NV.

Park Assist Parking Guidance System

Fleet Advantage: Today’s Transportation Industry Offering More Gender-Diverse Career Opportunities 

May 10, 2021







Fleet Advantage: Today’s Transportation Industry Offering More Gender-Diverse Career Opportunities 



A year ago, when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the U.S., millions of jobs were wiped out, particularly among women who found themselves back home and coordinating everything from elderly parent medical issues along with additional home-school activities for kids who were also sheltered at home. 


A year later we have made great strides to bring back many of these jobs in a variety of roles and industries. While many women are also just now starting to look where to resume their careers, some of their best opportunities might just be found in industries that have traditionally been filled by a predominantly male labor pool. 


Transportation Has Previously Been Male Dominated 

Industries like trucking and transportation, automotive and aerospace have traditionally offered careers that have been filled predominantly by men. Sectors that have traditionally offered a larger pool of jobs for women, such as hospitality, travel and catering, have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic.  


It is time women look at industries like trucking and transportation to advance or restart their careers, especially since these industries look vastly different from just a few short years ago.   


There remains a significant shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. Women could have a significant impact in helping to reduce the driver shortage, and more companies are looking to hire more women to fill these roles. According to a 2019 report by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the industry was short roughly 60,000 drivers in 2018, up nearly 20% from the prior-year estimate of just over 50,000. The ATA warns that if current trends hold, the shortage could swell to over 160,000 by 20281. Driver opportunities abound for women, in addition to a plethora of other career potential. 


New Growth Potential for Gender-Diversity 

Gender-diverse opportunities are growing every day inside the corporations that operate within the trucking industry. Today, the transportation industry has shed its years-ago perception that it was filled with old men driving dirty trucks. The trucks themselves are now state-of-the-art in many cases, and the companies that oversee a multitude of operations are brimming with careers in fields such as finance, asset management, procurement, legal, technology, data and analytics. 


Women in particular are playing a leading role in shaping the technology that’s being used to advance today’s transportation industry.    


Technology, Finance, Data Analytics Roles 

At Fleet Advantage I’ve played an integral part in the development of the company’s Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) Software within the company’s technology platform ATLAAS Unified (Advanced Truck Life Cycle Administrative Analytics Software). This module helps our customers identify and optimize the ideal time for replacing their aging trucks with newer, more efficient units.  


The opportunity to build a professional career leveraging my expertise in data and analytics was exactly what I hoped for, but I didn’t initially think I’d find it in the transportation industry. Forward-thinking companies in the industry see the value in this type of gender-diverse skillset, where my ongoing analysis, reporting and statistical modeling helps the company provide custom analytic reports for our clients and bank partners to examine cost metrics and to establish an optimal fleet modernization strategy. 


I initially began my career within the consumer goods sector, but quickly realized my skillsets were better suited for a B2B industry such as transportation where advanced business intelligence and data analytics are being leveraged to help large enterprise-level companies make decisions that improve their bottom line. 


A growing number of companies in the trucking and transportation industry are realizing the unique skillsets that women offer. Organizations like Women In Trucking also have been instrumental in advocating for women to learn more about opportunities in the industry. 


The mission of Women In Trucking is simply to increase the ranks of women working in the industry,” said Ellen Voie, CAE, PDC for the Women in Trucking Association, Inc. Companies who recognize the importance of gender diversity have proven to experience greater net returns, but more importantly, they make a focused effort to attract, retain and promote women. 


America’s economy needs the transportation system more than ever today. As more gender-diverse career paths open up inside transportation companies, these organizations will unlock even more potential for growth through the advancement and empowerment of a more diverse workforce. 


About The Author: Jackie Jacobs is Senior Fleet Transaction Analyst and Project Manager for Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and lifecycle cost management. For more information visit www.FleetAdvantage.com 



1: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/03/01/why-women-are-critical-to-the-future-of-trucking.html  

EVs, Parking and the Future – ParkNews.biz April 27th – May 3rd, 2021

May 03, 2021



EVs, Parking and the Future – ParkNews.biz April 27th – May 3rd, 2021



“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



This week on ParkNews.biz there is an article from Streetblog and then reposed by ggwash, May 3, 2021 – How EV chargers intersect with parking reform.

The piece written by Kea Wilson, engages Billy Grayson, director of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and our friend Tony Jordan, president of the Parking Reform Network.  Both of these gentlemen are passionate about minimizing the land devoted to private car storage and parking minimums.

Therefore, Tony Jordan says: “It’s under-appreciated for sure that EV charging policy is parking policy. At the end of the day, Biden’s plan is really just giving people money to upgrade their parking. Hopefully it won’t be used to build new parking, but we don’t know that for sure yet.”

Billy Grayson says: “From a climate perspective, the best car is no car at all. Creating walkable, bikeable, transit-rich neighborhoods should still be our number one priority, and for every dollar we invest into EV charging, we should be investing at least $1.50 into those modes. But in those cases where we’ve made the decision that it’s still important to provide car infrastructure, then yes — we should make sure those cars are electric.”

How does all of it affects the parking industry?

This past week, this press release came from LAZ: April 29, 2021 – LAZ Parking Announces New Electric Vehicle Charging Program to Install 500 New Charging Stations at Locations Nationwide.  – “As part of this new initiative, 500 Tesla Connectors will be rolled out nationwide at LAZ locations” LAZ Chairman and CEO Alan Lazowski said:  “This initiative recognizes the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market and positions our clients to meet the fast-growing demand for charging stations. At the same time, it provides clients with a way to implement these upgrades at a significantly reduced cost while benefitting from the revenue generated from the use of chargers.”

What decision does a woman like me make if she ponders buying a new car?  To buy an electric car, a hybrid car, to keep my old gas eater SUV and stick to buying what I know best and that is particular luxury purses?  The latter are pricy but so simple and they actually appreciate in value.

Gas prices are going up.  In Los Angeles, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose on Saturday for the 8th day in the row.  Our prices are the highest since they have been on Nov 10th, 2019.  Saturday’s average price was $4.084 – that is 85.2 cents higher than the beginning of the year (source – NBC Los Angeles).

My head is spinning from all of this.  In the olden days, I didn’t have to worry if to buy an electric or a gas car.  It was all so simple.  Now, I have to be environmentally correct, politically correct and correct period.  Alas when I bought my SUV years ago, the only correctness needed was fixing with what works for me and my needs.  And that is what I miss about the good olden days: the middle.   Not right, not wrong, but fitting me and the ones around me.   Not black nor white but in shades of different colors in between.

Have a wonderful new week.


Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9







Endera Adds Andrew Rodriguez As Vice President, Software Operations

April 27, 2021

Endera Adds Andrew Rodriguez As Vice President, Software Operations


SAN DIEGO, CA – Endera, a technology company specializing in all-electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and telematic software solutions, today announced the addition of Andrew Rodriguez as Vice President of Software Operations.

As Vice President of Software Operations, Rodriguez will be responsible for software management and operations to ensure Endera’s telematics platform and products meet the needs of our customers and ensure positive business results.

Andrew Rodriguez, Vice President of Software Operations

Andrew Rodriguez, Vice President of Software Operations

“At Endera, we are hyper-focused on innovation and are excited to have Andrew to create, implement, and manage custom software that is aligned with our vision and can anticipate our evolving pace.” said Todd Harman, President of Endera. “His extensive software implementation experience with client-facing software applications will be a true asset to us, and more importantly to Endera’s customers.”

Rodriguez is an accomplished software manager and integrator of client facing applications and has overseen implementation of dozens of software with thousands of users.

“Endera is the epitome of innovation, cares about the environment and leverages technology to raise the bar in electric transportation. To be part of this team is truly an incredible opportunity and I’m excited about what’s to come for me personally, and for Endera,” said Andrew Rodriguez, Vice President of Software Development at Endera.

Over the last decade, Rodriguez has spent his career developing custom client-facing software applications, specializing in software that increases internal and external efficiencies. With expertise in software as a service and managing people and technology, he’s spent his career creating dependable, feedback-driven solutions for industries that were not digitally managed.

Rodriguez created an online web portal that drew 8,000 unique users in the first year of use with minimal interruption to time-sensitive invoice delivery, review and payment, critical to the industry. He’s delivered self-service setup and training protocol, documentation and materials for three separate softwares, increasing training efficiency by 75% and reducing internal user support required by nearly half for over 20,000 unique users.

Rodriguez has spent his career conceptualizing and implementing software that’s effective for users at every skill set, ensuring everyone has a voice in the development cycle. He champions the user experience and is passionate about end-to-end user relations, bridging the gap between user feedback and customer support at all levels of the software experience. Rodriguez holds a Bachelors of Science from California Polytechnic State University.

About Endera

Endera is a technology company specializing in all-electric commercial vehicles, charging infrastructure and telematic software solutions. Endera provides vehicle design, customization and a suite of technology designed to optimize fleet operations. Made in America, Endera delivers one of the lowest total costs of ownership over other commercial electric vehicles and provides sustainable solutions that rival its fossil fuel counterparts in price, technology, longevity, profitability and service. To learn more, visit www.enderamotors.com.

Written By Kristin Ludwick

PARKPLUS: Automated Robotic Parking Surges in New York City

April 26, 2021






PARKPLUS: Automated Robotic Parking Surges in New York City


Over 100 Automated Parking spaces completed in recent months.



New York, NY  – The demand for robotic valet parking systems in the United States has intensified as developers and users continue to enjoy the substantial benefits provided by automated parking. This trend is demonstrated by the recent completion of four new fully automated parking systems in Manhattan, all with technology made in the USA, the PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parking system.


Electric Vehicle Integration with Automated Robotic Parking Systems

An emerging trend towards electric vehicle adoption is prevalent in automated parking systems: all the PARKPLUS AGV systems in New York include an increasing number of dedicated EV-charging parking spaces. EV Charging in parking garages is rapidly becoming the new standard across the nation as we witness code adoptions that mandate new and evolving EV provision requirements. PARKPLUS is assisting developers across the United States meet these and other electric vehicle requirements.


Jardim by Isay Weinfeld

Jardim is an 11-story luxury condominium in Chelsea, New York, developed by Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group, and designed by Isay Weinfeld. Thirty-six residences are distributed across two towers which surround two lush gardens on a shared base, a rare garden amenity in New York City. The building is equipped with a 38-space PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parking System on a subterranean level. Drivers approach the automated parking system through a brick-vaulted private drive for sheltered pick-ups and drop-offs. The driveway connects West 27th and 28th Streets and leads directly to the lobby, which has floor to ceiling windows looking onto the private gardens. Initially installed with 4 Electric Vehicle charging stations, the automated parking garage is now being expanded to include 20 charging stations to meet the growing demand.



Greenwich West at 110 Charlton St.

Greenwich West is a 27-story luxury condominium in Greenwich Village, New York, developed by Strategic Capital, Cape Advisors and Forum Absolute Partners. The tapered tower provides multiple residential terraces and a rooftop garden terrace for all residents. Much like Jardim, Greenwich West offers a viewing garden in the courtyard, with planted walls reaching up to 18 feet, providing a backdrop to the lobby and lounge. The building is equipped with a 30-space PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parking system on 1 subterranean level and 4 upper levels. The automated parking garage is serviced by two loading bays, with direct access to the lobby.



111 Varick St.

111 Varick Street is a towering 30-story luxury condominium in Hudson Square, one of New York City’s most rapidly evolving neighborhoods. Developed by Extended and designed by S9 Architecture, the sculpture-like building features a bold and distinctive undulating precast concrete façade. The building is equipped with a 20-space PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parking system on 2 upper levels. The automated parking garage is well positioned, providing direct access to the Holland Tunnel. Half of the automated parking spaces have EV charging, an entire level of the garage.



520 West 28 by Zaha Hadid

Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the condos at 520 West 28th Street in the heart of West Chelsea leave an indelible mark upon Manhattan’s visual landscape. Developed by Related Companies, the iconic building is comprised of 39 distinctive residences directly on the High Line. 520 W 28 by Zaha Hadid features a unique combination of lifestyle services and amenities and is equipped with a 40-space PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parkingsystem on 2 subterranean levels, integrated with a 20-pod PARKPLUS automated storage system. Related Companies’ 70 Vestry is also equipped with a 40-space PARKPLUS AGV Automated Parking System on 2 subterranean levels. 70 Vestry, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with interiors and amenities by AD100 designer Daniel Romualdez, was developed on Tribeca’s last undeveloped waterfront site with unobstructed, panoramic Hudson River views.


“At Related we anticipate the needs of our residents and tenants to provide the ultimate lifestyle,” said Greg Gushee, Executive Vice President of Related Companies. “Automated robotic parking offers ease and convenience, with a safe and efficient way for residents to store their cars while minimizing the space needed on-site.”



Maximized ROI Through Reduced Parking Footprint

Automated parking systems maximize a development’s return on investment with a reduced parking footprint and better building flow, for more revenue generating space. Construction costs and schedules, and operational overheads, are reduced through implementation of the robotic systems, which include multiple improvements in a project’s safety, security and sustainability. These benefits, coupled with the aversion to public transportation and the rise in single ridership caused by Coronavirus pandemic, have accelerated the adoption of automated robotic parking systems in the United States, as people begin returning to New York City.



PARKPLUS is the leading provider of Automated and Mechanical Stacked Parking Systems. Established in Queens, New York in 1969, PARKPLUS designs, manufactures, installs & services multi-level mechanical parking lift car stackers and automated robotic parking garages throughout the United States. Visit www.parkplusinc.com for more.



For more information or images, contact: Matt Macris

Phone: +1-213-808-7453

Email: matthew.macris@parkplusinc.com

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