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The Cities of the Future Index: Easypark

October 14, 2021

 

 

The Cities of the Future Index: Easypark

 

 

The global study uses data to reveal the smartest cities in the world, with a focus on how they are adopting new technologies to create a more sustainable and liveable present and future for their citizens.

  • London, UK, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of over 3 million people, followed by New York, USA, and San Francisco, USA. 
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of between 600,000 and 3 million people, followed by Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway.
  • Lund, Sweden, ranks as the most intelligent and future-proof city with a population of between 50,000 and 600,000 people, followed by Stavanger, Norway, and Espoo, Finland.

 

 

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 13, 2021  — EasyPark Group, the global parking tech company, releases a study about the most intelligent and future-proof cities in the world that reveals which cities are best adopting new technological solutions to improve their sustainability and liveability. As mobility innovators, EasyPark Group recognizes the impact that new technologies have on societies, and how it can help to create sustainable and forward thinking urban areas that enhance the lives of their inhabitants. The company therefore set out to determine which global smart cities are leading the way in embracing technological advancements, and proving themselves to be Cities of the Future.

– Many governments are stepping up their responses to climate change and innovative solutions often begin in major cities before filtering out to the rest of the country. Many of the highest scoring cities in the index score well for high electric car usage and low CO2 emissions rates, and while cities continue to expand, mobility is taking on an increasingly important role in people’s day to day lives. Whilst the world faces challenges relating to climate change, some of the most technologically advanced cities around the world have already adopted innovative services and solutions to optimize traffic flow and ease mobility, to make the city more liveable, says Johan Birgersson, CEO of EasyPark Group.

How the study was conducted

The study began by assessing several thousand cities around the world and looked at those smart cities that are leading the way in implementing the use of new technologies. Understanding that cities face different challenges depending on their population, the study was split into three size categories: 1) metropolitan areas with over 3 million inhabitants, 2) between 600,000 and 3 million inhabitants, and 3) between 50,000 and 600,000 inhabitants. The result of the study reveals the top 50 highest ranking smart and future-proof cities worldwide in each category.

The study established the factors that determine how technologically advanced and sustainable a city is and scored the locations accordingly. To do this, the study retrieved data from sources such as the World Bank, the Economist, the International Monetary Fund and the Lancet. Four key areas were considered:

Firstly, the Digital Life of each city is studied by assessing how widely technology has been adopted by the population, the government and within the healthcare sector. It also reviews the success and reputation of technology educational institutions in each urban area.

Next, the study focus on Mobility Innovation. To do this, researchers looked at how innovative parking solutions are within each city, the overall traffic management system including public transport, and how clean transport in the city is.

Following this, the study considers each city’s Business Tech Infrastructure. To do this, the level of business innovation, prevalence of ePayments and quality of internet connectivity in each location is measured.

Finally, the Environmental Sustainability of each city is evaluated by analysing green energy usage, the number of green buildings, the waste management system and the overall climate change response and planning.

Findings (for full index: www.easyparkgroup.com/studies/cities-of-the-future/en/)

Below list shows the world’s leading big cities with over 3 million inhabitants. All factors combined, these cities are the best at adopting new technologies to create a more sustainable and liveable present and future for their citizens.

  1. London, UK  100,00
  2. New York, USA  95,84
  3. San Francisco, USA  94,43
  4. Singapore, Singapore  94,21
  5. Berlin, Germany  92,58
  6. Rotterdam, Netherlands  91,44
  7. Seattle, USA  90,40
  8. Seoul, South Korea  87,50
  9. Washington D.C., USA  86,77
  10. Manchester, UK  85,34

Below lists show the world’s leading medium and smaller sized cities. All factors combined, these cities are the best at adopting new technologies to create a more sustainable and liveable present and future for their citizens.

Population between 600,000 and 3 million

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark  100,00
  2. Stockholm, Sweden  99,84
  3. Oslo, Norway  98,48
  4. Amsterdam, Netherlands  96,57
  5. Zurich, Switzerland  94,04
  6. Gothenburg, Sweden  88,93
  7. Helsinki, Finland  87,92
  8. Boston, USA  84,65
  9. Utrecht, Netherlands  83,13
  10. Edinburgh, UK  79,82

Population between 50,000 and 600,000

  1. Lund, Sweden  100,00
  2. Stavanger, Norway  88,75
  3. Espoo, Finland  88,07
  4. Malmo, Sweden  87,49
  5. Aalborg, Denmark  87,09
  6. Aarhus, Denmark  86,88
  7. Trondheim, Norway  85,25
  8. Bergen, Norway  84,77
  9. Porvoo, Finland  81,35
  10. Cambridge, UK  81,17

Below list shows the best ranking big cities (population over 3 million) within the area of green energy. A higher score indicates a higher usage of energy from renewable sources.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  100,00
  2. Seattle, USA  91,96
  3. Montreal, Canada  85,62
  4. Toronto, Canada  85,62
  5. Santiago, Chile  77,06
  6. San Diego, USA  74,92
  7. San Francisco, USA  74,92
  8. Los Angeles, USA  74,92
  9. Berlin, Germany  72,95
  10. Cologne (Cologne Bonn Area), Germany  72,95

Below list shows the big cities (population over 3 million) where citizens are best at adopting new technologies. A higher score indicates a faster rate of adopting new technologies in each location.

  1. San Francisco, USA  100,00
  2. New York, USA  93,62
  3. Seoul, South Korea  91,33
  4. Washington D.C., USA  90,92
  5. Berlin, Germany  89,82
  6. Seattle, USA  89,55
  7. Atlanta, USA  89,29
  8. Miami, USA  89,05
  9. Singapore, Singapore  88,98
  10. Toronto, Canada  88,69

Below list shows the best ranking big cities (population over 3 million) within parking innovation. A higher score indicates a more developed parking ecosystem in each location.

  1. London, UK  100,00
  2. Manchester, UK  94,63
  3. Berlin, Germany  92,42
  4. Paris, France 91,31
  5. Tokyo, Japan 87,34
  6. Rotterdam, Netherlands 86,00
  7. San Francisco, USA 85,59
  8. Barcelona, Spain  84,95
  9. Madrid, Spain  84,30
  10. Cologne (Cologne Bonn Area), Germany  83,77

– It is interesting to see patterns in development forming within continents. Whilst metropolitan areas in Europe score well across the various size categories, the study shows that Scandinavian cities all rank particularly highly. It is evident that these countries are at the cutting edge of adopting new technologies. Looking at urban areas with between 600,000 and 3 million inhabitants, 50 percent of the top 10 cities are in Scandinavia. This is also the case for cities with between 50,000 and 600,000 inhabitants, where 90 percent of the top 10 are from these countries. It is clear that Scandinavian nations are doing all they can to provide sustainable and liveable environments for their citizens, concludes Johan Birgersson, CEO of EasyPark Group.

Read more about the Cities of the Future Index and see the full ranking here: www.easyparkgroup.com/studies/cities-of-the-future/en/

 

 

Parkster.ai: Supplying parking apps with real time data of available parking spaces through AI | Debuts website

September 20, 2021

 

 

 

Parkster.ai: Supplying parking apps with real time data of available parking spaces through AI | Debuts website

 

 

 

CHICAGO, IL (September 20, 2021)Parkster.ai, a platform that helps drivers find parking instantly through artificial intelligence, debuts website on September 20, 2021.

 

Parkster.ai is on a mission to help parking apps.

 

We acknowledge a distinction between navigation apps and parking experience-based apps. Navigation apps simply direct drivers to go from one location to another (Examples: Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze). Parking experience-based apps, first coined by Astrid Ambroziak, are solely focused on helping drivers park (Examples: PayByPhone, SpotHero, ParkMobile).

 

In the long run, Parkster.ai will collaborate with both types of parking apps. However, we are currently focused on collaborating with parking experience-based apps.

 

Why would you want to collaborate with parking experience-based apps? Aren’t they your competition?

A scalable technology to help track the availability of parking spaces in real time globally, accurately, and cost-efficiently does not exist… until now. With Parkster.ai’s patent pending artificial intelligence algorithm, we are able to provide this futuristic solution.

 

We are not trying to compete with any other parking experience-based apps. Actually, we are a B2B SaaS company looking to collaborate with these apps. We want to help these apps park an exponential number of drivers by using our AI. Through our integration, we will then help drivers find parking instantly which is our company’s mission.

 

How?

We are currently building an API that will allow parking apps to receive the exact locations of available parking spaces across the world at any given moment. The API is being designed to seamlessly integrate. The real time data will be able to pair well with an app that displays a map of where parking zones are located. After using our API, the next logical step is then showing where the available parking spaces are which will make the parking experience an infinite amount of times faster and painless for the driver.

 

 

About Parkster.ai

Parkster.ai is on a mission to provide instant parking to the world. We believe that every driver deserves the right to park faster.

 

 

For more information, visit www.Parkster.ai

 

 

Contact:

Drake Burciaga

Founder, CEO & CTO

Email: Drake@Parkster.ai

 

 

Smarking: How Premier Parking Recovered +79% of YoY Revenue While the Industry is Down -54%

December 11, 2020

 

 

 

Smarking: How Premier Parking Recovered +79% of YoY Revenue While the Industry is Down -54%

Premier Parking’s garages outperform the industry through an innovative, technology-enabled pricing strategy.

Our finely-tuned yield management approach combined with the use of Smarking’s data analytics dashboard has allowed us to identify new, seemingly hidden, opportunities for revenue optimization”

— Lisa Sprouse, CPP, Chief Marketing Officer, Premier Parking

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2020  — October marks the seventh month of COVID-19 related closures. During this time, the parking industry has experienced a sharp decline in parking volume. In March 2020, real-time parking data observed a 50-70%+ drop in commuter activity and a 95%+ decrease in visitor revenue.

To offset the financial impact, Premier Parking enabled a data-driven pricing approach and updated parking rates across their portfolio, resulting in a significant recovery of revenue and transaction volume. As of October 2020, their Nashville garages’ revenue is up +79% YOY, while the industry is down -54%, ranking the location above 64% of garages in the US.

PROACTIVE PRICING STRATEGY ACCELERATES RECOVERY

Pre-pandemic, Premier Parking’s Nashville garages were performing above 63% of locations in the industry. In March 2020 when commuter revenue fell to -95%, Premier’s revenues were not affected as significantly as that of the industry and their rate of recovery week-over-week well surpassed the market.

As of October 1st, Premier Parking’s occupancy levels for one of their Houston garages is performing 16.61% above the industry average in October and ranks above 73% of garages across North America.

PREMIER PARKING LEVERAGES REAL-TIME DATA FOR STRATEGIC PRICING DECISIONS

Traditionally, parking rates are updated per season or at best, once a month. This approach prevents rates from reflecting the rapidly evolving market demand. This outdated approach results in missed revenue opportunities and inefficient use of inventory.

Premier Parking takes a different approach entirely. As a leader in the parking industry, they’ve adopted an innovative, technology-focused strategy that provides an unmatched level of service to their customers and significant returns for asset owners.

Premier Parking employs a proactive pricing strategy and is one of the only (if not the only) parking operators that has a dedicated Yield Management Specialist role, specifically focused on maximizing revenue opportunities and occupancy through pricing.

The team relies on Smarking’s Business Intelligence solution for real-time visibility into the performance of their assets. The platform centralizes key performance data for all of their parking assets, optimizing the time and cost spent for analyses.

MEASURING RATE CHANGE’S IMPACT TO UNCOVER REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES

On a continual basis, the Premier Parking team uses historical data, YoY performance, and real-time market data to determine parking rates for each unique location.

What really sets Premier Parking apart is their unique approach in measuring the impact of rate structures for a given day, duration, event, and parking segment. Before making a change, they’ve set a threshold of performance improvement required to justify and adopt the given change. This level of granularity within their pricing strategy maximizes occupancy and uncovers significant revenue opportunities. On event days, both parking rates and staffing allocation are informed through real-time data, which reduces expenses incurred by overstaffing.

“Our finely-tuned yield management approach combined with the use of Smarking’s data analytics dashboard has allowed us to not only identify new, seemingly hidden, opportunities for revenue optimization but also has allowed us to develop our own guidebook for the many crucial factors to review when assessing potential performance of a specific rate type.” – Lisa Sprouse, CPP, Chief Marketing Officer, Premier Parking

In addition, they’ve enabled Smarking’s dynamic pricing tool at various locations to automate the pricing process with a demand-based pricing approach, similar to the airline and hotel industry. Rates are automatically updated given the real-time local demand. Asset owners reap the benefits of this streamlined, proactive pricing approach through an increased net operating income.

Learn more about Premier Parking’s solutions at www.premierparking.com or contact Lisa Sprouse at lisa@premierparking.com. For a free consultation on increasing revenue at your locations, contact sarah@smarking.com or schedule a meeting with our team.

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ParkMobile Data Shows a Slow and Steady Comeback in U.S. Cities

May 27, 2020

 

 

ParkMobile Data Shows a Slow and Steady Comeback in U.S. Cities

 

 

 

Parking transaction data from over 400 cities indicates that people are getting back on the roads

ATLANTA, May 27, 2020  — ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, revealed new data today that shows increasing parking transactions in cities across the U.S. In early to mid-March, as fears of COVID-19 spread and more cases were diagnosed, cities and states shut down and people stayed at home. This caused a significant drop in the number of daily parking transactions in cities. The ParkMobile app is available in over 400 cities in the U.S., so the company’s data presents a clear view of the impact of the pandemic on consumer mobility.

Chart 1 in the infographic shows the severe drop in parking transactions as COVID-19 cases increased in March and states started to shut down. Compared to the previous month, parking transactions were down almost 95% across the country. This indicates that most non-essential workers were following the stay at home orders to help prevent spread of the virus.

In recent weeks, ParkMobile data reveals that activity is starting to gradually pick up. Cities and states are lifting some restrictions and parking transaction volume is slowly increasing on a week-to-week basis. This is a clear sign that people are going out more often. In Chart 2 in the infographic, you can see the week-over-week growth in parking volumes. It is still not clear from the data if and when things will get back to pre-COVID-19 levels.

The top 10 cities in the U.S. saw a slower rate of decline in early-to-mid March than smaller cities overall. Chart 3 in the infographic shows that the big cities hit their bottom about a week after the smaller markets. The rate of recovery for big cities has also been flatter than smaller cities because they did not initially decline as much.

Beach communities are seeing the biggest increase in parking volume as people are looking for activities where they can be outdoors while social distancing. Chart 4 in the infographic shows that parking transactions in beach communities are outpacing those in cities. As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, beach parking transactions should continue to increase. ParkMobile recently introduced service to the Borough of Belmar at the Jersey Shore. According to Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer, “The Borough of Belmar wants to ensure the safety of visitors and residents. By partnering with ParkMobile to offer contactless parking payments, we are working to provide our community with a smart mobility option for anyone looking to spend time at the beach.”

While parking volumes are picking up across the country, the way people are paying for parking is also changing. Cities are actively promoting contactless payments through apps like ParkMobile in an effort to stop people from touching the meters. Many cities are reporting that utilization of the app versus the meter has shifted heavily towards the app over the past three months. One large city reported that utilization of the app versus the meter jumped from 60% up to 80%.

In a recent move, New York City Department of Transportation launched the ParkMobile app in addition to the current ParkNYC app, also powered by ParkMobile, to give people more mobile payment options in the city. According to a recent statement from NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, “DOT is asking all New Yorkers who can to switch to Pay-By-Cell, which will reduce the need for physical cash transactions at our 14,000 parking meters. Contactless Pay-By-Cell reduces exposure risk for the public and our workforce. Please help us reduce the need to physically service parking meters and collect, sanitize, and securely store cash during this crisis.”

“It’s very clear that one of the lasting impacts of COVID-19 will be that people want more contactless payment options,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We’re proud that we can partner with cities to promote use of the app in order to keep people safe and protect city workers.”

ParkMobile continues to encourage people to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus including wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. The company’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA, has been closed since March 12th, and all 200 employees have been working from home since that time. The company hopes to reopen in the near future but will only do so when it is safe for employees to return.

ParkMobile Contact:
Jeff Perkins
CMO
jeff.perkins@parkmobile.io

Genetec announces keynote speakers and partner pavilion for Connect’DX Virtual Trade Show

April 17, 2020

 

 

 

Genetec announces keynote speakers and partner pavilion for Connect’DX Virtual Trade Show

 

 

 

 

Genetec President, Pierre Racz, takes on the AI hype. Starbucks, Barclays and Uber discuss their Cloud-first approach. Leading industry voices from Intel, Brekke Group and Convergint discuss security in a time of crisis

 

 

 

MONTRÉAL —Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions today announced the keynote speakers and the details of the partner pavilion for  Genetec™ Connect’DX, the company’s first virtual trade show which will take place April 20-22, 2020.  Focused on technology, innovation and the challenges affecting the physical security industry, Connect’DX will provide an opportunity for security professionals from around the world to directly engage with each other as well as with Genetec and its partners.

AI: Genetec President takes a pragmatic view

The conference will kick off with a keynote from Genetec President, Pierre Racz who will take a look at AI and the surrounding hype. As interest in the technology reaches new peaks, inflated expectations are creating the conditions for a painful return to reality. In his address, Racz will take a much-needed pragmatic look at the state of AI technology and its real impact on our everyday lives.

 

A Cloud First approach to physical security: live panel discussion with Barclays, Starbucks, and Uber

While implementing a cloud architecture can have its fair share of complexity, some of the world’s leading brands have adopted a cloud-first approach to their global security operations. In this live panel discussion, Barclay’s Head of Technology, Daniel Lanecki, Starbucks’ Director of Global Physical Security, Traegon Hon, and Uber’s Physical Security Systems Manager, Joel Hosino, will share some candid insights into their cloud strategy and talk about how to avoid pitfalls.

 

Security Leadership in Time of Crisis

This timely talk will feature a unique line up of industry leaders in technology and physical security including Jonathan Ballon, VP & General Manager at Intel Corp., Brad Brekke, Principal with The Brekke Group, and Ken Lochiatto, CEO of Convergint, one of the world’s largest security systems integrators.

Evolution of Security IoT

Axis Co-founder and Director of Axis AB, Martin Gren and Axis’ VP of Americas, Fredrik Nilsson will look at the rapidly evolving challenges of increasingly intelligent edge devices and advanced IoT security.

Customer-led panels

Connect’DX will provide a platform for industry leaders from across a wide range of markets to share their thoughts: Regi Flanagan, VP Car Wash Controls, Sonny’s Car Wash will talk about how to leverage the ALPR data and machine learning to improve operations and increase revenue. Rick Peck, SVP Director of Loss Prevention, TJX Companies Inc. Lenny Smith, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention and Corporate Security at Skechers USA, and Traegon Hon, Director of Global Physical Security at Starbucks will join forces in a panel to discuss how to navigate uncertain times with security technology. Zeljko Cakic, Director, IT, Airport Development Program at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority will talk about how to reduce nuisance alarms and use incident management. Christopher Slone, Senior Manager Global Security, Sykes Enterprises will share lessons learned during his company’s Access Control migration.

Partner and international pavilions

Connect’DX will also host a Technology Partner Pavilion where leading software and hardware technology vendors including: Axis Communications; BCDVideo; Bosch; Commend; Dell Technologies; Hanwha Techwin; HID Global; Intel Corporation; OPTEX; Panasonic; Vivotek and Zenitel will showcase their latest products, and native integrations with Genetec solutions in on-demand video and via live chat.

Genetec will also feature an international pavilion with French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean presentations, and live Q&As with industry experts.

 

To find out more and register, please go to: genetec.com/ConnectDX.html

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries.

For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com

Genetec Releases Conference Agenda for Connect’DX Virtual Trade Show

April 09, 2020

 

 

 

 

Genetec Releases Conference Agenda for Connect’DX Virtual Trade Show

 

 

Three-day global virtual event to take place April 20-22, in multiple languages across multiple time zones

 

 

 

 

MONTRÉAL—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions today released the full conference agenda for Genetec™ Connect’DX, the company’s first virtual trade show taking place April 20-22, 2020.

Focused on technology, innovation and the challenges affecting the physical security industry, Connect’DX will offer a virtual meeting place for anyone looking to learn and engage with industry peers. Connect’DX will provide an opportunity for security professionals from around the world to directly engage with each other as well as with Genetec and its partners, while also providing a platform for industry leaders from across a wide range of markets to share their thoughts.

Taking place across multiple time zones, in multiple languages, Connect’DX will feature over 30 hours of on-demand content, 10 hours of live broadcast, in-depth sessions with the Genetec Technical training team, and live Q&As.

Combining panels with end-users, experts and thought leaders, educational sessions, security technology insights, and product demos, Connect’DX will give attendees an opportunity to expand on their knowledge of Genetec technology while engaging directly with the people who influence, design, and implement it. The event will also feature a Technology Partner Pavilion where leading software and hardware technology vendors from the physical security industry will showcase their latest product enhancements and native integrations with Genetec solutions.

“With trade shows and conventions being canceled all over the world due to the global pandemic, we wanted to build an event that is similar in spirit to our traditional conference experience.  We have designed an exceptional event where thoughtful talks, panels, training, and product insights become an entirely web-based, digital experience,” said Andrew Elvish, Vice President of Marketing. “Connect’DX is the place where anyone in the physical security industry can congregate to learn and exchange ideas, regardless of where they are in the world.”

The full agenda is now online. To find out more and register, please go to: genetec.com/ConnectDX.html

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries.

Q-Free to Ease Parking Woes Using Real-Time Data in Sparks, Nevada

March 26, 2020

 

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.”

About Q-Free 

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.

We’re here for you – Together – A message from Wen, Smarking

March 18, 2020

 

We’re here for you

 

Our hearts go out to those who’s been impacted by the virus, directly or indirectly.
With the concurrently emerging uncertainty of the financial market and economy, businesses in the parking industry have taken on tremendous pressure, including many of our customers and partners. This is a difficult time and I wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation at Smarking.

 

 

In addition to our team entering a full work-from-home mode to help create social distancing, everyone on the Smarking team is adjusting their priorities on-hand to drop everything whenever our customers and partners reach out for support. We’ll also continue monitoring the dynamics at 2,000+ parking sites across North America in real time, and prepare to support our customers and partners with timely high-level observations.

At this point, the newest data is still too limited to indicate a trend, while it’s possible that the revenue goals set at certain parking locations last fiscal year, without the anticipation of the pandemic, may not reflect the operations in reality for coming months anymore. Some forward-thinking parking professionals have already initiatedproactive communication with upper management/asset ownership/investors and started on replanning the revenue goals for their locations.

Leading firms from other industries such as airlines, hotels, and restaurants have also started planning and executing on programs to help incentivize pre-salesthrough flexible pre-booking programs, gift cards, service credits, and other promotional pre-sale products and services.

Know that you are not alone in this, we are here with you, and we are committed to being your partner and persevering together in all the days and years ahead. We will be working harder than ever to respond, support, and help. You can reach us at any time at support@smarking.com, through your designated Smarking contact, or to myself directly at wen@smarking.com if there’s anything we can do to help.

As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions, ideas and feedback. We are confident that with our collective efforts, the coronavirus can be defeated, and will be defeated.

– Wen

Boston catching up with New York for medium and long-term parking prices – Insights from Parkopedia’s 2019 North America Parking Index

November 14, 2019

 

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

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USA’s Largest Parking Automation Provider Amano McGann Partners with Smarking

October 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

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.

 

About Smarking

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.

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