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IPS Group Showcases Fully Integrated Smart Parking Ecosystem at IPMI Parking & Mobility Conference & Expo

July 28, 2022

 

IPS Group Showcases Fully Integrated Smart Parking Ecosystem at IPMI Parking & Mobility Conference & Expo

IPS Ecosystem unifies parking resource planning, management, and data-driven decision-making for any size operation.

 

SAN DIEGO, CA  — IPS Group (“IPS”), the leader in innovative Smart Parking solutions, will showcase its Fully Integrated Smart Parking Ecosystem at the IPMI Parking & Mobility Conference & Expo in New Orleans, LA July 24 – 27, 2022.

IPS provides Smart Cities and Higher Education Institutions a powerful, robust, and scalable Smart Parking technical ecosystem that can be deployed with IPS as the sole provider, as well as a system aggregator and integrator of multiple third-party solutions. Many IPS customers already subscribe to the complete, fully integrated IPS Ecosystem for their core operations for ease of agency-wide parking data integration and access to all parking applications in one secure platform.

“As innovation and sources of data continue to explode across the parking industry, seamless system integration has become the number one requirement of our customers today,” says Chad Randall, IPS Group Chief Operating Officer. “Understanding that every City and University has a diverse set of needs, we provide a truly unified and flexible solution that can eliminate data and operational silos. This allows our customers to extract greater value and prioritize their time on data-supported policy decisions such as streamlining maintenance and enforcement, managing parking demand and the customer journey, and seizing more opportunities to increase revenue and improve the customer experience.”

Live demonstrations of all IPS Smart Parking solutions will take place at booth 237. All IPS applications are seamlessly connected to the secure, cloud-based Data Management System that integrates all application data into custom dashboards, meaningful analytics and insights, and business intelligence reports.

The IPS Fully Integrated Smart Parking Ecosystem includes:

About IPS Group

IPS Group, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., with offices across North America and Europe, is a designer, engineer and manufacturer of low-power wireless telecommunications, payment processing systems, intelligent data management and cloud-based technologies. IPS provides Smarter Parking for Smart Communities™ of any size through its Fully Integrated Smart Parking Ecosystem of connected applications.

 

Duncan Solutions supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles Transportation Program

February 09, 2022

 

Duncan Solutions supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles Transportation Program

 

 

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 09, 2022  — Duncan Solutions, a leading provider of parking and tolling management solutions, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles’ Transportation Program. Duncan’s parent company, Navient, along with its other subsidiaries are proud to enter the second year of their national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“Transportation is one of the primary barriers to youth engaging in after school enrichment at our Clubs,” said Patrick Mahoney, president & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles. “Through the support of Duncan Solutions, we will be able to safely transport at least 50 more youth daily to our location in Watts—a community where we have seen a significant increase in violence over the past year.”

The contribution will help young people to participate in safe and high-quality after-school programming as well as engage in activities such as sport competitions and outdoor field trips.

“Duncan Solutions and Navient are deeply committed to our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, just as we are deeply committed to helping communities solve their mobility challenges,” said Marc Lucey, director, business development for Duncan Solutions. “Here in the Los Angeles area, we’re thrilled to deliver on both of these commitments.”

In 2021, as part of the Navient family of companies, Duncan also supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s launch of Roadmap to Careers, a career exploration tool that helps young people develop a plan for their future, and new digital Diplomas 2 Degrees programming to help young people and their families learn about how to plan and pay for college.

About Duncan Solutions
Duncan Solutions is a full-service transportation revenue management company and a leading provider of parking and tolling management solutions. We support municipal and commercial clients with a range of technology-enabled products and services, including customer service center operations, citation processing, asset recovery, DMV registered owner identification, back-office transaction processing, and integrated on-street parking management services. Learn more at duncansolutions.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles was founded in December 2015 as a scalable and sustainable solution to reversing the opportunity crises facing some of the most vulnerable children in the neediest neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The four clubs are: Bell Gardens, Challengers, Jordan Downs and Watts Willowbrook. BGCMLA is a safe, stable place that ensures physical and emotional safety while discouraging crime in our local communities. BGCMLA is designed to increase programmatic offerings and serve a greater number of youth in the areas of Los Angeles most in need of its services. Our mission is fulfilled by offering nationally recognized, research-based programs and activities in three core areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. We believe in empowering youth to explore a future with endless possibilities by offering creative programming, such as new approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) created in collaboration with our community partners.

Contact:
Media: Paul Hartwick, 302-283-4026, paul.hartwick@navient.com
Matt Ford, 302-283-4010, matthew.ford@navient.com
Investors: Nathan Rutledge, 703-984-6801, nathan.rutledge@navient.com

City of Des Moines upgrades to smart multi-space technology with Flowbird Group

January 11, 2022

 

 

City of Des Moines upgrades to smart multi-space technology with Flowbird Group

Capital City Waves Goodbye to Over 3,000 Single Space Meters

 

 

Moorestown, New Jersey – The City of Des Moines, Iowa, has just announced an exciting upgrade to its parking system in partnership with Flowbird Group, the leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions. Flowbird, along with its local distribution and service provider, Baker Group, is in the process of implementing a smart multi-space pay station solution offering several exciting features to downtown motorists.

 

The City of Des Moines is Iowa’s capital city and most populous community with more than 217,000 residents. Downtown Des Moines supports 80,000 jobs each day, equating to over 35% of all jobs in the metro area. The City accommodates the daily influx of vehicles to the downtown area with a combination of 6 city-owned parking garages and 3,406 on-street parking spaces.

 

In 2020, the City released an RFP to modernize its on-street parking system, which, at the time, consisted of over 3,000 single space parking meters coming close to the end of their life span.  The RFP stated the following goals: integrating data among on-street and off-street parking, convenient use for the public, enhancing short-term parking turnover at the curbside and long-term parking in garages, and remote regular and event rate changes.

 

Following a thorough RFP evaluation and a competitive trial, Flowbird was selected as the City’s highest ranking proposer to implement the new system which consists of over 400 solar powered smart multi-space parking pay stations.  The pay stations feature a 9.7” full color touch screen that provides an experience similar to that of using a smart phone. Motorists will appreciate the ease of use and simplicity of the transaction flow as well as additional convenient features to help people stay in compliance with parking regulations.  New payment methods such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are offered on the pay stations as well as a “text to extend” option that allows motorists to extend the parking session from their mobile device.

 

The pay stations are configured for Pay-by-Space parking, and the system is integrated with the City’s citation issuance system provided by Cardinal Tracking.  Enforcement officers utilize wireless devices to check the status of each space.  There is no need for a motorist to place their receipt on their dashboard.

 

All transaction data from the pay stations is sent in real-time to Flowbird’s intelligent data management suite ready to be integrated with other payment modes such as mobile phone payments.  Using the data provided by the Flowbird system, City staff can analyze data in real time such as parking activity by zone, by date, by time of day, and more. Staff can view current and historical parking activity on Google Maps, helping them make critical decisions about when to change parking rates, where to place new meters, and where to focus enforcement efforts. Flowbird’s back-office system allows for remote changes to rates, messages, and screen layouts, ensuring that the pay stations are always up-to-date with the latest policy details.

 

Implementation of the project has already started with a multi-phased approach.  The City anticipates that over 300 pay stations will be installed by the end of February.  Flowbird is working closely with the Baker Group team on physical installation of the pay stations and Quality Striping, another local Des Moines based company, on single space meter removal and sign installation.

 

In addition to Des Moines, Flowbird systems can be found in 24 state capitals across the country, serving the critical role of managing parking in locations that offer many commercial and governmental services.  Flowbird supports over 47,000 parking pay stations for 900 customers throughout the U.S.

www.flowbird.group

South Lake Tahoe Launches Flowbird App

August 02, 2021

 

 

South Lake Tahoe Launches Flowbird App

 

 

Parking convenience comes to drivers in SLT this summer

 

 

Moorestown, NJ —  Flowbird Group, a global leader in smart city and campus solutions, has announced that it has launched the Flowbird app in the City of South Lake Tahoe, California. The smart mobile parking solution will bring ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices.

 

South Lake Tahoe brings in nearly 3 million visitors per year for both its great summer activities and winter sports. The area is known for its highly-acclaimed restaurants, diverse shopping and for its casinos that lie just over the Nevada state line. Visitors will travel great distances to ski at the famous ‘Heavenly Mountain Resort’ and then stay to explore all the city has to offer. For this reason, having an easy way to find and pay for parking is crucial to keep locals and visitors coming back to the destination’s local businesses.

 

In April of this year, the City partnered with Flowbird Group to launch the Flowbird App, the app platform that services over 2.5 million users worldwide.

 

The Flowbird App offers an easy, fast and secure option to make mobile parking payments. Once the app is downloaded to a user’s mobile device, a quick registration process walks them through their profile and payment set up. When ready to park, users simply select their parking location from the GPS enabled map, choose a duration and confirm payment. A notification will be sent to the user when the parking session is about to expire with an option to extend right from their phone. Payment methods can be securely stored for quick and easy parking transactions in the future.

 

The app provides users with a map-based user interface, making it simple for users to select their parking location without manually inputting a zone code or scanning a QR code.  Drivers can get a reminder notification when their time is about to expire and they can extend their time right from their mobile device.  Walking directions back to their original parking location are also a handy feature of the app.

 

Over 125 cities and universities are now using the Flowbird app to help manage parking around the country. Globally, Flowbird’s mobile platform generates over 50 million transactions a year. For more information, please visit www.flowbirdapp.com.

 

 

Flowbird US Media Contact

Sean Renn – Vice President of Marketing & Communications

856-220-1577

sean.renn@flowbird.group

www.flowbird.group

 

T2 Systems Releases New Residential Permits Solution

July 27, 2021

 

 

T2 Systems Releases New Residential Permits Solution

The self-service mobility solution enables parking operations offering property-based permits to operate more efficiently and provide better customer service

 

 

 

July 27, 2021 – Parking technology leader T2 Systems has released its Residential Permits solution, a mobile web application and back end platform that enables parking operations to sell and manage property-based permits. This solution empowers customers with self-service functionality while streamlining internal processes for parking and enforcement staff.

With Residential Permits, residents can apply for parking permits online from any device – smartphone, tablet, or computer – while parking staff reviews documentation and evaluates applications in real time. Once approved, residents are notified and can purchase and use their virtual permits immediately, after which they can easily add guest permits and update their information from the same mobile-friendly web application.

“Ensuring your residents and local businesses have parking in their area can be challenging for municipal parking leaders. T2’s new Residential Permits solution extends an already powerful permit and enforcement solution to manage property-based eligibility while making it easy to purchase parking on a mobile phone,” said Scot DeLancey, SVP, Strategy and Product for T2 Systems.

On the back end, Residential Permits provides parking staff all the information they need to easily approve or reject applications, such as applicant documentation, existing permits and applications, and unpaid citations. It also automatically enforces permit districts, eliminating the need to manually verify applicant addresses.

“We’ve been able to process applications in a few hours that normally could have taken a week. We have used paper applications in the past, and eliminating paper has been freeing. I’m looking forward to the renewal process being a breeze next year,” said Debbi Zell, Parking Programs Manager for the City of Aspen, CO.

The customer-facing mobile web application features an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly interface. Users can save progress on applications and complete at a later time, as well as stay logged in to their account just like a regular smartphone app. The platform is also 100 percent white labeled, allowing an organization to add its name, branding, and colors for a customized experience.

For more information or to contact a T2 Systems representative about Residential Permits, click here

About T2 Systems
www.t2systems.com

T2 is the largest provider of parking and mobility solutions in North America. With over 27 years in business, T2 now serves more than 2,000 customers and maintains the largest Customer Community with over 5,000 active members. T2 helps universities, municipalities, operators, healthcare campuses, and transportation hubs generate revenue and operate efficiently with a comprehensive, integrated suite of solutions featuring touchless and contactless capabilities. From curbside management to gateless, from mobile payments to transportation demand management, T2 strives to make every trip a smooth journey by streamlining the parking, mobility, and transportation experience with technology solutions that help organizations manage resources, achieve goals, and empower consumers with choices.

The Flowbird Mobile App Is Launching In The City of Akron

June 25, 2021

 

 

The Flowbird Mobile App Is Launching In The City of Akron

 

 

Parking convenience comes to drivers in Akron this summer

 

 

Moorestown, NJ —  Flowbird Group, a global leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions, announced that it is launching the Flowbird app in the City of Akron, Ohio at the end of June. The smart mobile parking solution brings ultimate convenience to motorists, allowing users to find and pay for parking with their iPhone or Android devices. Flowbird has worked closely with the City of Akron’s parking operator, ABM Parking Services, to customize and test the app in preparation for metered parking to relaunch after a year of free parking downtown.

 

The City of Akron has over 1,000 parking spaces throughout its downtown core to service patrons visiting local shops, businesses and restaurants. In addition, the downtown is home to the University of Akron and Canal Park, the stadium for Akron’s minor league baseball team, the Akron RubberDucks. To manage parking occupancy in this challenging environment, ABM utilizes a mix of both Flowbird parking kiosks and single-space meters. With the launch of the Flowbird app, visitors will now have an additional option of payment via their mobile device.

 

The Flowbird App allows downtown visitors to find and pay for parking without stopping at a pay station or meter. Users can opt-in to receive text notifications when time is about to expire and extend their time without needing to cut their downtown experience short. Designed as a true mobility app, the Flowbird app features a map-based user interface, integrated with Waze and other navigation systems to guide users to their preferred parking location.

 

Setting up an account is quick and simple after the app is downloaded to a mobile device from the App Store or Google Play Store. Accounts can be set up for individual motorists or for businesses to manage their fleets.

 

Flowbird’s powerful data hub provides the City with block-by-block parking activity information, aggregating payments from the Flowbird pay stations and the Flowbird app into one central web-based system.

 

Flowbird has partnered with two local Akron companies to help promote the Flowbird app. Ambassadors will be on-site the week of June 28th to perform a public outreach campaign, visiting with local merchants and the parking public to announce that the Flowbird app is now available.

 

Over 125 cities and universities are now using the Flowbird app to help manage parking around the country. Globally, Flowbird’s mobile platform generates over 50 million transactions a year. For more information, please visit www.flowbirdapp.com.

 

 

Flowbird US Media Contact

Sean Renn – Vice President of Marketing & Communications

856-220-1577

sean.renn@flowbird.group

www.flowbird.group

 

Baltimore City Replaces On-Street Pay and Display Parking Meters with Pay by License Plate Meters

May 13, 2021

Baltimore City Replaces On-Street Pay and Display Parking Meters with Pay by License Plate Meters

 

Parkers No Longer Need to Display Receipt on Dash

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD — Mayor Brandon Scott along with the Parking Authority of Baltimore City and the Department of Transportation announced today that the last of the City’s on-street Pay and Display parking meters have been replaced with new Pay by License Plate parking meters.

Sometimes called EZ Park Meters, the old pay and display parking meters, which were installed beginning in 2004, required parkers to display a printed receipt on their dashboard to verify that they had paid for parking.

The new pay by license plate parking meters, which were installed beginning in 2019, do not require motorists to return to their vehicle and place the receipt on their dash. Instead, parkers enter the vehicle’s license plate number into the parking meter before paying for the time they wish to park. Parking enforcement agents, who are Department of Transportation employees, download real-time data from the parking meters into handheld devices that show which vehicles have paid for parking.

A total of 830 pay by plate meters have been installed.  They still accept coins, credit, and debit cards. Parking duration limits and hours of operation have not changed.

“The first thing you do at the meter is enter your license plate number, so we recommend writing it down or taking a photo of your license plate number before you go to the parking meter,” Parking Authority Executive Director Pete Little said, “After you’ve used the meter, you can walk directly to your destination.”

Parking enforcement officers have been pleased with the new handheld devices provided by G-Techna. This new technology quickly provides parking enforcement with the data they need —which vehicles have paid for parking, within minutes. This means officers no longer have to search the vehicle’s dash for a receipt.

“We are excited to be using this new technology which brings parking enforcement up to date with modern equipment,” said Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey.

Parkers who move their cars to another block are required to pay for another session at the parking meter on that block and must follow all posted parking restrictions.

Should parkers need more information on how to use the new parking meters, please go to the Parking Authority website at https://parking.baltimorecity.gov/parking-meters.

About the Parking Authority of Baltimore City

Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) is a quasi-governmental agency of Baltimore City and a registered 501c3 with a mission to find, or create, and implement parking solutions for Baltimore City, and to be the resource on all things “parking” in Baltimore. PABC oversees the management of 14 parking garages, numerous lots, over 800 parking meters, over 1,500 reserved residential handicap parking spaces, and 48 residential permit parking areas.

Minneapolis Technology Company, Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (MPS), Launches Breakthrough Health Safety Kiosk that helps Mitigate Spread of Covid-19 

May 04, 2020

 

 

 

 

Minneapolis Technology Company, Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (MPS), Launches Breakthrough Health Safety Kiosk that helps Mitigate Spread of Covid-19 

 

 

 

Helps Facilitate Safe Reopening of Private and Public Sector 

Ensures Body Temperature and Hand Sanitization Compliance with Controlled Entry and Optional Mask Monitoring 

 

 

(Minneapolis, MN May 4, 2020) Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (MPS) today announced the launch of the first and only automated system to help mitigate the asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 on private and public premises through the detection of elevated temperatures, audited hand sanitation and entry access control. 

Known as the Sentry Health Kiosk™, the system was inspired by the company’s line of touchless smart parking products currently installed in municipalities and university settings around the world. Sentry Health Kiosk™ is a non-contact kiosk that automatically takes and reports body temperature, mandates hand sanitization and manages access control while creating a comprehensive audit trail. 

The system leverages MPS patented technologies to provide best-in-class safety and peace of mind for consumers, employees and employers. With an optional facial recognition function, it can also ensure compliance in locations where face masks are required. 

“Studies show that most people with Covid-19 are asymptomatic, so having a device that just takes temperatures is inadequate at best,” said Joe Caldwell, founder of Sentry Health. “According to experts, the best way to protect yourself and mitigate the spread of a virus is simply to wash your hands. Sentry Health Kiosk is the only system that checks both boxes – temperature reading and audited hand sanitization. If a person doesn’t complete the process, they simply can’t come in,” Caldwell added. 

  • • The technology can also allow for personal health surveys and other information, including remote or on-site video calls through the kiosk’s interactive smart screen. 
  • • MPS is significantly expanding its capacity to accommodate the rapid demand for the kiosk. 
  • • The Company will donate 5% of Sentry Health profits to provide kiosks to foodbanks and other non-profit organizations. 

About Municipal Parking Services (MPS) 

Founded in 2009, MPS is a leader in touchless payment and enforcement systems for both public and private institutions. Sentry Health Kiosk is a division of MPS focused on detection and prevention technologies for retailers, manufacturers, public institutions, educational institutions, healthcare settings and the sports and entertainment industries. 

See www.sentryhealth.life for more product details and specifications. See www.mpspark.com for more information about Municipal Parking Services 

A Cleaner Meter? No Meter At All – Matt Willenbrink, Fybr

April 29, 2020

 

 

 

 

A Cleaner Meter? No Meter At All – Matt Willenbrink, Fybr

 

 

Cleanliness has become a new national obsession. And for good reason, as arresting the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve” requires both sanitary diligence and social distance. Yet as people adopt these new preventative measures, the technology we rely upon often lags behind. In the case of parking meters, perhaps too far behind to keep pace.

Significant shifts in parking demand during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many communities across the country to suspend ticketing and towing, allowing parking meters to sit idle—sacrificing valuable revenue at a time in which communities need money most. While this may at first appear to be an altruistic measure (“the parking’s on the house”) it’s in fact partially rooted in cleanliness—parking meters are germ-laden physical constructs, and the expense of keeping them sanitized isn’t practical.

How dirty are parking meters? Using a device commonly employed to monitor sanitary conditions, hygienists in a recent study found that 40% of parking meters tested had levels of contaminates that exceeded acceptable levels, making parking meters nearly as “dirty” as such things as crosswalk buttons and ATM screens. In a similar 2019 study, New York city parking meters were found to have a “cleanliness score” that rated worse than the public bathrooms at Penn Station.

There is little question that parking meters are hotbeds for contaminants. So what can be done about it? Communities like Berkeley, California have long required city parking attendants to clean, scrub and scrape their approximately 2,500 meters on a weekly basis. Amidst our current pandemic, Berkley’s cleaning schedule remains weekly; the additional expense and respective manpower a more concerted effort would require simply isn’t possible to introduce on such short notice. So while cleaning helps, it’s a piecemeal solution at best.

Parking meters have existed for over 85 years. During that span, advances in parking meter technology—from the creation of the multi-meter to the rollout of solar-powered units—have occurred. Yet even the most modern parking meters still require direct human interaction (touch) to function. This makes parking meters an archaic outlier among the increasingly touchless landscape.

 

The current pandemic aside, evidence that parking meters have become outdated over the years abounds. There are currently nearly five million metered parking spaces in the United States, and many still employ meters not dissimilar to the very first one, introduced in 1935. City planners and residents detest the sidewalk space they monopolize. The expense to keep them functioning is prohibitive at best. And from an aesthetic standpoint, even the most sleek and contemporary units are not what anyone would consider attractive.

 

Parking sensors embedded beneath parking spaces can replace outdated meters, and provide a wide range of benefits above and beyond collecting money for the use of the space. Measuring occupancy rates can enable communities to better plan, expand and streamline their city streets, benefitting local merchants and businesses. Meter-less sensors allows drivers to find parking far faster via the use of an app on their preferred device, reducing (if not eliminating) circling and driving around hunting for a spot. Parking enforcement becomes simpler for communities, as they’re notified in real-time of infractions, and can enforce them without circling the city. Traffic becomes smoother and CO2 emissions are reduced in the process. And yes, without the need to touch a parking meter, drivers, parking enforcement and all parties involved reduce the transmission of germs.

 

When this pandemic subsides, it’s safe to say that all of us will be facing a new and unprecedented reality. Many will see it as an opportunity to modernize and leave unnecessary conventions of the past behind. When that time arrives, one thing has become clear for the future of parking: A better, safer, and more profitable future awaits.

For many reasons beyond the potential spread of germs, it’s time for communities to say goodbye to physical parking meters of yore.

They will not be missed.

www.fybr.com

 

Municipal Parking Services’ Smart Meter Technology In Flint Michigan Selected As Finalist For 2020 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards

February 20, 2020

 

 

 

Municipal Parking Services’ Smart Meter Technology In Flint Michigan Selected As Finalist For 2020 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards

 

 

 

MINNETONKA, Minn – Smart city technology company Municipal Parking Services, Inc. (“MPS”) announced today that its Sentry System parking management technology is the source technology for Flint AutoPark, a project that has been identified as one of three finalists in the Transportation Infrastructure category for the 2020 Smart Cities North America Awards sponsored by IDC Government Insights. The nominated MPS Sentry System technology has been rebranded locally as Flint AutoPark by the Flint, MI Downtown Development Authority (“Flint DDA”). MPS installed Sentry technology in Flint during the summer of 2019 and has been operating it as Flint AutoPark in conjunction with the Flint DDA as part of a public private partnership since October 2019.

 

 

“We are thrilled that Flint AutoPark has been named as a finalist for this prestigious award,” stated Brian Cassady, CEO of MPS. “The DDA leadership had a very unique and refreshing vision of how consumer-friendly regulated parking should operate, and fortunately they selected Sentry as the base technology to bring their concepts to life.”

The core capability which makes Sentry so unique is its ability to visually identify and document when a vehicle has arrived into a parking space. It can then monitor the vehicle throughout the parking session and finally recognize when the vehicle has exited. Those features allow Flint AutoPark to offer consumers unparalleled, flexible payment options.

“The idea is to facilitate a touchless, park-and-go experience for drivers rather than subjecting them to fumbling for coins, dropping credit cards in the snow and playing with a phone payment app,” explained Mark Moran, VP of R&D for MPS.

Sentry’s vision technology provides Flint’s consumers with several payment options that align with a more convenient experience. Consumers may manually pay for their parking at any time during their parking session, whether that is at the beginning, middle or end, without risking a ticket. In addition, consumers may pre-pay for parking prior to enforcement hours, and the system will then apply payments when enforcement starts. And of course, the system still allows consumers all the typical payment methods offered by more conventional parking technology such as via mobile app, credit card or any denomination of coins, except pennies. But the ultimate convenience is Flint AutoPark’s Concierge Service. It allows consumers to register their license plates(s) for an automatic touchless payment process that involves no user intervention. After a vehicle arrives, the system recognizes the plate and automatically debits from the driver’s Concierge account for the time the vehicle is parked, and the user never has to use their phone app or access a parking meter for the transaction. This is great for anyone who makes multiple deliveries throughout the day. In addition, it’s extremely convenient for a company to prepay one account and list all their vehicle license plates, so that their employees never need to worry about paying a meter, and owners never have to worry about getting a ticket.

In the event a consumer doesn’t pay, the system is capable of documenting and reporting the violation to an enforcement officer. The officer can then remotely evaluate the evidence and, if desired, issue a citation by mail.

Since going live in the fall, the system has produced dramatic improvements in parker behavior. Flint’s parking payment compliance rate, which was 40%, has steadily improved to exceed 65% and is on-track to reach 90% by mid-April. And violations per space per day have steadily fallen as consumers have become familiar with the new system and taken advantage of its convenient payment options.

Gerard Burnash, Flint D.D.A. Director, said “This system has allowed us to integrate multiple payment options to our visitors for the most effortless parking experience possible. In addition, it has helped promote the use of off-street long-term parking, freeing up valuable parking for retail business, and has increased revenue. This is a win-win-win for everyone involved.”

Winners of the Smart Cities North America Awards will be honored at the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo to be held April 6–9 in Denver, Colorado.

The International Data Corporation (“IDC”) Is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

municipalparkingservices.com

Contacts:

Brian Cassady

Municipal Parking Services, Inc.

651 383-4083

brian.cassady@mpspark.com

 

Gerard Burnash

Flint Downtown Development Authority

810 767-2297

gburnash@flintdda.org

 

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