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Pittsburgh Partners with Flowbird to Test Fully Digital Parking Kiosks

June 04, 2019




Pittsburgh Partners with Flowbird to Test Fully Digital Parking Kiosks


30 upgraded CWT kiosks are now live throughout the city



Moorestown, New Jersey — The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has partnered with Flowbird Group to launch 30 upgraded parking terminals that will now be both cashless and paperless. The upgrade transforms Pittsburgh’s original Flowbird CWT parking terminals to open architecture kiosks, leveraging credit card payment and digital text receipts,.


The City of Pittsburgh is no stranger to innovation, known in the parking industry as the first city in the country to transition to Pay-by-Plate as early as 2012. Now, in its 7thcontractual year with Flowbird, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) recently extended its contract this year with plans to upgrade all 1100 original Flowbird CWT terminals to this new open technology.


“We want to keep on the edge of technology and advancement for our city,” said David Onorato, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.


The City’s original CWT terminals have a monochrome screen, functioning in pay-by-plate mode and accepting payment in credit or debit card, coins, or mobile payment.


The PPA will be testing out 30 upgraded Flowbird CWT terminals for 6 months to collect feedback from customers. Transactions, usage trends and performance will be reviewed, analyzed and compared to the previous 6 months.


Benefits of going both cashless and paperless span from environmental to operational. By switching to text-only receipts, the city could save nearly 3 million feet of paper per year. Additionally, the Authority would benefit from increased operational efficiencies while at the same time advancing the parking experience for the City’s residents and visitors.


Among the 30 upgraded terminals, five have been changed from monochrome to color touch screen, all of them remaining paperless and cashless. Usage of these 5 kiosks will also be reviewed and compared after 6 months to test consumer transactions and feedback.


“We will be monitoring all of these for the next 6 months to make sure we achieve an adequate database,” said Onorato, “By the end of the year, we will be able to make an educated decision on how we upgrade the remaining CWT terminals with Flowbird.”


The upgraded Flowbird CWT terminals can be found throughout Pittsburgh’s downtown core with 2 of the color touch screens located in North Shore.


“We are extremely proud to continue this longstanding partnership with David Onorato and the forward-thinking PPA team,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America,“We look forward to helping them manage their impressive growth by implementing key smart city solutions.”


Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 650 customers throughout the U.S. This project allows the company to continue its rapid expansion across the State of Pennsylvania.  In addition to Pittsburgh, Flowbird systems can be found in top destinations across the State such as Philadelphia, Lancaster, New Hope, and Williamsport.



Flowbird US Media Contact

Sean Renn – Vice President of Marketing and Communications





WTW Architects – Another First for the City of Pittsburgh

September 30, 2018



WTW Architects – Another First for the City of Pittsburgh




Pittsburgh– At 10 a.m. Thursday, October 4, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will join Paul Wessel, director of the Green Building Alliance, and Pittsburgh Stadium Authority Board Chairman Stanley Lederman to unveil a plaque recognizing the Gold 1 Parking Garage as the world’s first Parksmart Gold Project.



Bordered by Tony Dorset Drive, Art Rooney Avenue, Reedsdale and West General Robinson Streets near Heinz Field, the 1,00 car, six-­‐level parking garage was completed a little over a year ago.


Designed by the Pittsburgh architectural firm-­‐WTW Architects–the garage incorporates and showcases the city’s sustainable goals. The Gold 1 Garage’s sustainable design features include storm water retention structures, adaptive landscaping, water diversion, electrical vehicle charging, bike parking and energy efficient lighting.


Founded in 1959 and headquartered on Pittsburgh’s North Side, WTW Architects has achieved national recognition for a variety of award-­‐winning projects. Besides the Stadium Authority of the city of Pittsburgh, the firm’s numerous clients have included Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Respironics, Georgia Tech, LSU, Medrad, and Oxford DevelopmentCompany.


WTW also served as the local architect for the design of Fifth Avenue Place in downtown Pittsburgh and Heinz Field, home of the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers.

Meter Feeder Invited to KDKA’s TechnoVation Networking Event to Display Success of Pittsburgh Startup Scene

September 28, 2018



Meter Feeder Invited to KDKA’s TechnoVation Networking Event to Display Success of Pittsburgh Startup Scene.




Pittsburgh (PA)– KDKA-TV invited technology lovers and innovative companies alike to the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last week on September 21st. The local news station hosted “Pittsburgh’s most innovative networking event” – TechnoVation. The event invited the public to “hear from key corporations, city leaders, innovators, and organizations that are working together to lead the way into the future of technology”.




The event was based around a panel discussion with local professionals and experts discussing the rise of technology in pittsburgh as well as its importance to the growth of the city. The panel was hosted by well-recognized KDKA political analyst Jon Delano.


MeterFeeder was invited by Pittsburgh based investor / accelerator Innovation Works to show off the success of a minority-owned startup software company in Pittsburgh. The invitation was sent out by panelist Terri Glueck, the Director of Communications and Community Development for Innovation Works. Innovation Works helps hundreds of startups every year in the Pittsburgh area, with an overarching goal to assist in Pittsburgh’s economic transformation and demonstrate the value of local startups and innovators. MeterFeeder set up a table at the event and educated guests on its pay-by-phone and new pay-by-vehicle products before and after the panel discussion.


Other notable panelists included Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, President of Argo AI Peter Rander, and Philips Head of Quality and Compliance Vaishali Hegde.


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