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 Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) has partnered with Klever Logic, an industry-leading parking technology provider, to add a cash payment option to the company’s PARCS solution, FlashPARCS. Through this partnership, CPI’s BNR bank note recycler is being added to FlashPARCS’s Smart Station kiosks. BNR, a modular cash-recycling solution, permits parking owners to conveniently, quickly, and securely accept and dispense cash during payments from parking patrons.
 
IntegraPark has partnered with VenTek, a manufacturer of unattended parking revenue control systems, in integrating its Rome application with VenTek’s system. This enables permit parking owners and operators to automatically transfer revenues from multiple locations to the general ledger and financial statements, eliminating time-consuming manual key entry and user errors. Automating data entry can reduce their accounting staff time by up to 75%, the company said.
 
Indect USA, the leading provider of sensor-based parking guidance systems, has completed an ultrasonic parking guidance installation at the Dallas Omni Hotel and Convention Center. It is the first and only hotel in the U.S. to offer their guests parking guidance, the company said. Installed as part of the $400 million Dallas Convention Center redevelopment, the new system will directly benefit convention center visitors, as well as hotel guests.
 
Barron Lighting Group, the originator of the LED exit sign and brands such as Exitronix, Trace*Lite, IGS and specialtyLED, has announced its first-ever Contractor Rewards Program. It gives participating contractors the opportunity to win monthly prizes and earn points with the company. “We want to reward the loyalty of contractors who use lighting solutions provided by [our] four quality brands. Participating is fast, easy, and commitment-free,” said Miranda Fuller, Director of Marketing.
 
The Board of Directors of Walker Parking Consultants has named new appointments in eight of the firm’s regional offices. In their new positions, each of the appointees will manage his office’s operations and oversee all Walker projects in the region. They are: Jim Pudleiner, P.E., Vice President in the Philadelphia office; Gary S. Rider, P.E., Vice President in the Tampa office; David W. Ryan, P.E., Vice President in Walker’s Elgin, IL, office; Robert Stanley, P.E., Vice President in the Denver office; Randall Carwile, P.E., Principal of Walker’s Indianapolis office; Scott Froeming, P.E., Principal of its Minneapolis office; Vladimir Ivanov, P.E., S.E., Principal of its Seattle office; and Deon Bender, P.E., Director of Operations of Walker’s UAE office in Dubai.
 
Nathan Vaughn of R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm based in Brookfield, WI, has been named Young Surveyor of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. With more than 12 years of experience, the firm’s Transportation Manager also is a survey data coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
 
Greg Parzych has become President of ZipBy LLC, a subsidiary of TMA Tech Pty. Ltd., a market leader providing equipment to the Australian parking industry.  Opening its North American branch in Sudbury, MA, ZipBy allows users to enter, exit and pay for parking in a completely touchless, ticketless and hands-free environment.  ZipBy can be integrated into any existing parking system, with additional modules related to pre-booking, scan-to-pay, session transfer and other customer-based functions.
The New York City DOT and Parkmobile LLC, the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking, have contracted to implement a program letting motorists pay for parking using their mobile phones at all 85,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the city. By providing drivers with an easier and more convenient way to find, pay for and extend parking, the city said it’s seeking to significantly reduce the hassle of parking and improve the overall travel experience. 
 
GlobalOnePay, a leading provider of omni-channel payment processing technologies and merchant services, has completed a number of product and service enhancements, including the addition of in-store point-of-sale and mobile POS solutions, to better serve the needs of merchants and enable easier adoption of omni-channel payment processing. In other news, the company has published a new “white paper,” titled “Best Practices for Choosing and Integrating a Mobile Payments Platform,” intended to offer insights into how to navigate today’s dynamic mobile payment landscape.
 
Ed DeCarvalho has formed DEC Parking Associates to offer specialized parking consulting services to the industry. He brings more than 35 years of parking experience to DEC, with a special blend, he said, of “consulting/hands-on experience and extensive contacts in the parking industry.”
 
SP Plus Corp., the nation’s leading provider of airport parking, ground transportation and ancillary services, has announced that its SP+ Transportation Operating Group has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide comprehensive shuttle bus service for the Express North and Express South public parking facilities at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The operation will utilize a fleet of 42 buses to provide prompt bumper-to-bumper shuttle service between the terminals and more than 8,200 public spaces in the parking lots.
 
Ace Parking has been selected as the parking management partner at the Collier Center and CityScape commercial facilities in downtown Phoenix, as well as at the iconic Phoenician Resort in suburban Scottsdale. Collier Center is a Class A mixed-use building with almost 600,000 square feet of space housing offices, retail and restaurants. CityScape is a four-building “urban community” covering 1.2 million square feet and featuring office space, a hotel, residential apartments, retail and restaurants, and entertainment. Both facilities, in the heart of downtown Phoenix, are managed by Red Development.
 
ParkWhiz, the nation’s largest on-demand parking app, has acquired its New York-based competitor BestParking. It noted that the combined reach of both companies drove more than $50 million in revenue to parking operators in 2015. The Chicago-based company added that its platform now has more than 800,000 spaces in 4,000 locations across 50 major U.S. cities. That announcement accompanied news that it also had raised $24 million in Series C funding. Led by Baird Capital, with Beringea and Jump Capital participating, that brought its total funding to date to $36 million. In other news, at PIE 2016 in Las Vegas, the company named industry veteran Todd Tucker as its Vice President of Sales. “Todd shares our focus on being a great partner for operators,” said Co-Founder and CEO Aashish Dalal. “His command of the industry and experience building relationships make him the perfect addition for our team.”
 
 
Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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