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Quercus Technologies has introduced new logo, slogan, corporate philosophy and website. For Quercus Technologies it is an end of year full of positive changes that form the basis of the growth that is expected both of the company and of the products, projects and services it provides. The global turbulent times have only reinforced the need to adapt and take advantage of the circumstances.

Blink Charging Co. announced that it has acquired the EV charging operator U-Go Stations, Inc. and its portfolio of 44 DCFC charging locations. The purchase also includes multiple grants awarded to U-Go, for the deployment of up to an additional 45 new charging stations. The charging stations are located across ten states, expanding Blink’s DCFC footprint. “As a key contributor to the expanding EV landscape, we are continuously looking for opportunities to strategically broaden our footprint across the United States, and our acquisition of U-Go supports this growth,” commented Brendan Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Blink.

The Federal Government in Belgium approved an anti-terrorism plan to ensure safety in everyday life for the Belgian population. Federal police in Belgium chose the smart ANPR camera system Vega Smart 2HD from Tattile for all automatic number plate recognition processes along motorways and cities across the country. Up to now, more than 500 Tattile ANPR cameras have been deployed.

Parking technology providers, ParkHub and Vend, have partnered to create a safe, seamless parking experience that reduces physical touchpoints at gated facilities. As part of the partnership, the companies will initially promote Vend’s contactless access control solution to parking operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Greater Boston metropolitan area with the scope of readily extending the offering to ParkHub’s nationwide client base.

The Town of Natick announces its partnership with Passport, the transportation software company that provides contactless payment options to cities and their parkers. The app, powered by the Passport Operating System, allows users to safely manage and extend sessions remotely without the need to use coins or to touch parking hardware.

ParkMobile announced a new partnership with the City of York, PA to provide contactless parking payments. The app is now available at over 1,100 spaces around the city and provides customers with a secure, easy to use option to pay for parking. Because the service is contactless, it’s both an efficient and safer way to access parking. If users need assistance, they have access to 24-hour customer service. ParkMobile announced enhancements to the popular ParkColumbus mobile and web apps.  The company also announced the launch of service at Harris-Stowe State University in
St. Louis, Missouri. 

SpotHero brings parking to the display screen of your car with Apple CarPlay. Drivers can now use SpotHero with CarPlay to find, book and pay for off-street parking in over 300 cities across North America without touching a phone. CarPlay is the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive. After traffic, finding parking is often the biggest challenge that drivers face. 

ASSA ABLOY announced the availability of the latest generation of Medeco Nexgen Intelligent Locking Solutions for parking equipment: the Nexgen2 key, desktop single key and multi-key programmers, and web-based management software. The Nexgen system is a complete access control and accountability solution to protect revenue and data in today’s parking equipment.

Honk announced a dramatic update to its back-office reporting and analytics — one that heightens transparency and enhances business intelligence for its network of operators. Updates will equip clients with the toolset and reporting system required to better streamline and manage their operations, ultimately saving them time and money.

Marston Holdings, the UK’s largest provider of transportation and enforcement services, has partnered with the homeless charity St Mungo’s and Radical Recruit, a not-for-profit organization which bridges the gap between disadvantaged job seekers and the business world.  This partnership is helping some of London’s homeless people back into the workplace. According to Emma Freivogel, founder of Radical Recruit: “The people we represent are often viewed through a lens of mistrust and assumed to lack the motivation, skills and abilities to secure and sustain employment.  Subsequently, they are discarded on the ‘talent scrapheap’. This is a waste of human life, bad for business and detrimental to the economy. We are grateful that businesses such as Marston Holdings exist.’’

WellSpark Health and LAZ Parking have partnered to create a next generation employee benefit program in support of the modern workforce. The innovative program is built to understand and respond to the realities people face in our complex world when managing their life and health. “As an employer, we believe it is our responsibility to give employees access to tools, information and support that help them cultivate holistic well-being or, what we call, ‘being whole,’ said Andi Campbell, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at LAZ Parking.

Propark Mobility announced that the company has appointed Jennifer Atkins as its new Regional Vice President, Mountain Region. “Jennifer brings with her both a wealth of expertise in the hospitality vertical and a great deal of high-level management experience to Propark Mobility,” said John Reimers, Propark’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited about the growth that Jennifer is going to help propel for Propark in the Mountain Region, which is a region that we are enthusiastically looking to further develop.”

Pushing forward with their mission to bring smarter, safer, and more sustainable parking to the world, UbiPark has today announced the expansion of its smart parking solutions into the U.S. and Canadian markets. Working with Q-Free TCS as a distributor across the United States and Canada, this move into the North American market follows a year of rapid growth for the smart parking provider, across Australia and New Zealand.

Beam Global announced that it has entered into an underwriting agreement with Maxim Group LLC under which the underwriter has agreed to purchase, on a firm commitment basis, 250,000 shares of common stock of the Company, at a price to the public of $30.00 per share. Beam Global also announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office has issued U.S. Patent No: 10,843,819, covering the UAV ARC™ Drone Recharging Network, Beam’s renewably energized, networked drone recharging solution.

Charleston International Airport opened its new parking garage with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December. The new 3,000 space parking garage, features multi-space parking guidance sensors, rooftop parking sensors, internal wayfinding and external signs along the road and the entrance. “When we planned for this new garage, it wasn’t simply about adding more spaces, we wanted to make sure our customers could locate an available space faster and have a more enjoyable parking experience,” said John Robison, Manager of Landside Operations.

Denison Parking, an Indianapolis-based parking operator is managing the parking operations at the Bottleworks District. The Bottleworks District is a $300 million, 12-acre urban mixed-use development at the former Coca- Cola bottling plant at the north end of Massachusetts Ave near downtown Indianapolis. Denison will manage over 500 parking spaces and on street enforcement.

PayByPhone announced the launch of PayByPhone Maps in the city of Miami. With PayByPhone Maps, Miami area drivers turn on their location services and can see available parking spaces anywhere PayByPhone is available. The maps are interactive, allowing users to determine hours, restrictions and accepted payment methods for different parking locations throughout the city. 

Videalert announced the appointment of Rob Kinch as Technical & Innovations Director.  As part of the company’s senior management team, he has now also joined the Marston Holdings Client Development and Innovation Boards.  In this new role he will be responsible for developing Videalert’s future technical roadmap for additional market-leading solutions along with all required legislation certifications. According to Mark Hoskin, Group Business Development Director at Marston Holdings: “Rob has unrivalled experience of successful solution design and development within the enforcement and other markets, and will be leading Videalert’s drive to extend its technical success in the industry.

Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for The Plaza Coral Gables. Owned by Agave Ponce and developed by Coastal Tishman, this site is a newly constructed 2.1 million-square-foot mixed-use development based in the heart of Coral Gables. The site will be comprised of office, residential, retail, and hotel spaces. 

October marks the seventh month of COVID-19 related closures. During this time, the parking industry has experienced a sharp decline in parking volume. 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.

Fleet Advantage announced that Matthew Wiedmeyer, Director of Fleet Services, earned the VMRS Specialist Certification from the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council. Less than 300 individuals hold a VMRS Certification in the United States. Said Jim Griffin, COO & CTO at Fleet Advantage: “Matthew has demonstrated his commitment to refining his craft through achieving the VMRS Certification status, and we’re excited to have yet another certified professional on our team.” The company announced it has been selected as a 2020 recipient of the Green Supply Chain Award by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. This is the second year that Fleet Advantage received this award.

American PERMALIGHT Inc. is pleased to announce its recent hire of Aita Parkinson. She will serve as Order Fulfillment Specialist, with a focus on growing relationships within the sign-making industry. Aita will educate sign-makers, digital printing companies, and screen printers on code-compliance, interior signage, and PERMALIGHT® photoluminescent printable substrates. Aita said, “I am proud to be a part of the team at American PERMALIGHT® because it is rewarding to educate our customers on our products and services as well as indirectly help save people’s lives.”

Park Assist and ParkEyes will become part of TKH Security. TKH Group, a €1.6 billion publicly traded company, is currently the parent company of TKH Security, Park Assist and ParkEyes. TKH Security has a strong position in both Europe and the USA and multiple offices all over the world, delivering solutions for Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Surveillance, Asset & Site Management, and Parking Facility Management.

Complete Coach Works announced it was recently awarded a contract from Yamhill County Transit to supply three 30’ and two 35’ remanufactured Gillig buses. In the height of the Covid-19 pandemic essential businesses, including public transit agencies, implemented safety and caution procedures for their employees and riders. Yamhill County Transit is among the many agencies to require face coverings, include hand sanitizer stations, and enforce physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

Rekor Systems, Inc., a Maryland-based company providing real-time roadway intelligence through AI-driven decisions, today announced the launch of Rekor Go, an application that brings the power of accurate vehicle recognition to the mobile devices of a broad array of commercial users. The app turns a smartphone into a handheld tool that identifies vehicles and license plates. 

After the COVID-19 pandemic caused toll road traffic volumes to drop by approximately 50 percent year over year in April 2020, traffic volumes on several of the nation’s largest toll road systems have recovered to an 8.7 percent year-over-year decline in November, according to an analysis of data usage from Conduent Transportation, a unit of Conduent Incorporated. Traffic trends could remain volatile heading into 2021. For example, the traffic volume recovery peaked in September, but year-over-year declines widened slightly in October and November. Conduent manages road usage charging, parking, public transit and traffic safety systems for government clients globally. 

PayByPhone, celebrated unprecedented success in 2020, launching in 19 new locations across North America. In addition, PayByPhone Maps, an important technological improvement, was introduced to 149 locations. The parking guidance tool allows drivers to use the app to find available parking spaces. The maps are interactive and allow users to determine hours of operation and parking restrictions, making parking that much faster, safer and more convenient.

The Town of Victoria Park has launched, vPermit, a virtual parking permit solution developed by Australian parking technology company, Smarter City Solutions, as part of its efforts to improve residential parking access and modernize the Council’s parking management system. The Town of Victoria Park is home to a wide range of businesses and attractions, including Optus Stadium.

Phoenix Parking Solutions, an Atlanta-based parking management company, is expanding to additional cities throughout the Southeast as part of the company’s growth strategy for 2021. Throughout 2020, Phoenix owner Jeff Patterson has offered a safer, more efficient way to manage parking in residential, retail and mixed-use facilities with contactless service and hospital-designed safety procedures. 

The Police Directorate in the Sarajevo Canton of Bosnia has implemented 18 Tattile Vega Smart 2HD cameras based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms primarily to detect speed violations and vehicles with documented crime offenses. The cameras are part of the SPARTA system and in addition to their key function of automatic number plate recognition enable embedded brand, class, and color and model recognition of each passing vehicle. 

Beam Global announced that the City of Montebello will deploy two EV ARC™ solar-powered EV charging terminals this week to serve city fleet vehicles and provide an emergency preparedness asset. The transportable solar-powered EV charging infrastructure products include an emergency power panel for first responders and are off-grid, requiring no construction, no disruption to city operations, and no added utility bill. Said Kimberly Ann Cobos-Cawthorne, Mayor of the City of Montebello: “Two Beam EV ARCs will be able to charge the city’s electric transit vans and future EVs as Montebello electrifies its fleet. We are excited about using this state-of-the-art clean energy tech because its flexible model requires zero infrastructure investment or disruption to city operations. The fact that these are solar powered and 100% sustainable is an additional benefit to our budget and the environment.”

SKIDATA Inc. has expanded its Houston operations. The new expanded Houston offices will accommodate SKIDATA’s rapidly growing Houston workforce, which is creating parking technology suites for developers, private parking owners, and institutions across the state. SKIDATA’s new Houston offices will be located at 3340 Greens Road, Building C, Houston, TX 77032. “Houston is a strong, growing market for SKIDATA,” said Dana Wade, SKIDATA’s regional manager for Texas. “Our new Greens Road offices will provide the necessary room to manage all of our parking technology and special events projects throughout Houston.”

FAAC, an Italian multinational leader in the sector of automation and vehicle and pedestrian access control, announces the signing of a binding agreement through which it will acquire from the Israeli private equity fund TENE Capital, the Afcon group and a series of minority shareholders, all the shares of the TIBA group, a leading international company in the sector of supplying turnkey systems for managing parking sites with revenue collection.

Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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