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Ace Parking has launched ACE Mobility Solutions – a division dedicated to providing insightful stewardship and effective mobility solutions for clients in a rapidly-evolving transportation ecosystem. 

The first of its kind in the industry, ACE Mobility Solutions will set the standard for integrated solutions bridging traditional parking operations with emerging technologies including autonomous and internet-enabled vehicles, smart city initiatives, curb management, ride-share services, traffic flow, pedestrian safety, mass transit, alternative travel modes including scooters and bikes, data-driven operating strategies, and more. 

“Technological innovation has created massive new challenges and opportunities across our industry. It’s also created a need for someone who can help businesses make sense of it all,” said Keith. B Jones, managing partner of Ace. “Our Mobility Solutions division does just that, providing trusted and much-needed stewardship for our client partners through each phase of this mobility revolution. This begins with practical integrated solutions for today, while delivering the framework to stay one step ahead of tomorrow. True to our tagline, The Mobility Revolution Starts Here, forward-looking companies now have someone to turn to.” 

Focused on crafting multi-modal strategies for the movement of people and goods, ACE Mobility Solutions sees the opportunity to enhance consumer experiences, foster greater collaboration between public and private entities, and create new and greater revenue streams for client partners that have never been accessible before.


ParkEMU Announces Campus-Wide Parking Upgrades at Eastern Michigan University

ParkEMU, the operator of Eastern Michigan University’s parking system, is implementing significant upgrades to the university’s parking facilities and technology as a result of a parking concession agreement approved by the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Board of Regents in December 2017. 

ParkEMU is operated by LAZ Parking. In April 2018, LAZ Parking, through its partnership with Preston Hollow Capital and Provident Resources Group, launched operations on a 35-year Public Private Partnership at EMU. Through this parking entity, ParkEMU is bringing new technology, innovation and best-in-class parking services to the entire campus.

Students, faculty, and staff returning to the EMU campus this fall have experienced ParkEMU-initiated repaving primarily at the Oakwood South, McKenny, and Normal parking lots on South Campus as well as the northwest corner of the Green Lot 1 parking lot on North Campus, comprising over 1,000 parking spaces in all. These first-year facility improvements in the concession agreement with the University were completed ahead of schedule with more parking system improvements planned for the coming years.

Updated parking services already implemented by ParkEMU include custom software allowing for specialized permit pricing for EMU students, staff and faculty. License plate recognition (LPR) technology has also been installed to provide better customer service and permit enforcement. ParkEMU has also introduced new policies and procedures for both short and long-term maintenance of the parking facilities throughout the EMU campus. 


Parkcloud and Q-Park Lead Uk Park(Ing) Day Celebrations

ParkCloud, and European parking operator, Q-Park, are celebrating their success as two of the UK’s leading pioneers of the PARK(ing) Day initiative, following the culmination of their successful CSR project. 

Having utilized their respective influences within the industry to create an initiative that allowed art students from Greater Manchester to get creative with parking, both companies came together on Friday (PARK(ing) Day itself) to host the finale of their highly anticipated art competition. 

Hosted in Q-Park’s First Street car park, 10 shortlisted students from colleges and schools around the region battled it out over six hours to recreate their original artworks in the unique setting of a parking space. 

Winner, Saskia Gentile, an art student from Cheadle & Marple College, impressed the expert judging panel with her color tribute to the Manchester worker bee, which symbolized the creativity and individuality of Mancunians. 

Judges, David French, Director of AWOL Studios, professional graffiti artist kELzO, Parking Review Editor, Mark Moran, Q-Park’s Tom Petch and ParkCloud’s Commercial Director, Valentina Moise all noted Saskia’s intricate color work in their scoring – impressed with how she had applied blended color to portray personal charity links and signify key elements of the city’s culture within the confines of a parking space.   

The grand prize of a £500 contribution towards the winning student’s further education will enable Saskia to progress with her passion for art and graphic design post-Sixth Form College. 

 Mark Pegler, Managing Director of ParkCloud, said: “ParkCloud has always been extremely proud to champion the PARK(ing) Day initiative, with this year’s project really going that extra mile, with the help of Q-Park, to highlight the premise of creatively revamping urban parking areas. 

 Originating in San Francisco in 2006, the drive behind PARK(ing) Day – which is celebrated annually on the third Friday of September – derives from the need for more open, creative space within urban areas; with ‘parklets’ now popping up in cities all over the world each year in a salute to creativity. 

Database Consultants Australia (DCA) acquires Tenix Solutions

Australian technology and data management business DCA announced it completed the acquisition of Tenix Solutions on November 1.

Tenix Solutions provides end-to-end compliance management, digital platforms, infringement processing and collections services for government enterprises and private sector organizations.

“The addition of Tenix Solutions aligns perfectly with our existing suite of best-in-class compliance and smart city technology solutions,” said Declan Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, DCA. For DCA, this acquisition is a logical step in the next phase of our business transformation. It aligns directly with our existing markets and provides complementary solutions to drive modern digital experiences for our clients.”

Tenix Solutions and DCA have a long history of collaborating to offer local governments across Australia a complete compliance management solution. “The merge of the DCA and Tenix Solutions businesses gives us the ability to extend this offer to include a full suite of services that can potentially reshape the way municipalities manage their assets,” Ryan said.

The addition of Tenix Solutions’ customer base and expert team is a prominent milestone for DCA. The combined business will offer DCA’s client base a broader suite of services and solutions and will add an additional 200 staff to the group.

Primary strategic markets for the combined operations are local government, universities and transport authorities.

Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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