This fall, El Paso, TX, will launch an app that will give motorists a chance to pay for metered parking with their smart phones. The city’s International Bridges Department has partnered with Park Genius and Duncan Solutions for the parking app. The Park El Paso mobile app is expected to launch this fall. “The Park El Paso mobile app is going to be a great tool not only for our motorists, but for the prosperity of our local businesses and economy as a whole,” El Paso Director of International Bridges Paul Stresow said in a news release today. The app was developed by Tucson-based Park Genius.
MobileNOW! announced that it has completed an agreement to conduct a pilot program for pay-by-mobile phone payment for metered parking in the City of Santa Rosa, CA. The pilot project, scheduled to begin in August will add a quick mobile payment option for visitors to two downtown Santa Rosa districts: Courthouse Square and Railroad Square. “Mobile payment technology enables us to offer a convenient new payment option that responds to the increasing use of smart phones for cashless payments,” said Kim Nadeau, Parking Manager for Santa Rosa. “We especially liked MobileNOW!’s merchant validation program, which allows merchants to provide validation to customers for on-street metered parking, via their mobile payment technology.”
Cale America Inc. has entered into an agreement with Advanced Access Controls for sales, service and support of Cale products in the Los Angeles area. Cale America has successful parking meter installations operating in multiple cities in Southern California including a recent pay-by-plate deployment in the Los Angeles area where customers enter their license plate number when paying for parking and enforcement is handled electronically based on the vehicle plate number. Advanced Access Controls, now a part of the HUB Parking Technology group of companies, is well respected in the Los Angeles area as a provider of high-end off-street parking and access control systems. Together, Cale and Advanced Access Controls will combine efforts and expertise to focus on enhancing the local support of existing Cale meter systems and developing new business opportunities throughout the region.
In a move that effectively bans parking app Haystack from doing business in Boston, the City Council voted to bar companies seeking to lease publicly owned space to others. The Haystack app allows drivers to sell their on-street parking spaces to others willing to pay a fee. Kate Norton, a spokeswoman for Mayor Marty Walsh, said the mayor would sign the proposal into law. “The city can encourage innovation and undertakes new innovations every day, but we cannot allow for the equal and fair access of public ways to be diminished by private enterprises seeking to profit from or reserve public amenities they do not own or lease themselves, and have no right to profit from or reserve,” said Norton in a statement.
The pilot project for the cashless payment of parking fees in Nairobi was launched in August. Jambopay Chief Executive Officer, Danson Muchemi says the five-day exercise will see motorists pay for their parking using their mobile phones or through agents located strategically on the street. Muchemi says motorists will be required to sign up by phone or on the county government’s website. He points out that motorists will be required to create an electronic wallet, which they will be topping up with money to pay for their parking using the available Android application on their phones.
After parallel parking on North Market Street, L.B. Nesmith stopped to deposit a coin in the parking meter. For a quick shopping trip on a Monday morning, he picked the low-tech method for paying. The meter also allows motorists to swipe a credit card to avoid a dreaded parking ticket. “It probably would bring more people in to Wilmington,” Nesmith said of the ability to park without fiddling with a pocket full of spare change. Paying with a credit card for a purchase that could be handled with a few quarters, dimes and nickels might strike some people as odd. But businesses hoping to attract younger customers might consider adding more electronic payment options. Slightly more than half of adults ages 18 to 29 prefer plastic to cash – even for payments of less than five dollars, according to a new survey from CreditCards.com. The trend isn’t just that age group. Consumers who are younger than 49 prefer credit about 46 percent of the time. Those who are older than 50 prefer cash 77 percent of the time.
Parkeon, Inc, a global leader in urban mobility solutions for the parking and transit industries, has announced that Wetherbee Electric Inc. is now a value-added distributor covering the State of Oklahoma. With the addition of Wetherbee Electric to the Parkeon distribution network, the sales, implementation, and support of Parkeon products and systems can now be managed locally with extra attention and care. Wetherbee brings significant experience and expertise to the Parkeon distribution network. The company has been in business since 1899 starting with a focus on electrical installations for commercial and industrial projects.
Codye Sides recently celebrated her 5-year anniversary in the parking industry by joining The Parking Network, Inc. She was part of the SP+ Account Management Team, formally Central Parking Systems, and assisted in the expansion of their Accounting portfolio from 10 locations to over 50 within the year. She has worked as an Account Manager to 9 High Profile Properties on the West Coast and Central Texas, managing 21.4 M in annual parking revenue. The last few years, she has been acting as the Accounting Team Lead, developing training curriculum and classes, as well as project manager for on-boarding new locations to remote management services.