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Industry News

June 20, 2019

Flowbird Transport Intelligence, a division of Flowbird Group, has announced that its new mobile ticketing app, ‘Loop Trolley,’ is now live for trolley riders in St. Louis, Missouri. The free app, now available on the Apple iOS, allows riders to purchase trolley tickets remotely at any time and activate them when they are ready to ride. With the addition of Flowbird’s ‘Loop Trolley’ app, riders may now purchase trolley tickets in advance, track their ticket history and trip log, and even view station stops and attractions along the route.


TIBA Parking, in conjunction with Associated Time and Winpark, recently performed a transition of 15 lanes of revenue control equipment at Memorial Hermann Health System in less than 72 hours. Teams from Associated Time and TIBA Parking worked around the clock to reconfigure the lot lane by lane, tearing down old equipment, seven cashier booths, and activating TIBA’s pay on foot machines, and entry, exit, and access only lane equipment. The installation began at 7 pm on a Friday and all lanes were operational with gates down by 7 am the following Monday. 


TravelCar and Mozio have teamed up to offer Mozio travelers an additional option to get to the airport. Starting today, Mozio users can now search, compare and book airport parking in more than 60 countries thanks to the addition of TravelCar’s global airport parking solution. TravelCar prides itself on aggregating the most parking options for travelers, allowing them to choose from and with offers all over the world. 


CivicSmart, Inc. presented their latest smart parking technologies in Washington DC as part of the Parking Services Industry Day. Parking Services Industry Day took place in early April at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Washington DC. CivicSmart’s President & CEO, Mike Nickolaus, and Founder & CTO Balu Subramanya, were present to show parking solutions include CivicSmart’s patented vehicle detection sensors, electronic permits, smart parking meters, and enforcement software. 


MeterFeeder has teamed up with Academy PGH to host an open house for the Braddock community to gauge interest for a Web Developer Boot Camp to be hosted in town. Academy PGH is a Web Developer Boot Camp that offers anyone the ability to “learn to code” in as little as 12 weeks. The service is offered a couple times a year around the Pittsburgh area, and leadership of the program is hoping to expand the service to Braddock, PA soon too. 


WPS Parking Solutions is proud to announce that Integrated Technical Systems, Inc. (ITS) has joined the WPS-North America family of distributors. With nearly 50 years in business, ITS is a leader in integrated electronic and computerized access and control systems and related technologies, emerging as the largest systems integrator of its type. WPS Parking Solutions also announces that Matthew Lazowski has joined the WPS-North America family as Vice President of Sales for the Northeastern USA region. Lazowski joins the company with over 20 years of experience in the parking industry.


SpotAngels announces its launch in Las Vegas as part of a curb management project with the city. The goal of this partnership is to ease the parking headaches for both residents and tourists looking to enjoy the city. Over the past year, the app saved drivers in cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and more over $10M in parking tickets as well as time and money finding parking.


ParkCloud has announced that it has completed a rebrand under its existing B2C brand, ParkVia. With a strong international brand presence, ParkVia is the European leader in airport parking reservations, having grown in popularity over the last 10 years with consumers searching for fast, simple and reliable parking solutions. Following extensive testing on its global customer base, the ParkCloud brand will be streamlined into ParkVia from today to create one, fluid brand identity, reflecting its 3.5m registered users’ preferred method of booking.


Passport received the 2019 Consumer Payments Innovation Award by FinTech Breakthrough for its platform that enables cities to facilitate mobility payments for parking, transit, tolling and micro-mobility. FinTech Breakthrough is an independent organization that recognizes the top companies in the financial services and technology industries. Previous FinTech Breakthrough Award winners include Square, Chase, PayPal and Adyen. 


ParkVia has further bolstered its airline portfolio with the addition of Cyprus Airways. With a long-term goal to cultivate tourism by building a strong, reliable national airline, Cyprus Airways has outlined its commitment to enhancing the passenger travel experience by collaborating with ParkVia to offer its customers online parking reservations. Powered through dedicated micro-site cyprusairways.parkvia.com, the newly created platform will allow users to search, browse and book parking alongside their flights at a number of popular destinations worldwide – including PragueVerona, Zurich
and Athens


Agendum’s new name is Parkius. We developed the world’s first car equipped with a fully automated scanning device for reading license plates (now known as ANPR) for the city of Amsterdam. Since 2008, we have continued to improve and optimize our digital parking solution. Our new name reflects the rapid developments surrounding our company and our innovative parking solution. 


The City of Troy, New York, has partnered with Flowbird Group to launch a new pay-by-plate parking system throughout the waterfront and business district. More than 70 Flowbird smart kiosks have been upgraded and are ready to be used by residents and visitors alike. According to Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, the upgrades were necessary to help improve parking opportunities for residents and visitors from across the Capital Regions.


Amano McGann is pleased to introduce Symphony Analytics Essentials and Symphony Analytics Power. These Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions deliver dynamic insight into customers’ parking operations, from any device, anywhere, anytime. Users interface with Essentials and Power via smartphones, tablets, and/or web browsers and streaming data provides near-real-time insights which facilitate informed business decisions.


Cambridgeshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Milton Keynes Council in the UK have collaborated with product developers at AppyParking over the past nine months to create a kerbside mapping and management software tool known as AppyMapper. The project has uncovered significant opportunities to both relieve the pain endured by Local Authority officers that manage TROs and deliver substantial operational efficiencies. 


FlashParking, in partnership with LAZ Parking, announces the completion of a 200-lane Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) installation at Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the world’s largest medical complex—in just 44 days. The system, operated by LAZ Parking, employs FlashParking’s industry-leading cloud-based parking and mobility solutions to control 30,000 parking spaces across 19 garages and 20 surface lots.


SKIDATA has identified Eastern Pennsylvania as a prime opportunity for its business development. SKIDATA has placed this task in the hands of David Cam – Sales Professional. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, David comes to SKIDATA with 12 years of experience in SaaS software and hardware sales. He brings a passion for developing custom solutions that improve his customer’s profitability and efficiency. 


Propark America announced that it is opening its latest near-airport parking location, servicing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in Florida. With 400 spaces of premium parking, the new location, Discount Parking FLL, is expected to alleviate some of the parking challenges at, and around, the airport, which sees 36 million passengers annually. Propark America has announced the appointment of John Reimers as Chief Operating Officer. Reimers most recently served as Vice President of Towne Park, where he directed the day-to-day operations of its successful West Coast region. 


Passport announces the hiring of Greg Hammermaster as head of payments. Greg brings to Passport nearly 30 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest banks, card issuers and merchants, including First Data, Sage, SunTrust, Visa and U.S. Bank. He will work closely with Passport’s product, engineering, marketing and sales teams to develop an even more robust and competitive merchant processing offering for the company’s nearly 600 worldwide clients.


Dixon Resources Unlimited is pleased to welcome Kenzie Coulson to the team as DIXON’s newest associate. With over 20 years in transportation, Kenzie has extensive experience launching complex projects, planning for traffic mitigation, and developing parking strategy. As Parking and Fleet Administrative Supervisor with Park City Municipal Corporation in Park City, Utah, she overhauled the entire parking department.


Siemens (www.Siemens.co.za) has launched a new web-based application which reveals the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalization and develop new ways of living, working and interacting. Data from 21 indicators has been analyzed in Dubai, Los Angeles, London, Buenos Aires, Taipei and Johannesburg to produce a Digital Readiness Score, considering areas such as smart electricity and transport systems, internet connections and digital governance services. 


Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for the Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. Duke University Hospital is a full-service hospital that is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals, and is known for their impeccable care and innovative research. Park Assist has also been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Mall of the Netherlands located in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Mall of the Netherlands is a major extension and refurbishment of the current Leidsenhage shopping centre and will be one of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s flagship shopping destinations. Park Assist’s M4 Parking Guidance System will be installed into the 3 indoor Car Parks.


Mobile Smart City has announced that Steve Snyder has been named Vice President of Business Development. Steve has held past positions as President of Hectronic U.S.A. for the last 6 years, as well as senior management positions at Comcast, Motorola, ADT and Parkeon. Steve has extensive experience in business development, operations, support and service roles.


European online parking reservation leader, ParkVia, has
announced that the company has been awarded its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade under its former brand name, ParkCloud. The company won its first such award in 2014. The accolade will be formally conferred later this year by the Lord-Lieutenant at ParkVia’s head office in Manchester, in addition to the official royal reception which will be hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales in June. 


T2 Systems announced that the company is celebrating 25 years of delivering reliable, innovative parking technology solutions. The company has grown to serve thousands of parking professionals and manage more than 200 million parking transactions for over 2 billion dollars annually. “It’s an amazing milestone to reach—one that we could not have done without the dedication of our team and the incredible partnerships we’ve built within our T2 community,” said Adam Blake, T2 CEO. 


Quercus Technologies was founded in 1999 to develop engineering projects for the industrial sector, focusing in particular in industrial automation and quality control based on artificial vision. Short after, Quercus specialized as manufacturer of LPR equipment for the parking market. Today, the company has more than 50 workers all over the world with offices in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, and has a solid international reach, with projects in more than 70 countries.


ParkMobile has completed a record breaking Q1 for 2019. The company hit the 13 million user milestone and is now adding over 400,000 new registered users every month. Since ParkMobile’s launch in 2008, the app has helped people pay for more than 41 billion minutes of parking time. Another major event for the company in Q1 was the official announcement of the new mobility joint venture between BMW and Daimler that includes ParkMobile. 


Two years after completing the successful integration of Pango, and less than four months after announcing a distribution agreement with Hectronic GmbH, Mobile Smart City is reinforcing its presence in the parking industry in North America. Pango is now able to offer multiple payment options developed by Mobile Smart City to its customers. Municipalities, Universities, Airports, Hospitals and Parking Operators, will instantly benefit from the ability to pay cash at the multispace meter or a variety of digital payments: debit or credit card, Wallet, PayPal or Venmo.


For the second consecutive year, The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) and Park’N Fly have renewed their Corporate Partnership. “We’re pleased to be renewing our agreement with ACTA and reaffirming our support of travel agents across Canada and the vital role they play in our business”, Frank DeCesare, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Park’N Fly.


Propane autogas is an engine fuel that powers over 27 million vehicles worldwide. In North America, nearly 19,000 propane vehicles are equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel systems. All of ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas vehicles meet and exceed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Propane autogas vehicle fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than diesel tanks and can withstand four times the pressure.


 Parking Sense has been selected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deploy its technology at five airport locations including JFK, LaGuardiaNewark Liberty, Stewart and Teterboro, with LaGuardia being the first installation in the first quarter of 2019. “Our parking solutions have proven to be an effective, easy to install, and cost-conscious way for our partners to enhance the arrival and departure experience at their locations,” said Jake Bezzant, Parking Sense CEO.


INDECT U.SA announces their outdoor camera system is now available in the U.S.A. The outdoor detection sensor (ODE) is unique among parking guidance products as it is the only camera sensor on the market to provide License Plate Recognition on each parked vehicle in non-enclosed parking lots. “The amount of interest we have received in the outdoor sensor has been incredible,” said Dale Fowler, President of INDECT USA.


TagMaster AB has signed an agreement to acquire Sensys Networks Inc. The purchase price is USD 16 million on a debt free, cash free basis, with an adjustment of net working capital as of the closing date against a normalized net working capital. Sensys Networks, established 2003, is a leading provider of advanced data solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)


Passio is thrilled to announce that ParaPlan software is now a part of the Passio family. Passio will acquire the assets, people, software, and customer contracts of EnGraph, LLC. The new company will operate as Passio Technologies, Inc. and will continue to be headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with regional offices in Greenville, SC and Lenexa, KS. “We could not be more excited to join the Passio team. Together, we’ll be able to provide an integrated and comprehensive transit technology solution for agencies of any size,” said Tim Hibbard, CEO of EnGraph.


The West New York Parking Authority (WNYPA) announced that the agency will be replacing the town’s traditional, coin-operated parking meters with smart parking meters this Spring. Along with these new meters, residents will also be able to pay for parking town-wide with mobile devices via the Parkmobile app. “Providing our customers with more payment options is our primary goal,” said Amiris Perez, WNYPA Executive Director. 


Solano County Transit (SolTrans) riders in Vallejo, Calif. can now pay for parking with a mobile phone using Passport Parking. Customers parking at the Curtola Park and Ride have the option to pay for short-term parking with the Passport Parking app or to sign up for a monthly parking permit online, also powered by Passport. The Passport Parking app is free to download on iOS or Android.



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