3M closes Parking Division

3M closes Parking Division

3M announced that they made the decision to close its Parking Access and Revenue Control business. former Federal APD. 3M acquired Federal APD in September 2012. Unfortunately the parking department didn’t meet the company’s expectations. The company will honor and commit to any existing contractual obligations and warranties. People who worked in the Parking Division will be offered opportunities to transition to other divisions within the company.

Aaron Mills, Sr. Product Marketer - Parking Systems, sent us the following:

  • 3M has announced that it will transition out of its global Parking Access and Revenue Control business (formerly known as Federal APD).
  • This decision is a result of 3M’s ongoing strategic portfolio management.
  • 3M’s Traffic Safety business, which offers a wide range of high-quality solutions to customers worldwide, will focus investments in its more differentiated core product lines and will exit the
  • Parking business, which has not met 3M’s overall business expectations.
  • The company is committed to fulfilling all existing contractual obligations and product warranties for its Parking products and to assisting customers and VARs (Value Added Resellers) in the upcoming transition.
  • This decision does not impact any of 3M’s other product lines.
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John Spade
For those of us who have recently spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrading from older Federal APD equipment (since 3M told us last year they would no longer support ScanNet, 3M's decision is a slap in the face and unless someone buys Element and the hardware end, it will cost more than just dollars we don't have. We purchased 3M equipment looking for it to last 15 to 20 years at a minimum. Even if you don't have 3M equipment you should be worried. When will another congolmerate buy one of the other major parking control manufacturers and dump it if the profit level isn't high enough after 18 months of ownership?
Praveen K
JS, I would be interested in learning more about what you are doing with your parking system. We find ourselves in a similar situation, with the need to add functionality to our current 3M setup.
Armando Espinosa
Can anyone tell me if you have suppliers for spare parts for the 3M equipments?
Ralph Davage
Our company issued a notice that effective 10/28/16 the 3M/Federal APD equipment will be no longer PCI compliant and that we need to transition to SkiData or another approved credit card system.

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