Even though February was the shortest month of the year, a lot of newsworthy and interesting stuff happened that I believe you, as a parking professional, should know about. Here’s a recap of last month’s developments and activities in the parking industry.
Last month Siemens won the Mastercard Transport Ticketing Award 2013 in the category “Ticketing Technology of the Year” for the development of the dual-function smartcard. Elevon won the Mobile Payment Award 2013 at the Merchant Payments Ecosystem in Berlin.
New and familiar faces
Erik Braverman has rejoined Parkeon as Strategic Account Director. He first joined Parkeon in 2006 and left his job as Business Development Manager in 2011, but now he’s back in action at Parkeon!
T2 Systems appointed Tom Wunk as VP of PARCS starting today. Did you know that T2 Systems hosts parking data for more than 200 cities and universities?
But listen to this, T2 Systems has even more news. Four integrated parking solution providers, T2 Systems, Parkmobile, Genetec and Digital Payment Technologies, partnered to showcase License Plate-Enabled Parking (LEP) and the unified, virtual permit solutions their technologies make possible. Attendees learned about the ecosystem of parking functions required for LEP. The solution is based on the license plate of the parker serving as a parking permit, cutting the costs of printed tickets. The parker pays for parking with the Parkmobile application at a DPT multi space parking meter or, in case of long-term permits, through the T2 Flex parking management software and eBussiness. Enforcement of the entire parking operation is simple with Genetec’s LPR system and integrated T2 Ticketbook in-vehicle citation writing software and the T2 handheld ticket writers.
FAAC and Magnetic Autocontrol Group completed their first joint product training for senior sales managers. Sales specialists and technicians qualified for the title “Certified and authorized Magnetic pedestrian gate sales/technical consultants” and got their certificates.
Ensto, a company specializing in the development, manufacture and marketing of electrical systems and supplier for the distribution of electrical power as well as electrical applications, started a cooperation with Volvo and Lemminkäinen in EV charging solutions.
A valuable cooperation for Ensto
New products and services
Parkmobile and Complus Data Innovations successfully integrated the Parkmobile app for payment with the handheld enforcement devices by CDI. This allows parking enforcement officers to view the Parkmobile transactions in real-time.
Kathrein RFID released its 2013 product brochures and announced the new 3rd generation UHF RFID systems. Commend International GmbH announce the launch of the Commend SIP Series 3.0. With the new Firmware Release 3.0, Commend SIP Stations get their most powerful functionality boost so far, along with enhanced independence from proprietary, server-based SIP solutions.
Commend SIP Terminals
Great news for ParkNOW! They expand their services to Charlotte County, Florida and later in February this US parking operator announced to further expands its services and launches Pay by Cell payments for parking in NJ Transit lots in Dunellen. Dunellen becomes the seventh city in New Jersey to offer the ParkNOW! Pay by Cell parking service!
Financials and numbers
Nedap announced its excellent 2012 financials. Very impressive number I must say!
The inventor of Pay by Phone parking, Pango, launched nationally in two of the top 10 countries in the US. Today they announced they had a hit a record number of Pango Parkers in Latrobe.
Cairo Festival City implemented CIRPARK; the parking guidance and efficiency system by CIRCONTROL. CIRCONTROL,S.A. is an engineering company with over 12 years of experience creating efficiency solutions for parking. (Recharging station for electric vehicle, Parking Guidance System, LED lighting combined with PGS).
The Dutch company Rentalite has been chosen by the building company BAM to supply its Premium Power LED fixture to illuminate the new 2 storey parking garage for SOZAWE at the office of Social Services and Work. Another company noticed the value of LED lighting!
Skyline Parking has entered the final stages of Project AZW: the construction of an automated parking tower. Parking Network is following the entire construction process.
The building when it's finished
Designa won a tender for a new parking system at Frankfurt / Main airport. DESIGNA is currently in the planning phase of the project for the management of 14,000 public parking spaces with several million parking operations per year.
Wöhr was present at the BAU 2013 held in Munich with a dynamic and especially appealing stand concept. The new Combiparker 556 was presented with 9 parking slots, 4 parking levels stacked on top of one another plus 3 grids alongside one another. And the Slimparker 557 system which can be integrated into slim, structural soundproof walling setback-line areas, to provide the local residents with parking space.
Wöhr presented the Combiparker 556
and the Slimparker 557
Off course there was more news in February, but I can’t fit everything in this blog. You check our news section to read all the latest news from the parking industry.