Typically, July and August are quiet months, as people leave the office for their summer vacations, but 2020 has been a strange year and plenty has been happening in the parking industry during this “silly season”. There are been new appointments, completed projects, and even product launches this summer and at Parking Network our virtual conference and Quick Question video series have been as popular as ever.
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As parking occupancy rates plummeted during the Covid-19 lockdowns, parking facilities around the world were repurposed to host a variety of key services and leisure experiences. In our blog post, Al Fresco Dining, Drive-In Cinema, and Tying the Knot in a Parking Lot we shared six of our favorite examples of how parking asset owners, operators, and managers exercised their social responsibility and opened new revenue streams.
For the Summer Edition of our Parking Network Virtual Conference, we invited industry stalwarts and newcomers to present a range of parking services and solutions, from ANPR and parking apps to energy-efficient power management and parking guidance. After a short break, the Parking Network Virtual Conference will return for its fifth edition later this month as a host of new and returning parking experts take to the stage to keep us up to date with all the latest developments in the industry.
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Over the summer, our parking experts shared their expertise on what makes the perfect customer journey and how the Lifting of Covid-19 Measures has been reflected in their operations?.
Most recently we found out more about what measures the industry is taking to make parking greener. Find out if green in achievable for parking in our latest Quick Question video:
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Product Launch Podium
CiteoPico joins the Hectronic parking machine portfolio to enable completely cashless and ticketless parking. Solar-panels ensure energy efficiency whilst the touchscreen creates an intuitive experience for the driver.
ADVAM’s latest EV charging payments solution has made it possible for drivers to start charging with a simple tap of their payment card or mobile wallet – helping to bring contactless payment to EV charging.
Nedap has added NVITE, a multiple technology reader to their long-range identification product portfolio to support contactless driver identification and bring seamless entry and exit at the gate.
Kyle Pexton’s appointment as President of NMI will help the payments company scale commercial and business development efforts. And Dan Cambridge has joined as Sales Director, with responsibility for business development in the UK and the European parking industry.
Metric Group began the summer with a series of hires, including Andrew Wheeler as Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, Joseph McManus as Sales Manager for London and the South East, Steve Eeles as Head of Service Sales – all helping to strengthen the sales team.
In July Albert Gorriz joined the SURVISION team as Director of International Sales, bringing with him 13 years of experience in License Plate Recognition technology.
TEZ welcomed Greg Sellick as its new Chief Financial Officer, helping to bolster the company against financial disruption due to Covid-19 and prepare for a connected and contactless future.
After 30 years in the parking technology sector, and four years at Park Assist, Ron Votto has been promoted from Director for Presales, Design, and Strategy to Vice President.
Acquisitions, Mergers, and Collaborations
Parking Pro, a former distributor of Orbility’s CODEX parking management range, has become a subsidiary of the group, under the name Orbility Canada.
Together El Parking and CAME Parkare are driving a contactless future for parking whilst providing touch-free access and payment to the 1.5 million ElParking app users. And in Italy, CAME Parkare is working with EasyPark to create faster and safer parking operations.
A partnership between ParkMobile and Spectra will bring enhanced online parking reservations to 185 venues across the United States, allowing guests to select spaces for oversized vehicles, tailgating, and more.
Arrive and Parkopedia has teamed up with Cerence Pay to offer drivers on-the-road payments and assistance. When navigating to a busy downtown destination, the Cerence voice assistant will locate a parking garage with available space, within walking distance of the user’s destination, identify the parking space number and start the payment process.
FlashParking has completed the acquisition of Control Systems Incorporated’s parking division, furthering their ambition to deliver mobility technology capable of transforming parking facilities into multifunctional mobility hubs.
NEXPA System are a video-analytics technology provider specializing in smart parking and traffic law enforcement. Their license plate recognition technology and parking guidance systems create a smooth parking experience from entry and available space location to exit and payment.