With coronavirus restrictions remaining in place around the world, April may have been a quieter month than usual, but there is still plenty going on out there. At Parking Network, we launched the Parking Network Virtual Conference, helping to connect parking professionals around the world. And the roundup of headlines below paints a more reassuring picture of how the industry is weathering this storm.
From the Parking Network Team
The first edition of our Parking Network Virtual Conference was a great success. The packed agenda enticed an audience of more than 700 parking professionals on the first day and 900 on the second. The Parking Talks: Combatting COVID-19 discussion was a particular highlight as captains of the industry, Hans Puvogel, Eliseo Diaz, Jeff Perkins, Lester Mascon, Dieme Ketel and Neil Corr shared their insight into the greatest challenge facing the parking industry.
Building on the success of the first edition and continuing in our mission to support the industry and connect parking professionals worldwide we will be hosting the second edition of the Parking Network Virtual Conference on 26th and 27th May. Would you like to present? Get in touch to find out how!
Caught on Camera
Through our Quick Question videos, industry experts shared their thoughts on the greatest challenges facing the parking industry right now, and as expected, the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage. Catch up with the whole series for reassuring words and advice about how we can overcome the current difficulties:
Aside from our Quick Question series, Hans Puvogel joined In the Spotlight to share how Parkopedia gathers and verifies parking data. Watch the video to learn more about how Parkopedia works with mapping companies and automotive OEMs to deliver parking information directly to the driver from the car.
Read All About It
Check out our blog post, Digital Love, to find out why digital marketing is more essential than ever, and how you can stretch your marketing budget further with online advertising and events.
In April we also wrapped up our Quick Question: What Makes Parking Smart? series. From mobility hubs to blockchain and the latest technology vs the human touch, our experts had plenty to say about all the latest innovations in the industry.
Partnerships and Collaborations
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy has completed an investment in Virta that will drive the global integration of the transportation and energy centers and lead the transition to electric vehicles.
A new partnership between ParkHub and SportTechie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for fans of over 200 professional sports teams as ParkHub’s mobile point-of-sale units are introduced at venues across the United States.
Product Launch Podium
Innova has launched SIRAM Analytics which, when combined with their ALPR OCR5 and deep learning, can identify vehicle features such as type and brand.
Dahua Technology has released WizMind, a portfolio of vehicle identification solutions. Powered by an AI chip and deep learning algorithms WizMind uses ANPR technology to manage functions such as blacklist, VIP recognition and enforcement.
In response to the coronavirus, ADVAM and DESIGNA have worked together to develop UPark Plus, a touch-free parking solution for drivers in Adelaide.
Meanwhile, in New York City, the Department of Transport has been working with ParkMobile to introduce a pay-as-you-go system via a mobile app, helping to reduce interaction with the city’s 14,000 parking meters.
The virtual doors at the Bolidt Innovation Center have been flung wide open as the company invites would-be visitors on virtual tours that give them an over-the-shoulder view of an R&D specialist.
And the Best of the Rest…
Parking guidance projects proved popular for many Parking Network Business Members this month. At Scripps Memorial Hospital, Park Assist were chosen to provide patients and visitors with an effortless parking experience. And, in Bahrain, they secured another contract with real estate giant, Edamah, at the Salmaniya Medical Complex.
Quercus Technologies installed 990 Spot Control units at the Dallas Campus of Children’s Health, monitoring 3,314 spaces with 99.7% accuracy. And in Chile, their license plate recognition technology is providing seamless access at two medical facilities.
With so many visitors to the new Hertsi center in Helsinki, a comprehensive parking guidance system from Portier has been installed to make parking a breeze. And, shoppers at Souk Madinat Jumeirah can easily bag themselves a parking space following Portier’s first installation in the United Arab Emirates.
And, Singen, parking is now as easy as taking a stroll around the city park, thanks to the recent installation of MSR-Traffic's parking guidance technology in two busy parking facilities.
Parking access and revenue control systems and license plate recognition technology has also played an important role in the creation of seamless parking this month.
Following on from the successful implementation of a comprehensive parking access and revenue control system from TIBA Parking Systems, parking is plain sailing for cruise passengers at Port Everglades.
A frictionless free-flow experience is now on offer at Horb am Necker Park and Ride following the installation of Peter Park’s LPR access management system.
In Maastricht, IEM Group and IP Parking have brought order to the streets by installing 400 new solar powered, touch screen parking meters.
Expansion plans at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 are flying ahead following the application of Triflex’s waterproofing system at two new car parks. Manchester Airport’s capacity will rise from 27 million to 55 million passengers per year.
Brother Mobile Solutions offers a wide range of mobile printing and mobile and desktop labeling solutions to improve performance and efficiency across multiple industries. For the parking industry, their smart printing and labeling solution is ideal for producing citations, warnings, parking violations, receipts, and plenty more.
Producers of terminals, pay on foot, ANPR, and Park and Ride solutions, the METRIC brand is synonymous with parking in the UK and worldwide. They have installed more than 60,000 parking meters in over 45 countries, and METRIC’s pay and display systems control more than one million car parking spaces in 1,000 towns and cities around the world.