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Highlights from May

Get up to date with all the latest news and developments from the parking industry.

As lockdowns are lifted and restrictions are eased we can begin making tentative steps towards recovery. What recovery will look like exactly, remains to be seen. However, there is some consensus about how we can adapt to meet changing consumer behavior. And so, this month through our Parking Network Virtual Conference and Quick Question series we have explored ways to overcome the current challenges facing the industry.

From the Parking Network Team

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The Parking Network Virtual Conference returned this month with a packed agenda that drew a large audience from countries around the world. Over two days more than 40 parking professionals led short and informative sessions dedicated to the latest solutions and services available to the industry. We were also joined by municipal parking experts during two Parking Talks panel discussions focused on Covid-19’s impact on city parking.

Don’t miss out on the third edition of our Parking Network Virtual Conference will be taking place from 29th – 30th June.

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We kicked the month off by wrapping up our Quick Question: What Is the Major Challenge at This Moment in Time for the Parking Industry? Unsurprisingly, the focus fell on the impact of Covid-19, but we were pleased with the solutions and reassuring words our speakers had to share during these uncertain times.

Our Parking Talks: Combatting Covid-19 panel discussion also gave us reason to hope. Schiphol Airport, Parkopedia, ParkMobile, IP Parking, FlashParking, and IdeaS shared their thoughts on how the industry might evolve, what products will prove popular once restrictions are listed and how they have begun planning for the future.

6 headshots of businessmen during an online meeting

And, shifting the focus away from Coronavirus we asked the Parking Network community What Mobility Means to Them? It certainly seems as though there is a lot of enthusiasm in the parking industry to assimilate mobility as the way people move from point a to point b evolves.

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Movers and Shakers

Headshot of Jim ShortOrbility appointed Jim Short as Sales Director to spearhead expansion in the UK. In recent years Orbility has completed UK-wide projects for customers as diverse as NHS Trusts, shopping centers, municipalities, and airports.

Headline Highlights

Together APCOA and HERE Technologies will bring forward a digital parking initiative to provide HD 3D indoor maps of parking facilities, enabling the development of new services such as autonomous valet parking and pre-booking.

Together Millenium Garages, SP+, Arrive and City Tech Collaborative have launched Millennium Gateway Innovation Lab, a cross-sector consortium dedicated to implementing new urban parking solutions. They will work to reimagine parking real estate to better incorporate mobility trends such as rideshare, micromobility, and delivery services.

APCOA will expand their logistic hubs program following a successful test phase in Stuttgart. During off-peak hours, packages will be delivered to participating parking garages where they will be collected by Velocarrier employees for distribution by bike.

Delivery man on a cycles through a street at night

Product Launch Podium

Black RFID Reader box with green lightNedap's Long-Range RFID Portfolio for vehicle identification has been upgraded with the latest OSDP standard, enabling seamless integration, simplifying vehicle access, and improving security.

The new dual-sensing smart parking sensor from Paradox Engineering utilizes a combination of earth magnetism and radiofrequency to offer outstanding precision. The smart parking node is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations and can tolerate harsh weather conditions.

And integrated EV charging and parking payment solution has been launched by Flowbird. Park & Charge works through the existing Flowbird app to provide a cost-effective solution for councils looking to develop on-and-off-street EV charging.

TagMaster introduces ACTS ESSENTIAL and XT-5 UHF Reader to provide all-in-one access control. Remote access and management mean that technicians do not need to be dispatched to the site, helping reduce unnecessary contact.

Metric Group’s Elite LS parking meters can now become contactless thanks to an upgrade kit. These coin-only terminals can be adapted to accept chip and pin and contactless payments, helping to meet consumer demand for touchless solutions.

Parking meter between two on-street bays with redbrick houses in the background

Q-Free has strengthened its ALPR portfolio with the addition of vehicle class, color, make/model (MMR) technology.

The latest BirdWatch release from Quercus Technologies provides two different interfaces, helping to distinguish between the different requirements of operators. REST API enables operators to run analytics, request occupancy statistics, and create videos and images whilst the WebSockets API provides operators with real-time access and occupation data.

As Covid-19 measures are reduced, PARK NOW’s Parking Barometer indicates mobility recovery as parking transactions made through touch-free parking apps the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland increase.

Line graph showing the decrease and increase in mobile parking transactions

Welcome Aboard

Orange Investment ManagersOrange Investment Managers deliver investment services for the parking industry, managing pan-European real estate funds, and continuously seeking new investment opportunities for their clients.

 

RED LPRWith a range suitable for parking facilities and mobile parking enforcement, RED LPR strives to achieve simple, accurate, and reliable, end-to-end license plate recognition technology.

 

SOFTRASOFTRA provides LPR technology and parking lot management software, replacing access technologies such as tickets and RFID cards, and creating a truly touchless experience for the driver.

Metric Group’s Elite LS parking meters can now become contactless thanks to an upgrade kit. These coin-only terminals can be adapted to accept chip and pin and contactless payments, helping to meet consumer demand for touchless solutions.

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