Our Parking Network Virtual Conference returned for a third edition this month with plenty of new faces taking to the stage to showcase their parking solutions. Attendees joined sessions dedicated to a range of products and services, including investment management, subcontracting, wayfinding, air purification, ANPR, frictionless payments, and contactless enforcement.
Following on from the second edition our blog posts delved deeper into Covid-19’s effect on municipalities in the United States and Europe. It was clear from our panelists that cities from both sides of the Atlantic had challenges in common but also made adaptations unique to their specific circumstances. Across the US and Europe parking enforcement was relaxed or halted entirely during lockdowns and parking was repurposed for a variety of reasons – in Europe, this focused more predominantly on creating extra space for pedestrians, whilst in the US on-street parking spaces were transformed into takeaway food pick-up lanes.
We also wrapped up our Quick Question: How Have You Adapted During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Throughout this Quick Question series, our parking professionals shared their experiences of working during lockdowns and told us what adaptations worked for them. We heard plenty about working from home, implementing social distancing measures in the workplace, and silver linings.
Caught on Camera
We welcomed our new member, Brother Mobile Solutions, to join us In the Spotlight and introduce what they have to offer the parking industry. Watch the short video to find out how their mobile printers are the ideal tool for reducing the workload of enforcement officers.
As lockdowns are lifted and restrictions eased in many countries around the world we have been asking our industry experts how they are responding to the lifting of Covid-19 measures.
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Product Launch Podium
FlashIQ, the industry’s only Mobility Hub Operating System has been launched by FlashParking to provide parking asset owners and operators with real-time intelligence on revenue, occupancy, and maintenance.
Recognizing consumer demand for hygienic parking transactions, Flowbird has launched an automatic hand sanitizing unit for parking terminals that dispenses sanitizing gel once a transaction has been completed.
Partnerships and Acquisitions
Urbiotica joined In the Spotlight to announce their acquisition of Worldsensing’s Fastprk parking solution range. The Fastprk DUO sensor will allow Urbiotica to open new markets thanks to its double detection technology.
The payments company, Planet is set to acquire 3C Payment to create a world-leading value-added payments service provider capable of processing 800 million transactions for almost 600,000 merchants.
evopark and PARK NOW join forces with an ambitious pipeline to bring touchless parking and payment to 60 German parking garages. Operators will join evopark’s mobility CONNECT network, enabling operators to participate in digital off-street parking.
Together ParkHelp and Innova have created a camera-based parking guidance system capable of 99.7% accuracy. Innova’s Space Sensor unit combines with ParkHelp’s all-in-one unit with a powerful CPU to create unrivaled performance levels for operators.
As 190 Sectra-managed venues across the United States gear up to reopen a partnership with ParkHub brings them contactless payments.
Barnacle Parking Enforcement has integrated its Enterprise Management System with T2 Systems’ Flex Enforcement Solution to reduce administrative workload for customers.
Movers and Shakers
projekt w welcomed Lars Zimmerman to head their national sales efforts and their safety barrier system was renamed INTEGRA-pw. The product remains of high quality and continues to offer the same advantages and reliability - only the name has changed.
Simon Stainton joins the Metric team as Regional Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region. Based in Melbourne he will be a local presence that will help Metric expand and grow in the region
In Cologne, Cleverciti has flipped the switch on the world’s most comprehensive intelligent parking guidance system. A total of 89 ClevercitiSensors monitor around 800 parking spaces in the Cologne-Nippes district.
Jeishun offers complete and customized entrance and exit control solutions, parking guidance systems, barriers, and a unified cloud-based platform for centralized monitoring and parking management.
Rollet has created a hardware-free contactless drive-through payment service that allows any car to become the customer’s payment token. A user can pay for parking just by showing up with their registered vehicle.