March 2020 was a month like no other. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and entire countries entered lockdown we have been faced with an unprecedented challenge. With employees forced to work from home, crucial events in the calendar canceled and business travel an impossibility we need to find new ways of working together until the threat of Coronavirus subsides.
Introducing the Parking Network Virtual Conference
Parking Network has always been dedicated to connecting professionals worldwide and we are here now to help you overcome the obstacles and challenges of these uncertain times. Our new event, the Parking Network Virtual Conference will bring you all of the benefits of a tradeshow without you needing to leave your desk. During the event, companies will be given the opportunity to pitch their existing solutions, launch new products and share their success stories before leading a Q&A session with attendees.
We welcome members of the parking industry looking to collaborate, as well as key decision-makers from the various parking verticals, including airports, municipalities, and property managers to join the audience for free. And, all of our Parking Network Business Members are invited to take up their first presentation slot for free. Do you want to join the Parking Network Virtual Conference? Visit our event website for more information and to register.
It is a difficult time for us all, but by optimizing the online opportunities available to us we can continue to connect with our peers around the globe.
From the Parking Network Team
We may be hard at work planning the Parking Network Virtual Conference but we are also busy updating parking-net.com with all the latest news, developments, tenders and job opportunities. Here you will find news articles, blog posts and videos tackling all the key trends in the industry.
In March we finished our Is Parking Dead? Quick Question series and asked our industry experts What Makes Parking Smart? We certainly received a broad range of responses, from mobility hubs and seamless parking, to blockchain and parking data. Watch the first video in the series below:
Emanuell Tomes, CTO of LTS AG took his moment In the Spotlight to tell us more about what makes their traffic and parking management system unique and what they have planned for the future.
We’ve also been busy blogging this month. We explored the role that Artificial Intelligence can play in unlocking smart parking by taking a closer look at Belgium’s smartest car park. We also considered ways that the parking industry can incorporate blockchain to create efficiencies and open up potential.
Following on from our Is Parking Dead? Quick Question, we gave tips on how to bring a parking facility back from the brink. And, having heard a lot about mobility during the Quick Question series we delved deeper into this trend to see how existing parking facilities can diversify their offer and transform themselves into mobility hubs.
Movers and Shakers
Parking industry veteran, Steve Resnik, received a warm welcome into his new role as Chief Revenue Officer at TEZ. In his new position, Steve will help coordinate a new enterprise pricing model that promises to revolutionize an operator’s ability to yield more profit from their traditional contracts.
Following the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Intertraffic Amsterdam has been rescheduled to 23 - 26 March 2021.
Parking Sense and ParkHelp merged to form ParkHelp Technologies, creating the widest and most unified range of parking sensors available to customers on the market today. ParkHelp’s sensors will be fully integrated into Parking Sense’s range to deliver an expanded product line that will position the company as the premier provider of parking guidance systems.
FlashParking has introduced a revolutionary Hardware-as-a-Service purchasing model, giving operators financially risk-free access to the latest mobility technology and helping them to future-proof their facilities. FlashParking’s new packages provide installation, maintenance and support services on a month-to-month pricing structure.
DESIGNA’s new in/out lane devices hit the market, with their user-friendly touch display providing an enhanced customer experience, and the additional advertising display offering a new way of communication in parking.
Through the use of LPR technology and incorporation of e-Ticketing to the AIMS Parking Management Suite, parking enforcement officers can now issue citations remotely, helping to improve safety and reduce patrolling costs.
APCOA, Innogy, and UFODRIVE collaborated on a coordinated smart city strategy, paving the way to new urban mobility. UFODRIVE users can now rent electric vehicles from APCOA’s Mall of Berlin car park, transforming the parking facility into a mobility hub.
Following its acquisition of sPARK, Arrive has radically changed the way we park by creating a smart parking recommendation engine that suggests the best on-street or off-street place to park through voice technology, in-dash system or mobile phone.
Peter Park is digitizing off-street parking through its cloud-based parking management software. By connecting off-street parking with last-mile solutions and EV charging, Peter Park is transforming parking spaces into the mobility hubs of the future.
That’s it for this month. Let’s not be beaten by coronavirus, instead, let’s work together to open up and maximize online opportunities designed to connect us and grow our industry.