The reliability of parking terminals across the Isle of Wight is set to improve, thanks to a decision by Island Roads to replace its ageing meter estate with new solar-powered technology from Flowbird.

Friday, May 11, 2018 11:04 AM

Island Roads is responsible for the island’s highways network and associated services, and recently opted to install 40 energy-efficient Flowbird Parkeon Strada Rapid parking terminals as part of a programm that will see the renewal of 139 machines by 2020.

David Wallis, Island Roads’ Operations and Maintenance Manager, said: “The new meters will be more reliable than the models they are replacing, some of which were nearing the end of their serviceable life and required an increasing amount of maintenance.

“The replacement programm will therefore reduce instances of meters being out of use and because more are solar powered, less energy will be consumed.”

The new Flowbird terminals are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly than the non-Flowbird technology being replaced, thanks to built-in solar power. They are linked to Flowbird's Parkeon Smartfolio central management system, which enables the terminals to be monitored remotely and parking and payment data to be analyzed to inform the council’s future parking strategy.

Posted: 14 May 18

UC Davis Health Newsroom – March 28, 2018

New fare machines, app to save drivers time

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus. Over the coming year, Parking and Transportation Services will be rolling out high-tech machines and smartphone apps to ease the parking payment process for employees, patients and visitors. It’s all designed to make things easier and more efficient for everyone who parks.

Starting March 28, drivers will see the new Parkeon machines in patient/visitor Lots 1, 3 and 8, and in employee Lots 14, 16, 18, and 25 (for those employees who pay by the day).

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The technology requires you to pay by entering the car’s license plate number at the machine, with no need to then walk back to vehicle to place a ticket on the dashboard or windshield. Your license plate is your parking pass. The new system will print receipts upon request. However, no permit will be printed, and none need to be displayed.

The machines also are used in downtown Sacramento, at the Amtrak station, and at the airport, so drivers may already be familiar with them.

Of course, it’s important to know or write down your license plate number before walking over to the parking machine. Parking officials emphasized that it’s important to enter the vehicle’s license plate number accurately or risk a citation. They also noted that all license plate information will remain within UC Davis Health and only used for payment purposes. It will not be shared with any other entities.

Whoosh! app turns smartphone into individual pay station
The new Parkeon pay-on-foot machines are just a first step.  Parking Services will soon launch a smartphone app for Android and iPhones called Whoosh!, which will enable drivers to create an account and pay for parking on their smartphones. Within the next few weeks, motorists will be able to pay while walking from their car to the office or an appointment, or even pay for parking before arriving at their destination. In addition, the app allows drivers to easily add more time to the virtual “meter” without going back to the parking lot.

Virtual permits are coming, too
By June, the new parking technologies will also include virtual parking permits for employees instead of the traditional physical placards. The systems will be integrated for online ease-of-use, including paying or appealing citations.

For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services webpage.

Posted: 09 May 18

New system replaces meters and allows credit card usage

The City of Nashua Parking Department is excited to announce the new pay by space parking pay station at the Nashua Public Library, which was installed on May 1.  The single-space meters have been removed and new signage with space numbers has been installed using the existing posts for each parking space.

The pay station has been installed on the walkway near the book drop. The city plans to use the removed meters for repairs and/or to replace existing single/double space meters located throughout downtown to allow for more efficiency in parking operations.

The city purchased the new pay station from CALE America, Inc. who the city contracted with five years ago for the initial purchase of the 16 pay and display pay stations on Main Street and four pay by space pay stations in the Elm Street and High Street parking garages.  The CALE America, Inc. pay station system has proven to be user-friendly and easy for the city to maintain over the past five years.

Similarly to the pay stations located on Main Street and in both the city’s municipal garages, the reloadable parking card will not be accepted at the new pay station. However, customers will now have the option to pay for parking with a credit card.  As with the city’s existing pay stations, there will be a $1.00 minimum charge for credit card purchases.

Posted: 07 May 18

Flowbird Group, the name of recently merged parking and transit leaders, Parkeon and Cale, has announced that is has begun implementing a new Pay by Space parking system for the City of Ventura, California. Fifty nine new parking pay stations will replace old pay stations that had outdated software and faced imminent non-compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

The Ventura City Council approved funding to purchase replacement pay stations in September of 2017 after it was apparent that the current meters would no longer remain in compliance with credit card industry security and liability standards.

In October of 2017, the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC) of Ventura received a total of 5 proposals for new pay stations; all with products currently contracted in various cities in California. Based on the committee’s evaluation, Flowbird’s Parkeon StradaPAL Pay Station, was rated highest based on speed, price and reliability.  

“The City of Ventura chose Flowbird’s Parkeon pay stations because they are quick, reasonably priced, reliable, functional and have the ability to integrate well with our existing system,” said Jeff Hereford P.E., T.E., Principal Civil Engineer for the City of Ventura. “They also meet the latest PCI standards.”

Flowbird’s Pay by Space system will be integrated with the City’s citation management system provided by Data Ticket.  The status of each space (paid or unpaid) will be communicated from the Flowbird system to the Data Ticket system so enforcement officers know, in real-time, which vehicles are not in compliance.  From the Data Ticket interface, officers can then issue a citation if necessary.

In addition to helping control where vehicles park, the new system will help the City improve its infrastructure.  Net revenue from the parking system will go towards other projects in the downtown area.

“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen as the preferred system supplier for this exciting project,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America.  “We look forward to providing the citizens in Ventura with an easy-to-use, secure parking solution.”

Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S.  This project allows the company to continue its rapid expansion in Southern California.  The company expects the system to be deployed by the end of April.

Posted: 26 Apr 18

Flowbird's Parkeon StreetSmart Kiosk allows demand-based parking within a city. With over 250,000 Parkeon meters currently active, Intel is helping to retrofit these meters with new IoT technology, remotely connecting the meters into a cloud service.

"It knows who I am and can offer services uniquely beneficial to me," -says Keith Shea, General Manager, IoT Solutions Business Unit Wind River, "For example, it can offer me a coupon to get a discount at my favorite coffee shop that it knows is close by and knows I like to go to. The kiosk remembers me and knows where I am and knows where my vehicle is parked."

 

Posted: 16 Apr 18

City is implementing paid parking system supplied by Flowbird Group

 

Flowbird, the new name of recently merged parking and transit ticketing leaders Parkeon and Cale, has announced that the company will be implementing a new paid parking system in the Town of Springdale, UT.  The paid parking system will allow Springdale to easily manage and control parking inventory, while providing a positive visitor experience for patrons. 

The Town of Springdale serves as the gateway entrance to Zion National Park, which welcomes over 4 million visitors per year. Free parking with no time limits has proven difficult to manage.  The Town’s parking fee structure will be designed to free up on-street parking spaces.

“We want to encourage people to park in off-street parking lots so those lots fill up first,” said Tom Dansie, Community Development Director for the Town of Springdale.

In addition to helping control where vehicles park, the new system will help the Town improve its infrastructure.  Revenue from the parking system will go towards capital costs and operating expenses.  Excess revenue will go towards future transportation projects.

“The Springdale community sees this project as a way to build for a better transportation future,” said Dansie.

The new parking system will be completely cashless, consisting of Flowbird’s Parkeon StradaPAL multi-space pay stations, and Whoosh! mobile payment application.  The system will function using Pay-by-Plate technology, using a customer’s individual license plate for enforcement. This makes it possible for mobile app users to get notified when their parking time is about to expire and extend their time right from the app.

Flowbird’s Parkeon system was selected for several factors including the company’s excellent reputation, years of experience, and strong customer service.  The system is expected to be deployed by mid-April.

 

About Flowbird

FLOWBIRD operates in over 5,000 towns and cities in 70 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. The merger of Parkeon and Cale, announced in January, will enable us to combine our expertise and accelerate our investments into products and services that, through digitalization, technology and innovation, will help us to improve individual journey experiences and make our communities better.

 

 

 

Posted: 12 Apr 18

Parkeon and Cale, the world leaders in parking and transport ticketing solutions, are joining forces to create a new global entity with a new brand – FLOWBIRD – with a signature : Urban Intelligence

The two players will get stronger in the field of digital through the appointment of dedicated CEO, Marius Koerselman, for the mobile payment business and a crossdata exchange partnership with Parkopedia.

  • FLOWBIRD is inspired by the ease with which each bird moves quickly and safely within a cloud of birds.
  • FLOWBIRD symbolizes our ambition to make individual travel simpler, safer, faster, while collectively maximizing efficiency and harmonizing flows.
  • FLOWBIRD more broadly encompasses our activities, better describes the diversity of our businesses for our customers and users. Every week around the world, thanks to our terminals, mobile applications and online services, we contribute to improving the living environment of our 100 million users by helping to reduce air pollution, optimise traffic, simplify payments, make cities more secure and economically dynamic...
  • FLOWBIRD is a Software platform which helps the local authorities to mesure, monitor and manage the mobility within the cities

This is our know-how, the Urban Intelligence. With FLOWBIRD, Urban Intelligence and mobility become easier, safer, faster.

FLOWBIRD operates in over 5,000 towns and cities in 70 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. The merger of Parkeon and Cale, announced in January, will enable us to combine our expertise and accelerate our investments into products and services that, through digitalization, technology and innovation, will help us to improve individual journey experiences and make our communities better.

 

Posted: 20 Mar 18

What we can learn from the Most Sustainable Country in the World

Ranked as the most sustainable country in the world by the Country Sustainability Ranking, Sweden has made an example out of finding ways to be environmentally savvy in every avenue. With the firm stance that, “A sustainable and secure energy supply is best achieved by focusing on long-term energy efficiency,” Sweden has lived up to their ranking.  Between 1990 and today, Sweden cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% while enjoying real economic growth of 59%.  With complete sustainability in sight, Sweden has proven that, ‘Going Green,’ goes far beyond the vehicle in the parking sector. What can we learn from Sweden’s best practices?

Terminal Recycling

            Which criteria do you weigh when deciding on purchasing a parking product? Price? Durability? Customer Service? While all of these factors come into play, Sweden’s parking operations managers added another important factor; recyclability.

            “This isn’t always something that city managers and officials think about when choosing a parking terminal, but in recent years, the value of recyclability has received more attention,” says Andreas Jansson, Managing Director of Cale America, part of the Cale Group, a Swedish parking solutions company, “In Sweden, you don’t see mounds of landfill like you do in the U.S. It’s something that has been grabbing the attention from surrounding nations.”

            According to Cale’s hardware management in Sweden, the type of machine that Sweden uses was designed to be recycled, consisting of a significant amount of material that can be recycled easily without significant processing (91%) and is therefore considered to have the “highest recyclability.” The materials that go to processing are the circuit board, cable and electronics (8%) and these must go through a process before it can be recycled in a safe and environmental way. The plastic goes to energy recovery at a district heating plant. No material goes to a landfill.

Digital Receipt Solution

No more paper! Stockholm, Sweden was the first “launch” customer for the new Cale Web Terminal (CWT) Color Touch platform which supported digital receipts.

Sweden now saves paper and maintenance costs by allowing their customers to receive all of their parking terminal receipts via SMS, email, or mobile payment app.

According to Mats Lindberg, Account Manager for Cale Sweden, “Not only does this save an extraordinary amount of paper, but customers most often use the WaytoPark mobile payment app, which offers different ways to pay if you are delayed or stuck in a meeting when your time expires.” Lindberg reports that the service cost is down due to no longer needing to clear paper jams, but rather, they now focus on local trouble-shooting and preventative maintenance.

Push Command

Using today’s latest technology, parking terminal errors can be reset by sending a ‘Terminal Reboot’ command through a Push Command feature. When an alert comes in that a machine needs service, techs now remain at their current location with their tablets, attempting to reboot the terminal remotely to bring it back online. According to Lindberg, “9 times out of 10, this is all the machine needs.”

 “Energy savings for the Push Command feature are huge,” adds Lindberg, “Think about it. All that time stuck in traffic to even get to a terminal costs time for our techs, adding even more to traffic congestion and contributing to unnecessary Co2 emissions. These kind of service calls used to consume over 7 million tickets per year and now it’s ZERO.”

The Push Command feature comes as part of Cale’s new WebOffice Enterprise Smart Cities plan. “This was something that we had been needing for a while. A short-cut,” says Lindberg, “A plan that fits in with the sustainable goals we are trying to reach.”

Solar Charged Terminals

While solar-charged terminals aren’t the newest development in today’s parking industry, Stockholm points out just how beneficial the alternative energy source is in sustainability and savings. The obvious benefits remain; being a truly renewable resource harnessed all over the world while never running out.

Lindberg notes the additional value, “The main thing here is the lower cost and savings on installation. Before the solar meters, you would have to make it a big project; getting a crew, mapping out the construction, digging to get the power line to the meter and more. Now it’s a much simpler process. Just use the sun.”

In Stockholm, 83% of electricity production comes from alternative energy sources. “With the conversion to the solar-powered CWT touch meter, we were able to remove all the power line connections,” concludes Lindberg, “It’s a perfect fit to Sweden’s sustainability initiatives.”

Whether in Sweden or in the U.S., the power of ‘Going Green’ will always have a greater impact with joint effort.

Andreas Jansson notes, “You can see the efforts all over the Industry. Parkeon has partnered with BreezoMeter, an analytics company that will incorporate air quality sensors to Parkeon’s smart meters.”

These meters, otherwise known as, “Park & Breathe” smart meters, will use its sensors to give a powerful analysis of the air quality data in a city. The key aspect of this advancement is that it provides smart cities with the actionable information they need to make informed decisions to mitigate air pollution and increase the level of wellbeing for their citizens.

“Sustainability is one of the many reasons that Cale is joining with Parkeon,” concludes Jansson, “You look at what you can do better within your industry and the answer is simple, come together to create solutions for smart cities to stay ahead.”

 

Posted: 13 Mar 18

Next month, after a decade of talking, planning and financing ,Uptown Butte, Montana will have a new parking garage open for business, featuring Cale America's 'CWT Touch' parking meter. The garage won’t stir the kind of buzz that Butte’s waterpark will when it opens later this year, and it won’t be as cool and colorful as a new carousel that’s been in the works twice as long. But to many in Butte, including lots of Uptown business owners, the 248-space parking garage at 60 W. Park St. between Park and Galena streets is a big deal.

“I was lobbying for this back in 2007,” said Butte businessman Ray Ueland, owner of the M&M Café and majority owner of Metals Sports Bar, both located Uptown. “It will bring people, and that’s what we need – people."

“Sometimes our (the city’s) marketing goes out to bring in people from outside of Butte,” he said. “We need people from the Flat to come on up, and parking is an issue.” Some of that is perception, some of it is real – especially during weekdays. But it goes way, way back.

“I grew up in Butte, and I avoided Uptown strictly because of the parking,” said Marco Kurilich, who bought the old Gold Rush Casino building at 20 W. Galena St. last year and opened a new place called Richest Hill Casino & Lounge. The parking garage is just across the street.

“I thought about purchasing this building in the past a few times, and when I heard about the parking garage, it was one of the things that helped clinch my decision to buy the building.” There have been setbacks and hurdles and controversies along the way, and there are those who still say a parking garage isn’t needed. But when it opens, which is expected sometime in mid-February, those will all be in the past. County officials and Uptown businesses are now looking forward.

“This has been a very exciting project to work on, and I believe it is a catalyst project for more good things in Uptown Butte,” said Karen Byrnes, Butte-Silver Bow’s community development director. “The garage will lend to an increase in economic activity and vitality.”

 

About the garage

The garage has four slanted levels with entrances off of Park and Galena streets, the latter one lower because of the sloping Uptown hill. The top level is outside, so cars there will still get rained and snowed on.

The building has tension cables running through it, and it actually flexes ever so slightly to absorb the weight of vehicles without damaging the surfaces.

“This thing should never crack,” Chuck Hazlett of Butte, Sletten’s superintendent on the project, said during a recent walk-through. “This is a 250-year parking garage. It should last that long.”

There is a stairwell enclosed in glass on the northeast corner and another stairwell on the southwest corner, and giant, concrete blocks will prevent them from being struck by vehicles.

The sides of the garage are open to the outside air, helping disperse vehicle fumes and allowing people to see in and out for better safety. The view to the south is spectacular, of course, since one can see most of the Summit Valley and the Highlands.

The lights in the garage will stay on at certain times and be on motion sensors during others. The stairwells and elevator will be lit at all times, and there will be outside lights on both Park and Galena streets.

There are features that make the building fit with Uptown Butte. For example, prismatic tiles that cover the Park Street entrance were inspired by the glass skylights in the old vaulted sidewalks Uptown.

Restrooms are located on the Park Street level east of the entrance, but they will only be open on certain days and times, such as festivals and the farmers market on Saturdays during the summer and early fall.

On the top level, there are two fairly large and flat areas where gatherings and small events can be held during warm weather.

 

When it opens

In hopes of getting folks to try it out, parking will be free for the first two months after the garage opens. Even after that, plans are to make spaces free from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Although a final decision is still pending, county officials will be choosing easy-to-operate kiosks made by a company called Cale America as their “parking meters” for the garage.

People will be able to pay with cash or credit and debit cards, and there are ways to make the transactions through smart phones. That could include buying more time from a seat in an Uptown restaurant or business.

It should be possible for businesses to purchase temporary blocks of spaces for special events or promotions, too, Byrnes said.

“I have heard from multiple Uptown business owners how excited they are for the garage and believe it will improve their business,” she said.

Ueland and Kurilich are banking on it.

For years now, Ueland said, there’s been a “perception that there is no parking (available) Monday through Friday.” The garage should help diminish that.

Kurilich, who hopes to add a restaurant soon to his Richest Hill Casino and Lounge, said he’s looking forward to the opening.

“To have parking right across the street is huge, especially in the evenings and weekends when parking is free,” he said. “When you’re in the casino and bar business, that’s really your prime time.”

 

Article originally published by Mike Smith, Montana Standard

Posted: 23 Feb 18

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a first of its kind effort, the Parking Industry Institute (PII) raised $90,000 in disaster relief grant funding to aid parking professionals recovering from damage resulting from hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida. The Parking Industry Institute (PII) is the foundation of the National Parking Association (NPA).


NPA Board Chair Alan Lazowski, the CEO and Founder of LAZ Parking, led the fundraising effort at the 2017 NPA Annual Convention & Expo, held in October, in Palm Springs, CA. In total, members of the National Parking Association (NPA) raised $90,000 on behalf of PII to assist fellow parking professionals and their families. This outpouring of support demonstrates the caring and generosity of the parking industry.


PII, led by chair, Regina McLaurin of McLaurin Parking Company and the PII Trustees awarded 84.5% of the grant applicants with aid. Grants ranged from $1,000-10,000. All grantees are employees of NPA member organizations, including Florida International University, Next Level Valet, SP+, Towne Park, University of South Florida and Walter P Moore.

Posted: 13 Feb 18
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