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Public Art Mural With a Message

By Gary Means, CAPP

Parking garages are a perfect location for public art.

Not long after the murder of George Floyd, one of our Lexington Parking Authority board members asked if we would consider commissioning an art mural supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. After a short discussion, pursuing a mural with this concept was unanimously approved. Two months later in mid-September 2020, a very colorful 15 foot x 15-foot mural was completed on our Victorian Square Parking Garage with a beautiful message. (see picture)

Now, I must be honest, there were concerns among our board members and staff: is this too controversial, will the police feel unsupported by our organization, will the mural be defaced with graffiti? I’m happy to report that after more than 13 months, there has been no graffiti to clean off and more importantly, a large portion of our community felt very supported and hundreds of social media comments of appreciation reflect the positive impressions, including:

  • “It’s beautiful and powerful!”,
  • “Can’t wait to come back to Lex and see it in person”
  • “I love this in my city! Beautiful! We must not give up until we have justice and equality for all!”

Parking garages are a great place for public art and community support. Read what the artist herself has to say:

“The Lexington Parking Authority were fantastic hosts for my work. The PA is in a unique position in that they have so many huge “canvases” (aka parking garages) in highly visible areas downtown, and I’m glad they used their influence in the city and one of their spaces to foster this important artistic conversation about BLM. Having a public building as a canvas broadens the influence of the work. The artwork is large, towering, and bold in that context. At that size you’re capturing the attention of more people and therefore sparking more conversation.” 


Gary Means, CAPP, is executive director of the Lexington, Ky., Parking Authority and chair-elect of IPMI’s Board of Directors. He will moderate a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion, focusing on careers in parking and mobility, during an online IPMI Shoptalk next Wednesday, Nov. 3; it’s free for everyone.

ASU Transforms Garage into Mile-long Art Show

Photo: ASU Gammage

Students at Arizona State University (ASU) and area art professionals have transformed a campus parking garage into a drive-through experience of light, sculpture, pattern, and sound–an immersive, sensory art experience people experience from their cars.

About 115 artists worked on “designspace,” conceived by an area designer who wondered how the university’s art students would fare in a year with no traditional art exhibitions. He worked with the university, which two of his daughters attend, to make the drive-through exhibition happen. Participants call the exhibition “a series of vistas,” and hope people will attend together in their safe pods to experience the art in small groups. In that way, they say, it combines art and theater.

The exhibition runs in the university’s Packard Drive structure through April 26. Read more about it here.

Pittsburgh Welcomes Spring with a Flea Market in a Parking Garage

Man in mask and rubber gloves putting products in car after shoppingThere’s a special kind of demand for outdoor activities and a feeling of normal this spring, including the return of flea markets. But when dicey weather, a need for social distancing, and a desire to include those who both drive and walk all come into play, what’s a city to do? In Pittsburgh, it’s all coming together to give new meaning to the phrase “garage sale,” offering a great new example of how parking organizations have flexed to help their communities in unprecedented situations.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host a 75-vendor “Car Bazaar” flea market inside a downtown parking garage on Saturdays this spring, checking all the boxes: plenty of room, inclusive of all, lots of fresh air, and protection from possible spring showers. So far, the community is more than receptive–the first Saturday’s event already has a wait list of 50+ hopeful vendors, many of whom say they’ve been unable to participate in markets since the pandemic’s arrival a year ago.

Vendor spaces sell for $15 and are reserved in advance, and the garage’s downtown location offers plenty of room for those who drive to the event and easy access for those who walk. Live music, food vendors, great diversity in vendors and merchandise, and what organizers hope will be a light, festive atmosphere will give a great vibe to the garage all spring. Read all about it here.

Automated, Valet Garage Concept Open in Detroit

a self-parking car outside Ford's demonstration garage
Image: Ford Media Center

A partnership between automaker Ford and two tech companies has opened an automated, valet garage demonstration site in Detroit, in the same corridor where 40 miles of AV-only highway lanes are planned.

Bosch, Bedrock Technologies, and Ford worked together to build the site, which is available for visits by appointment. A Ford Escape outfitted with sensors and other systems finds and maneuvers itself into empty parking spaces without a driver behind the wheel. The car can sense and react to obstacles, including people, in its way. And the companies say the garage could accommodate 20 percent more cars than traditional structures, which could be outfitted with the technology to convert to automated valet. Garages built this way could also offer charging, refueling, or car wash services.

The demonstration site will be open through September. Read more about it on Ford’s website.

Member News: Tuxen & Associates Announces Release of Nedap’s Groundbreaking New LPR

Nedap Identification Systems Announces Release of Groundbreaking License Plate Recognition Camera Offering Unprecedented Accuracy

Branson, MO (June 25, 2020) – Tuxen & Associates, North America agent for Nedap Identification Systems, today announced the introduction of Nedap’s latest market-leading innovation: The ANPR Lumo. The ANPR Lumo is a highly advanced, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Reader) that embodies a generational advance in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology for use in the Parking and Security Sectors. The ANPR Lumo features advances in character recognition that provide unprecedented accuracy.


“We are excited to be partnered with NEDAP to bring their groundbreaking LPR solution to the North American market,” said Nate Leech, head of sales, North America for Tuxen & Associates. “This technology is disrupting the market and will change the way that ANPR/LPR is used in access control for parking and security installations.”


The ANPR Lumo is capable of deciphering and producing accurate reads in scenarios involving the complex and multi-faceted features of US license plates that have often baffled other LPRs. This capability uniquely positions it to be in access control applications where exceptionally high read accuracy is essential to success. Plus, the ANPR Lumo boasts impressive features, including:


  • An all-in-one License Plate Recognition Camera
  • Ability to upgrade virtually any Access Control Panel for LPR functionality
  • An instant visitor management platform for customers
  • Ability to translate any plate read into a Wiegand signal
  • Output standard and custom Wiegand formats
  • Captured plate reads from 6.5 to 33 feet
  • Accurate reads at vehicle speeds up to 80 miles per hour
  • Network capabilities permitting local or server-based image storage
  • Full rest API for seamless third-party integration
  • Easy-to-use management software tools


About Nedap
Nedap was founded in 1929 and has been publicly traded on the European Stock Exchange since 1947. The global leader in long range identification, Nedap operates worldwide with 11 offices and over 750 employees. For more information go to www.nedapidentification.com.


About Tuxen and Associates
Founded in 2001, Branson, Missouri-based Tuxen and Associates is a business development company and the exclusive Nedap agent for the Americas. For more information go to www.tuxen.com.


Member News: Nashville International Airport Chooses Park Assist

ParkAssist News 2020 06 26 Nashville international AirportNASHVILLE, TN – June 25th, 2020 – Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for Nashville International Airport (BNA). As one of the fastest-growing airports, BNA’s increased traffic and added service have created a demand for a new parking solution that can handle a heavy volume of travelers. Park Assist’s M4 smart-sensor system was built to improve both garage efficiency and customer satisfaction, as such BNA elected to install this PGS in two of its garages. Park Assist’s first installation is complete and the second project is underway.

After a competitive RFP process to secure the most qualified PGS vendor, Park Assist was awarded the opportunity to be part of BNA’s continued expansion by adding the latest parking technology to its garages. Park Assist’s proprietary M4 PGS and digital wayfinding signage offer BNA visitors advanced guidance from entry to exit. The color-coded M4 smart-sensor system seamlessly guides parkers through the facility to vacant spaces using red and green lights to indicate occupancy, guaranteeing reduced search and park times, and decreased traffic.

This installation will also include several of Park Assist’s advanced software add-ons, such as Find Your CarPark Alerts, and Park Surveillance. Park Assist’s unique Find Your Car feature, created with the customer experience in mind, enables travelers to quickly locate their vehicle upon returning to the facility by entering all or part of their license plate number into a Park Assist kiosk or mobile app.

Park Assist’s Park Alerts and Park Surveillance software add-ons were designed to help increase control and security in the garage. The Park Alerts software extension allows parking management to set automated rules and alerts that help staff enforce policies and remain informed about parking abuse and policy violations within the garage, while Park Assist’s Park Surveillance module enables the M4 sensors to capture streaming video of any movement in or around parking bays. Because the M4 cameras have unobstructed views of each parking bay, as well as the space in between vehicles, they can successfully capture all action in the garage, serving as a proven deterrent of theft and other criminal behaviors.

“Nashville International Airport has been an incredible site for us as we continue to expand our projects in the airport sector and the Nashville market. This is our second major project with the airport and we are delighted to be a part of the BNA vision to help renovate its facility and deliver the best experience for all airport visitors,” said Thomas Alexander, National Channel Manager.

Partnering with GC Messer Construction, site installation is scheduled for completion by the end of June.

About Park Assist
Park Assist® is the parking industry’s leading camera-focused innovator with the most camera-based parking guidance installations in the world. Our patented technology helps customers effortlessly find parking spaces in real-time as well as find their cars when they return. Simultaneously, we provide parking operators with tools to improve customer satisfaction, create new revenue opportunities, realize greater operational control, capture parker analytics, and expand CCTV capabilities. Park Assist is part of the TKH Group (Euronext: TWEKA), a $1.8 billion publicly traded company headquartered in the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.parkassist.com.

Katie Rodenhiser
Global Marketing Manager


Member News: EVgo Announces EVgo Access®

June 11, 2020

EVgo is pleased to announce the launch of a new proprietary product that enables gated, pay-to-park lots to host EVgo fast charging stations, called EVgo Access®. EVgo’s new cloud-based system offers seamless management of EV charging for parking garage operators – and is compatible with both Smart-gate and non Smart-gate solutions – while offering easy entry and exit for EV drivers using a simple QR code.

Good news for prospective site hosts: gated parking lots and garages can now host EVgo fast charging stations!

EVgo Access®, a brand-new product feature available on the EVgo app, gives EVgo customers access to fast chargers located within gated facilities using a simple QR code.

This feature is the latest demonstration of EVgo’s commitment to making it as easy as possible to drive – and charge – an electric vehicle in the United States. This cloud-based system is compatible with both Smart-gate and non Smart-gate solutions, making it possible for pay-to-park lots to host EVgo charging stations. With no additional fees to deter drivers, EVgo Access offers easy entry and exit for EV drivers and easy management of EV charging for parking garage operators.

The first EVgo Access station is located in the Aladdin Airport Parking garage in downtown San Diego. This lot, EVgo’s first in downtown San Diego, enables visitors to the city’s sites and to San Diego International Airport easy and convenient access to fast charging – and offers 10 EVgo fast chargers now available for use.

EVgo App to Enter

For more information, please read our recent announcement.

Interested in Hosting an EVgo Fast Charging Station?
EVgo owns and operates our fast charging network, so we cover all costs associated with building and installing a fast charging station, as well as ongoing maintenance. Hosting a fast charging station is a proven way to drive value for parking operators, with increased traffic and occupancy and no out-of-pocket expenses. Consider hosting an EVgo fast charging station in YOUR lot!

Click here to learn more about partnering with EVgo.


Member News: Propark Mobility Provides Non-Clinical Services During COVID-19 Health Crisis

Hartford, Connecticut – Propark Mobility announced today that the company is providing Propark CleanCo COVID-19 newsnonclinical services to healthcare organizations across the country, through its CleanCo division, in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis.

“CleanCo has been providing cleaning and maintenance services to the parking industry for decades,” explained John Schmid, Propark’s Chief Executive Officer. “During these challenging times, we felt that it was important for us to step up as a company to help in the fight against coronavirus, specifically when it comes to hospitals and healthcare facilities.”

By providing important non-clinical services such as supplemental cleaning and sanitization, environmental services, internal patient transport, concierge services, and more, Propark and CleanCo are able to alleviate that responsibility from healthcare workers, allowing them to provide better care for their patients. Additionally, the company offers traffic and transportation control, to include congestion alleviation for COVID-19 testing facilities.

“We understand that each patient, visitor and healthcare worker is going through a personal journey in one way or another,” said John Reimers, Chief Operating Officer of Propark Mobility. “By leveraging our staff to support these non-clinical areas of importance, we’re helping to make our healthcare professionals more effective, in a time where there is so little bandwidth during this crisis. We feel that we bring a critical element that is needed right now at hospitals across the country.”

With services deployed within 48 hours, and no long-term commitment required, hospitals and healthcare facilities can get immediate support for their non-clinical needs by logging on to www.propark.com/cleanco.

About Propark Mobility Propark Mobility is one of the country’s largest privately-owned parking companies, providing full-service parking and mobility services for over 500 hospitality, healthcare, commercial and off-airport locations, in over 75 cities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.propark.com.

Media Contact:
Dennis Safford
(860) 856-4104

Growing Pains: Points to Ponder

full parking signBy Teri Morkunas, CAPP

Those who work in bustling city parking facilities have a real challenge. You have major corporations moving in that buy up all of the monthly parking in garages in anticipation of future need and do not use the space because they have not completed their move. The move may be months away, so your garage may be only at 50 or 60 percent capacity.

As an operator, you want to maximize revenue. The monthly parking rates are usually about half the cost of the daily transient rate. What to do–oversell your monthly parking? If one were to do that, what would happen when the company finally moves in and uses all the space? Point to ponder.

Another option would be to open up for transient parkers. This must be closely monitored as not to oversell and not have any monthly parking. Those customers are your commuters, tourists, and day transients, and the nightlife/event crowd. To accommodate all, we have to make sure that we do not oversell in one area so that the others suffer.

It is a good problem to have, but it is a daily juggling act for the manager to maximize revenue while accommodating everyone.

Teri Morkunas, CAPP, is senior facility manager with SP+.

The Language of Parking

Woman paying for parking at multi-space meterBy Kathleen Federici, MEd

Our local borough’s parking garage just moved from a pay-and-display meter to a type-in-your-license-plate and be-on-your-way meter. Change, however, is not something most folks are comfortable with. This even applies to the new meter on the bottom floor of our local parking garage.

I am in the borough five out of the seven days in any given week due to the kids’ schedules and activities. So, I am very familiar with the changes in the garage. I’d estimate from sight, about 95 percent of people still go back to their car and display their tiny receipt on their dashboards, just in case.

Recently, my friends and I went into “town,” as we call it, for lunch. As typed my license plate number into the new meter, we casually chatted about how much time I needed to pay for. One of my friends said, “Well, it has your license plate number, can’t it just keep adding time if you’re running late?” I said, “No, it doesn’t have license plate recognition capability, that’s a different software.” There was a line behind me at this new meter and the guy behind us chimed in and asked us if we work for the meter company. I said, “No, I am in the parking industry.”

It was at that moment I realized that my friends actually listen to me when I talk about work. It was a proud moment for me–I can speak the language of parking and my friends retain that information.

Kathleen Federici, MEd, is IPMI’s director of professional development.