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A Record-breaking Parking Space and a Parking Lottery for Vaccinations

Bright neon signs colourful crowded cityscape Kowloon Hong Kong ChinaIn parking news this past weekend is the world record for most expensive parking space being shattered in Hong Kong. An unidentified buyer paid $1.3 million for a parking space in an ultra-luxury development. The previous record for a parking space was $980,000, also in Hong Kong.

Elsewhere, Trenton, Mich., officials are on a goodwill mission to get people to stop parking recreational vehicles (RVs) in neighborhoods longer than the allowed 72 hours. They’re spreading the word, asking people to move their vehicles before being stickered or towed, in an effort to avoid what can be costly measures to drivers. Trenton is one of many cities dealing with RV parking, both because people are living in the vehicles and because RV travel has exploded in popularity.

Finally, Indiana University is trying something different to encourage students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The university is entering vaccinated university community members into raffles to win bookstore gift cards, electronic gadgets, and the big prize–a year-long campus parking permit.


Member News: SKIDATA Ex-CEO Hugo Rohner Joins Get My Parking as Board Advisor and Investor

SKIDATA Hugo-Rohner-Press-ReleaJune 3, 2020

After empowering over 2000 parking lots worldwide to go digital and contactless, the leading smart parking startup, Get My Parking, has announced a major addition to its team. Hugo Rohner, former Global CEO, SKIDATA, has joined the board of Get My Parking as an Advisor and Minority Investor. SKIDATA is the world’s largest provider of parking access control systems. With expertise in digitization and mobility, Hugo holds a strong track record of leading tech-enabled change at a global scale. During his 7 years as CEO, Hugo grew SKIDATA from a small, focused company to a global market leader in access and revenue management, with 10,000+ installations in over 100 countries. He is responsible for transforming SKIDATA into a digital business with a strong focus on customer service.

About joining the Get My Parking team, Hugo Rohner commented, “Get My Parking has shaped the parking industry with its world class products and a continuous push towards a fully digital parking experience. I am excited to support its mission and future growth”.

Get My Parking works on connecting parking and mobility for parking operators and facility managers, with its proprietary open IOT platform. It upgrades physical parking lots into digital mobility hubs with contactless access and cashless payments. The smart parking startup also helps parking operators integrate their existing hardware with any third-party mobile app or cloud software. Operators can launch their own consumer app in just two weeks using the Get My Parking platform. The smart parking startup is spearheading new trends like EV charging, connected cars, and shared mobility hubs on the parking real estate with plug-n-play API integrations. Get My Parking offers all of this as a white-label Software-as-a-Service model.

About this development, Chirag Jain, CEO, Get My Parking said, “New age mobility needs connected carparks and a frictionless parking experience. We are enabling this revolution across 3 continents and aim to be the global leader in digital parking transactions. Hugo’s experience in leadership and digital transformation at SKIDATA will add immense value to our team. His guidance will help us tremendously in achieving our expansion plans worldwide, especially in North America.”

Parking has traditionally been an underutilised real estate. Now, with a rapidly changing mobility landscape, parking is now poised to become a hub where all mobility transactions begin and end. The new generation of mobility activities, such as dropping off a rental car and picking up an e-scooter, are available on our fingertips. However, parking lots still use legacy equipment not compatible with cloud software or mobile applications, thus operating in silos. Get My Parking is changing this, one digital parking lot at a time. With Hugo’s entry, the team has received the backing of a seasoned veteran who believes in its vision.

About Get My Parking (GMP):

Founded in 2015, GMP is an award-winning startup that has grown to a team of 82 members across 3 continents. It provides essential technology to parking operators like white-label parking apps, IOT gate kit to retrofit old parking gates for modern capabilities, and an interoperable cloud platform that enables centralised, digital operations across a network of parking lots. The GMP platform has been deployed across 2200+ parking lots across the world and has processed over 60 million transactions till date.

Contact Information:

Rasik Pansare,
Co-founder and CMO,
Get My Parking

Website: https://www.getmyparking.com

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getmyparking/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/getmyparking/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/10640338/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCob5k7uNQSPB3TX184oDfZg

Member News: ParkMobile Data Shows a Slow and Steady Comeback in U.S. Cities

Parking transaction data from over 400 cities indicates that people are getting back on the roads

Atlanta, GA, – May 27, 2020 – ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, revealed new data today that shows increasing parking transactions in cities across the U.S. In early to mid-March, as fears of COVID-19 spread and more cases were diagnosed, cities and states shut down and people stayed at home. This caused a significant drop in the number of daily parking transactions in cities. The ParkMobile app is available in over 400 cities in the U.S., so the company’s data presents a clear view of the impact of the pandemic on consumer mobility.


Chart 1 in the infographic shows the severe drop in parking transactions as COVID-19 cases increased in March and states started to shut down. Compared to the previous month, parking transactions were down almost 95% across the country. This indicates that most non-essential workers were following the stay at home orders to help prevent spread of the virus.

Park Mobile Chart 1

In recent weeks, ParkMobile data reveals that activity is starting to gradually pick up. Cities and states are lifting some restrictions and parking transaction volume is slowly increasing on a week-to-week basis. This is a clear sign that people are going out more often. In Chart 2 in the infographic, you can see the week-over-week growth in parking volumes. It is still not clear from the data if and when things will get back to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Park Mobile Chart 2

The top 10 cities in the U.S. saw a slower rate of decline in early-to-mid March than smaller cities overall. Chart 3 in the infographic shows that the big cities hit their bottom about a week after the smaller markets. The rate of recovery for big cities has also been flatter than smaller cities because they did not initially decline as much.

park mobile chart 3

Beach communities are seeing the biggest increase in parking volume as people are looking for activities where they can be outdoors while social distancing. Chart 4 in the infographic shows that parking transactions in beach communities are outpacing those in cities. As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, beach parking transactions should continue to increase. ParkMobile recently introduced service to the Borough of Belmar at the Jersey Shore. According to Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer, “The Borough of Belmar wants to ensure the safety of visitors and residents. By partnering with ParkMobile to offer contactless parking payments, we are working to provide our community with a smart mobility option for anyone looking to spend time at the beach.”

park mobile chart 4

While parking volumes are picking up across the country, the way people are paying for parking is also changing. Cities are actively promoting contactless payments through apps like ParkMobile in an effort to stop people from touching the meters. Many cities are reporting that utilization of the app versus the meter has shifted heavily towards the app over the past three months. One large city reported that utilization of the app versus the meter jumped from 60% up to 80%.

In a recent move, New York City Department of Transportation launched the ParkMobile app in addition to the current ParkNYC app, also powered by ParkMobile, to give people more mobile payment options in the city. According to a recent statement from NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, “DOT is asking all New Yorkers who can to switch to Pay-By-Cell, which will reduce the need for physical cash transactions at our 14,000 parking meters. Contactless Pay-By-Cell reduces exposure risk for the public and our workforce. Please help us reduce the need to physically service parking meters and collect, sanitize, and securely store cash during this crisis.”

“It’s very clear that one of the lasting impacts of COVID-19 will be that people want more contactless payment options,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We’re proud that we can partner with cities to promote use of the app in order to keep people safe and protect city workers.”

ParkMobile continues to encourage people to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus including wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. The company’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA, has been closed since March 12th, and all 200 employees have been working from home since that time. The company hopes to reopen in the near future but will only do so when it is safe for employees to return.

View the full report here.


About ParkMobile 

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, helping millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile device. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 7 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.


Member News: Park Assist Chosen to Transform Parking at Circa Resort & Casino’s Garage Mahal

ParkAssist PGS Garage MahallLAS VEGAS, NV – May 21st, 2020 – Park Assist® has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for the Garage Mahal facility at Circa Resort & Casino. The new hotel and casino, currently under construction, is located on the famous Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. It will have 777 guest rooms, five restaurants, a two level casino with the largest sports book in Las Vegas and a nine story parking garage dubbed the Garage Mahal, where Park Assist’s camera based M4 smart-sensor system will be installed.

With this new state-of-the-art facility underway, Circa Resort & Casino was eager to utilize the most advanced technology for all aspects of the project. Park Assist’s proprietary M4 camera based PGS was the ideal fit. The M4 system, designed to provide far more than just parking guidance, will ensure that all customers experience enhanced service and increased satisfaction from the start of their journey to the end, as they enter and exit the facility.

Along with Park Assist’s M4 technology, the Garage Mahal installation will also include several of Park Assist’s popular add-on software modules: Park Finder, Park Alerts, and Park Surveillance.

The camera based M4 smart-sensor system uses color-coded LED lights to guide drivers to vacant spaces. Prompted to change from red to green when spaces become available, these lights remove all uncertainty from the parking journey, reducing each customer’s search and park times. Upon returning to the garage, customers will be able to find their car just as quickly by utilizing Park Assist’s Find Your Car software add-on. This advanced vehicle locator feature uses license plate recognition (LPR) technology to pinpoint each customer’s car. Integrating with Circa’s PARCS system, guests simply enter all or part of their license plate number into a kiosk or mobile app and they are directed to their vehicle’s exact location within the facility.

Additionally, Park Assist’s Park Alerts and Park Surveillance software extensions provide an increased level of control and security in the garage. Using Park Alerts, parking management will be able to set and enforce automated rules and alerts – if any policies are violated they will be immediately notified so they can take the appropriate action. Park Assist’s Park Surveillance module brings an additional level of security by enabling the M4 sensors to capture streaming video of any movement in or around parking bays, helping parking management efficiently deter and quickly react to criminal behavior.

“Park Assist is very excited to partner with Circa Resort & Casino on our installation at Garage Mahal. Circa offers guests high-end services and amenities that will make it one of the most popular destinations in downtown Las Vegas – we are thrilled that Park Assist’s parking guidance technology will be leveraged to help ease stress, enhance the parking experience and increase ultimate customer satisfaction.”  Said Jeff Sparrow, Regional Account Manager.

Park Assist is working with GSL Electric to oversee the installation. Site work is already underway and the project is scheduled for completion by December 2020 for Circa Resort & Casino’s grand opening.

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: SKIDATA Completes Installation of Cutting-Edge Parking Technology Suite at Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center, A BENCHMARK® Resorts & Hotels Property

ALLEN, TEXAS – (March 23, 2020) — SKIDATA announced today that it has completed the installation of a cutting-edge parking technology suite at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center. The parking technology suite includes advanced Parking Access and Revenue Control (PARCS) equipment, pay-on-foot kiosks, and an integrated validation system. The system is also paired with Marriott’s PMS system to provide full room key access. The new parking suite is designed to improve the parking experience for hotel guests and visitors.

“We are excited to be working with Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center, along with BENCHMARK®, A Global Hospitality Company, to improve the parking experience at the hotel,” said Steve Menrath, senior manager of SKIDATA in Dallas. “The hotel hosts many events and it’s also a popular property among visitors to the Dallas area. This new technology suite will dramatically improve the parking experience for hotel guests and visitors.”

SKIDATA is a long-time parking technology partner of Delta Hotels by Marriott and Benchmark Global. The company was also a sponsor of the Delta Allen Craft Beer & Spirits Festival, which was held on February 29, 2020 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – Greater Dallas.

About Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center:

Just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center delivers a fresh, new lodging experience with a taste of southern hospitality. The property boasts 300 spacious guest rooms and suites featuring amenities appreciated by frequent travelers such as lush linens, productive work spaces, complimentary bottled water and fast, free WiFi. Also featured on the property are 23 state-of-the-art conference meeting facilities, two hospitality suites, and 15 suites in all, offering a remarkable 79,000 square feet of meeting and convention space that can accommodate gatherings of any size.  Enjoy inventive and expertly crafted cocktails at Canyon Bar & Grill or grab a quick bite on-the-go from Provisions, the property’s 24/7 grab and go pantry. The Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center is the ideal destination for business or personal travel as guests are welcome to revel in the ample parking, full-service fitness center, expansive outdoor patio and pool, high-end shopping and dining at Watters Creek shopping center just steps away, or just simple relaxation in the well-appointed rooms.

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SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

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Are You Taking Advantage of Us?

By Courtney Turner

I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo in Anaheim. For those who didn’t make it to the IPMI Community Center or who didn’t find themselves accosted by yours truly when you sat down at one of the tables there, I wanted to take this opportunity to refresh your memory about your organization’s membership benefits. If we spoke at all at Conference–even in passing–you probably heard me mention Forum, our online community. I tout it as my personal favorite in our menu of benefits, but we have so much to offer our members and it’s my job to make sure you are fully utilizing your benefits!

Here’s a recap of some of our member benefits–read through and see where you’re missing out. IPMI members can:

  • Save up to approximately $300 on registration for the annual IPMI Conference & Expo–plan ahead for IPMI 2020 in San Antonio, May 31 – June 3.
  • Receive discounts on monthly webinars (led by the parking and mobility profession’s leading experts), online training courses, and CAPP and APO certifications.
  • Access our searchable, online Membership Directory.
  • Join a Committee.
  • Engage in Forum, our members-only online community;
  • Receive IPMI’s publications: our monthly magazine, Parking & Mobility (up to four paper copies of magazine and unlimited access to digital edition for entire staff); IPMInsider, our bi-weekly e-newsletter; and Moving Forward, our professional development newsletter.
  • Read and post the latest news about parking people, products, and services on the home page of the IPMI website.
  • Submit news that is also shared in the IPMInsider.
  • Post RFPs (which are then published in the Insider);
  • Access our online Buyers Guide.
  • Post a job/find a job in CareerHQ.
  • Read and/or contribute to the Blog.
  • Peruse the Resource Center for publications, white papers, and resources.

I chose to reiterate the membership benefits in this blog post thanks to a conversation I had with one of our members who attended one of my Community Center membership talks. This member had recently hired for a position and while listening to my talk, realized that they had forgotten all about CareerHQ. Posting the job opening on CareerHQ would have allowed this member to tap into a network of parking, transportation, and mobility professionals with the skill sets and experience needed for that particular position. Instead, they wound up hiring someone they’re not entirely sure will work out. Folks, use us! Post your openings in CareerHQ, let people know on Forum that you’re looking for qualified candidates–reach out to your peers, network, and let us (and our resources) help you!

Don’t miss out. If you have any questions at all about your membership benefits, please email or call me. I’m here to support you.

Courtney Turner is IPMI’s member engagement and special projects manager.