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Member News: Newport expands parking management with contactless parking payments

Newport expands parking management with contactless parking payments

The Passport Parking app allows for users to pay for parking from their smartphones

Newport, R.I. (Sept. 9, 2020) — Residents and visitors in the historic City of Newport now have a new way to pay for parking. Passport Parking, the mobile payment application for parking powered by Passport, allows users to conveniently pay for and monitor their parking sessions directly from their smartphones.

Beginning a session is simple. Once the free application is downloaded, users create an account, select the zone number that is posted on nearby signage and enter the vehicle license plate number. Users can view their parking history and extend their sessions with the tap of a button.

“Offering Passport Parking empowers our residents and visitors with more payment options,” said City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. “Our hope is that by making parking easier, people will be able to spend less time worrying about their vehicle and more time enjoying the city’s restaurants, shops, and open space.”

Passport Parking is widely used in other cities across the Northeast region, including Providence, Cambridge, Mass. and Boston, Mass.

“Introducing Passport Parking to its residents and many Summer visitors is an exciting leap for the City of Newport,” said Passport sales executive, Mollie Bolin. “We look forward to growing our partnership with the city and continuing to support them with Passport’s secure technology.”

To pay to park, drivers can download the free Passport Parking app from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at passportparking.com.

About Passport
Passport sets cities in motion, helping to create more livable, equitable communities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is a transportation software company, delivering the operating system that enables cities to manage vehicle interactions with streets and sidewalks. With Passport, city leaders increase convenience, efficiency and compliance today and tomorrow. Trusted by more than 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists, and was named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020.

Media Contact:

Allison Guthrie, passport@greenbrier.partners

(818) 523-8581

Member News: Transit technology firm Passio highlights contact tracing tool to fight the pandemic spread

ATLANTA, Georgia – July 22, 2020

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In the current pandemic era, a highly relevant solution on the rise is “contact tracing” – identifying and managing people who’ve been exposed to a disease and those who’ve come into contact with them to help prevent further transmission. Passio Technologies, an Atlanta, GA based firm providing intelligent technology solutions for transit has just announced the addition of their Contact Tracing module to their existing Gateway Solution platform. Touted as the newest tool for transit to use in the fight against pandemics.

According to the company, Contact Tracing, a new module in their flagship Gateway platform works with existing passenger identification scanning systems to identify and alert transit operators on university, municipal, healthcare, residential, and corporate transit systems in which passengers may have been exposed to an infected fellow rider. Passio President Mitch Skyer says, “This system can give passengers confidence that if someone was identified as sick or contagious, there would be a plan of action to notify fellow passengers.”

The program’s reporting system collects rider data from ID scans, letting transit agencies know which other cards were swiped on or off during the same timeframe. CTO Scott Reiser stated, “Tracing and tracking are key ‘first-line’ tools to help control and eventually beat pandemics.” Not only can the system record simple card information, but it can also keep track of detailed demographic information.

Top benefits to riders include newfound peace of mind, confidence to ride transit, and quick access to information. For Passio clients, the solution offers fast and easy access to information, integrations with additional products like CAD/AVL, the means to communicate with riders, and new reporting trends and analysis opportunities.

The new offering integrates with other Passio solutions to further boost its functionality. This proven product has even been tested and used in a variety of customer applications.

In the uncertain times we’re all experiencing during COVID, observes Skyer, it’s easy to feel like we have no control, adding, “Just like wearing facemasks and practicing social distancing, this is one more tool to provide more control in our lives.”

Tools like Passio’s Gateway Contact Tracing can help transit agencies proactively work towards helping to slow transmission. This solution allows companies to move beyond just providing transportation services, and actually help protect the health and safety of their riders and operators.

For more information on Passio’s Contact Tracing, visit https://passiotech.com/contact-tracing/

CONTACT: Alexandra Wright, Passio Technologies, 800.520.0277