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Member News: LEXPARK Engages AMG Payment Solutions for Credit Card Processing

AMG_LogoThe Lexington & Fayette County Parking Authority (LEXPARK) recently selected AMG Payment Solutions (AMG) as their new credit card processing vendor.

AMG will provide their niche processing services across LEXPARK‘s entire parking ecosystem, complementing a comprehensive team of solution providers including:

  • IPS smart meters
  • T2 pay stations
  • Courthouse, Helix, Transit Center and Victorian Square garages
  • PaybyPhone
  • Online web payments
  • Barnacle payments
  • In person office payments


Utilizing AMG’s industry leading processing platform for small ticket parking transactions, LEXPARK will achieve significant operating cost reductions. Gary A. Means, CAPP, Executive Director at the Lexington & Fayette County Parking Authority in Lexington, KY provided his views about establishing a new relationship with AMG. “We are excited to engage with AMG Payment Solutions and their niche payment platform for on- / off-street parking operations.  We are always looking for ways to be more economically efficient, especially now as the U.S. re-opens from the Covid-19 pandemic. LEXPARK had 1 full month with AMG prior to the Covid-19 lockdown and the savings look very promising, especially at our IPS meters and the PayByPhone app, where many transactions are $2 and lower.”


The savings retained by partnering with AMG will allow LEXPARK to utilize those funds for higher and better uses in their operation including technology enhancements, customer service, infrastructure, and more. In addition to LEXPARK, AMG provides similar services to over 150 U.S. cities parking operations including Manhattan Beach CA, Hermosa Beach CA, Asbury Park NJ, Princeton NJ, Newark NJ, Bloomington IN, Athens GA and Tempe AZ.


About AMG Payment Solutions:

AMG is a boutique merchant processing firm with a significant focus on the United States parking industry.  AMG utilizes the First Data North processing platform for their clients, and currently partners with over 150 cities nationwide to reduce their credit card processing costs at parking meters, parking pay stations (kiosks) and mobile payment apps like ParkMobile, Passport or PayByPhone.

AMG specialize in processing the $1-$5 parking transactions cities incur each and every day. AMG offers preferred interchange rates with both Visa and MasterCard on the small ticket “regulated” debit card transactions, and these rates are only available with AMG.

AMG services municipalities, universities, healthcare facilities, and parking management companies to help process parking revenue and significantly reduce client costs.  AMG clients save between 15%-50% compared to their previous merchant service provider.


Member News: SKIDATA Introduces World’s Most Advanced Common Access Solution for People and Vehicles

Denver, CO (May 27, 2020)—SKIDATA Inc., the world’s leading provider of solutions to manage access to parking facilities, ski resorts, and stadiums, has introduced the world’s most advanced common access solution for people and vehicles. Built on SKIDATA’s powerful software platforms, the common access technology allows patrons to use the same credential for access to events or ski slopes and parking.

“This integrated technology suite provides unprecedented convenience,” said Chris McKenty, vice president of SKIDATA. “Now skiers, concert goers, sports fans—really, anyone attending an event—can use the same credential from the moment they drive up to the parking facility until the event is over.”

SKIDATA’s common access solution uses the company’s software platforms to manage all access credentials. At ski resorts, skiers can use their lift tickets to enter the parking facility upon arriving at the mountain. The lift ticket can also be programmed to provide access to ski lodges, patrons’ rooms in lodges, and of course, ski lifts. In addition to providing extraordinary convenience, the system also provides invaluable utilization data to resort managers about how patrons are using parking, hospitality, and skiing resources that can be used to better manage the resort.

Similarly, the common access solution allows fans to use their event tickets or season passes to enter parking facilities, event venues, and venue suites. The platform can also be used to manage tailgating at sporting events, even allowing stadium managers to implement dynamic pricing, offering premium pricing for more desirable parking spaces.

“This platform is a game changer for ski resort and entertainment venues,” said McKenty. “Because it’s completely customizable to the unique needs of owners, each venue can tailor the technology to provide the best experience possible for patrons.”



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.


Bill Smith
Smith Phillips
(603) 491-4280

MOBILITY & TECH: Techno-centric Thinking

By Melissa Yates, CAPP

SIMPLY PUT, IN 2019 PARKING AND MOBILITY program leaders will need to become even more “techno-centric,” or educated, regarding options offered by industry vendors as they relate to technology and data. To satisfy customer demand for parking, mobility, and access options in any system, industry leaders will need to understand the variety of supporting technologies and data, how they function, and how to match them in a complementary way to effect programmatic success. If not, program leaders will run the risk of quickly becoming a legacy program with a failed service model.

Matching program offerings is often the first.  Taking a chance on a dynamic new vendor can be hurdle to overcome, with integration directly follow-extremely rewarding, not to mention temping, or a ing. As much as the newest technology sounds like huge risk for program managers. The carrot is most the answer to a multi-faceted problem of parking, obviously a variety of promised data that is ardently access, and data demand, the real question to ask sought after to help easily identify and make pro-is, “Will this company still be around in the near grammatic decisions from, such as dynamic price future?” Do they have a service track record in the setting to balance access needs during business industry, however brief, and are they willing to work peaks, as well as how to best use the limited curb-with other vendors to achieve a cohesive integration? side more effectively.

As quickly as technology and digital offerings are rushing forward to assist in program management, the customer must be able to easily use and understand the benefit. Staff must also be brought along with the vision and able to adapt even more quickly with their buy-in and ongoing support of the new digital business model.

Shifting to New Platforms
As the industry shifts from heavy investments in physical program infrastructure such as gates, signage, wayfinding, and pay stations to more digital and application-based platforms, it’s important to keep the vision of basic services germane to all parking programs running smoothly: efficient enforcement, infrastructure upkeep, and parking product sales. As the trusted ambassadors of access parking pro­grams, our core work is to ensure that other departments, services, and businesses can be successful through best practices in access and mobility management.

As quickly as technology and digital offerings are rushing forward to assist in program management, the customer must be able to easily use and understand the benefit. Staff must also be brought along with the vision and able to adapt even more quickly with their buy-in and ongoing support of the new digital business model. Some guiding questions are:

  • What data are truly desired?
  • Will the data identify who is using resources, when, and how often?
  • Does this technology meet these needs, along with the triple-benefit rule (customer satisfaction, staff efficiencies, and assistance with program leadership decision-making)?

There are a multitude of technology platform offerings in the industry today. Having a clear vision of the information sets desired to make data-driven decisions is important, while being supported by solid program basics of parking access and mobility is critical to success. Established vendors are already adapting to a more app-driven digital platform and have identified a subset of industry metrics most requested and shifted to meet the need. Mining their experience and track record is key. The essentials of how they have shown up in the past is a nice starting place before joining with them, linked arm in arm, into the digital future of new offerings.

A continued model of success, showing commitment to contributing to a strong digital program with ease of integra­tion, is important. Finally, before too many dollars are spent, find out who’s willing to play in the pilot sandbox, and if sam­pling the product has the vendor pulling up to the table, or looking for a different program to work with.

Read the article here.

MELISSA YATES, CAPP, is access and parking manager for the City of Boulder, Colo. She can be reached at yatesm@bouldercolorado.gov.