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Revenue Control System Procurement in a New World

Sihouette of woman with technology symbols superinposed on her headBy Don Barrett, CAPP

In the past 24 years I have seen many improvements in the revenue control systems that are available on the market. We have seen some equipment providers stop production of their lines of equipment the past several years. We have also seen the number of new upstart companies grow at a far greater rate, specifically in the mobile payment arena.

With all these changes, there has to be some thought put into the procurement process of a new revenue control system. This process should involve both short- and long-term goals of the system. As with all technology, anyone purchasing a system must realize that in the fast-paced tech world, new features and functionality will inevitably occur.

When procuring a system, there are several options available. The procurement can be done directly through various methods. The system can be purchased by the owner/operator directly from a manufacturer. The owner/operator can request pricing for systems from a select number of manufacturers. And the owner/operator can enlist the assistance of a consultant who will provide guidance and manage an RFP process.

Regardless of the method of procurement that is selected, the system requirements should be clearly identified. What functionalities will the new system need to have? Whether the new system will need to provide monthly parking functionality, LPR, availability to remotely monitor the facility, transient, and a myriad of other functionalities must be considered. A schedule for the procurement process should also be determined, containing initial meetings for system specifications and provide realistic timelines for each stage of the procurement process. Upon completion of the selection process, the purchaser and system provider should meet and continue to refine the timeline so all expectations are clearly defined. At the end of the process, the goal is to have a system that meets all the goals of the owner/operator.

Don Barrett, CAPP, is executive vice president, aviation, with REEF Parking.

IPMI Webinar: Teleworking: An Alternate Mobility Mode. Presented by Perry H. Eggleston, CAPP & Ramon Zavala University of California at Davis.

Teleworking: An Alternate Mobility Mode

Perry H. Eggleston, CAPP, DPA; Executive Director for Transportation Services; University of California at Davis

Ramon Zavala, Transportation Demand Manager, UC Davis Transportation Services

We are currently launching a new member portal. Please contact us at professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org to register.

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Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Last year brought discussions of campus closures, telelearning, and teleworking. Within a week, these discussions were reality. When the awareness that this COVID thing would last longer than a few weeks, we started to look at how the lull could be used to keep the momentum of teleworking going as a demand-reduction tool.

To address all the issues for making teleworking an ongoing mobility strategy, we created a telework committee. Stakeholders from human resources, technology, safety and ergonomics, employee/union relations, communications, and finance. Transportation Services coordinates the committee, which will address the physical, legal, supervisory, and training issues and keep teleworking a viable mobility option into the future.

Attendees will:

  • Illustrate how teleworking is a mobility advantage.
  • Recognize the institutional needs of a teleworking program.
  • Detail best practices and measure the effectiveness of amnesty and relief programs for constituents and revenue recovery efforts.

Offers 1 CAPP Credit towards application or recertification.


Presenters:

Perry H. Eggleston, CAPP, DPA; Executive Director for Transportation Services; UC Davis Transportation Services

Perry Eggleston, CAPP, DPA, has more than 25 years’ experience developing, refining, and implementing mobility programs as an officer, supervisor, manager, director, consultant, and executive director. In his career, he has served organizations in California, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Texas. He is an active member of the IPMI and California Public Parking Association.

Ramon Zavala, Transportation Demand Manager, UC Davis Transportation Services

Ramon Zavala holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from UC Irvine, where he began his work in transportation demand management. After seven years with UCI’s Transportation department, he transferred to UC Davis’ Transportation Services, where he manages the TDM program, transit relations, and overseeing the overseeing the bicycle program.

 

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Online Instructor Led Course: Cybersecurity, August 17, 2021

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Non-Members may attend for a $300 registration fee. Click the register link above to attend as a non-member.  Need help logging in?

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This session will cover cybersecurity as it relates to the parking and mobility industry, including how a rapid shift to technology has created new opportunities for cyber criminals and vulnerabilities for our industry. In addition to covering compliance in general, attendees will discuss practical ways they can protect their businesses and institute healthy security processes and policies.

This aligns with content in Domain VI of the CAPP Exam Content Outline.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss how, why, and where parking technology is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and criminals.
  • Recognize the important compliance landscape with credit cards and identity information and how it applies to our industry.
  • Examine practical policies, procedures, and practices you can put in place to protect your organization.

Offer 4 CAPP points or .4 CEUs towards application or recertification


Instructor:

Grant Dawson, Vice President of Information Technology, T2 Systems

Grant Dawson is Vice President of Information Technology for T2 Systems. Prior to T2, Grant worked in technology in both education and consulting. At T2, Grant’s teams are responsible for the security, performance, and availability of the company’s data centers and cloud environments that make up their SaaS solutions. He was part of TechPoint’s Tech 25 in Indiana and an Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalist.

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IPMI Webinar: Frictionless Parking: Smoothing Out the Edges for a Seamless Mobility Experience. Presented by the Technology Committee and Nick Mazzenga


Frictionless Parking: Smoothing Out the Edges for a Seamless Mobility Experience

An IPMI Technology Committee Presentation

Offered by Nick Mazzenga, PE, Kimley-Horn

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Explore the state of the parking, transportation, and mobility industry’s efforts to create a seamless, frictionless, and contactless experience for customers and operators.  This session will define the concept of frictionless parking and multiple levels of integration, and examine case studies and applications for both on and off-street operations. Dive into the advantages and disadvantages of systems as well as current (and potential future) technologies and strategies to achieve more streamlined operations.

Attendees will:

  • Define frictionless parking and associated levels through case studies and applications.
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of strategies, applications, and current technology.
  • Discuss potential considerations for longer-term strategic and operational planning, as well as next steps for successful implementation.

Offers 1 CAPP Credit towards application or recertification.


Presented by:

Nick Mazzenga, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Nick Mazzenga, P.E., is a parking technology consultant with Kimley-Horn. He serves on IPMI’s Technology Committee and is passionate about leveraging technology to improve transportation infrastructure. Nick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, respectively. He also is an Eno Transportation Foundation Fellow. In his free time, Nick enjoys running and spending time with his family and beloved dog, aptly named “Parker.”

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Which Technology to Choose?

Man in suit chooses from widget images on glass in front of himBy Tom Wunk, CAPP

The parking industry, like many other industries, has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic. This catastrophic event occurred as the parking industry was–and continues to be–engaged in a technological transformation. While no one can predict the ultimate “new normal” outcome post-pandemic, it is a certainty that technology will continue to embed itself in almost every aspect of our lives, including travel and mobility. As such, understanding technology and the efficiencies and advantages that can be achieved is an important element for a parking and mobility professional, particularly those in decision-making positions.

While it is easy to become enamored with “new and shiny,” it is important to remain as objective as possible when considering a new and/or different technology for your operation. One must first identify a goal to achieve, determine how that goal will affect your business model, and figure out if there is a technological solution that will allow you to achieve that goal. Should you need to cut down five trees in your backyard and you purchase a Dremel because of great marketing and a clever demonstration at the local box store, you will be highly disappointed in the ultimate result. Sounds far-fetched, yet there are hundreds of examples of misapplied products and technology that exist today.

The CAPP Technology Course is not meant to solve this dilemma. What it will do is provide several fundamentals that should help you in decision processing when considering new or different technologies for your operation.

Tom Wunk, CAPP, will teach the two-day Analysis and Application of Technology course online March 9 and 11; the course aligns with Domain IV of the CAPP exam and attendees will earn 4 CAPP points or .4 CEUs. For details and to register, click here.

Online Instructor Led Course: Analysis and Application of Technology, March 9, 2021

Register here for this event.  $150 for IPMI Members.

This course is a two-day course. March 9 and 11.


Non-Members may attend for a $250 registration fee. Click the register link above to attend as a non-member.  Need help logging in?

Contact us at professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org.

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This course is about the development and introduction of new technology in all aspects of our lives that are happening at a pace never experienced before. This is certainly true in how we manage and conduct business in the parking and mobility sector. In this session we will discuss new and emerging technologies, the associated advantages and disadvantages, factors to be determined when considering implementing technology, and what constitutes a successful implementation. This aligns with content in Domain VI of the CAPP Exam Content Outline.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate new technology to become a ‘smart consumer’.
  • Recite your business model including how new technology fits into your organization.
  • Determine a need before selecting a solution.
  • Craft an effective plan for the consideration and implementation of technology.

Offer 4 CAPP points or .4 CEUs towards application or recertification


Instructor: Tom Wunk, CAPP

Tom was Vice President of Sales Engineering PARCS Solutions for T2 Systems and has been in the parking control industry since 1973. He is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking. A product of the State University of New York system, he has developed and provided training presentations for the IPMI, ASIS, PIE, and the AAAE. He is a member of the IPMI Technology Committee, the IPMI Educational Committee, the Smart Card Alliance, and the EMV Migration Forum.

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Online Instructor Led Course: Analysis and Application of Technology, March 11, 2021

 

Register here for this event.  $150 for IPMI Members.

This course is a two-day course. March 9 and 11.


Non-Members may attend for a $250 registration fee. Click the register link above to attend as a non-member.  Need help logging in?

Contact us at professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org.

NOT A MEMBER? JOIN TODAY.


This course is about the development and introduction of new technology in all aspects of our lives that are happening at a pace never experienced before. This is certainly true in how we manage and conduct business in the parking and mobility sector. In this session we will discuss new and emerging technologies, the associated advantages and disadvantages, factors to be determined when considering implementing technology, and what constitutes a successful implementation. This aligns with content in Domain VI of the CAPP Exam Content Outline.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate new technology to become a ‘smart consumer’.
  • Recite your business model including how new technology fits into your organization.
  • Determine a need before selecting a solution.
  • Craft an effective plan for the consideration and implementation of technology.

Offer 4 CAPP points or .4 CEUs towards application or recertification


Instructor:

Tom Wunk, CAPP

Tom was Vice President of Sales Engineering PARCS Solutions for T2 Systems and has been in the parking control industry since 1973. He is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking. A product of the State University of New York system, he has developed and provided training presentations for the IPMI, ASIS, PIE, and the AAAE. He is a member of the IPMI Technology Committee, the IPMI Educational Committee, the Smart Card Alliance, and the EMV Migration Forum.

Register here.

Breaking Down Parking and Mobility Silos

Farm silo falling down into a fieldBy Laurens Eckelboom

While the parking industry has always been consumer-driven, there’s little doubt that the consumers in question want more. Consider the parker: The same person who can receive online goods and groceries in a matter of days, even hours. They can instantly stream movies, TV shows, podcasts, and music into their homes, cars, and mobile phones. They can shortlist potential romantic partners in real time with a simple swipe right. Should it be any surprise that they want to safely park at a convenient location for the best price available to them? Of course, they do. But as service providers, are we there yet?

Before the pandemic disrupted operations, the parking industry was already undergoing an era of drastic change. Technology providers, parking reservation platforms, location services, and more were starting to—lot by lot, space by space—rethink the parking experience as part of the overall customer journey. Multiple parties separately solved a part of the process, making it savvier and more convenient. As we soon move towards operations in a post-pandemic environment, a sum of independent solutions will likely not meet our customers’ demands for today, and much less their desires for tomorrow.

The renowned Czech-Canadian scientist and policy analyst, Vaclav Smil, said, “Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.” Imagine what we could achieve if we, as an industry, collectively ideated and innovated with a broad bevy of perspectives, resources, and data at our disposal. Our diversity in experience paired with an alignment in vision would not only lead to measurable progress, but it would also assert our ability to thrive.

Laurens Eckelboom is ParkHub’s chief revenue officer. He and Michael Back, Honk’s founder and CEO, will present “How Collaborative Technologies Will Help Drive Safety-First Parking Solutions” at IPMI’s Innovation and Mobility Summit online, Feb. 24 and 25. Click here for details and to register.

IPMI Webinar: PARCS Replacement and Implementing the Latest Technologies – A Case Study of the American Dream project in New Jersey

  • IPMI Member Rate: $35 per webinar, live or on-demand.
  • IPMI Members Bundle: Buy 3 Webinars, get the 4th Webinar Free. Contact professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org for additional details.
  • Non Member Rate: $85 per webinar.

Description:

The American Dream is a retail/dining/entertainment development featuring an indoor amusement and water park, indoor snow-skiing slope, and a high-end retail mall; including 10,000 spaces, 72 lanes of equipment, and 56 Pay-on-Foot machines.

The PARCS included E-Z-Pass Integration, Pay-On-Foot, License-Plate-Recognition, QR/Barcode, PCI-P2PE Credit Cards, touch-screen displays, mobile app integrations, online reservations, and fully on-line analytics and reporting features.

Join us for this informative webinar presentation, as we discuss the RFP, selection, and installation process.

 

Objectives:

  • Investigate the latest parking technologies to enhance the customer experience.
  • Learn about the RFP and selection process.
  • Understand the best practices and lessons learned during the installation and implementation process.

 

Geoffrey Posluszny is a consultant with Walker Consultants and specializes in Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems, Automated Parking Systems, and planning studies and evaluations.  Geoff is  a member of the International Parking and Mobility Institute as well as two regional associations. During his time at Walker, Geoff has consulted on numerous PARCS and APGS specifications, procurements, and contract administration projects.

IPMI Webinar: A Portrait of El Paso Parking Using Geographic Information System (GIS)

  • IPMI Member Rate: $35 per webinar, live or on-demand.
  • IPMI Members Bundle: Buy 3 Webinars, get the 4th Webinar Free. Contact professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org for additional details.
  • Non-Member Rate: $85 per webinar.

Description:

Cities are beginning to utilize technology as a tool to write the history of parking and pave the path for the future. To achieve real-time solutions and capture usable parking data, the City of El Paso put Geographic Information System (GIS) to the test. This webinar will demonstrate how to apply GIS to paint a parking portrait specific to your operation.

Presenters:

Jeremy Rocha, PE, is a parking consultant with WGI with more than 20 years of experience in parking, project management, engineering, and planning. His focus at WGI is planning and project management. He has led multiple projects as a design team project manager nationwide. As a representative of the parking industry, he is committed to making parking friendly and understandable.

 

 

 

Amy Hunter, GISP is responsible for GIS field data collection, analyses, and deliverables, as well as being a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and FWC Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent. Amy has project experience with state, county, municipal, and private clients, including the creation of mobile applications for data collection; development of maps for field review, reporting, and permitting; and clients to provide geospatial and tabular data. She also provides the design of geodatabases, and reviews of GIS data/reporting.

 

 

Paul Stresow, is the Assistant Director with the City of El Paso’s International Bridges Department, where he manages three of the community’s international ports of entry. He has been involved in solving parking and transportation issues for over 20 years, including 8 years as Parking and Transportation Director at The University of Texas at El Paso. Paul serves on the Board of The Texas Parking and Transportation Association, where he serves as a Co-Chair to the Education and Roundtables Committee.