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OmniPark has appointed Bob Webster as Product Manager. He previously served its parent company, Imprezzio, as Director of IT. Webster is a 12-year parking industry professional, whose experience includes running his own IT company and developing parking ticket collections, towing and other software. He will continue to be based in Kirkland, WA.


Distinctive Parking has been selected to manage parking operations for One Shell Square in New Orleans, a 51-story office building designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The tallest building in the city and state, it is primarily leasable office space, with retail space on the ground level. The parking operations consist  of 825 marked parking spaces for the sole purpose of a tenant/public self-parking garage operation.


Continuing to be at the forefront of energy efficient lighting technologies, MaxLite is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The leading global manufacturer and marketer of innovative LED luminaires and lamps has achieved many milestones and product success stories throughout its history. Said Yon Sung, President and CEO: “We are very appreciative of our customers, specifiers and partners that helped us to substantially grow the business over the past two decades. …” Also, MaxLite has appointed Pat Treadway to VP of Product Marketing and Engineering, and Ken Charton to Product Marketing Manager. Treadway will report to Thomas Rhee, Executive VP. Formerly Director of Product Marketing, he will be responsible for overall product strategic planning, brand positioning, product category expansion, supply chain development and the development of new emerging technologies.


The 2013 Florida Parking Association (FPA) Board of Directors was announced at its 33rd annual conference, in St. Augustine, FL: President, Bill Foster, CAPP, Assistant VP at Florida International University (FIU); President-Elect, Jim Corbett, CAPP, Tampa Parking Manager; Secretary, Stephanie Stefanelli, Clearwater Parking Manager; Treasurer, Lissette Hernandez, CAPP, Director of Parking and Transportation at FIU.


TagMaster North America, a provider of long-range and high-performance RFID systems for automatic vehicle identification (AVI), was installed by GuardLink for hands-free parking access to Queen City Square Tower in Cincinnati. With four entrance/exit plazas and 2,200 parking spaces, the company’s AVI enables regular parkers to enter and exit the garage without the need to insert an access card or code, or even to lower their vehicle window. This eliminates delays caused by congestion at this premier location.


ABM Parking Services/Ampco System Parking was recently awarded a multiyear contract for operations of the City of Rockford, IL, parking system, to include management, enforcement and collections – with approximately 38 surface lots, 4 garages and 3,500 parking meters, altogether comprising 7,879 parking spaces. This is city’s first privatization of its parking system.


Standard Parking Corp. has announced various contract awards received following the merger of Standard Parking and Central Parking in October 2012. The contracts involve properties across the United States and include awards to various SP Plus service lines and end markets, as well as to the company’s Central Parking subsidiary. SP Plus Office Services was awarded the management of the parking operations at nine office buildings across the country for Piedmont Real Estate Investment Trust. The City of Scranton, PA, awarded SP Plus Municipal Services a new on-street meter collection and enforcement contract. It also was selected by the City of Oxford, MS, to provide on-street meter enforcement and citations in the downtown area. For more information on other awards, go to the company’s Jan 29 press release at ir.standardparking.com/releases.cfm.


Complus Data Innovations, a leader in the field of parking ticket management solutions, has announced its successful integration with Parkmobile, a leading mobile payment services provider, for the City of Frederick, MD.


Parkeon Inc. has announced that Smart Parcs has joined its expanding distribution network, and will be responsible for sales and service of the Parkeon system in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Also a distributor for Magnetic Automation, Smart Parcs’ client base includes George Mason University and Virginia Tech University.


The Dutch technology company Nedap AVI has expanded its team to respond to the growing market position in the security and parking industry. The company, part of Nedap NV, also showed a “satisfying increase” in its revenue in 2012. New to Nedap AVI are Tahyani Perdomo-Villaroel, business development in South America; Melvyn Teo, business development in Asia; and Michele Monzeglio, technical sales and support in Italy. Said General Manager Maarten Mijwaart: “Our leading market position is the result of our strategy to focus intensively on product development, sales and marketing worldwide. …”


Finfrock has signed design-build contracts for two new garages in Florida. Parking for the 4th Avenue South Residences in St. Petersburg will be designed, manufactured and constructed by the company. The project will provide 624 stalls in 5.2 levels for a new multi-unit residential complex. Also, 468 parking spaces will be designed, manufactured and constructed for SkyHouse Orlando, a new high-rise residential complex being built in downtown Orlando.


Duncan Solutions has hired Asaf Salama as President of its Duncan Technologies business unit. He will oversee the continued enhancement and support of the company’s integrated parking meter and enforcement solutions, including the AutoCite handheld enforcement device and Liberty single-space meters featuring credit payment options.


At AppsWorld North America 2013, CreditCall CEO Peter Turner joined other payment industry executives in February in San Francisco to discuss mobile commerce and market opportunities and challenges for mobile payment acceptance apps. The mobile payments track included two panels involving representatives from Verizon, MasterCard, Intuit and PayPal.


Digital Payment Technologies has completed a successful trial of its multi-space parking paystations at Portland (OR) State University. The deployment tested technologies such as pay-by-license plate and extend-by-phone features, which were so successful that they will be extended to additional campus lots and garages. The university also experienced a reduction in pass-back of parking receipts, which created a positive impact on revenue. In addition, thanks to increased customer compliance, the university has seen a significant drop in citations, making the deployment a win-win for both the university and consumers.


Walker Parking Consultants has named Robert E. Stanley, P.E., as Managing Principal of its Denver office. He will oversee all Walker projects in the Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City areas. He replaces Larry Hofmockel, P.E., a fixture of the Denver-area parking industry, who is refocusing his efforts on international business development and project management.


Park New Haven, which maintains and manages more than 8,000 public parking spots across seven garages and numerous surface facilities in Downtown New Haven, CT, has announced the retirement of long-time Executive Director William E. Kilpatrick, and the appointment of David B. Panagore as its Interim Executive Director. Kilpatrick had been with the authority since 1987, serving on the Board of Directors as Commissioner, Treasurer and eventually Chairman. He was named Executive Director of Park New Haven in July 1994 and served 20 years in that role.


McMahon Associates has announced the grand opening of its newest Mid-Atlantic office in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  With its being one of the fastest-growing regions in the state and with Lehigh County ranking in the Top 10 in economic growth in the US, the firm said it is reinforcing its mission to provide responsive client solutions in the region.


Hi-Tech Solutions (HTS), a leader in the optical character recognition and computer vision systems market, has announced that RevCon Technology Group, a provider of turnkey parking solutions for the Chicagoland market, has installed HTS license plate recognition (LPR) systems in the South Loop/Union League and Rush, Ohio and Wabash garages in Chicago. They are integrated into a new overall parking management and revenue control system from TIBA Parking. The HTS LPR system is designed to increase revenues with more accurate processing, auditing, control and billing functionality, as well as to reduce losses due to less tailgating, lost tickets and ticket-switching occurrences, enhancing self-park, valet and hotel operations.

Article Abstract from March, 2013




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