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ParkWhiz, the nation’s largest parking aggregation and marketing applications platform, and DataPark, a leading manufacturer of automated parking systems, have announced a strategic partnership and release of fully integrated, end-to-end eParking solutions to the commercial marketplace that enable parking asset owners, managers and operators to optimize yield. With more than 2,000 installations across the U.S. alone, DataPark has provided airports, municipalities, stadiums, hospitals, and more with first-rate parking access and revenue control systems since 1965.

MaxLite, a global manufacturing and marketing leader of energy-efficient lamps and lighting fixtures, has appointed Alex Truong as Product Marketing Manager. He reports directly to Pat Treadway, VP of Product Marketing and Engineering. Truong will research, develop and launch the company’s latest LED and CFL lamps, and upgrade its current products, using state-of-the-art, energy-efficient technologies.

The modular design of the Metric pay-and-display machine really suits the Swiss, a nation proud of its history for precision, the company says. Its Swiss distributor Taxomex continues to order from Swindon, England-based Metric – despite a reduction in the number of P&D machines being installed in that country. Said Export Manager Mike Hewett:  “Taxomex has ordered a further 40 machines for Switzerland because they can tailor a machine to suit individual customer requirements. ...”

One Parking has formed a strategic partnership with Alan Kahn of Chicago-based Alan Kahn Parking Advisors. The parking-services company, which has been growing its business in major markets such as Miami, Boston, New York, Denver and Los Angeles, recognized the opportunity to re-unite with a former Central Parking colleague to further expand its platform and capitalize on Kahn’s business relationships, knowledge and experience of more than 30 years in the parking services industry.

Pay-by-plate parking has many advantages. For instance, motorists don’t have to walk back to their vehicle to display their receipt, and there’s no need to number every space. However, to many in the U.S., it’s a relatively new concept. Parkeon Inc. is leading the way with this technology and recently deployed its 100th pay-by-plate system. The parking solutions provider now has more than 3,000 multi-space parking meters globally running a pay-by-plate app.

Build a Better Burb, an online publication dedicated to improving suburban design, has selected the prototype Zipcar “dispenser parking structure,” from Moskow Linn Architects of Boston, for its innovative and highly efficient design, as a monthly Editor’s Design Choice. Described by Keith Moskow and his firm as “a giant Pez dispenser [that] doles out cars in lieu of candy,” the structure’s design aims to improve the functionality, efficiency and aesthetic appeal of parking. Also, the same honor went to the “green-walled” four-story parking structure on the Edwards Lifesciences corporate campus in Irvine, CA. Its “living wall,” designed by Seasons Natural Engineering, features more than “20,000 plants and 50 different varieties … and an underground tank [that] pumps water to irrigate the plants.” The design elements were said to be much more visually stimulating than those of a traditional parking structure and provide a number of environmental benefits as well.

Paying for parking in any of more than 4,000 parking spaces throughout the city of Omaha, NE, should be a lot more convenient with the introduction of ParkOmaha, its self-branded mobile payment suite, supported by Passport Parking. Available to download on iOS and Android, this private-label mobile payment suite is the first of its kind and compatible with any location that uses Passport’s Mobile Pay.

Watry Design recently completed a transit parking structure for the city of Baldwin Park, CA, that is expected to provide a catalyst for redevelopment. The 5½-level, 502-stall garage provides links to regional and local buses, the Metrolink station and City Hall. A bridge provides safe pedestrian and bicycle access to the station.

Power management company Eaton and its Cooper Lighting division have released its 2014 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. Located at the division’s office in Peachtree City, GA, the educational facility offers a variety of seminars designed to broaden the understanding of lighting and its many different applications “With the rapidly changing technologies, integration of controls and legislation, our commitment is to continue to help move the industry forward by offering relevant courses addressing customer needs,” said Cooper Lighting President Mark Eubanks.

Parkmobile, a leading provider of services that enable users to pay for parking from their smartphones, has announced that its app will soon be compatible with the Ford Sync in-car connectivity system. With the Sync AppLink interface, drivers will be able to pay for a parking space with an on-file credit or debit card, eliminating the need to touch their mobile phone while driving. CEO Cherie Fuzzell said, “We are excited to extend the Parkmobile offering to the connected car through our collaboration with Ford Sync AppLink.”

Article Abstract from February, 2014




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