Author Archives: JVH

About JVH

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his decade with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from UCLA, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields. He writes about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington DC. He has two sons, JT and Andy. JT and his wife, Francine and daughter, Ashley, live in Puyallup, near Seattle, and Andy and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Shing, live in Los Angeles. JVH and wife Robyn live in West Los Angeles with dog, Suki and cat, Brackets

Shoup and more Shoup

I know you may be on Shoup overload after our last issue with the Shoup Dogg on the cover and articles from his students and me lauding the professor. Fair Enough. I did attend a reception this past week at … Continue reading

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Parking Technology Today, and Chip Payment Myths Part Deux

Yesterday to stirred up quite a bit of comment, for this blog at least, with a myth versus reality note from Visa on the upcoming integration of chip technology in credit and debit cards that are accepted by parking operations.  … Continue reading

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Chip Payment Acceptance Myth and reality

I am working on a major article for Parking Technology Today coming out in July.  I am in receipt of a document from Visa that I will share with you in the article. But I thought you might like a … Continue reading

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Off the Record

As I mentioned before, I spoke to someone at VISA who actually was clear and concise about what the upcoming migration to chip cards (EMV) means to the parking industry, both to the vendors and to the organizations that actually … Continue reading

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EMV Info Featured in Parking Technology Today

I am up to my ears in Parking Technology Today, PT’s all technology sister. It will be coming out in July.  I have reached out to a number of my tech friends and have gotten a list of topics for … Continue reading

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What if they Price Parking Spaces like Airline Seats

I had a broad ranging discussion the other night with SMC’s Mike Harley and his charming wife (and PTT Cover Girl) Mayra. Mike’s history is in the airline and auto rental business. He was musing as to why one couldn’t … Continue reading

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Lunch with Shoup — Always A Good Story or Two

When you dine with Don Shoup you can expect some great stories and our lunch this week was no exception. As you know, the Shoup Dogg is by profession an Urban Planner. His takedown of Los Angeles goes like this: … Continue reading

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They Paved the Streets — What’s the next thing to happen

When we moved into our neighborhood about 30 years ago, the first thing that happened was that they repaved the streets.  We thought “wow”  the city is making our neighborhood perfect.  The next thing that happened, two months later, was … Continue reading

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Dallas Parking Meter/Enforcement Bid Posted

The Bid for the Parking Meter/Enforcement for the city of Dallas is now available for viewing on line: https://bids.dallascityhall.com Click on All Announcements Click on Public Access Search for RFI: BKZ1521 RFI-Parking The conference call is setup for Wednesday, May … Continue reading

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Parktoria (Aparc) Files for Bankrupcy

Parking Today has received notice that Parktoria Technologies, LLC, is filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection. The company was formerly named Aparc Systems.  This will most likely mean the liquidation of the company. According to a news release in 2013, … Continue reading

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