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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

Here’s a Neat Solution for Disabled Space Cheats

As i was looking through Park News today an interesting article caught my eye. It was datelined Dubai: A locally-made device will help Dubai Police crack down on illegal parking in the emirate. The new device is fitted with a … Continue reading

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Our New Baby

It appears we have a hit. The buzz at the IPI that our ParkNews.biz site is a hit. We are walking about with business cards with the URL and people are saying “Yes, I saw the ‘new baby’ promo and … Continue reading

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It is Worth the Cost to Exhibit at these Shows

I don’t know if you understand what it costs to exhibit at shows like the IPI, NPA, and PIE but its a lot. Let me give you some scale: For our booth, the real  estate, what we pay the IPI, … Continue reading

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Do Big Exhibitors do themselves a disservice at Shows like the IPI

We all know that the numbers (attendee, exhibitor personnel, etc) at trade shows are mostly unknowable. The information we get from the organizers is sketchy, but one thing is certain, there are almost one and a half times as many … Continue reading

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Why do people buy stuff!

We have been led to believe that “Madison Avenue” creates markets and force or entice consumers to buy stuff.  MacDonalds, Coca Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Nike, Ford, Delta Air Lines, Apple,  and thousands more all spend billions to get the … Continue reading

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700

That’s the number of followers I have on twitter. Its not a huge number since I’ll bet my granddaughter has more. But for a vertical industry like ours its not bad, particularly since I don’t ‘tweet’ all that much.  Yes, … Continue reading

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We have a new arrival

Parking Today, Parking Technology Today, and the Parking Industry Exhibition are proud to announce a new arrival, ParkNews. To View Parknews, click here Its a web site devoted to the news of the parking industry. Its an aggregator and editor … Continue reading

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The Watergate in DC

Isiah blogs about the Watergate Buildings in DC, and their relationship to our political history. He notes that the reporters from the Washington Post who brought down the Nixon administration met with their source, Deep Throat, in a garage, but … Continue reading

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Parkmobile USA, Launches Mobile Payment Solutions in Miami Beach, Florida

  Miami Beach, FL-May 12, 2014– Parkmobile USA, Inc. and Miami Beach Parking announced today a program that will allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the over 8,300+ metered spaces throughout Miami … Continue reading

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LPR Folly? NOT!!!

I got this release from a reader who normally has good input. This time I think we need to give the LPR industry a bit of a benefit of the doubt. The deal is that a woman was pulled over … Continue reading

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