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100 Pages of Parking Today

Wow!  I just received my personal copy of my favorite magazine and was shocked SHOCKED at the weight of the journal.  PT February contains 100, count em 100 Pages.

This book is all about the Parking Industry Exhibition:

Those three fine looking chaps on the cover are our keynote speakers, Paul Barter, Michael Houlihan and Mark Goulston. Inside you will find stories about PIE, of course, our regular columnists, and the complete PIE 2017 program.

I assume you have already registered for the event, so this will be a great preview of what is to come. If you haven’t, shame on you. You can redeem yourself by clicking here.

The hotel is filling fast — contact us if you can’t get a room, there are first class accommodations across the street. Above everything else, PIE is about convenience. No half hour hikes to the exhibit hall, no humid weather (it will be cool and crisp), and most of all, you will be hosted by the Parking Today Media team headed by Eric Abel.

See you in Chicago in less than two weeks.

JVH

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Killing them With Kindness

Los Angeles city leaders have voted to pass a resolution called the Community Assistance Parking Program to help the homeless pay off their parking fines, reports laweekly.com. The program allows people who are homeless, but who live in their cars, to perform community service when their cars/homes are ticketed.

The reason these homeless people need a program to help them pay off their tickets is that if they get too many tickets, their cars/homes are towed and then they have to move into the nearest alley. Nobody wants that.

Yesterday’s unanimous council vote means that the department can establish the Community Assistance Parking Program, which will allow homeless folks with as many as 10 citations in a single year (worth up to $1,500) to work off the fines by doing community service.

It’s a generous offer to a group of people who couldn’t pay their fines anyway, seeing as how they can’t afford actual housing, and I say that with 100 pounds of sarcasm.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin created the program, and he probably thinks he’s done a great thing helping the homeless maintain access to the cars they live in. And it does seem like a good approach because even though they are homeless, these individuals shouldn’t also be carless. If they can keep their cars, they can be homeless without living on the streets.

I’m just wondering if that’s the best that can be done.

Read the article here.

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Egad — I”m on the Radio

I was interviewed yesterday by Bernie Wagenblast the editor of several e-publications including the Transportation Communications Newsletter and the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update. He’s also the host of Transportation Radio. You can here the result here:

Parking Industry to Gather at PIE in March

Its a shameless plug for PIE and I love it.  I just have to develop that deep robust voice that carries over the airways like distant thunder.  Oh well, I’ll keep the day job.

JVH

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Infographic — Autonomous Vehicles

I know, what the hell is an infographic. I copied it here so you could get an idea but its too small. Click on the image to see it in all its glory.  Its actually a great representation of where we are with autonomous (that’s self driving) vehicles, their history, the companies actively involved, and the rest.  Wonders of the Iot.

JVH

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Parking Scam Targets Elderly

In the Las Vegas area, criminals are using their acting skills to steal from unsuspecting parkers. At news3LV.com, it’s reported that the perpetrators approach people in parking lots and convince the victims that a fender bender has occurred. The thieves blame the accident on the victims and ask for cash to repair the damage.

One 90-year-old man lost hundreds of dollars because after he gave the criminals all the cash he was carrying he went with them to his ATM  to get more money. That’s when they stole his debit card and pin.

The con-artists sounded convincing. “They pulled up beside me and I rolled down my window and said, ‘what’s the problem?'” he noted. “They said, well, you backed into me,” he continued.

There are a million books on why having a positive attitude makes life better, but in this situation, a healthy dose of suspicion is much better. If someone approaches me in a parking lot I’m going to back up quickly and walk away. No matter how much I might be tempted to get involved in whatever concern they present, the most I’m going to do is go in the store or call the authorities and ask for help.

Further, if someone in a parking lot approaches my window I’m leaving the window up and driving away as fast as I can. I consider any unsolicited approach to be a possible danger. It’s a red flag.

It’s no surprise the perpetrators toarget the elderly. Who else is going to believe they’ve struck another car when they really haven’t?

I don’t think this type of crime is going on in parking lots everywhere and all the time, but I do think signage is in order. After the initial hunt for parking, people switch to passive mode. They stop paying attention to their surroundings and they need to be reminded that that’s a bad idea.

Read the article here.

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Its not just for Big Cities…

OK – Big Data — I get it — but does anyone else. You have all this data, but can you use it to help your parking operation. I have been talking it Mitch Osur at the city of Aspen and find that a small city like Aspen can actually slice and dice the data and then use it to sell and justify changes in the parking program. He has written an article for the March Parking Today and you can preview that article on  Parknews.biz here

What caught my discerning eye was his first paragraph:

I first really learned about Big Data at the PIE show 2016 in Las Vegas, It was talked about in a lot of the seminars I participated in. Then I was lucky enough in the exhibitor area of the show to connect with a company called Smarking. They said they could turn my parking data into useful and presentable information. WOW have they done a great job for the city of Aspen.

OK, its a shameless plug for PIE. We liked Mitch’s pitch so much that we have him speaking at PIE 2017 this year. Register for the event here.

Its going to be even better than I thought.

JVH

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Sold out!

 

 

 

 

The Parking Industry Exhibition 2017 is sold out of booth space.  We do have a waiting list. Sales Director Marcy tells me that we now have 123 exhibiting companies filling 146 boots on the exhibit hall floor. This is an all time record for PIE.  Exhibition director Eric notes that we only have 22 room nights available at the Hyatt Regency.  We do have other hotels available within walking distance.

Register for PIE 2017 today

JVH

 

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MARKET LAUNCH CONUNDRUM FOR AUTONOMOUS-‘DRIVERLESS’ VEHICLES

The Parking Industry Exhibition’s Seminars are as current as today’s headlines. How will driverless vehicles affect parking and your bottom line.

PMRC’s Dale Denda will review the ‘state of the technology’ of Autonomous-‘Driverless’ Vehicles/ADV from the parking industry’s perspective. This overview evaluates ADV technology based on expert opinion and provides a basic framework for analysis of the issue going forward. Particular emphasis is placed on details of how and why ADV is expected to work versus the reality of today’s market place.

A principal question, beyond the status of the emerging Federal regulatory framework, will be addressed: To what extent positive externalities created by ADV technologies in terms of life- saving potential will create a market failure for the system?

Mr. Denda co-founded PMRC over 25 years ago, The company is a uniquely positioned market research organization devoted solely to providing real time market intelligence and the study of trends, activity and quantification of the U.S. parking market.

Join us in Chicago March 5-8.

JVH

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YES!!!!!

PIE 2017 will cause you to conclude and think, “I can start using this immediately! Sold!” pieshow.parkingtoday.com

 

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PROVIDING REAL TIME PARKING INFORMATION FOR YOUR SHOPPING CENTER CUSTOMERS – THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.

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Do you have a large free parking area surrounding a shopping center or business complex. How do you let your customers know where to park? And let them know where they left their car? This presentation is how one owner developed their own system to communicate with their customers.

Presented by : Jan Schulte, Head of International Business Development, Cleverciti Systems GmbH, Stephanie Brager, SVP,Asset management, General Growth Properties, Justin Edwards, General Growth Properties, Alex Israel, General Manager & Vice President of Parking, INRIX

Jan Schulte is Head of Internationals Business Development for Cleverciti Systems, responsible for North America, Middle East and UK. Official advisor to the board of World Parking Symposium in Toronto. Jan holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Lugano, Switzerland.Jan has over 10 years experience in international sales and management experience with companies like Amazon, Digital River or Flixmedia, in the UK and Germany.

Stephanie Brager, Senior Vice President of Asset Management for GGP, is responsible for the East half of the portfolio totaling more than 60 retail properties and office buildings. She also leads GGP’sparking initiative to create standards and programming to improve the parking experience. GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. Stephanie has worked for GGP for nearly 20 years at both the retail property and corporate levels.

Justin Edwards works within the Special Projects Team under National Operations at General Growth Properties. Focus being the planning and executing of large scale projects throughout the GGP Portfolio. To include property Redevelopments, Capital Improvements, and Parking Enhancement Projects.

Alex Israel leads INRIX’s parking division, where he works to develop end- to-end parking solutions for cities, automakers, and drivers. INRIX, is the leading global provider of real-time traffic information and connected driving services. Previously, Alex co-founded ParkMe, a leading global provider of parking data, which was acquired in 2015 by INRIX to add parking intelligence to its solutions.

Parking Industry Exhibition, March 5-8  Hyatt Regency O’hare, Rosemont, IL

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