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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

Why Have Vacations?

Parkmobile has done a survey on people taking vacations and where, how long, and whether they drove or took other transportation. You can access the survey here. The one thing that caught my eye was that many people commented that … Continue reading

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LPR – A Hot Topic

The post I wrote a few days ago on License Plate Recognition has exploded on Linkedin. Jordan puts my blogs up on my Linkedin page and almost 5000 people have viewed it in the past week and a half. There … Continue reading

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A Solution for the Divisive Crisis in which We Find Ourselves

There is no question that the election season 2020 is divisive; brother against sister, husband against wife, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend. We find that someone is voting for ‘the other guy’ and we write them off as ‘insane’, … Continue reading

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The Act of Voting

I have had two incidents in the past week that have turned me against voting by mail. (Absentee ballots are fine; if you aren’t going to be in town, you contact the county, and they send you a ballot. Fair … Continue reading

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Better to punt than be wrong

Michelle over at the IPMI has penned a very good piece on voting. She rightly comments that is it our civic duty to vote. She then opines that we need to be kind and proceeds to note that it is … Continue reading

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Does your PARCS system really work?

To answer that question one has to understand what ‘work’ means to the questioner. In dealing with PARCS systems, it could mean many things. To wit: When a car approaches the gate and presents a credential or pulls a ticket, … Continue reading

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Can LPR Accurately Identify 100% of the Cars Scanned?

This is one of those situations where you have to know the answers before you ask the questions. Most LPR companies would tell you that they read license plates in the high 90% range. Fair Enough. However that’s of license … Continue reading

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Monk, Love Boat, and the rest

I have become so disheartened with the news and other programs on television that I simply cannot continue to watch them. They are so filled with vile, on all sides, that they send me into a fit of depression. So, … Continue reading

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Negative!!!

I was feeling rather punk this past week. Nothing serious but a little achy and kinda like I didn’t want to get out of bed. I decided to get a CV-19 test. It no big deal, took five minutes, and … Continue reading

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I am bored out of my mind.

I have been sitting here trying to figure out why. Normally I am bubbling over with ideas to put down on paper, or planning the next interview, or making sure the sails of the good ship PT are properly furled … Continue reading

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