Care Park chronicles the journey of four of its leading women driving the future of parking
The parking industry has been very open and welcoming of women across its operations working in the field managing parking services right through to the highest ranks of management. Care Park, which this year celebrates 25 years of services to the parking industry has always had women in its leadership team from inception to the modern day.
Parking Industry Awards 2023
The Awards hold prestige and promotional opportunities for winners and finalists alike in recognising excellence, outstanding facilities and the use of innovation throughout the business of parking.
Melbourne Cybersecurity Forum – That’s a Wrap!
With over 75 attendees from all sectors of the parking and property industries in attendance, we all walked away from the event with invaluable knowledge and practical guidance on how to create a safer digital world to protect our organisations and customer information.
Are private parking fines lawful?
Published by Peter Nugent, Partner – Holding Redlich
The use of private parking fines and penalties is currently a hot topic in the Brisbane media. Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey has foreshadowed a ‘crack-down’ on private car park owners in the coming months.
IPMI 2023 Parking & Mobility Conference and Expo
Join Parking Australia at the IPMI Conference & Expo 2023.
Special discount offer for Parking Australia members.
#IPMI2023! June 11-14 2023, Fort Worth Convention Centre, Fort Worth, Texas
Queensland Minister Bans the Sharing of License Details
On Australia Day it was reported that the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey made comments stating payment notices issued by commercial car park operators was a “rip off” and that motorists should not pay.
Sydney Sustainable Parking Seminar
In November Parking Australia held our inaugural Sustainable Parking Seminar in Sydney. With the nation looking at how we can reach Net Zero by 2050 it is incumbent on all industries including the parking industry to examine our current practices and see what we can do to help reach this target.
South Australia Paid Parking Legislation
The South Australian Parliament passed changes to their ‘Paid Parking’ legislation. The changes mean that large shopping centres will now need the approval of the Planning Minister to install any paid parking.
Electronic Permits now Legal in Victoria
For some time, Parking Australia has lobbied the Victorian Government to amend clause 185 of the Road Safety Rules to allow Councils to issue electronic parking permits as is the case in NSW and QLD. Parking Australia is please to inform members that these changes have now been implemented.
Frogparking delivers FrogOne ticketless, frictionless access and revenue control
Frogparking delivers FrogOne ticketless, frictionless access and revenue control at Invercargill Central, New Zealand.
The parking experience at a shopping centre is a crucial first and last interaction in a customer’s experience at a shopping centre. Customers visit a shopping centre to go shopping – not spend time stuck in a parking lot.
Quality Mind Employee Resilience and Wellness Program
Parking Australia has successfully applied for the Victorian Government Mental Wellbeing of Business Communities Grants Program. The grant support Business Communities such as the parking industry to develop and deliver a dedicated program to improve the mental health and wellbeing of members.
EasyPark reaches 2 million downloads in Australia
EasyPark ANZ is pleased to announce a new milestone for Australia, with 2 million Australians downloading the EasyPark app.
Since launching in Australia in 2014, EasyPark has continued its exponential growth year on year. In reaching 2 million motorists, more and more Australians are saving time and money when parking every day.
Sustainable Parking Seminar
16 November 2022, 9am – 3pm
Park Royal Darling Harbour, Blackwattle Room, 150 Day Street, Sydney
It is incumbent on all industries, including the parking industry, to reduce our carbon footprint and implement sustainability measures. As such Parking Australia invites you to attend our inaugural ‘Sustainable Parking’ Seminar.
Smart Parking puts an end to searching for an elusive parking spot
There is exciting news for parking in Frankston City with the start of two initiatives.
Free 2-hour parking was reinstated, extending the initiative which ran during COVID-19. Meanwhile, Frankston City’s Smart Parking Trial Project kicks off on 15 August, with new technology to make parking more efficient in our area.
From Feb 1 Townsville Parking Fine Prices Will Be Slashed
Parking fines will be slashed by more than half after a Townsville City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 23.
Motorists who overstay the limit on a paid car park or do not purchase a ticket will now be charged $31, instead of the previous $37 and $75 fines.
Message from the CEO – Stuart Norman
In what can only be called a dangerous precedent, the recently elected Labor South Australian Government is set to introduce an amendment to the Private Parking Areas Bill into Parliament. The changes would see Councils with the power to approve or deny shopping centres from introducing paid parking.
North Sydney Council plan angers developers Neil Werrett, CBUS
Black Caviar owner Neil Werrett has fired up at North Sydney Council over plans to halve the number of private car parking spaces allowed in nine new apartment towers in a bid to “influence car ownership rates and sustainable travel behaviour” at a council meeting on Monday night.
Call to ditch suburban clearways and create more street parking
Sydney’s urban centres must declare war on clearways in order to bring back parking spots and restore vibrancy to our city’s high streets, local voices have claimed.
Message from the CEO – Stuart Norman
While it’s full steam ahead for Parking Australia holding PACE next month, this week there was a bigger event held in Canberra, called the Federal Budget.
In previous years the Government have announced additional funding for their commuter car park scheme. This year it was no surprise that the initiative wasn’t given a mention. In terms of what was announced, Parking Australia welcomes the temporary cut in fuel excise. Getting motorists out driving is key to on and off-street parking providers right around the country.
Parking Australia Promotes Use of Car Parks for Events
Carpark bars and free transport are among a NSW state government plan to fast-track Covid recovery. Contact Stuart Norman, Parking Australia CEO for comments and partnerships around this supported proposal.
The end is in sight: the pandemic and working from home
By Stuart Norman, Parking Australia CEO
“Just when we thought it was safe.” Paraphrasing a classic film quote to describe how Omicron reared its ugly head, feels strangely suitable.
QR code scammers
By Parking Australia CEO Stuart Norman, featuring comments from Smarter City’s Michael Doherty.
Police in San Antonio and Austin Texas found fraudulent QR codes stickers on parking meters as part of a scam. The QR codes took the parkers to an alternate website for payment. Coverage of this story has gone global, with many calling for an end to QR codes out of fear of phishing schemes.
Funding promised for station car park – again
FUNDING for car parking at Kananook Station has been budgeted by the federal government. The project is expected to cost $18 million to taxpayers, with funding to be drawn from the urban congestion fund.
World’s lowest on-street parking costs revealed
Report finds parking your car in city streets around the world costs anything between 20c to $11 an hour, but how does Australia fare?
Secure Parking to help deliver 400 landing sites
Air taxi infrastructure startup Skyportz has announced a partnership with Secure Parking, which could deliver up to 400 landing sites for eVTOL aircraft in Australia.
A Vaccinated PACE
The Adelaide Convention Centre has informed Parking Australia that their venue is a fully vaccinated venue.
Maroochydore CBD paid parking facility approved, construction looms
Work will start this year on Maroochydore’s first paid parking facility with Sunshine Coast Council already setting aside millions for the project.
Andrews government looks at new road user charging
The Andrews Victorian Government has publicly backed the implementation of a distanced-based road user charge in the coming years.
SenSen wins multi-year contract with Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Leading sensor AI software and solution provider SenSen Networks Limited has announced it has secured a deal to supply automated parking enforcement solutions to Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
EasyPark invests in Melbourne CBD with new ANZ headquarters
Parking technology disruptor EasyPark ANZ (EasyPark) is the latest global business to show confidence in Melbourne’s CBD, with Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, officially opening its new headquarters at 350 Collins Street.
Parking Australia welcomes new directors
Parking Australia elected three directors (two being new to the Board) at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting of the company.
Plan rejected to make Park’nPay mandatory?
Last week it was reported in the Daily Telegraph that the NSW Cabinet rejected a plan to legislate the mandatory implementation of the state government parking app, Park’nPay, by NSW Councils. As it is only a report and cabinet discussions are confidential, we will never know what the real state of play is.
Double vaxxed for PACE 2022
Parking Australia has been informed by the Adelaide Convention Centre that all events at the venue will only allow double vaccinated people to attend.
SenSen announces first customer for Environmental Mapping Technology
Leading Sensor AI solutions provider SenSen Networks Limited has announced Brisbane City Council as the first customer to sign up for its new Environment Mapping Technology (EMT) which allows users to accurately determine GPS positions of vehicles in built up areas such as cities.
Winners announced in 2021 parking industry awards
Parking Australia announced the winners for the 2021 Parking Industry Awards at a virtual event held on 10 November.
UbiPark secures funding to expand
UbiPark has secured $2m funding within the challenging conditions of the pandemic. With payment transactions on track to reach $12m in 2022, 2021 revenue has grown 7 times compared to what it was in 2020. This consistent growth ensured UbiPark secured additional funding for greater expansion.
EasyPark’s Cities of the Future Index
EasyPark Group have released a study about the most intelligent and future-proof cities in the world, revealing which cities are best adopting new technological solutions to improve their sustainability and liveability. As mobility innovators, EasyPark Group recognises the impact that new technologies have on societies, and how it can help to create sustainable and forward thinking urban areas that enhance the lives of their inhabitants.
Wilson Parking recognised with three ABA100 Awards
Wilson Parking Australia, the largest and most experienced parking operator in Australia, has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Business Innovation, Service Excellence and Digital CX Management in The Australian Business Awards. All three awards were in recognition of the Wilson Parking App’s evolution and the company’s focus on improving customer experience through innovation.
Parking awards go virtual
The 2021 Parking Industry Awards virtual event will take place on 10 November at 4.20pm (AEDT). Following a year of disruptions and postponements, the 2021 Awards event will switch to a virtual format, similar to last year’s virtual presentation of award winners.
Wilson Parking announced as the official parking partner for McDonald’s Monopoly
Wilson Parking Australia have announced their partnership with McDonald’s as the official parking partner for the Monopoly Game at Macca’s, contributing to the record-breaking $616 million worth of prizes to win.
2021 Australian infrastructure plan released
The 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan was published at the beginning of September, following a virtual launch by Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor. The plan outlines a reform roadmap to leverage the $110b infrastructure spend and drive national recovery.
Finalists Announced in 2021 National Parking Awards
Parking Australia is pleased to announce the finalists for 2021 Parking Industry Awards, which are to be held in conjunction with the forthcoming Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition 2021.
Last chance for early bird
There are just two weeks remaining to register for PACE 2021 at early bird prices. Save between $200-$400 per delegate with the discounted rate.
Compliance integrates with NSW State government program
In a move to streamline the management of parking infringement collection, The Hills Shire Council in New South Wales has introduced integrated parking compliance technology solution, vCompliance, to work in conjunction with
the NSW State Government’s Print and Post program.
Frogparking launches parking white-paper
Frogparking has launched a white paper looking into the effects the COVID-19 Pandemic is having on transportation and mobility, using California as a case study, and how this will change the way parking is offered as a consumer product.
Parking Australia board resignation
Parking Australia board member, Liam Carroll, resigned from the Parking Australia Board of Directors in May, following almost 3 years of service. Liam formerly worked for the City of Darwin but resigned his position earlier this year.
EasyPark Group’s acquisition of PARK NOW complete
EasyPark will be taking over the operations of Parkmobile App that has been operating in Australia since 2013 in ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC.
This acquisition will further expand the EasyPark App service to more cities, and help EasyPark achieve its goal of 2 million users in 2021.
SenSen acquires Scancam
SenSen has entered into an agreement to acquire Scancam Industries Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading provider of AI solutions to fuel retailers.
Scancam’s award-winning AI technology prevents drive-offs at service stations, addressing a significant problem for fuel retailers in Australia.
UbiPark launches in-car parking app with Porsche
UbiPark has launched, in conjunction with Porsche, a parking app that provides Australian owners with a contactless and convenient parking experience, directly from their vehicle.
TKH Security merges with Park Assist & ParkEyes
In January, Park Assist and ParkEyes merged with TKH Security. TKH Security is a member of the TKH Group, a €1.6 billion publicly-traded company, which was also the parent company of Park Assist and ParkEyes.
Auckland Transport and DCA’s partnership extended
Auckland Transport has recently awarded Database Consultants Australia (DCA) a five year contract extension to continue delivering its integrated parking management system.
Changes to the Fair Work Act
The Fair Work Ombudsman has provided further guidance on recent changes to the Fair Work Act. These include COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, changes to casual employment and changes to unpaid parental leave entitlements.
Smarter City wins partnership with Mosman Council to launch CelloPark
Mosman Council has further cemented its position as an early adopter of technology by introducing the award-winning CellOPark parking payment app to its suite of cloud-based, contactless and paperless parking solutions for residents.
First Keynote Speaker Announced for PACE 2021
Parking Australia is pleased to announce the first keynote speaker for PACE 2021. Former Olympian, circus performer and mindset expert, Guy Newman, will share how to bounce back from adversity and develop thinking skills to overcome obstacles and prepare for an uncertain future.
Smart Parking launches Tessera
Smart Parking are proud to announce the launch of Tessera – Smart Parking’s compliance management system platform and mobile app.
Tessera harnesses the power of Smart Parking’s SmartCloud platform to offer a market leading end-to-end parking management and enforcement system.
Wilson Parking launches Apple CarPlay app integration
Australia’s largest car parking group Wilson Parking Australia has today introduced its Apple CarPlay-enabled parking app on the App Store. The new integration updates the popular Wilson Parking iOS app and allows commuters to discover, book and pay for parking via their car’s built-in display.
Tourism and aviation’s flight path to recovery
Australia’s airlines, hotels and caravan parks, restaurants and bars, travel agents and tourism operators are set for a rush of hundreds of thousands of tourists as part of a new $1.2 billion support package from the Morrison Government.
BMW Group and Daimler Mobility to sell PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group
As announced at today’s signing, BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have agreed to sell their joint venture PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group, subject to prior approval by the relevant authorities.
Wilson Parking and Dexus collaborate to host MPavilion event
Wilson Parking, Australia’s leading parking operator, is collaborating with Dexus, Australia’s largest office landlord and MPavilion, to support the latest arts and cultural event in the centre of Melbourne, located at the Dexus and Wilson Parking managed property, Parkade.
Brisbane city moves to cashless parking
Brisbane City Council have announced the end to cash payments at 960 parking meters which operate 7500 parking spaces around Auchenflower, Buranda, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Milton, Newstead, South Brisbane, West End and Woolloongabba.
PayStay reaches 1 Million User Milestone
Database Consultants Australia, Australia’s leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions announced PayStay has reached the 1 million user milestone.
Chief Executive Officer DCA Cities, Mike Smith said PayStay launched in Australia in 2014 and has fast become Australia’s leading pay-by-mobile digital parking solution.
UbiPark Takes Smart Parking to North America
Pushing forward with their mission to bring smarter, safer, and more sustainable parking to the world, UbiPark has announced the expansion of its smart parking solutions into the US and Canadian markets.
Winners Announced in 2020 Parking Industry Awards
Parking Australia announced the winners for the 2020 Parking Industry Awards at a Virtual Event on 24 November.
The prestigious Parking Industry Awards are an opportunity for us to recognise excellence in the industry, by showcasing exemplary projects from the last 12-18 months. 26 submissions were received from around the country and a panel of nine industry judges reviewed and scored the submissions, based on the submission criteria.
APC designs world class vehicle management system for Queen Victoria Market
Australian Parking Consultants have designed a new vehicle management system for Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, including the construction of a 500-bay multi-level car park off Queen Street.
ptc. expands Civil Engineering capabilities with the appointment of Stephen Naughton
In ptc.’s 20th year of parking and traffic advisory work, 2020 marks its further expansion in scope and impact with the launch of a civil engineering practice.
Budget Outcome: FBT on Parking
While the Federal Budget provided a vast suite of measures for individuals and businesses, Parking Australia were extremely disappointed that the Treasurer did not make any significant changes to Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on parking.
Porsche Cars Australia partners with UbiPark
Porsche Cars Australia has partnered with smart parking solutions provider UbiPark to develop a smart mobility app for Porsche owners in Australia.
Duncan Solutions Receives Design Award for Next Generation Meter
Duncan Solutions has been awarded the prestigious Good Design Award in the field of Product Design – Commercial and Industrial for the NG (Next Generation) Meter. The accolade was awarded by Good Design Australia – an authority on Australian design quality.
Aesthetically designed, the Duncan NG Meter represents the culmination of decades worth of experience in meter design and parking management best practice.
Cottesloe selects DCA Cities to deliver parking management system
An integrated parking management system to improve parking at Cottesloe, 15 minutes west of Perth’s CBD, will be delivered by Database Consultants Australia (DCA), after being awarded a five year contract following a competitive tender process.
Seeking to upgrade their existing parking technology, the Town of Cottesloe opted for an integrated parking technology system to electronically detect parking arrival and departure, accurately detect overstays and transmit details to Rangers hand-held devices.
Tax Relief for Victorian Businesses and Car Park Owners
The Victorian Government is providing more tax relief for Victorians doing it tough due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Treasurer, Tim Pallas, has announced the Government will also provide much-needed relief for car park owners, with a 25 per cent waiver of this year’s congestion levy. Car park owners can also defer any outstanding balances until next year. This waiver will save car park owners a combined $30 million.
Change Coming to Queensland Number Plates
Queensland’s current number plate series, which features three numbers followed by three letters, is coming to an end after 40 years and the new series is expected to begin appearing on Queensland vehicles in either late August or early September 2020.
EasyPark receives the Award “Best Managed Companies” by Deloitte
Two years in a row, EasyPark has received the Best Managed Companies recognition, sponsored by Deloitte in cooperation with Nasdaq. The company was chosen from over 100 nominees.
Future growth is built upon robust internal processes. These companies have a clear vision and a forward-leaning approach.
ADVAM launches new approach to payments for EV Charging
ADVAM, a TNS Company, is pleased to announce the launch of its latest Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging payments solution (EV – MCC 5552), making it easier for customers to pay and operators to secure payments.
This new ADVAM payments solution enables a simple contactless ‘tap’ and single low value payment pre-authorisation to start the charge. Once the charge is complete, the final amount is simply deducted from the pre-authorised payment card or mobile wallet charge.
Smarter City Solutions extend free contactless parking payments offer
In order to assist both parking operators and motorists in these challenging and difficult times, Smarter City Solutions are now offering their leading, award winning CellOPark Pay-by-app platform to new parking operators completely free until 31 December 2020.
JET Charge and EV charging takes off with ADVAM
ADVAM, a TNS Company, and JET Charge are making payments easier for EV charging customers, by providing a seamless contactless payments experience, enabling customers to simply ‘tap to activate’ their charging.
JET Charge, an Australian based company, is leading the charge of domestic electric vehicle adoption by reducing the barriers to electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Frogparking selected for Chadstone Shopping Centre
Frogparking has been selected to deliver a refresh of Chadstone Shopping Centre’s parking guidance system.
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is Australia’s largest shopping centre and a world-renowned fashion and entertainment hub for local and international visitors, located 17km from Melbourne’s CBD. An all-encompassing retail experience, Chadstone features over 550 stores, designer boutiques and over 30 luxury brands.
Wyndham City signs 3-year contract with Smart Parking
Smart Parking have announced a 3-year contract to supply and install their SmartPark technology solution in over 2,000 parking bays in Wyndham.
The hardware will include over 2,000 vehicle detection sensors installed in individual parking bays to monitor vehicle activity, along with SmartSpot gateways. The SmartSpot gateways are multifunctional communication gateways that relay live parking events from the sensors to Smart Parking’s IoT (Internet of Things) SmartCloud platform.
Edmondson Park commuter car park upgrade approved
Transport for NSW is taking the first step in delivering up to 2,000 additional parking spaces at Edmondson Park Station as part of the NSW Government’s Commuter Car Park Program. Construction on the multi-storey commuter car park to the south of the station will begin in mid-2020 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
COVID-19 has had an impact on all Australians. One major impact has been on our freedom of movement. As lockdown measures are eased all Australians will need to travel in a COVID-Safe manner.
The parking industry want all Australians to be safe and have developed the COVID-Safe Parking Initiative. We want to limit the amount of contact required to parking safely and reduce the risk to motorists.
Brisbane City Council to return to normal parking rates
Following a period of reduced rates in the two Brisbane City Council car parks at King George Square and Wickham Terrace, to support those essential workers travelling to the CBD during the COVID-19 restrictions, Council has announced a return to normal rates from Monday 18 May 2020.
Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct
The Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct developed by the Federal Government and the National Cabinet is implemented by state governments with legislation developed and passed by them. To this point, Parking Australia has had some success in lobbying the NSW Government to amend the code allowing for greater flexibility, which may include tenancy relief for car park operators.
Support for Victorian Businesses Expanded
The Victorian Government is now providing more support for Victorian businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic to get to the other side of the crisis.
Initially the Victorian Business Support Fund was limited to a small range of industries, but Parking Australia has successfully been able to get the Victorian Government to make the change to include all industries.
City of Marion set to embark on smart parking initiative
Following on from the successful launch of the City of Adelaide smart city parking initiative, the City of Marion has just signed a contract with Smart Parking to install its system in over 400 individual parking bays.
The aim of this project is to reduce commuter parking in local streets, as well as reduce commuter emissions. To achieve this, vehicle detection sensors will provide data on individual parking bays, which is then displayed in real-time on strategically placed LED directional signs, as well as the customised wayfinding app.
SenSen Networks Secures ~A$2.5M Smart City Contract in US
Australian Artificial intelligence solutions provider, SenSen Networks Ltd (ASX: SNS) has announced it has been awarded a ~A$2.5M tender with the City of Las Vegas to provide a range of intelligent transportation and smart city solutions. The agreement will support the City of Las Vegas’ goal to become a true Smart City by 2025.
Spot Parking partners with Parramatta to map new kerbside restrictions
To help support local business who can now only provide takeaway services, Spot Parking has partnered with the City of Parramatta to provide a COVID-19 interactive map, where the city can show new kerbside restrictions to support pick-ups rather than parking, and local restaurants and pharmacies can communicate their new operating hours and offers to the local community. See the live site here.
Smart parking solutions help mitigate virus spread
During this diverse time of a global COVID-19 pandemic, the government and public are united in the principles aimed at keeping Australians healthy and minimising economic disruption. Guidelines suggest that reducing the amount of human to human contact and keeping at least 1.5 metres apart will diminish the spread of the virus and fewer people are likely to get ill. That’s where we see measures like encouraging people to work from home and not even being able to shake hands, for the risk of contamination.
Adelaide’s UPark Launches Touch-Free Parking
The City of Adelaide has implemented an innovative new online platform to assist in safer, touch-free parking at a significantly discounted price across all nine UPark locations.
UPark Plus has been developed in partnership with Adelaide-based organisations ADVAM and DESIGNA Australia and gives $8 capped, touch-free daily parking when customers sign up online and use the new card.
Smarter City Solutions helping operators to introduce contactless parking payments
Smarter City Solutions are doing their bit to help the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus by promoting FREE ‘contactless payments’ – a sanitary option that allows motorists to pay for parking without the need to interact with or touch any hardware such as parking meters.
NSW ANNOUNCE BILLIONS IN TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESS
The NSW Government today released the second stage of its economic package aimed at keeping people in jobs, helping businesses and supporting our most vulnerable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parking App Directory
In view of the COVID-19 crisis, Parking Australia will be encouraging motorists around the country to use touchless payment methods when parking. This includes using tap and go where possible, and parking apps. As such, Parking Australia wants to provide a list of members that have parking apps to book, enter/exit car parks and pay.
Parking congestion levies and the COVID-19 Emergency
Keeping the wheels turning
The Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Minister say all actions amid the COVID-19 crisis must be geared to keeping Australians healthy and minimising the impact on the economy.
WA Government to ban wheel clamping
The West Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, has called wheel clamping contractors in his state “thugs and bullies”, referring to the way that contractors target people as unacceptable and un-Australian.
Bristol Airport partners with IDeaS to optimise parking inventory
IDeaS Revenue Solutions, the world’s leading provider of revenue management software and services, will implement its Car Park Revenue Management System (CPRMS) at Bristol Airport (BRS) to optimise 17,000+ parking spaces.
London’s Gatwick Airport set to improve the customer parking experience
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport, with over 46 million passengers travelling through each year, and in the interest of improving customer experience, Gatwick Airport has decided to revisit the way their short-term car parking was run.
Smart Parking is set to install over 4,000 vehicle detection sensors throughout five multi-deck car parks that are allocated for short-term parking.
SenSen wins A$1.24M Singapore Government contract with ATT
Leading smart cities solutions provider SenSen Networks has been successful in winning a Government of Singapore tender for the operation and maintenance of a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) enforcement camera system, alongside its systems integrator partner ATT Systems Group.
The CCTV surveillance and enforcement system aims to deter illegal curbside parking and prevent traffic congestion. The system is implemented at various locations designated as Enforcement Zones where offending vehicles are captured on camera.
SenSen signs distribution deal with Japanese casino supplier
SenSen Networks have secured a landmark investment from leading Asian conglomerate Angel Japan Co Ltd. A multifaceted global investment and partnership agreement signed in December 2019 gives Angel exclusive distribution rights to lead the global expansion drive for the SenGAME 3.0.
Smarter City Solutions Launches Bush-Fire Appeal
Smarter City Solutions will be donating 20% of their net parking revenue from the CellOPark app in each affected state to to that state fire services from now until the end of February.
In addition, they are inviting customers and anyone who wants to personally donate, to use one of the QR codes from their website which will donate 100% of proceeds to the fire services.
DCA Cities selected to transform Brisbane City Council’s parking operations
After a competitive tender process, Brisbane City Council has announced Database Consultants Australia (DCA) as the supplier to deliver its infringement management solution.
The contract will see DCA partner with Council to implement an industry best practice infringement management system, streamlining Council processes and delivering a better service to Brisbane residents of Australia’s largest local government area.
Networking events suspended until further notice
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Parking Australia has made the decision to suspend all networking events until further notice. This decision is in line with all current recommendations to minimise risk to the well-being of attendees and reduce unnecessary travel.
Vicinity completes Australia’s largest solar car park installation
Vicinity Centres (Vicinity) has completed Australia’s largest car park solar installation in South Australia (SA), with 1,400 solar shaded car spaces at Elizabeth City Centre. The car park system is in addition to the 2.7-megawatt (MW) rooftop program which was completed in 2018 and brings the total capacity at Elizabeth City Centre to 5.9MW.
Smart Parking installs parking solution for world’s most sustainable shopping centre
Located in Melbourne, Burwood Brickworks is the world’s most sustainable shopping centre, and Smart Parking has been working with them to install a state of the art parking system that also ticks the boxes in terms of their sustainability policy.
Parking innovations take effect in Geelong
A range of initiatives aimed at creating a more efficient and dynamic car parking system in central Geelong has taken effect from Monday.
The City has introduced innovations such as a free parking trial in two-hour zones, a new pay-by-phone application, pay-by-plate methodology and licence plate recognition.
Winners Announced in National Parking Industry Awards
Parking Australia, the national association for the parking industry, has announced the winners for the 2019 Parking Industry Awards, which were held at Metropolis Events in Melbourne last night.
Parking Australia Welcomes New Directors
Parking Australia has elected three directors, (two are new to the Board) at the Annual General Meeting of the Company held in Adelaide on 12 November.
Smart Parking Goes Live in Livingstone Shire
In the interest of providing a positive parking experience for residents and visitors to Livingstone Shire, Smart Parking have recently worked with Livingstone Shire Council to complete the installation of over 300 vehicle detection sensors in the town’s centre and the area surrounding Yeppoon Lagoon.
Parkhound’s New App Making Waves
Following the relaunch of their parking app in May 2019, Parkhound has seen demand for car spaces increase three-fold. With over 11,000 downloads in the first month of release and 200,000+ users nationwide, the online marketplace captures unique insights on the needs and wants of Australian Drivers.
WA’s first congestion-busting project gets underway
The $32 million multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station will start construction early next year following today’s request for tender applications for its design and build.
Jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments, it will be one of WA’s first congestion- busting projects under the Morrison Government’s Urban Congestion Fund and was an election commitment from the McGowan Government.
Smarter City Solutions start the financial year on the right foot
Smarter City Solutions are reporting a great start to their FY19/20 year.
“We are super proud of our list of wins that seems to be growing as the tides in the parking arena change”, said Smarter City Solution’s new Head of Commercial – Kevin Bird.
TIBA Parking Systems Expands VAR Network in Australia
TIBA Parking Systems has welcomed InnerVision Engineering to its’ Value Added Reseller (VAR) network in Australia. TIBA is expanding its’ VAR network in Australia and will be providing sales and support services in additional metropolitan areas, including Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Ybern named as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Technologies Competition
Ybern Pty Ltd has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Australian Technologies Competition for 2019
The competition covers a number of different sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, New Energy, Mining Technologies, Food & Agribusiness, Medtech & Pharma, Food and Agribusiness & Smart Cities.
Pay By Plate parking introduced in Liverpool CBD
Liverpool Council is delivering on its commitment to ease parking woes in the CBD with the introduction of a ‘pay by plate’ scheme, which will remove the need for drivers to display paper tickets.
Parking in the Liverpool CBD is set to get easier with the introduction of “pay by plate” parking, a time-saving measure that will also benefit the environment.
Sheldon James appointed as new General Manager of DESIGNA Australia
From 1 September Sheldon James will commence as General Manager of DESIGNA Australia and as Cluster Manager for the Australia Pacific region. Sheldon will concentrate on the company’s successful market expansion and growth.
CAV research team and vehicle available for new project
In partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Australian Centre of Robotic Vision are using an ITS-teched-up Renault ZOE as part of the ‘Connected and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot’ iMOVE project.
This research is now coming to an end, and so both the QUT research team, and the Renault ZOE are available for additional research projects and opportunities.
Tony McMahon and ‘Team Secure’ raise money for Sydney Children’s Hospital
With his 30 plus years in the parking industry and having worked for a number of companies including Grimes Parking, Ezipark, Sydney Airport Corporation and now Secure Parking, Tony McMahon is calling on his parking colleagues to support him in his quest to raise money for Sydney Children’s Hospital and Bear Cottage.
DIVVY launches a new parking aggregator to empower consumers
DIVVY has announced the launch of a new parking aggregator named Justbooked. Justbooked is powered by DIVVY and has been created from feedback by DIVVY’s extensive customer base that parking is too expensive and there’s no way to compare car parks in any given location to get the best value.
City of Charles Sturt gets a boost with sensor and camera based smart parking
Starting 1 July 2019, local businesses and organisations with the City of Charles Sturt Council will be able to streamline and maintain operational efficiency with dramatically improved parking turnover.
An innovative smart system, developed by a local Adelaide technology company, is set to transform the way parking is done in the western suburbs.
AppyParking works to unlock the kerbside in preparation for a robo-taxi future
AppyParking, the kerbside management and smart parking technology firm, has confirmed their next generation Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) management solution, developed in partnership with three UK local authorities as part of an Innovate UK funded initiative, is being used in a live environment as the project progresses to real-world testing.
Mt Hotham streamlines resort entry experience with virtual permit solution
UbiPark has today announced a new partnership with Mt Hotham to streamline its existing permit payment solution and upgrade the resort entry experience.
The upgrade, which has been launched in time for the 2019 ski season, allows Mt Hotham Resort Management Board (MHRMB) to better manage resort entry demands and gain stronger insights for better decision making and planning.
Bosch creates new Connected Mobility Division and acquires niche ride sharing startup
Bosch is already a strong player in the new mobility industry, but it has most definitely upped the ante with the creation of its new Connected Mobility Solutions Division.
ADVAM ramps up its security processes
As a leading provider of payment solutions to the parking, airport, shopping centre and self-service markets ADVAM maintains the highest level of payment and data privacy regulations. All of ADVAM’s global policies comply to GDPR, for a long time ADVAM has delivered EMV certified transaction processing to its clients and the ADVAM Gateway is tested and certified to PCI Level 1. ADVAM has now launched the latest weapon in its security armoury with the PCI Listing of its validated P2PE solution.
Cairns City Centre reinstates free parking to boost visitation
Free parking on Saturday after 2pm and all day on Sundays will be reinstated as part of a range of initiatives Cairns Regional Council will explore to ensure the Cairns city centre is a vibrant business and recreational district for locals and tourists.
The decision to bring back free parking for most of the weekend has come in the wake of concerns by CBD traders that visitation to the precinct has reduced as a result of 7-day regulated parking coming into effect on January 2018.
City of Wanneroo Installs Twenty Charging Stations in new Civic Centre Car Park
Twenty charging stations have been installed within the WA City of Wanneroo’s Civic Centre Car Park, and two public stations adjacent on Cafaggio Crescent.
Park Assist awarded Parking Guidance System project for San Antonio International Airport
Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System project for San Antonio International Airport- Long Term Garage in San Antonio, Texas. The airport is the main international airport in the Greater San Antonio area and serves more than 10 million travelers each year. Park Assist’s M4 Parking Guidance System will be installed into the Long Term Garage, which spans across 5 levels and contains more than 5,400 parking spaces.
Andrews Government Set to Sting Melbourne Parkers with Increased Levy
Melbourne motorists are going to be paying up to $10 per day in taxes to the State Government to park in Melbourne’s CBD areas. The Andrew’s Labor Government plans to increase the city’s Congestion Levy by more than 25%. This is a tax by stealth on property owners with no tangible flow on benefits to motorists.
EasyPark Launches in Tamworth
This week, Tamworth Regional Council will implement a smarter solution to help make this process easier for the community.
Tamworth Council will implement the award-winning EasyPark service across all paid parking areas within the city with the aim of saving users both time and money.
SenSen Launches in Thailand with Gemineye Solution
Leading Artificial Intelligence solutions provider SenSen Networks Limited has commenced trials of its recently launched Gemineye smartphone-based smart city solution in Thailand.
This new customer traction has been facilitated through a Distribution Agreement with Thailand smart city and environmental services company E.V.F. (Thailand).
Armidale Regional Airport introduces paid parking
Paid parking will be introduced for the Armidale Regional Airport car park from 1 May, to improve the availability of parking for airport users and provide a more equitable mix of income for the regional facility.
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said the number of people parking at the airport had steadily increased in recent years and at times was at full capacity despite a major expansion of the space last year.
Smart Parking comes to Adelaide with the Park Adelaide App
Smart Parking have installed a SmartPark system in approximately 2,800 mixed use parking pays across the City of Adelaide, and developed a Smart Parking app called Park Adelaide.
The project is a key initiative of the City of Adelaide’s ongoing Smart City agenda, and the app will be the interactive customer-facing element of the project.
SenSen launches Gemineye: the world’s first AI smartphone app for parking enforcement
Artificial intelligence solutions provider SenSen Networks has today announced the launch of the world’s first AI-powered ‘Smart City’ smartphone app, Gemineye. The platform offers governments, councils and cities across Australia a range of affordable, highly accurate, cloud-based smart city solutions in the palm of their hands – including parking enforcement.
E-scooter service launches in Auckland
E-scooter operator Wave will launch its service in Auckland on 13 March 2019. Wave, which was granted a licence to operate e-scooters in December 2018, is another participant in Auckland Council and Auckland Transport’s shared e-scooter service trial, which ends on 31 March.
Robyn Seymour appointed as new VicRoads CEO
VicRoads has appointed a new Chief Executive, with Michael Malouf stepping down after seven months in the role.
Robyn Seymour stepped into the Chief Executive’s job on March 4. Ms Seymour, who has been an influential female leader at VicRoads for more than a decade, said she was excited to build on the capability and capacity of an organisation that manages more than 22,000 kilometres of strategically important roads.
Is your workplace, or car park, ready, willing and able?
Parking Australia has partnered with Mindray Defibrillators to raise awareness of the vital function that defibrillators can perform, in protecting the hearts of the community. The partnership has set in place the crucial goal of equipping every attended Parking Australia member parking facility with a Public Access Defibrillator by 2020.
Infrastructure Australia prioritises smart technology to reduce traffic congestion
Infrastructure Australia has released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, presenting 121 nationally significant infrastructure proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline designed to guide investment towards projects that will deliver the best outcomes for Australia’s growing communities.
Many of this year’s new additions to the Priority List reflect the need for forward-thinking, ambitious solutions to support Australia’s future prosperity – such as the delivery of a national electric vehicle fast-charging network, which has been identified as a High Priority Initiative.
Public hearing to take place on automated mass transit
Australia is on the edge of a transport revolution, as governments and industry prepare for the introduction of automated vehicles on our road and rail networks.
According to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, “the use of automated vehicles for ride-sharing or ride-hailing, for automated on-road mass transit services, and for the provision of ‘last-mile’ connectivity, could deliver benefits such as significantly improved safety outcomes, greater efficiency and reduced congestion, better access to transport services for those unable to drive, as well as more liveable urban and regional communities”.
PA Forum Hears From Guest Speakers on the Adelaide City Deal
Parking Australia invited speakers from the Department of Infrastructure, City of Adelaide and Renewal SA to participate in an industry forum entitled ‘Making Adelaide a Smart City’ on 12 November at Adelaide Airport.
Parking Australia Appoints New CEO
Parking Australia has appointed Stuart Norman as its new Chief Executive Officer. Stuart commenced in the role of CEO on Monday 10 December 2018. Stuart replaces Interim CEO, Lorraine Duffy, who has been acting in the role of CEO for the past 3 months.
Smarter City Solutions virtual parking permit revolution at Mosman Council
Mosman residents will no longer need to stick parking permits on their car windscreens with the arrival of a sophisticated online parking permit system which has seen Mosman become the first local government area to introduce virtual permits in NSW.
PACE 2018 Review: Changing spaces within all of us
What fuels mobility of all types? Is it technology, unequivocally, but foremost it is communication. PACE 2018 emphasized communication.
Parking Australia Welcomes New Directors
Parking Australia, the national body representing the interests of the parking industry in Australia, has elected three directors, (two are new to the Board) at the Annual General Meeting of the Company held in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Duncan secures AnaCacia and Alpin Group as partners
Duncan has attracted leading SME investor AnaCacia to join its share register alongside the management team and Alpin Group that are continuing as investors. Trent Loebel and the management team are all continuing in their current roles and now have access to a broader investor base and board to support their growth plans.
New Zealand’s Unitec invests in Inugo technology
Unitec – New Zealand’s largest institute of technology, has invested in the latest parking technology and installed Inugo in five car parking areas, servicing around 600 parks at the Waterview campus and it’s proving a big hit with the students.
Federal government announces new Office of Future Transport Technologies
The new Office has been created to strengthen the Federal Government’s strategic leadership role in the introduction of new transport technologies across Australia. This includes automated and connected vehicle technologies which will make our roads safer.
City of Pasadena partners with Inugo to transform their downtown parking
Inugo today announced that the City of Pasadena has chosen Inugo as their partner of choice and will be installing the Inugo solution into three of their downtown garages.
Database Consultants Australia acquires Tenix Solutions
Leading Australian technology and data management business DCA announced it completed the acquisition of Tenix Solutions on November 1st.
Winners Announced in National Parking Industry Awards
Parking Australia has announced the winners for the 2018 Parking Industry Awards, which were held at the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition on 1 November at The Star Gold Coast.
Australian Parking Convention to Explore Future Scenarios for Car Parks
Today, Parking Australia will welcome over 300 delegates to the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE), which is taking place at The Star Gold Coast from 1-2 November.
ADVAM becomes part of Transaction Network Services
ADVAM has announced that it has entered an agreement to be acquired, pending regulatory approval, by Transaction Network Services (TNS), a global provider of managed data communications and interoperability solutions to the payments, financial and telecommunications industries.
Care Park Champions SARAH message
Care Park is a proud sponsor of SARAH – Safer Australian Roads and Highways and this month parkers will see a major roll out of the message at many of Care Park’s car parks in major and regional centres.
Sales and marketing manager Jenna White and Care Park’s nominee in the 2018 Young Achiever Award, has taken up the baton to promote SARAH and its message “Drive So Others Survive”.
Finalists Announced for 2018 Parking Industry Awards
Parking Australia has today announced the finalists for the Parking Industry Awards, which are to be held during the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) on 1 November 2018 at The Star Gold Coast.
Parking Australia’s CEO Resigns
In a statement to members last week, Parking Australia announced that the association’s CEO, Hayden Cock, had chosen to resign his position at Parking Australia due to an unexpected personal matter. Hayden commenced his position with Parking Australia in late March 2018.
QLD government legislates on towing recommendations
In May last year the Queensland Government announced an independent investigation into the removal of parked vehicles from publicly accessible private car parks and roads by tow truck operators.
Will you be hacked?
In today’s modern world, IT security is paramount. The PACE 2018 closing plenary session will feature Daniel Weis, Lead Pentester and Head of Security Services at Kiandra IT. Daniel will perform a live hack including launching a spear phishing attack of an organisation’s website, showing how quickly he can harvest data from an unsuspecting company.
Are our transport emissions aligning with our climate change targets?
The Institute for Sensible Transport recently completed a project for the City of Melbourne to provide an improved understanding of current trends in transport emissions. They aligned the City’s method of calculating emissions with international (GPC) protocols. This project also provided a set of recommendations designed to bring the City of Melbourne’s transport emissions in line with climate change commitments.
Sydney to invest in intelligent transport management
Sydney is developing the world’s most advanced transport management system giving customers better real-time information and predictive technology to bust congestion.
SKIDATA looks to expand access management solutions across Australasia
SKIDATA’s recent staging of its inaugural Australian and New Zealand People Access Conference at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium marks the start of a new era in the company’s offering of access control and revenue managements in the Australasian market.
eSMART21 Unveils New Look and Logo
South Australian-based tech company eSMART21, who specialise in innovative smart parking technologies for local government and emerging smart cities, have launched a new logo and a new-look website.
Hertz collaborates with UbiPark to develop simpler mobility solution
Smart parking solutions provider UbiPark and leading vehicle rental brand Hertz Australia have announced a strategic collaboration to develop smarter mobility solutions.
The leisure experience starts when you drive in at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
One of Melbourne’s most iconic sporting complexes and home to international sporting events, the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) has received a parking makeover giving members, staff and casual users a seamless entry and departure experience.
HUB Parking Technology Australia announce new GM
HUB Parking Technology Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Hutchinson as General Manager. Dave will be based at HUB’s head office in Melbourne.
Larry Schneider brings his expertise to Level5design
Recently established transport innovation company, Level5design, announced today that Larry Schneider will join them to bring his many years of experience to compliment the team starting from July this year. Larry is a national expert and adviser in parking management with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
ABM chooses Inugo for frictionless parking at San Diego parking lots
Inugo has announced that their frictionless parking technology will be used in ABM Parking’s eighteen downtown lots in San Diego to improve customer experience and speed of payment.
ADVI releases thought paper ahead of hypothetical webinar
The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Policy and Risk Group has released a document to challenge the status quo of infrastructure planning by providing thought leadership around how infrastructure must be considered and planned to be most productive as part of the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) future.
Should Australia introduce road user charges?
Adrian Dwyer, CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, has put forward a case for introducing road user charges to help pay for and manage our road infrastructure.
Hills drives sales in parking industry with new appointment
Hills Ltd has announced the appointment of Gary Byrne to the role of Business Development Manager, ANZ Parking, Traffic & ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems).
Parking operators achieve accreditation status under AOS
Four parking operators have now achieved full accreditation status against the Accredited Operator’s Code of Practice. Wilson Parking and PriPark are the latest operators to achieve full accreditation in 2018, joining Care Park and Secure Parking who reached full accreditation status last year.
Nedap’s sensors enable smart parking in Venice
The Italian city of Venice has selected Project Automation to implement Nedap’s smart parking solution to improve on-street parking. Nedap – leading specialist in vehicle detection technology – developed SENSIT. This sensor based vehicle detection system is implemented at a total of 1949 parking bays in two paid parking zones in Venice.
eSMART21 partners with Nedap to provide wireless vehicle detection
Recently eSMART21 was acknowledged as Certified Partner for Wireless Vehicle Detection. With this new certification, Nedap expands it’s global coverage of Certified Nedap patners. eSMART 21 is a South Australian-based tech company specialising in innovative smart parking technologies for local government and intelligent smart parking solutions for emerging smart cities.
Infrastructure Victoria reports on future scenarios for automated and zero emissions vehicles
The Victorian Government has requested Infrastructure Victoria provide advice on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.
Global Alliance Formed to Standardize Parking Data
The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS), recently formed by the International Parking Institute (IPI), the British Parking Association (BPA), and the European Parking Association (EPA), is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to develop, promote, manage, and maintain a uniform global standard that will allow organizations to share parking data across platforms worldwide.
UbiPark launches live on-street parking
UbiPark have announced the release of live on-street parking availability. The City of Melbourne is the first city that UbiPark has introduced the on-street data feed for, but more cities will be added soon. Now live in the App Store and Google Play, the release of live on-street parking data aims to solve traffic and congestion issues.
Port Phillip announces plans to install parking sensors
The City of Port Phillip in Victoria has announced plans to install parking sensors in key locations, provide a ‘way finding’ app and implement convenient pay by phone parking across the city as part of new technology upgrades endorsed at a recent council meeting.
“On-street parking is already a scarce commodity in our growing municipality so it’s important to manage this resource as best we can for residents, businesses and the thousands of visitors who flock here annually to enjoy attractions including our beautiful beaches,” said Mayor Bernadene Voss.
Dallas Fort Worth takes off with ADVAM’s most seamless parking solution yet
With over 655,525 departures and arrivals in 2017, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport achieved the title of 4th largest airport for operations in the world, an accomplishment which marks one of many milestones in the American hub’s record of growth. This month ADVAM have announced that DFW have chosen them as their ticketless-parking partner, making DFW the first American airport to hit the runway with TollTag-integrated parking.
Smart Parking soon available for the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich UK
Smart Parking are delighted to be a part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s ‘Sharing Cities’ and ‘Low Emission Neighbourhood’ initiatives, after recently receiving confirmation that they have been selected as the preferred parking technology supplier.
Parking Australia Appoints New CEO
Parking Australia has appointed Hayden Cock as its new Chief Executive Officer. Hayden replaces outgoing CEO, Lorraine Duffy, who was the association’s inaugural CEO for 5 years.
Sharon Prior, President of Parking Australia, said Hayden’s appointment followed an extensive national recruitment process and it was particularly pleasing to have a strong field of candidates.
ADVAM to launch new payment solutions at Intertraffic 2018
One of the world leading payment solution providers for parking, will launch the latest additions to their integrated suite of payment solutions, ADVAM UnattendedConnect and AltitudeReservation Lite, at Intertraffic 2018 being held on 20-23 March in Amsterdam.
InterPark’s Mick Moylan passes away
The NSW Operations Manager of InterPark Australia, Mick Moylan, recently passed away with an aggressive illness.
Mick worked in the parking industry for nearly 20 years, including roles at Kings, Secure and InterPark. He was regarded as a diligent and well-respected car park professional, being very popular with his staff and colleagues because of his sense of humour and easy-going nature.
Smarter City parking revolution begins at Warrnambool City Council
Warrnambool City Council has chosen CellOPark to modernise parking in the regional city’s CBD. CellOPark Australia, the leading provider of integrated parking solutions in Australia, offers a suite of smarter parking solutions which include pay-by-phone, pay-by-app, pay-by-web, vPermits (virtual permits) in conjunction with pay-by-plate meters.
EasyPark Group launches Find & Park in Copenhagen
Unique new service shows routes with available parking spaces in real time
EasyPark Denmark Country Manager, Bernd Reul, has announced the arrival of the beta version of Find & Park in Copenhagen. Find & Park is a new parking guidance service which helps drivers find an available parking space in the city, holding your hand turn-by-turn along the optimal path to find available parking on the street, or in a garage close to your destination.
QLD Government partners with iMOVE CRC for Australia’s largest onroad cooperative vehicle trial
Validating the effectiveness of emerging vehicle technologies is the primary goal of a new research project announced by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the intelligent transport systems cooperative research centre iMOVE CRC and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Duncan Solutions achieves industry-first certification for parking payment in China
Payment systems are a critical part of a developing smart city. The transmission of secure, encrypted data between infrastructure, banks and businesses via a comprehensive back-end management system enables cities to implement new and convenient payment methods, whilst reducing the reliance on ‘old-fashioned’ cash. Examples of this locally include tap & go functionality, digital wallets and ‘smart’ transport cards.
Smart Parking Limited announces FY18 First Half Results
Smart Parking Limited (ASX:SPZ) has announced record first half results for the 2018 financial year, where their growth trend continues with increased margins and significant technology wins.
Industry Expertise to Accelerate Australia’s Future in Smart Cities And Infrastructure
Under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan, the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was announced over a year ago and the first round of grant winners have been confirmed, with over $28.5 million allocated to 52 projects across the nation. Which begs the question… What does it take to truly create a smart city? Where must cities focus their efforts to provide a decent quality of life for citizens?
Parkeon and Cale join forces
Parkeon, the world’s leading parking and ticketing services provider, and Swedish-based Cale, have joined forces to create the leading global technology company for enabling urban mobility.
More than 5,000 cities in over 70 countries rely on Parkeon’s and Cale’s robust systems for payment solutions and services.
Parking Australia Farewells CEO
The Parking Australia President, Sharon Prior, has today announced the resignation of Lorraine Duffy as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, who will be finishing at the end of February. The President acknowledged that Ms Duffy leaves behind an enduring legacy of hard work, tenacity and change during her tenure, which commenced in 2013.
EasyMile Partners with DemandTrans to Bring Next Gen Capabilities to Agencies and Riders Nationwide
EasyMile, a global leader in driverless technology, has partnered with DemandTrans Solutions, a leading expert in Mobility-On-Demand technology, to provide efficient autonomous solutions to public agencies across North America as well as a customer-facing app that will enable point-to-point autonomous transportation.
Associated Time and Park Assist partner on Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
Partnering with Associated Time & Parking Controls, a leading supplier of Workforce Management Systems, Parking and Revenue Control Equipment, and Access Control Systems, Park Assist will be introducing its advanced smart sensor PGS to help the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) to provide a stress free parking experience for travelers.
EasyPark Parking Meters Upgraded by Ararat Rural City Council
Ararat Rural City Council has announced that all 28 parking meters in Barkly Street have been successfully upgraded.
“The advantage of the new system is that any faults will be communicated via email in real-time, reducing the period the meter will be out of service to the minimum possible,” Ararat Rural City Council Mayor, Cr Glenda McLean said.
Tom Sivak Appointed CEO of DESIGNA Access Inc
DESIGNA Access, Inc. has announced the appointment of Tom Sivak as their CEO. He will assume responsibilities on January 1, 2018, and will guide the rapidly growing business unit in North America.
ptc. expands its presence in Latin America
ptc. has been providing advice to various clients in Latin America, including different retailer groups, for a number of years. Their current project – a shopping centre in Chile’s Santiago, with over 5,000 parking spaces, comprises different areas of parking consultancy, including parking design, traffic flow, communication and wayfinding.
In connection with this, an article was recently published in the Industria del Estacionamiento Profesional, International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Spanish-language magazine.
Transport Planning Guidelines
Released only this week the Department of Transport WA has added to its suite of transport planning guidelines the Parking Guidelines for Tertiary Educational Institutions.
Smart Parking partners with Queenstown International Airport
Christmas is coming early at Queenstown Airport with the install of over 450 vehicle detection sensors, allowing Smart Parking’s SmartGuide solution to be deployed throughout its terminal car parks.
Smart City Announcement
The Federal Government recently announced its National Cities Performance Framework, part of the Government’s Smart Cities Plan. The initiative will help governments, businesses and communities better understand and measure the performance of our cities, which sets out six Smart Cities policy priorities that articulate the Smart Cities Plan’s ambitions for smart policy investment and technology.
2017/18 Australasian Driverless Roadtrip from Easy Mile
EasyMile, Transdev Australasia & Telstra has teamed up to present the 2017/18 Australasian Driverless Roadtrip! The roadtrip will feature public demonstrations of EasyMile’s EZ10 driverless shuttle across Australia and New Zealand in select cities and regions in late 2017 and early 2018.
Local Government Planning for Electric Vehicles
A white paper released this week by ptc and supported by Mosman Council, delivers a comprehensive overview of the EV landscape in Australia.
In Australia, electric vehicles (EVs) still represent a small component of new vehicle sales.
In 2016 the EV market share of new vehicle sales was 1.12%, a 5% decrease in relation to 2015 primarily due to the 80% decrease in sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) .This well researched and independent paper also proposes three options for Local Government planning for EV’s.
PA PRESIDENT STEPS DOWN
After 10 years on the Committee then Board of Parking Australia, Cristina Lynn has decided not to stand for the Board again in 2017.
New President announced for Parking Australia
Parking Australia, the national body representing the interests of the parking industry in Australia, has elected six directors, (three are new to the Board) at the Annual General Meeting of the Company.
Telstra choose Smart Parking as preferred supplier of intelligent parking technology
Smart Parking Limited (ASX:SPZ) a global leader in intelligent parking solutions is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with leading Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX:TLS) as part of Telstra’s smart city initiative.
UbiPark Secures $500,000 Investment to Transform the Parking Experience
UbiPark, an Australian consolidated parking mobile app, has secured a further $500,000 investment to rollout new in-app technologies to help automate and streamline the parking experience for both drivers and business operators. The latest raise takes the company’s total funding to more than $1 million.
Southern Time Joins Designa as US Business Partner
Southern Time Equipment Company of North Carolina recently became the newest US Business Partner for DESIGNA USA. Southern Time joins the growing group of industry-leading companies to partner with DESIGNA to bring future-proof parking systems to their customers. Founded in 1951 in Kiel, Northern Germany, DESIGNA’s clear and visionary standards have led to the development of innovative products and solutions for the parking management sector for more than 65 years.
Smart City focus to include transport technology
A collaborative of over 380 transport sector organisations have recommended to the Federal Government that transport be a key factor in the National Cities Performance Framework (NCPF).
The NCPF supports the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan, and is an Australian first of its kind, bringing together critical data to track city performance, supporting government to better target, monitor and evaluate policy for cities.
Queensland regulates taxis and ride-sharing services
Comprehensive changes to the personalised transport industry came into effect on 1 October in Queensland, including a new chain of responsibility framework, more stringent safety requirements and an updated licensing framework.
Winners Announced for National Parking Industry Awards
Parking Australia, the national association for the parking industry, has today released the winners for the Parking Industry Awards, which were held at the Outlook Conference on 18 September at Sydney’s Star Event Centre.
ADVAM announces two new appointments in its leadership team
ADVAM is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Sidwell as Regional Managing Director AU/NZ and Greg Vella as Commercial Manager to support the growth of the business.
Parking & Traffic Consultants announces rebrand to ptc.
Parking & Traffic Consultants have announced a rebrand and new look under the name of ‘ptc.’ With a new string in their bow through the addition of communication design, ptc. have expanded their existing services of parking, traffic and civil engineering.
Smarter Parking for Sydney’s Iconic Bondi Beach
Waverley is the most densely populated local authority area in Australia, and has correspondingly high levels of car ownership. Factor in the year-round popularity of one of New South Wales’ most iconic tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why the Council’s Parking Services Division places a high priority on fair, accurate and consistent management of access to car parking.
Funding grants for women’s leadership development
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia. The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.
Coles selects Smart Parking to transform parking at new supermarkets
Australian brand, Coles Supermarkets has chosen to work with Smart Parking to make parking easier and more convenient for its customers at four new supermarkets nationally.
New appointments announced at Cornerstone Parking
Cornerstone Parking has recently announced two promotions and two new appointments for their business. Wylliam Young, formerly Development Manager, has been promoted to General Manager.
Avinor selects ADVAM to improve the parking experience for its customers
ADVAM and Avinor are pleased to announce the agreement to roll-out the latest ADVAM AltitudeReservation platform across seven of Avinor’s principal airports.
As a country, Norway has the most airline trips per capita in Europe. As a wholly-owned state limited company, Avinor is responsible for 45 state-owned airports, managing 50 million passengers per year and some of the busiest routes within Europe.
EasyMile’s EZ10 electric driverless shuttle launches in Kaohsiung city
On 7 June 2017 EasyMile and Taiwan’s tech consulting firm, 7Starlake, officially launched the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle at a press conference in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city. Kaohsiung city mayor, Chen Chu, also participated in the launch and took a test ride in the EZ10 driverless shuttle.
GOVERNMENT HOARDS CASH MEANT FOR COMMUTER CAR PARKS
The Berejiklian Government is failing to spend money upgrading car parks at train stations despite raking in tens of millions of dollars from a tax raised on parking spaces.
Auckland Airport selects ADVAM to provide contactless payments
Auckland Airport has worked with ADVAM for some time providing an automated solution for the Ground Transport service. With this solution in place, the focus moved to passenger parking and how the experience could be improved for its customers.
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Scott Dubois Appointed VP for Product Management at Park Assist
Scott Dubois, formerly General Manager of Park Assist’s Asia Pacific Branch has been appointed to the new role of Vice President of Product Management, effective July 1, 2017.
The future of vehicle safety lies with autonomous features
The need to build consumer, industry and regulatory confidence in autonomous vehicle technologies was the key message from Australasia’s leading vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, at the House of Representatives Public Hearing into the social impacts of driverless vehicles.
Curtin University introduces driverless bus service
Curtin University is the first Australian university to trial a commercial driverless bus. This trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology.
Christchurch’s King Edward Barracks Deploys Smart Parking Technology
In partnership with Wilson Parking, Smart Parking has deployed overhead guidance technology at the innovative Ngāi Tahu Property development in central Christchurch.
Commend Australia contributes to set-up of Scentre’s NOC
With 40 Shopping Centres spread across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group saw an opportunity to centralise their car park operations by establishing a National Operations Centre (NOC) to deliver a consistently high customer service experience across their car parks. The NOC required a consolidated high availability solution to connect their disparate site technologies and support their operators.
University of Texas Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor Parking Guidance System
Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System(PGS) contract for the University of Texas at Dallas in the new PS4 campus garage at Richardson, TX in the US. Park Assist will be installing its proprietary M4 camera-based smart sensor PGS. The system will be used in conjunction with the university’s permit based system.
Nedap’s SENSIT installed at Belgium’s biggest port
With the installation of the Nedap’s SENSIT system, drivers now know exactly how many parking spaces there are available when they arrive at the Port of Antwerp’s Havenhuis parking facility.
Alstom to invest €14 million in EasyMile
Alstom is investing €14 million, and thus taking a minority stake, in EasyMile, an innovative start-up company developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle. The investment forms part of the start-up’s ongoing capital increase. In parallel, Alstom and EasyMile have signed a commercial partnership agreement aiming at joining their forces to provide integrated solutions for urban transportation. Alstom will be present at EasyMile’s board.
Canberra farewells last of single-space parking meters
First used in the 1970s when parking cost 20c an hour, Canberra’s single-space meters have made way for smarter, faster parking systems.
In a ceremonial removal of the last old-school parking meter, Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said the parking meters served the growing city well for more than 40 years.