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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
What fuels mobility of all types? Is it technology, unequivocally, but foremost it is communication. PACE 2018 emphasized communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leading Australian technology and data management business DCA announced it completed the acquisition of Tenix Solutions on November 1st.
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.
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 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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is developing the world’s most advanced transport management system giving customers better real-time information and predictive technology to bust congestion.
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.
Smart parking solutions provider UbiPark and leading vehicle rental brand Hertz Australia have announced a strategic collaboration to develop smarter mobility solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hills Ltd has announced the appointment of Gary Byrne to the role of Business Development Manager, ANZ Parking, Traffic & ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 (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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
In partnership with Wilson Parking, Smart Parking has deployed overhead guidance technology at the innovative Ngāi Tahu Property development in central Christchurch.
Luxmoore Parking and Safety was established as a specialist division of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), to cater to the demand for independent specialist parking consultancy services. After 15 years in operation, its reputation for excellence remains, and has led to its recognition as the market leader for independent parking expertise.
As of 1 March 2017 DESIGNA Sabar has been renamed to DESIGNA Australia. The name change reflects the fact that the company is now a fully owned subsidiary of DESIGNA Germany and the name has been changed to be consistent with all other subsidiaries worldwide.
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.
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.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone—anywhere. Immediate treatment is vital. A victim’s chance of survival dramatically decreases for every minute without treatment. That’s why public access defibrillators are so important. But AEDs are effective only if they are close at hand and ready to work.
A partnership between Parking Australia and Physio-Control, to promote the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in car parks, has funded a $1000 donation to Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH). Guy Leech, official ambassador for Physio Control, presented the cheque to SARAH’s President, Peter Frazer at the recent Sydney Insight Forum.
Late last year the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) awarded a contract to DESIGNA Access Corporation to install new vehicular parking and access control systems at four Airports under their jurisdiction.
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 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.
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.
$30 million spent on 3 car parks in UK and Australia to bring property portfolio to $200 million
Care Park has started 2017 with the expansion of its car parking portfolio into the UK with the purchase of a 1500 car park property in Manchester, as well as its first property purchase in New South Wales and a third property adding to its growing Victorian portfolio.
The Northern Territory Government has launched a six-month trial deployment of the EZ10 driverless shuttle at Darwin Waterfront commencing early this year.
The deployment will see the EZ10 driverless shuttle transporting visitors from the Waterfront precinct to Stokes Hill Wharf on a repeat loop.
Park Assist has announced the opening of a new regional office in Los Angeles, California. Due to increased demand and interest in Park Assist’s patent pending, camera-based parking guidance systems, the company has opened a new operation in Southern California.
The Los Angeles office will be in Silicon Beach, the growing epicenter of technology and innovation. Park Assist will be directly across from Facebook’s newest campus which is currently under construction.
During late November Parking Australia hosted a delegation from Japan’s Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) and the General Incorporated Japan Parking Business Association (JPB), who sent a research group to Australia to study transport and parking strategies including parking facilities.
ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions partnership combines powerful reservation platform with analytics and pricing technology
ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions announce a joint partnership that enables their clients to leverage the ADVAM AltitudeReservation platform and the IDeaS Car Park Revenue Management solution (RMS) to maximise revenue through next generation analytics and proven price optimisation technology.
Parking Australia, the national association for the Parking Industry, has today announced the winners for the Parking Industry Awards, which were held at the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) on 10th November 2016 in Perth.
Parking Australia, the national association for the parking industry, has announced ACE Parking, Care Park, Secure Parking and Wilson Parking have adopted, and are being audited on, the code of practice put forward by the Accredited Operator Scheme (AOS). On 4th November, Secure Parking was the first private operator to be awarded Accredited Operator status, with the rest likely to follow close behind.
La Trobe University has rolled out an innovative new app, web and phone based solution to manage parking payments and virtual permits, streamlining the parking process across its eight campuses.
The new CellOPark system replaces the previous student permit parking system which was manual, paper-based, and inflexible. With CellOPark, Students and staff will no longer need to search for parking meters, exact change or lost tickets. Furthermore, motorists only ever pay for the exact parking time they require, helping to avoid needlessly overfeeding the meter.
EasyMile and RATP, the transport authority for the Paris region in France, carried out the first test of an EZ10 driverless shuttle in Paris on the 24 September 2016.
During the test, the EZ10 driverless shuttle operated on a closed route on a pedestrianised street, along the bank of River Seine.
The management team at Stockland Baulkham Hills Shopping Centre in NSW has turned to Smart Parking to improve the customer experience of parking by deploying overhead parking guidance SmartGuide – a solution that detects the occupancy status of every parking space within the centre’s car park.
As a local neighbourhood shopping centre with over 80 stores and amenities, Stockland Baulkham Hills has on average 68,000 visitors a week with 6,000 of those using the car park facilities each day.
A study by national parking association, Parking Australia, has found ‘car park squatters’ – who hog private spaces intended for genuine customers – are potentially putting 1 in 4 retailers at risk of going out of business.
Almost all (90%) of retailers that provide private parking agree that some motorists are using the facilities for purposes other than doing business, with 83 per cent saying it’s having a financial impact.
Following a successful trial in early 2015, August 2016 saw Wellington City Council go live with Smart Parking’s SmartPark solution, and parking payment app PayMyPark.
The deployment includes a network of over 3,800 RFID equipped SmartEye vehicle detection sensors which register whether each parking bay is occupied or vacant.
In Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year and on average only 10% of these people survive. In most cases, these people survived because there was some-one nearby who knew how to help in these situations. The chances of surviving a sudden-cardiac arrest would increase to 50% if there was close access to an Automated External Defibrillator.
Park Assist is installing their M4 camera based, smart-sensor parking guidance system at Avanta Gardens in Monterrey, Mexico. Avanta Gardens is a new high-end, mixed-use development with retail and office space located in the upscale neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia.
Melbourne’s perfect 100 out of 100 score for infrastructure has helped drive Melbourne’s reputation as the world’s most liveable city. The Victorian capital has now been awarded the title for a sixth successive year.
Having been in operation for over 80 years, Duncan Solutions has built up an enviable reputation. Though best known as an innovative parking meter company, the truth is, the Duncan Solutions of today is a cutting-edge, forward-thinking business dedicated to making Australia and New Zealand’s cities smarter. Their Parking Enterprise Management System (PEMS) is at the frontier of integrated smart city solutions – and it’s the thinking behind this innovation that inspired the brand refresh.
IDC has identified the top technologically-advanced cities in the APAC region with it’s 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards. Wellington City Council in partnership with Smart Parking Limited have been nominated for the Best Smart City Project in the area of Permitting, Licensing, Inspection & Zoning for the city’s upcoming deployment of bay sensor technology.
Care Park has been appointed as manager of hospital parking services at Lismore Base Hospital. The hospital opened a new multi-storey car park at the beginning of July, which was developed by NSW Health, to provide an additional 270 car park spaces at the hospital. The $9.27 million project is a New South Wales Health infrastructure project.
Located just 8kms from the CBD over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mosman is one of Sydney’s grandest suburbs. Looking for a way to improve the parking experience for motorists, Mosman Council have begun work with Smart Parking Limited in installing bay sensor technology, which is already being used by a number of other Sydney councils, in off-street and on-street locations across the precinct that will help motorists find a parking space quickly and conveniently.
Parking Australia recently undertook a short members’ poll on the type of innovations that are currently trending in our industry. We asked our members if they had adopted any new technologies, products or concepts in the last 12 months. 58% responded positively to confirm they had, with 64% intending to introduce a new concept, product or service in the next 12 months.
Belgrade, capital city of Serbia, has introduced an innovative solution to enable motorists to quickly find a free parking spot. Nedap is selected by the public utility company Parking Servis for its SENSIT system.
Over 100 Australian and international delegates gathered for the ADVI Annual summit in Adelaide on 12 May. Participants attended from a range of sectors including vehicle manufacturers, the defence sector, government, technology industry and academia. Parking Australia Director, Sharon Prior, attended on behalf of the association.
At the end of April 2016 the Australian Government launched its Smart Cities Plan. The Plan sets out the Australian Government’s vision for our cities, and our plan for maximising their potential and building an agile, innovative and prosperous nation.
A research scholarship (Masters Level) is available at Swinburne University of Technology on the topic of Low Carbon Mobility – Greening Suburban Travel. The scholarship is part of a recent research grant awarded from the CRC for Low Carbon Living.