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.
Today marks the close of the Parking Australia Convention and Exhibition (PACE) 2016, which saw over 300 industry professionals attend the two-day event at Crown Perth. This year marked the 15th biennial convention and exhibition and coincided with Parking Australia’s 30th anniversary.
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.
Parking Australia has today announced the finalists for the Parking Industry Awards, which are to be held at the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) on 10th November 2016 in Perth.
Now in its second year, the prestigious Parking Industry Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations for excellence, outstanding facilities and innovation throughout the parking sector.
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.
An innovative new smartphone app from CellOPark was rolled out across Brisbane during April which allows motorists to pay for on-street parking throughout the city using their Smartphones.
Today the ACT Government, in partnership with parking technology firm Smart Parking Limited, launched SmartPark, the real-time bay sensor parking solution alongside the new ParkCBR app designed to make finding and paying for parking even easier in the capital.
1 May sees the launch of a new parking ticket manufacturer into Australia. German ticketing giant Nagels has formed a Joint Venture with Western Australian based Colleagues Print. This joint venture will manage the sales, marketing and customer services operations for two manufacturing plants based in Kempen Germany and Perth Australia.
The Reserve Bank has announced that the first of Australia’s next generation of banknotes, the new $5, will be issued from 1 September 2016. Security features will be upgraded to ensure Australia’s banknotes remain secure into the future and designs will change accordingly to accommodate the new security features. A new tactile feature will also be added to assist the vision-impaired community.
Park Assist has been awarded the contract to deliver the FlinQ Solution for Scentre Group’s Car Park National Operations Centre. With 40 Shopping Centres spread across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group saw an opportunity to centralize their car park operations to deliver a consistently high customer service experience across their car parks.
Parking Australia, the national body representing the interests of the parking industry in Australia, are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Physio-Control, the world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and service of external defibrillator/monitors.
The National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative has provisioned $250,000 in funding for the development of women in leadership positions from early career through to senior level in the All Industry sector.
City of Melbourne’s introduction of more dedicated bike lanes and parking waivers for new residential developments is causing a significant shortfall in Melbourne CBD parking. Due to this, inner-city residents are turning to online car parking marketplace, Parkhound, to satisfy their parking needs.