We have had an exciting start to the year, kicking things off with a move to our new office in the center of Maastricht. Has January been a busy month for you? Make sure you haven’t missed out on any of this month’s news by taking a look over our January recap. Here you will find the latest financial news, product launches, successful projects, and new appointments and partnerships within the parking industry.
From the Parking Network Team
January marked the beginning of our new video segment, Quick Question. Designed to offer insight from industry experts, this month’s Quick Questions focused on parking trends for 2020. Our Parking Network members shared their predictions on how the definition of parking and mobility will evolve, how frictionless parking will become increasingly important, and how cutting-edge products and solutions will drive these trends and others forwards.
And, in the very first blog post of the year, we explored what impact the growing popularity of parklets might have on the climate crisis, city planning and the parking industry as a whole.
FlashParking got 2020 off to a flying start with a $60 million investment from L Catterton. The investment will be used to scale FlashParking’s industry-leading extensible, cloud-based parking system. And their newly unveiled Mobility Operating System will power the evolution of isolated parking assets into connected mobility hubs that are more efficient, intelligent, and adaptable than garages and surface lots of the past.
APCOA has completed the acquisition of Swedish parking operator, XPERT Parkering and the 40,000 parking spaces it manages in southern Sweden. And EasyPark has strengthened its position in Spain through the acquisition of E-Park.
ParkVia has announced ambitious plans to evolve its e-commerce platform for 2020 with the addition of voice technology. As more and more people turn to their smart speakers not just to search, but to make purchases, this is a big step in improving the customer experience.
And, in a similar move to create a seamless customer journey, EasyPark has partnered with Parkopedia and Mercedes-Benz to enable drivers to automatically pay for parking from their dashboard.
Following on from a successful trial at Lyon Airport, Stanley Robotics will increase the number of parking spaces managed by their automated parking robot from 500 to 2000. Find out how Stan has transformed airport parking for VINCI Airports in the full article.
Movers and Shakers in the Industry
Many Parking Network members welcomed the New Year with new appointments. Orbility and 3C Payment welcomed new CEOs, with Michael Bigby and Tim Goodwin have taken the helm at their respective companies.
Elsewhere, at Scheidt & Bachmann Germany, Pascal Vinken takes on the position of Managing Director, working alongside CEO Ulrich Fleps.
Petra Marita Meiser joins HERE Technologies as CFO in a move set to support the company’s future expansion.
For TagMaster, January heralds the beginning for two parking professionals. Waldemar Batistella brings over 30 years of experience to his new role as Vice President of Operations in North America, whilst Adrian Worgan and Joseph McManus bolster the sales team at TagMaster UK
FlashParking welcomes Jonathan Evens as the new Regional VP of Sales for the Central Region.
For all the latest parking news, including new products, recent projects, and the latest appointments, acquisitions and partnerships check out our news page.
January was also a big month for welcoming new Business Members on board. Joining the Parking Network community this month, were:
ParkHub’s software and mobile POS system offer multiple payment options, real-time reporting of parking revenue, dynamic pricing and inventory insight for parking operators, venues, universities, and national parks.
3C Payment makes it easy for consumers to pay anyhow, anywhere, using highly secure specialized transaction flows. 3C’s services cover the full transaction journey, including online and in-app payments, allowing merchants to trade in person and online in over 45 countries worldwide.
Libelium’s smart parking node features radar technology designed to improve detection and stability performance, whilst their accompanying platform remotely configures parameters such as sleep time and night mode.
Moffett Parking Solutions Limited
Dedicated to maximizing available space, Moffett Parking Solutions designs bespoke automated parking solutions that vertically optimize parking facilities to multiply available space by up to six times.
Umojo offers a cloud-support and automation suite for parking facilities which features call center facilities, garage incident management, HD video and audio, reporting and analytics.
IoT parking hardware forerunners, Parkonect, offer a modern parking platform featuring LPR, visualized analytics, ticket dispensing, and more, all at an affordable price.
With their products SMS Valet and TEXT2PARK, TEZ offers its clients simple mobile technology solutions that streamline their operations and improve customer experience.
Monit are parking data specialists dedicated to helping parking operators unlock the potential of their facilities. By monitoring their parking operation in real-time and reducing downtime with the incident monitor operators can maximize revenues.