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Last week we launched the Parking 101 series wherein we can share some of our parking industry media-focused expertise. We started off by taking a look at the different types of parking meters.  This time around we're going to check out the other side of that equation, the Handheld Ticket Printers.  Issuing Parking Citations is a way of ensuring that the rules set by the parking meter program are followed. It's important that those rules are followed because they force parking turnover and allow for more motorists to park and visit the businesses in the area. We use the term...

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At this point most folks are familiar with the concept of 'AirBnb' however, they may not have heard of OpenSpot. OpenSpot is an app created by two Simon Fraser University students which allows people who own a parking spot to rent it out to drivers looking for a place to park.  Their concept stems from a realization that every parking space which isn't being used is not only a wasted space, but a missed opportunity for income. This service is not likely to be all that popular with rural or suburban areas, but instead is expected to be most useful...

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In the parking industry there is a phenomenon that's been around since the first parking meters were installed, Piggybacking. This is the process of parking in a recently vacated space which still has yet to expire, granting you free (or reduced parking). Taking advantage of a paid parking space is most easily accomplished in places where the 'coin-style' parking meters are found, as many of them have a green or red internal flag that can be spotted by the incoming motorist. The surge in Pay and Display and Pay By Space meters has slowed down this process some, and in...

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Partek Solutions is based in Indianapolis, IN, a city which also happens to be the home of the #1 Airport in the nation according to Airports Council International and Condé Nast Traveler. Our beloved airport is set to receive an upgrade to it's PARCS service in the form of a fresh install of Amano McGann OPUSeries entry terminals, pay-on-foot stations, and exit terminals throughout the facility. Installation is set to begin in June 2017 and complete in November 2017.  "The Amano McGann OPUSeries will provide airport passengers with the ease of use and functionality they deserve." said Steve Wilson, the...

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When I came to Partek Solutions almost 10 years ago, I had no idea that the 'Parking Industry' was a thing. Looking back now it's obvious that virtually everything is part of some larger industry.  Needless to say, I was pretty overwhelmed with all of the information. Here at Partek we deal primarily with media, and even still the amount of information to be absorbed was really impressive. In an effort to help anyone else who might be getting started themselves, I thought we would start a series of educational posts about some of the components within a parking operation...

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