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Cleverciti is the leader in comprehensive, high-tech solutions for outdoor and on-street parking detection, monitoring and guidance. Cleverciti provides organizations with a robust and highly reliable solution that enhances convenience, builds loyalty and boosts engagement, allowing our customers to maximize ROI and streamline the parking experience. Its end-to-end solutions are designed to strengthen parking detection, improve guidance, and enhance communication. As a leader in intelligent parking solutions, Cleverciti seeks to help organizations reduce traffic and emissions, and increase revenue while allowing drivers to enjoy a smooth, stress-free parking experience.
The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in Chicago.
🅿️ Learn more about smart parking systems at www.cleverciti.com
• Maximize return on parking assets • Transform the arrival experience • Reduce unnecessary emissions
Learn more at:
🏙 Smart city parking – https://www.cleverciti.com/en/smart-cites-smart-parking/
🏪 Shopping center parking – https://www.cleverciti.com/en/shopping-centers/
🚆 Train station parking – https://www.cleverciti.com/en/transportation/
🏫 University parking – https://www.cleverciti.com/en/campus/
🏟️ Stadium parking – https://www.cleverciti.com/en/stadiums/ There’s smart parking. Then there’s clever parking.
CLEVERCITI SYSTEMS FLIPS THE SWITCH ON THE WORLD’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE INTELLIGENT PARKING GUIDANCE SYSTEM IN COLOGNE
Partnership with Energy Supplier RheinEnergie AG Brings Stress-Free Parking, Cleaner Air and Lighter Traffic to City of Cologne
MUNICH, COLOGNE (June 2, 2020) – Cleverciti Systems, the leading smart parking provider, went live today with one of the world’s most innovative and modern parking guidance systems for residents and visitors in the Cologne district of Nippes, one of the busiest districts on the Rhine. Now, motorists can read the exact number and direction of the remaining free parking spaces along the streets on local LED displays at road intersections, avoiding unnecessary searching and idling, and improving the overall quality of life. The ‘blind’ search for parking spaces, which has contributed significantly to the traffic volume and emissions pollution, is now a thing of the past.
The installation was made possible through a partnership with RheinEnergie AG, the fifth largest energy supplier in Germany, and supports the “SmartCity Cologne Program”, a platform that brings together private individuals, companies, and associations to promote climate protection and renewable energy initiatives. The Cleverciti smart parking system installation significantly reduces traffic and emissions, and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the program “Digitalization of Municipal Transport Systems”.
“We are proud that with our modern systems and services we have been able to implement one of the world’s most innovative and comprehensive parking guidance systems in the inner city area,” says Thomas Hohenacker, CEO and founder of Cleverciti Systems. “From now on, all motorists in Cologne-Nippes will have exact information on the availability of parking spaces and will be able to navigate to the best parking space in a targeted manner and without delay. We want to make a decisive contribution to making parking stress-free through this service, improving the shopping experience in the city and significantly reducing emissions.”
“The Cleverciti solution was optimally integrated into the existing infrastructure in Cologne-Nippes,” says Dr. Andreas Cerbe, Network Director of RheinEnergie. “We operate thousands of light poles in Cologne, which are now equipped with the smart sensors and LED displays with little effort to reduce traffic and emissions.”
A total of 89 ClevercitiSensors, which monitor around 800 parking spaces along the streets in the district, and 27 ClevercitiCirc LED displays are installed on existing lamp posts and seamlessly fit into the local environment. The system takes into account all data protection regulations in public areas. The sensors are designed using artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing to provide precise data on parking space availability. These available spaces are displayed in real time on the omnidirectional LED displays and in a mobile app, and direct drivers to the nearest available parking space.
“A mobile app will also be available to motorists beginning the end of July, which will be provided by Cleverciti on behalf of RheinEnergie. It will show the current occupancy status of the parking spaces in Cologne-Nippes, navigate drivers to the nearest available parking space, and offer mobile payment options,” says Dr. Günther Picker, SVP for Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Development at Cleverciti Systems.
According to a survey by the National Platform Future of Mobility, intelligent parking solutions could reduce pollutant emissions by 900,000 tons per year in Germany alone.
Cleverciti is the leader in comprehensive, high-tech solutions for outdoor and on-street parking detection, monitoring, and guidance. Cleverciti provides organizations with a robust and highly reliable solution that enhances convenience, builds loyalty and boosts engagement, allowing our customers to maximize ROI, and streamline the parking experience. Its end-to-end solutions are designed to strengthen parking detection, improve guidance, and enhance communication. With more than 200 installations in 20 countries across the world, Cleverciti seeks to help organizations reduce traffic and emissions, and increase revenue while allowing drivers to enjoy a smooth, stress-free parking experience. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. To learn more, visit www.cleverciti.com.
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Some of our customers have asked about the integrity of our supply chain. We are lucky to be able to run our own manufacturing facility in Germany, and we have very close relationships with our suppliers. Our team has been working around the clock to ensure that there are no supply issues and we are proud to be able to say that as a result of this work, we have not experienced any delays to-date, and we do not anticipate any delays in the future.
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Among facility directors and managers, the outside of a building may seem like an afterthought. But these areas are no less important than what takes place indoors as they contribute significantly to the way that individuals view a facility. Parking areas and lots, for example, are where first impressions are made, and no facility director or manager wants their customers to have to waste time searching for an open space. Enter: Cleverciti solutions and the ClevercitiCard.
ClevercitiCard is designed to provide an integrated, frictionless parking guidance, permitting, and payment system for drivers while offering a complete management solution for parking operators in a variety of industries. Recently named as a 2020 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine, ClevercitiCard conveys to drivers where nearby parking spaces are or directs them to additional parking areas they might not have seen.
Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they provide to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy efficiency and maintenance. The publication provides their audience with information that helps subscribers and end users make smarter decisions about managing, operating and renovating their facilities.
The ClevercitiCard provides substantial energy efficiency benefits by reducing the unnecessary search for parking, thereby saving fuel and time. The ClevercitiCard is also an infrastructure-light solution. A full deployment is possible by installing only a small number of “anchors” around the facility, which are used to establish the position of the ClevercitiCard within each driver’s vehicle. By eliminating most of the infrastructure, installing a parking guidance, permitting, and payment system can now be done at a dramatically lower cost – including minimal labor and no need to close any portion of the parking area.
Building managers can incorporate the ClevercitiCard into their parking facilities, whether that is an open-air lot or a multi-level garage, to make sure patrons are accessing available spots quickly and efficiently. If drivers can’t locate a parking space when one is available, that translates to lost business or lower employee efficiency because of the complex and time-consuming parking search. Cleverciti’s solutions for smart parking mitigate these challenges head-on.
The ClevercitiCard also provides facility managers with useful business insight into their parking management by allowing for the assessment of trends and habits among patrons or employees.By integrating Cleverciti’s solutions, businesses can create a positive first impression by easing the search for parking. Drivers that utilize the ClevercitiCard eliminate the hassle of other payment methods, since it’s automatic. Coupled with Cleverciti solutions that help guide drivers to available parking spots, it has the potential to save time, as well.
We are currently in an exciting time for the parking industry and parking managers specifically. Finally, technology is entering a space where, for a century, parking management has remained reasonably stagnant. The best part about it is that this technology is available to a range of organizations, not only the most elite shopping districts or enterprise business customers.
Whether through sensors, intelligent signage, or dynamic pricing, every parking manager can bring new technologies to push their entire parking organization forward. Read the five tips below to see how you can evolve your parking management.
- Give yourself more (accurate) data
Data needs to be accurate and up-to-date to be useful. Parking managers can have a single person walk around the parking lot with a clipboard recording open and occupied spaces. Hypothetically, let’s say they cover the whole lot in an hour, reporting back that 207 out of 305 spaces are occupied, and even writing down which ones – does this help? The short answer: no. By the time that person returns to the office, any number of factors could change and the only information you would have is that in a specific time window, certain spots were now occupied.
Manual tracking is an out-of-date method. Today, technologies can automatically track which spaces are available and occupied, and report that back in real-time, keeping the parking management office always up to date throughout the day. These data are archived and can be analyzed to reveal valuable trends about which areas of the lot fill up first, when that happens, and how signage in the parking lot could best enhance a customer’s experience.
- Give your patrons more data
Once you have this valuable mine of data, its value increases by sharing it. A business’s leadership certainly has a need and use for it, but the most value comes from exposing these data to the driver. Drivers spend several minutes searching for an available parking space near their desired location, before potentially having to give up and find parking further away (or just give up and go back home to order online). While the futile search is a shame, it’s also preventable. With smart parking guidance linked to real-time parking data, a driver knows upon entering the lot whether a spot is open nearby or not, and exactly where to find it. Whether they get their ideal space or have to drive a little further away, they have the benefit of not spending time, energy, or fuel looking in vain.
When a patron receives helpful, welcoming guidance upon their arrival, they begin their overall customer experience on a very positive note. This first impression helps the customer approach the rest of their experience with a positive, can-do approach, leading to higher revenues and higher return-visitor rates.
- Improve your pricing
One of the best ways to improve your parking management is through further optimizing your pricing models, which is only possible once you have the right data. When you thoroughly understand your parking availability and trends throughout the day, week, or month, then you can discover new opportunities for pricing optimization. For instance, dynamic pricing models can vary the price of a parking space depending on demand – adjusted by an algorithm based on up-to-the-minute needs or pre-set prices for specific times. Or, spaces that are in higher demand could have higher pricing. The pricing for a parking area can be adjusted to maximize revenue and ensure that fill rates and revenues are maximized.
New technologies like the ClevercitiCard can even automate the arrival and payment process. A regular visitor can arrive with a ClevercitiCard in their vehicle, be guided to the nearest available space, and automatically charged just for the parking time they used. This service reduces another challenge in the parking industry: the confusion of how or where to pay. If an organization is bringing smart parking solutions to help shoppers quickly find a nearby space, it doesn’t make sense to have them locate a kiosk or double-check signs for hours of operation. Giving data directly to drivers eases their parking difficulties and shows a level of investment in their overall experience.
- Manage from the cloud
Gone is the day when parking technologies were on isolated systems with no access from the outside world, forcing managers to be on-site to see the data they need, or making integrations with third-party systems complex and expensive. With modern, cloud-first technologies, data are now always accessible: from home or even the beach. When you want to add an innovative third party, you can now do so with a simple API integration – no astronomical costs or extra hardware required.
- Do better for the community and the environment
Evolution is about the series of steps it takes to improve from a current iteration toward the ideal. Everyone should be more conscious about the impact our daily lives and processes have on climate change or the environment in general. Each individual person would probably like to drive less for the sake of convenience. Cutting out needless driving in the search for parking also diminishes the emissions that negatively impact the environment and contribute to climate change.
There are also two different ways to look at parking search and its impact on the environment: the grander sense of how emissions negatively affect the natural world but also how the unnecessary search for parking impacts people in the direct vicinity. Increased traffic means more noise and lower air quality for the people living and walking near parking areas. By taking steps to revolutionize the parking process, it lessens this impact. People living in these communities may have a more favorable view towards large businesses or districts that implement smart parking for the increase in living quality, and shoppers might find it more enjoyable to stroll in the area, potentially increasing shopping revenue.
With one simple step, you can help the businesses near your parking facility, improve the lives of shoppers and locals, and start making a positive change for the environment. All of these benefits come when you bring your parking organization into the 21st century.
We at Cleverciti know this, but the everyday citizen may not: Parking has an enormous impact on traffic congestion and the resulting emissions lead to negative environmental impact. Take this statistic for instance: In many cities, more than 30 percent of traffic is the result of people searching for a parking spot. Can you imagine how much that affects the environment?
So, what can be done? Quite simply, smart parking is the answer. Earlier this month, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel wrote a powerful article about the negative impacts of inefficient parking search and found smart parking can make a significant contribution to reducing climate change — saving up to 900,000 tons of CO2.
“This is about half as much CO2 savings as is produced for all flights within Germany,” said FDP member of the Bundestag, Daniela Kluckert, who is in the Tagesspiegel Background. Furthermore, she stated the Federal Government must now stand up for “making smart parking a reality.“
The government in Germany is currently looking for a solution to solve the parking problem, which is an important step forward. Studies find that “Germans currently spend around 41 hours a year looking for a parking space” while the time wasted searching, the fuel required for it and the additional pollution cost Germans more than 40 billion euros per year.
The government is prioritizing the issue but that can take time. In the meantime, we can all work together to solve this problem because what we do every day directly addresses climate change. At Cleverciti, we get excited each time we deploy a parking space management and guidance system because we know we are reducing miles driven, pollution emitted and energy consumed. (And here is a cool fact for you: For every sensor we deploy, the environmental benefit is akin to planting more than 50 trees!)
What can you do today to reduce your impact? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re ready to make an organizational commitment, contact us to learn more about our solutions.
We are excited to be featured in this story about the city of Cologne’s smart parking pilot project. The video, captured by German-language business newspaper The Handelsblatt, outlines how Cologne monitors its parking area with sensors and directs drivers to the next free parking spaces. How’s that for optimizing parking search traffic?
Watch the video to hear from the CEO of one of Germany’s largest utilities, Rheinenergie, how the city of Cologne is reducing traffic, easing the search for free parking spaces, and being more green with a little help from IoT technologies such as Cleverciti smart parking solutions. (video in German).
Customer: Ruhr Park
Market: Shopping Mall Parking
- Higher customer satisfaction
- More time to shop
- More revenue
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Lower traffic levels
Ruhr Park is Germany’s largest open-air shopping facility and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s third shopping center to be awarded a 4-star label – a customer service initiative that represents the highest level of quality and shopping experience. With a consistent focus on innovation and service, the shopping center strives to stay ahead of technology trends and invests in solutions that propel intelligence, operational efficiency, lowered environmental impact and customer convenience.
The center is visited by more than 12 million people annually. As most visitors arrive by car, it can be a significant challenge to find an available shopping mall parking space. In today’s retail environment, shoppers must be provided with extraordinary service and ease of entry to the places they choose to shop. Ruhr Park sought to streamline its parking operations to deliver value across the organization, enhance customer service, maximize time to shop and reduce the environmental impact.
“Customer satisfaction is paramount to our business,” said Andreas Ulmer, Center Manager, Ruhr Park. “On busy days, we have several thousand cars here. Most of our customers have had trouble finding parking and we wanted to change that expectation. We also wanted to provide our tenants with the benefit of capturing more revenue.”
With 50 to 80 parking spaces per aisle, it was difficult for drivers to determine which spots were available at any given time. The mall first tested a simple loop system to manage parking, but this effort was not accurate and reliable. Ruhr Park was committed to easing parking complexity but since the parking lot was paved, it required a system that could be deployed without significant construction, said Klaus Arndt, Technical Manager, Ruhr Park.
After evaluating available options, the shopping mall selected Cleverciti to manage shopping mall parking across more than 2,500 outdoor spaces. As the only smart parking guidance solution based on future-proof AI technology and seamless integration with existing infrastructure, Cleverciti provides shopping centers with unprecedented value by efficiently filling spaces and directly guiding patrons to the best open spot.
At Ruhr Park, ClevercitiSensors cover up to 30 shopping mall parking spaces from its position on existing light poles while the cloud-connected LED-display system is visible at the entrance to each aisle. With an angle of up to 180 degrees, ClevercitiSensors measure the exact GPS position and size of open parking spaces.
With information updated every few seconds, Cleverciti overhead smart parking sensors and its omnidirectional LED guidance system CIRC360 combined deliver instantaneous data on available shopping mall parking spaces to drivers approaching an aisle. Data from the system is also transferred to a central management system, the ClevercitiCockpit, which provides the shopping center management with real-time parking data and analytics to simplify operations and optimize the parking real estate. Combined, the comprehensive system delivers intelligence to help the mall manage its parking operations more proactively.
“Once captured, data in the system is immediately transferred to my dashboard, the ClevercitiCockpit, where I receive live updates on how full our parking lots are,” said Arndt. “With the dashboard, I can see what lots fill up and which ones fill up first, and then I can make decisions based on this data.”
Ruhr Park uses CIRC360 to visually guide drivers to free spaces, easing the search for a parking space. CIRC360 can also be used to display marketing messaging, and public safety and emergency communications.
Not only has parking management been simplified, but from an environmental perspective, Ruhr Park also experienced a significant benefit from installing the Cleverciti solution. “Because vehicles in our facility can find a space more quickly, we naturally have lower CO2 emissions,” Arndt said.
With Cleverciti, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has secured a sophisticated and resilient parking service that focuses on reducing complexity and providing more time to shop for the millions of people that visit the facility annually. Cleveciti provides real-time insights into the precise location of available parking spots and reliable guidance for drivers, which results in increased revenues, lower pollution and happier shoppers.
“It is now easier to park, and I have more time to shop,” said Ruhr Park customer Marcel Jakob. “And the process is much less stressful.”