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February 5, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 3
In This Issue
IPI and the DOE Getting Charged Up about EVs
2013 Board of Directors Nominations Due Feb. 6
Register for the World's Biggest Parking Event
IPI 2013 Parking Buyers Guide and Consultants Directory
IPI Publishes Parking Technology Glossary
IPI's Webinar:On-Street Parking Technology
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional - Technologically Speaking
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
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IPI and the DOE Getting Charged Up about EVs at Washington Auto Show
Casey at Auto Show IPI, represented by Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, joined major U.S. employers, automakers, and policy leaders at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Workplace Charging Roundtable in Washington D.C., last week. IPI was also recognized at a DOE press conference that took place following the roundtable at the exhibit hall of the Washington Auto Show (The nation's largest automobile show). IPI's role as a founding ambassador of this new initiative will be to support the expansion of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by encouraging employers to install charging stations at workplaces. The goal is to enable the U.S. to be the first in the world to produce PEVs that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles, within the next 10 years which the administration believes will contribute to energy independence.
Workplace Charging Challenge Founding Partners (employers) include Google, Verizon, 3M, Eli Lilly, GE, Siemens, Duke Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan, and Tesla. In addition to IPI, Workplace Charging Challenge Founding Ambassadors (organizations) include The California PEV Collaborative, CALSTART, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Electrification Coalition, NextEnergy, Plug In America, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Read IPI's news release with links to a related infographic, DOE's news release, and Casey's blog post at the Parking Matters® Blog. 


2013 IPI Board of Directors Nominations Due Tomorrow, February 6!

You are invited to share your skills and talents and help set the strategic vision for the International Parking Institute (IPI) by running for the IPI Board of Directors. The Board holds monthly conference calls and semi-annual, in-person meetings to set the strategic direction for the organization and provide guidance on industry-specific projects and direction on educational programming, Parking Matters®, membership, public affairs, allied partnerships, and the IPI Conference & Expo, among other things. Board members are recognized as leaders representing all sectors of the parking and transportation industry and are selected to serve on the board by the membership through open elections, which will begin on March 6, 2013. All qualified applicants will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and voted on by IPI members.


You are encouraged to get all the details and the full application at The application deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Register for the World's Biggest Parking Event

2013 Conference LogoIt only takes a few minutes to register for an event that will enrich your career. If you register by Feb. 28, you'll get the lowest price and first choice of hotels! Ride the wave to four action-packed days of parking expertise that prepares you, technology that empowers you, and networking that moves you forward! 


Register today to save $100. 


IPI 2013 Parking Buyers Guide and Consultants Directory

2013 Buyers Guide Be sure to watch for your 2013 issue of the IPI Parking Buyers Guide and Consultants Directory, which is targeted to your audience, offers proven results for advertisers, and is used by thousands of decision makers. It will be mailed with the February issue of The Parking Professional. 


IPI Publishes Parking Technology Glossary

Parking Tech Glossary Cover Over the last several years, the use of technology has accelerated in the parking and transportation industry. With these advances come new terms and changes to some definitions of established terms. IPI's Technology committee identified the need to have a document that would define the items and help parking professionals better communicate with their peers, vendors, and the public when discussing parking technology. Through a great collaborative committee effort, "What's What in Parking Technology - A Glossary of Parking Technology Terms" was created. With nearly 100 terms defined, covering Access Control to Video Analytics and everything in between, this is an amazing industry resource to use to make sure your employees (especially your new ones) know the terminology they are working with on a day-to-day basis, and help the media and public understand the parking industry and all its technological offerings.


"What's What in Parking Technology - A Glossary of Parking Technology Terms" has been mailed with the February issue of The Parking Professional and you can also download it free.

IPI Webinar: On-Street Parking Technology

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On-street parking technology has changed dramatically over the years. Evolving from the basics of a windup clock, today's equipment can change rates and hours with the stroke of a key at your computer. You can know, in real time, what spaces are occupied and where violators might be. Meters can call you for repairs or call your customers to warn them that their time is about to expire. Enforcement techniques have improved tremendously. Payment methods continue to multiply across various platforms. How does it all affect you and your customer?


This webinar, brought to you by IPI's Technology Committee, will cover:

  • Various methods to operate on-street parking.
  • Currently available on-street parking equipment.
  • Auxiliary pieces to improve on-street technologies.
  • Discussion of some pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.



Mike Drow, CAPP, senior vice president, technology integration, Standard Parking Corporation

Peter Lange, executive director, transportation services, Texas A&M University


$35.00 for IPI members; $50.00 for Non-members 


Wednesday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST (60 minutes)


For more information and to register!


New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional - Technologically Speaking

The February issue of The Parking Professional provides an in-depth look at the new technologies we've already embraced and those that are on the horizon. From solar roadways and parking lots, to a very cool, very real automated garage, to the centralized command centers that can monitor and operate garages that are miles apart, to our feature on new gadgets, gizmos, and programs your business may want to consider, it offers up a look at not only what's out there, but how you'll use it and why it's worth the investment and the shift from more traditional practices.


TPP Feb Cover Here Comes the Sun
Solar parking lots may pave the way for solar roads that might revolutionize the highway system and the power grid.


Taking Command
Technology enables remote command centers to serve customers and protect the bottom line.


The Power of Observation
The science of ethnography provides a better parking experience.


Total Revolution
Technology trends in parking: 2013.


Absolutely Automated
West Hollywood, Calif., embraces automated garage technology in its newest parking structure.


Forward Thinking
How one county rehabilitated a deteriorating garage to expedite construction, save money, and minimize headaches along the way.


Plow Planning
Put best practices to work now to keep lots and garages snow-free next winter.


Establishing a New Technology
Is passive UHF RFID ready for prime-time parking applications?


IPI Members can read all these feature stories and more by accessing the online version of The Parking Professional.
To advertise in The Parking Professionalcontact Bonnie Watts at 540.371.7535. 
New RFPs Posted
RFP cropThese are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership. 


City of Orlando, Fla.
For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) 


Sandy Springs, Ga.
For: Parking Study for Sandy Springs City Center


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
For: Traffic Control, Directions and Parking Signage Services


Texas Dept. of State Health Services
For: Campus Parking Lot Improvements


View all RFPs  


Organizations can post RFPs at no charge. For more information, contact Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535. 


*Not an IPI member, but want access to the RFPs?  Join Now!


Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters® Blog

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  • I Want to Be Like Lebron James by Wanda Brown
  • Transforming Transportation by Paul Wessel
  • Taking the People Out of Parking by Dave Feehan
  • Parking and IoT: The Internet of Things by Helen Sullivan 
  • IPI Part of DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge by Casey Jones, CAPP
  • Super Bowl, Super Parking by Kim Fernandez
  • A Parking Spot Fit for a King by T.J. Cantwell

Join the conversation and sign up for free.


IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
IPI will host a free webinar on Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST to provide current and prospective IPI members with an overview of the many available membership benefits. Participants will learn how to access the online benefits on the IPI website and how to take advantage of many other IPI programs and services. Participants will also have time to ask questions.
T.J. Cantwell, IPI membership director
Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST /10:00 p.m. PST (60 minutes)
Industry Headlines From IPI's Social Media
Did you know that IPI provides an easy way to follow the latest news and trends in the parking and transportation industries? Just join us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Car Charging Stations Installed In Rosslyn 


Redwood City tackles downtown parking

The Separation of Church and Parking via @AtlanticCities

Parking meter upgrade to be discussed in Saskatoon

Parking enforcement in Harrisburg just got easier (VIDEO) via @abc27News

RT @XeroxTransport: History of the parking meter -

Parking Industry Joins with U.S. Department of Energy to Support Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Workplace 


'America's Parking Lot' will air tonight on @espn Classic -Read about the making of the movie here


Richard III: The mystery of the king and the car parking lot via @CNN


RT @XeroxTransport: [Infographic] Partying in the parking lot. How USA tailgates for big games -


The price of Super Bowl parking. Find out here: 


A Parking Spot Fit for a King 


State of the States

Texas Parking & Transportation Association would like to remind everyone that their upcoming Roundtable and Networking session will be held Feb. 19, 2013, at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Don't forget to register for this FREE session which includes lunch and parking as well as networking, education, and sharing industry information.


Registration for the TPTA 2013 Conference and Tradeshow being held April 1-4, 2013, at The University of Texas at Austin is now open. Read more...