APCOA’s Royal-Hamilius car park opens to the public

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Stuttgart / Luxembourg, 27 September 2018 – APCOA PARKING Luxemburg S.A.r.l. today, 27 September 2018, opens its new Royal-Hamilius multi-storey car park in the centre of Luxembourg City. Thanks to APCOA, visitors to Luxembourg’s city centre now have 628 new parking spaces at their disposal, in a modern, safe and highly functional environment.

  • The new, multi-storey underground car park has opened its doors
  • Situated below Place Emile Hamilius, the new underground parking facility provides spaces for 628 vehicles
  • In close collaboration with the City of Luxembourg and CODIC, APCOA is responding to strong demand for parking spaces in the heart of the city

Stuttgart/Luxembourg, 27 September 2018 - APCOA PARKING Luxemburg S.A.r.l. today, 27 September 2018, opens its new Royal-Hamilius multi-storey underground car park in the centre of Luxembourg City. Thanks to APCOA, visitors to Luxembourg’s city centre now have 628 new parking spaces at their disposal, in a modern, safe and highly functional environment.

Philippe Op de Beeck, Chief Executive Officer APCOA PARKING Holding and Detlef Wilmer, Managing Director of APCOA PARKING Deutschland GmbH, which played a key role in the new car park’s development, are delighted that residents and visitors to central Luxembourg will now be able to experience APCOA’s exceptional services. Together with Thierry Behiels, CEO of CODIC International, and Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, they inaugurated the latest addition to APCOA’s family of multi-story parking facilities after the ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon. The festivities were also attended by Patrick Goldschmidt, the alderman responsible for mobility, and Serge Wilmes, 1st alderman and responsible for economic development and trade.

“The inauguration of the Royal-Hamilius underground parking facility marks the opening our first multi-storey car park in Luxembourg, in the heart of Luxembourg City, in one of the country’s central mobility hubs. The car park has thus been designed to provide a seamlessly integrated, innovative parking solution. In addition, the advanced traffic management system that we developed jointly with the city will help further optimise traffic flows in the city centre, and efficiently guide drivers directly to their designated parking spaces”, said Detlef Wilmer.

“For the City of Luxembourg, the opening of the Royal-Hamilius underground car park crowns the important first stage of a major urban development project. Accessibility to the heart of the city will be greatly improved by these new parking facilities, as will access and use of public transport and soft mobility (i.e. human powered, non-motorised mobility) options. With the creation of these 628 new parking spaces, 400 of which are reserved for the general public, the total number of available parking spaces in the city centre will increase to 3,400, with a total of 14,000 in the City of Luxembourg as a whole”, explained Lydie Polfer.

An initial, but major first step
The underground parking facility is one of the key features of Royal-Hamilius and has been developed beneath the building complex. The multi-storey car park has six levels and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The spaces are modern and bright, and include the ample provision of parking spaces for women and families, as well as parking for people with reduced mobility. The underground car park has six parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points.

“We are proud to of the fact that this trend-setting, premium, multi-storey car park is now available to the public. Visitors will appreciate the high level of comfort, and enjoy a pleasant and convenient parking experience thanks to the extended range of integrated services”, said Wilmer.

Car park and art gallery in one
“In addition to fulfilling its primary function as an underground car park, this facility also serves as an art gallery. In keeping with the uniqueness of the project, the walls of each parking level have been decorated with works of art, thereby enriching the urban street art scene and making the car park well worth a visit for the art alone”, said Mayor Polfer.

The new, multi-storey car park is not only home to desperately needed parking space, it is also the first extraordinary art installation to be made accessible in the public space of an underground car park. Six artists, Valentina Canseco, Gaëtan Henrioux, Kosta Kulundzic, Dorothée Recker, Axel Sanson and Lise Stoufflet, designed exclusive frescos for each of the underground car park’s six levels. The frescos were unveiled during the opening ceremony and can now be viewed by visitors to the car park, thereby combing the functionality of an underground car park with the artistic flair of a public art gallery.

“For me, art and architecture are inextricably linked. I want their interplay to be a distinguishing feature of CODIC International’s projects. Royal Hamilius is a work of art in its own right: the architects, Foster & Partners and Tetra Kayser & Associés, have designed remarkable facades featuring only the highest quality materials, while the interiors have been designed by Nathalie Jacoby and her team of young designers at Njoy. Tobias Link is creating an absolutely magical Royal Hamilius at night. Landscaping will be meticulously planned and the main business areas will be flooded with light thanks to the property’s glass roof. CODIC International has been involved in every detail, from the Sky Restaurant to the multi-storey car park”, explained Thierry Behiels.

About Royal-Hamilius

Royal-Hamilius is an iconic development, creating a unique combination of retail, offices, apartments and gastronomy in the heart of Luxembourg City. Major retail brands, including the classic French department store Galeries Lafayette and the media, leisure and cultural retailer Fnac have taken major leases and will soon be opening their first ever stores in Luxembourg. Royal-Hamilius will also be home to the Sky Garden, a rooftop garden and restaurant with panoramic views over central Luxembourg.

Press contact:
APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH
Sebastian Merkle
Flughafenstr. 34
70624 Stuttgart-Airport
T: +49 711-94791-100 

About APCOA PARKING Group
APCOA PARKING Group is Europe’s leading parking management company with more than 45 years of industry expertise. APCOA Group’s 5,000 employees manage approximately 1.4 million individual parking spaces at over 9,000 locations in 13 European countries. These include parking spaces at 1,800 city and shopping center locations, 400 hotels, 150 hospitals and 58 European airports. With its consistent “asset light” business model, APCOA is a trusted partner maximizing value for private and public real estate owners and investors which are outsourcing the operations of their car parks.

APCOA’s open digital IT platform APCOA FLOW connects on-street and off-street car parks with business clients, partners, customers and their vehicles. In doing so, the company transforms its car parks into mobility hubs, offering innovative services for a convenient mobility experience. The environment also benefits of it: With its digital services and the intelligent traffic management system, APCOA actively contributes to a reduction of CO2 emissions in cities by decreasing the volume of traffic searching for parking. That way, APCOA becomes an integral part of the Smart City.

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APCOA PARKING Enters Strategic Partnership with Indian Startup GET MY PARKING to Enhance Smart Parking Portfolio

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Stuttgart/Delhi, 30 May 2018 - APCOA PARKING, Europe’s leading parking operator, has entered into a strategic partnership with GET MY PARKING (GMP).

  • Collaboration leads to digital customer solutions for connecting parking with consumer mobility
  • Technology to integrate parking equipment with cloud based IoT to bring all APCOA parking lots across 13 countries onto a standard, interoperable platform
  • Open platform will enable new partnerships and business models across smart city and connected mobility ecosystem
  • Recently launched APCOA FLOW app in Germany is the first of the many outputs to be powered by this platform

Stuttgart/Delhi, 30 May 2018 - APCOA PARKING, Europe’s leading parking operator, has entered into a strategic partnership with Get My Parking (GMP), India’s principal smart parking startup, to customize and deploy an open IoT platform that provides a seamless mobility experience across all parking touchpoints. This digital platform will be scaled to all 13 countries in which APCOA operates more than 1.4 million car spaces at over 9000 locations. It is an interoperable platform, integrating varied parking equipment and connecting parking spaces to cars to create an overall mobility experience. This enables APCOA to provide the latest consumer solutions such as their recently launched mobile app APCOA FLOW (www.apcoa.de/flow), which includes ticketless automated access and cashless exit and will soon be enhanced by pre-booking options and on-street parking payment functions.

“This strategic partnership enables us to develop our digital platform and new products very quickly and cost-effectively. We are therefore in a position to offer our customers additional value: The GMP technology works with existing barrier technologies in older car parks, eliminating the need to purchase a new parking system. And the digital platform’s enhanced compatibility means that we can launch many new services and partnerships in the near future,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group.

“We are very excited about this collaboration, as it gives us a huge start in growing our international footprint. APCOA is the undisputed European market leader and we could not have asked for a better partner to enter the western parking market,” said Chirag Jain, CEO Get My Parking. Co-founder CMO Rasik Pansare added, “APCOA's scale and size is the dream opportunity for testing our technology expertise. It is an ambitious project and our team is ready for the responsibility to assist millions of European motorists.”

This partnership is a marriage of operations and technology expertise, with APCOA’s experience and scale complimenting GMP’s innovation and agility. With such synergies, both expect to grow markedly in their own domains. GMP envisages learning a great deal from the advanced parking market of Europe and implementing that in the early-stage parking industry of India, thereby accelerating the smart parking ecosystem of India. Based on the new technology, APCOA will offer more customer-focused services while at the same time contributing to the smart city ecosystem with innovative solutions to help meet the many challenges facing modern cities.

The proprietary open platform is modular and future-proof, meaning it can be used in various capacities as per requirements and new capabilities can be integrated without affecting existing services. Offers from providers of other services like car sharing services, car rental companies, e-charging stations or parcel delivery services can be easily integrated into the platform, making the parking experience even more convenient. The first platform driven cooperation was entered into with Sunhill Technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG (VWFS): Together with APCOA, they now offer customers of all VW Group brands contactless entry and exit, as well as automated billing of parking processes in the background.

Contact:
APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH
Sebastian Merkle
Flughafenstr. 34
70624 Stuttgart-Airport
T: +49 711-94791-100

About APCOA PARKING Group
APCOA PARKING Group is Europe’s leading parking management company with more than 45 years of industry expertise. APCOA Group’s 5,000 employees manage approximately 1.4 million individual parking spaces at over 9,000 locations in 13 European countries. These include parking spaces at 1,800 city and shopping centre locations, 400 hotels, 150 hospitals and 58 European airports. With its consistent “asset light” business model, APCOA is a trusted partner for private and public real estate owners.

APCOA’s advanced IT platform is the interface between its car parks, business customers, partners, car drivers and their vehicles. Thus, APCOA is able to offer its business and end customers innovative services and products to improve the efficiency and comfort of their mobility experience. In addition to the company’s customers, these innovative services also create environmental benefits: APCOA actively contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in cities and at traffic intersections by reducing the volume of traffic searching for parking spaces with the aid of digital services and the company’s intelligent traffic management system.

About GET MY PARKING
GET MY PARKING (GMP) is a smart parking platform startup, founded in July 2015 by Chirag Jain and Rasik Pansare with the aim to digitize the fragmented parking industry. Since then their team has grown to 70 members with offices in Delhi, Bangalore, and Germany. GMP has digitized more than 300 parking locations that process 2 Million parking transactions monthly. After dominating the Indian parking tech industry as the market leaders, GMP has now begun a global expansion with 3 overseas projects. They were recently awarded the Amazon AWS Mobility Awards 2017 as the 'Travel App of the Year' (emerging).


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APCOA PARKING revolutionises parking across Germany

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Innovative digital platform APCOA FLOW sets new benchmarks for European parking industry.

Innovative digital platform APCOA FLOW sets new benchmarks for European parking industry.

  • New app makes parking quicker, easier and more convenient: No tickets. No cash. No stress.
  • Available at 200 selected car parks with more than 100,000 parking spaces across Germany at launch
  • Additional functions such as reservation and booking of parking spaces, as well as payment for on-street parking in the pipeline
  • APCOA plans roll-out in 12 further European markets
  • Open, central and scalable platform for all of Europe enables new partnerships and business models in the smart city ecosystem
  • RFID chip connects cars and car parks to create the most comprehensive, truly connected car offering in Germany

Stuttgart, 3 May 2018 – APCOA PARKING, Europe’s leading parking facility manager, has successfully launched its new app, APCOA FLOW (apcoa.de/flow), which is based on the company’s proprietary digital platform for all European markets. At launch, customers can seamlessly enter, leave and make cashless payments without the need for tickets at 200 selected APCOA car parks with more than 100,000 parking spaces across Germany. The app also serves as a navigation system, identifying and guiding the driver to the most convenient car park for their final destination. Thanks to RFID technology, the car park recognizes the vehicle and opens the barriers automatically. This means that parking tickets, the hunt for spare change and the need to queue at a pay station are all a thing of the past.

“APCOA FLOW opens up an entirely new digital parking experience which is unique in this form: The combination of new services and a large number of car parks across the whole of Germany, combined with the open, central and scalable digital platform behind it, make APCOA FLOW the most comprehensive connected car offering in the parking sector. We are setting completely new standards for the entire industry,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group. The company is now planning to equip all of APCOA’s 300 or so car parks in Germany with APCOA FLOW, thereby making more than 230,000 parking spaces more easily accessible to customers throughout the country.

Parking becomes a seamless extension of individual mobility
“We are very proud to have created APCOA FLOW, a system that is, at launch, already the most comprehensive smart parking solution for car parks in Germany. With the app and platform, we are revolutionising our customers’ parking experience. Thanks to APCOA FLOW, parking becomes a seamless extension of the mobility experience for the very first time. With APCOA FLOW, we are offering our users more comfort, a greater sense of security and, ultimately, freedom and time for the more important things in life,” explained Detlef Wilmer, Managing Director of APCOA PARKING Deutschland GmbH.

Customers can download the APCOA FLOW app from both the Google PlayStore and App Store, register their account and order their personal APCOA FLOW RFID chip for their windscreen. It is this RFID technology that automatically opens a car park’s barriers as the car approaches. Every single parking process is precisely recorded by the system and charged to the registered credit card. Customers can view their accounts at any time, thanks to the system’s completely transparent overview of all parking processes.

The user begins by entering their destination, at which point the app quickly and intuitively displays the nearest APCOA FLOW car parks. Once the user has selected the most convenient car park, the app navigates them directly to their destination. APCOA FLOW makes it easy to park anywhere, even in a city the driver has little or no knowledge of. The app displays prices, opening hours and capacity of parking spaces in each car park, along with other useful information, such as accessibility, access heights and the availability of EV charging stations.

Wilmer sums up the app’s advantages: “APCOA FLOW makes parking quicker and more convenient: Simply park. No ticket. No cash. No stress.”

New partnerships, further functions and pan-European launch
Equipped with an API interface, the digital platform’s enhanced compatibility means that a large number of new services and partnerships can be launched in the near future. The first comprehensive cooperation agreement was concluded with sunhill technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG (VWFS). As a result of this partnership, VW Group customers can now enjoy contactless entry and exit and automated payment processing.

“VW is the first automobile manufacturer to join APCOA on our strategic journey to the future of parking. Thanks to our RFID chips, customers' vehicles are networked with our car parks, which makes FLOW the most widely available, truly connected car service on the market,” added Op de Beeck.

APCOA is currently in talks with car sharing service providers, car rental companies and electric vehicle charging station operators. Parcel delivery services can also be easily integrated into the app, making the parking experience even more convenient. For owners who operate their own car parks and do not want to bear the significant investment costs of developing such a system themselves, APCOA’s innovative platform offers a future-proof digital solution.

Press releasesAt the same time, the company is working on expanding its own service portfolio. “And the range of functions offered by APCOA FLOW at launch is just the beginning – we have designed the system so that additional services can be easily added and flexibly integrated. This will allow us to continually expand the range of services we offer our customers, thereby ensuring that we are ideally equipped for the future,” says Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group. Specifically, the reservation and advance booking of parking spaces, as well as the integration of barrier-free parking areas and street parking spaces are in progress.

Following the successful market launch in Germany, the system will soon be rolled out in other European countries, starting with Italy, then Sweden, Austria and Norway. By 2019, customers in each of APCOA’S 13 European markets should be able to use the new service.

Disruption in the parking industry: seizing the opportunity of digitalisation
“APCOA FLOW is our answer to key societal trends, such as urbanisation and digitalisation, and to the emergence of entirely new mobility concepts that are changing the economic fundamentals of the parking industry. The specially developed platform and app are the fruits of intensive collaboration with our German suppliers and an Indian start-up company. In conjunction with the open, centralised and scalable platform, the app is an important step in transforming APCOA PARKING into an even more customer-oriented company. Our goal is to help shape the future of individual mobility,” explained Op de Beeck.

The aim of the new system is to offer customer-focused services while at the same time contributing to the smart city ecosystem with innovative solutions to help meet the many challenges facing modern cities: from cutting CO2 emissions by significantly reducing the volume of vehicles searching for parking spaces, to controlling traffic flows and seamlessly integrating different forms of mobility using intelligent digital solutions such as APCOA FLOW.

For more information on APCOA FLOW, visit the website: apcoa.de/flow

Contact:
APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH
Sebastian Merkle
Flughafenstr. 34
70624 Stuttgart-Airport
T: +49 711-94791-100

About APCOA PARKING Group
APCOA PARKING Group is Europe’s leading parking management company with more than 45 years of industry expertise. APCOA Group’s 5,000 employees manage approximately 1.4 million individual parking spaces at over 9,000 locations in 13 European countries. These include parking spaces at 1,800 city and shopping centre locations, 400 hotels, 150 hospitals and 58 European airports. With its consistent “asset light” business model, APCOA is a trusted partner for private and public real estate owners.

APCOA’s advanced IT platform is the interface between its car parks, business customers, partners, car drivers and their vehicles. Thus, APCOA is able to offer its business and end customers innovative services and products to improve the efficiency and comfort of their mobility experience. In addition to the company’s customers, these innovative services also create environmental benefits: APCOA actively contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in cities and at traffic intersections by reducing the volume of traffic searching for parking spaces with the aid of digital services and the company’s intelligent traffic management system.

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INRIX and APCOA partner to provide the most comprehensive parking data in Europe

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Landmark deal means INRIX and APCOA customers will benefit from the most comprehensive static and dynamic parking data in Europe

Kirkland, WA / Stuttgart, Germany – July 6, 2017 – INRIX, Inc., the world leader in connected car services and movement analytics, and APCOA PARKING Group, the largest European parking operator, today announced a major new partnership to exchange parking information.

This new deal strengthens INRIX’s parking offering and means its customers, who already benefit from the world’s largest parking database, will also have access to APCOA’s comprehensive parking data for Europe.

The deal with APCOA is the only one of its kind in Europe and will provide INRIX with access to information from 1.4 million parking spaces at over 9,000 locations in 13 countries. This will feed into the INRIX Off-Street Parking service, enhancing this offering beyond any competing service to give European drivers the best possible parking experience. Existing INRIX customers will have their data updated with the additional information, and new customers will have the enhanced data available from launch, enabling all partners with the ability tackle one of the biggest problems in mobility.

“Parking remains a key issue for drivers and cities across the globe and is a major cause of traffic congestion. We have seen lots of innovation in navigation but finding parking at your destination is a problem that still needs solving,” said Alex Israel, General Manager and Vice President, Parking, INRIX. “This deal is a first in Europe and access to APCOA’s parking information enables INRIX to provide automakers with the most comprehensive solution available, helping to address the growing challenge of parking in cities by allowing drivers to navigate to available spaces quickly and conveniently.

” Through the seamless integration of data from the INRIX Parking database of 100,000 locations across 8,700 cities in more than 100 countries, drivers in Europe who rely on APCOA’s services and applications will benefit from enhanced parking information and an increased level of convenience. As a result, APCOA intends to improve the quality of its consumer relationships substantially.

“This deal marks a turning point in the parking, automotive and mobility industries,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO, APCOA Parking Group. “We have joined forces with INRIX to enhance our digital services and improve the search for parking, which ultimately helps cities, the environment and of course drivers. Big data is set to have an increasing impact on the automotive and parking management industries, and this partnership will enable us to make parking more user-friendly and accessible for our customers.

” This announcement builds on momentum for INRIX in the parking space such as the launch of INRIX Off-Street Parking in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Mercedes-Benz joins a growing list of automaker customers who benefit from INRIX Parking services, including BMW, Lexus, and Toyota. INRIX launched the industry’s first dynamic off-street parking service in 2013, followed by the first integrated on-street parking solution in June 2015. In August 2015, INRIX acquired ParkMe, a leader in parking location, availability and reservations worldwide. The company was recognized by leading automotive research firm SBD for its comprehensive and accurate parking data in the U.S. and Europe. 

About INRIX

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.

INRIX Parking

INRIX Parking provides the world’s largest parking database with more than 35 million spaces in 100,000 locations spanning 8,700 cities in more than 100 countries. Addressing a key customer need, dynamic occupancy information is also available for nearly 20,000 lots spanning more than 2,000 cities in 67 countries. Additionally, the patented INRIX On-Street Parking service leverages machine learning to deliver ground-truth tested dynamic occupancy predictions in nearly 40 cities globally, covering more than 200,000 individual street segments. INRIX is the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading automakers and app providers such as BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Microsoft Bing and Waze, as well as transportation agencies and drivers around the world.

About APCOA PARKING Group

APCOA PARKING Group is the leading full-service parking management company in Europe. The company has over 45 years of experience and expertise in 13 European countries and an extensive portfolio of clients. Amongst them, more than 30 European airports have entrusted APCOA with the management of their parking facilities. The Group manages about 1.4 million individual parking spaces. In doing so, APCOA uses its international experience to deliver future-oriented and innovative mobility services to customers and property owners at over 9,000 locations. The company's 4,600 employees contribute their know-how and local expertise to deliver excellent services to customers and business clients. The Group's headquarters and German office are located in Stuttgart, Germany. www.apcoa.com.

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