APCOA acquires NCPS in Ireland

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• Business in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland doubles in size

• Second large Acquisition after APCOA bought Onepark A/S in Denmark

Stuttgart, 9 October 2019 - Europe's leading parking operator, APCOA PARKING (APCOA), has completed the acquisition of the business of Nationwide Controlled Parking Services (NCPS), one of the biggest car park operators in Ireland, including subsidiaries PEA and Mobile Research Solutions, t/a parkbytext. NCPS manages over 1,100 car parks with a total number of over 100,000 car park spaces. Following approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) the acquisition was legally completed on 8 August 2019.

The combined operation resulting from the acquisition sees APCOA's business in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland double in size to cover more than 1,750 site locations and it will enable them to service all counties in both countries.

"We view this as a very exciting development for APCOA and NCPS as the companies complement each other well. This acquisition combines the strengths of the businesses across all sectors, markets and geographies and brings together two strong management teams with complementary skills and abilities", says Philippe Op De Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group.

In addition, with the financial backing of the APCOA group, the combined operation in Ireland benefits from increased opportunities for further investment in the business and technologies. With the joined expertise and customer base across both countries, the acquisition makes APCOA a leading mobile parking operator providing convenient, cashless and cost-effective payment options to nearly 200,000 parking customers.

During the integration process day-to-day operations continue as at present. APCOA and NCPS will continue to focus on providing the highest levels of customer service.

APCOA's existing business in Northern Ireland operated a number of sites including two city centre multi storey car parks in Belfast city centre. The NCPS subsidiary PEA brings a further c. 80 locations, primarily in the greater Belfast area with key sites such as the iconic Titanic Quarter, numerous NHS hospitals and Trusts and the Odyssey Event Centre.

APCOA sees this investment as strengthening their position in Ireland and providing a platform for increased growth. "APCOA and NCPS both view this as a real opportunity to broaden the strength of our services to our clients in Ireland and to improve our capabilities by bringing together the best knowledge, systems and operational experience and practice", says Op De Beeck.

Already in the beginning of May APCOA bought Onepark A/S in Denmark one of the country's leading parking operators with 170 employees operating about 600 parking sites with 50,500 parking spaces. With OnePark, APCOA was able to expand the number of contracts by 540 and is now the market leader in Denmark. The two companies are already fully integrated and have moved into a new Head Office.

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 operator with more than 45 years of industry expertise. With its 5,000 employees, the company manages approximately 1.5 million individual parking spaces at over 9,500 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 the trusted partner who maximizes value for private and public real estate owners.

Via its open digital platform APCOA FLOW, the company connects on-street and off-street car parks with clients, partners, customers and their vehicles. Based on this technology, APCOA is transforming its car parks into mobility hubs, offering innovative services that enable a more convenient mobility experience. The environment also benefits: with its digital services and intelligent Traffic Management System, the company actively contributes to the reduction of emissions in cities by decreasing the volume of traffic searching for parking. By connecting parking and mobility, APCOA is positioned to become an integral part of the Smart City.

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APCOA Parking and German Telekom Enter into Agreement on Strategic Cooperation for Comprehensive Parking Services

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APCOA PARKING and Deutsche Telekom have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop and launch a comprehensive parking service offering including APCOA parking garages and on-street spaces.

Stuttgart/Bonn, 8 October 2019 - APCOA PARKING Group ("APCOA"), Europe's leading parking manager and Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest telecommunications company, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop and launch a comprehensive parking service offering including APCOA parking garages and on-street spaces. The aim of the cooperation is to provide customers of the joint parking solution with a parking product that is as complete as possible.

The agreement includes the integration of the APCOA FLOW platform as an authentication technology for non-contact entry and exit and automated payment in the APCOA-managed parking facilities. In addition, customers will be provided with additional parking spaces that were previously inaccessible to the public in residential and office properties at after-hours. Deutsche Telekom is using its Park and Joy app as a parking solution. It shows free parking in public spaces and private areas and also allows you to book and pay by smartphone. The combination of the two innovative technologies creates a comprehensive range of services for parking in car parks and on the roadside in Germany.

Within the scope of this cooperation, motorists should be provided with a common parking solution consisting of elements of both parking solutions of the respective parties. This allows them to access and exit non-contact and automated payment (APCOA FLOW) as well as to display, book and pay in public and private areas (Park and Joy). To this end, a corresponding embedding of the APCOA FLOW non-contact entry and exit functionality and automated payment in APCOA-managed parking facilities is agreed in the Park and Joy App.

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 operator with more than 45 years of industry expertise. With its 5,000 employees, the company manages approximately 1.5 million individual parking spaces at over 9,500 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 the trusted partner who maximizes value for private and public real estate owners.

Via its open digital platform APCOA FLOW, the company connects on-street and off-street car parks with clients, partners, customers and their vehicles. Based on this technology, APCOA is transforming its car parks into mobility hubs, offering innovative services that enable a more convenient mobility experience. The environment also benefits: with its digital services and intelligent Traffic Management System, the company actively contributes to the reduction of emissions in cities by decreasing the volume of traffic searching for parking. By connecting parking and mobility, APCOA is positioned to become an integral part of the Smart City.

 

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PARK NOW acquires Parkling

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PARK NOW has acquired Berlin-based data company Parkling. Adding Parkling´s best-in-class parking prediction to PARK NOW services will further strengthen PARK NOW's capability to improve and shape urban mobility.

Berlin, 23rd September 2019 - With the acquisition of the Berlin-based data company Parkling GmbH, the market leader PARK NOW is strengthening its international portfolio of digital parking solutions. With its highly accurate predictions of free on-street parking spots, Parkling offers a best-in-class solution.

PARK NOW, leading international parking solutions provider, is constantly growing its services and locations with more than 1,200 cities in Europe and North America. With the integration of Parkling´s parking prediction, the PARK NOW services will become even more attractive for users. It will have an immediate impact on improving the traffic situation in cities, as it helps to reduce the 30% of inner-city traffic caused by the search for parking spots. Already today, digital parking solutions make a direct contribution to a better traffic management, traffic flow control and a better use of urban space.

PARK NOW CEO Jörg Reimann says: "We are very happy to have Parkling join PARK NOW. Parkling´s prediction solution for on-street parking spots will be a great enhancement of our product portfolio. Through the acquisition, we not only strengthen our offering towards consumers, cities and automotive manufacturers, but also pursue our goal to make cities more liveable."

Detlev Hülsebusch, founder and CEO of Parkling, says: "Joining forces with PARK NOW is a great opportunity for Parkling. PARK NOW gives us the backing we need to rollout our data coverage across European cities and North America. I want to thank Centerbridge and the APCOA Group for their excellent support as investors and founding partners of Parkling."

Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group, comments: "Supporting Parkling in setting up their business and shaping their business model for Europe has been highly strategic for APCOA. We believe that PARK NOW will be a very strong partner for Parkling as the business rolls out internationally. We are excited to see them to continue to prosper."

About PARK NOW
PARK NOW is part of YOUR NOW, the mobility joint venture of the BMW Group and Daimler AG. With digital parking solutions under the brands PARK NOW, Parkmobile, RingGo and Park-line, it currently serves over 33 million users in more than 1,200 cities in Europe and North America. Making it the biggest provider of digital parking solutions in those regions.

ABOUT PARKLING
Parkling is a data company that provides highly accurate predictions of free on-street parking spots. The company attaches scanners on fleets and taxi cabs to analyze the parking situation in real-time. In addition, Parkling generates high quality static parking maps including parking rules & restrictions and location of parking bays.

For further inquiries please contact:
Johannes Terracciano
LoeschHundLiepold Kommunikation GmbH
Telefon: +49 - (0)89 - 72 01 87 - 296
E-Mail: j.terracciano[at]lhlk.de

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APCOA‘s ANPR parking management system wins Innovation Award of the European Parking Association

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APCOA PARKING has won the European Parking Award (EPA) for the rollout of an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) based parking management system in Norway, providing a seamless customer journey connected to the innovative APCOA FLOW app.

Stuttgart, 19 September 2019 - APCOA PARKING has won the European Parking Award (EPA) for the rollout of an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) based parking management system in Norway, providing a seamless customer journey connected to the innovative APCOA FLOW app. The first place in the "Innovative schemes in parking" category has been awarded today to APCOA during the 19th EPA Congress in Malaga, Spain.

The EPA has been established by the European Parking Association as a biennial award for excellence in parking. The EPA Awards are designed to set standards, demonstrate the high quality of parking structures and services and to encourage operators to provide good services throughout Europe.

ANPR Solution for APCOA PARKING Norway
Today APCOA FLOW provides the most sophisticated parking app and loyalty program in the market, including employee and partner parking integrations. In April 2017, APCOA PARKING Norway started one of the largest rollouts for an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) based parking management systems in Europe. Since then the system was implemented at 104 off-street parking locations including car parks at 30 airports across Norway. Further locations are currently being equipped.

The new system was primarily introduced to offer customers a faster and more convenient parking experience but also to reduce the number of parking hardware for cost reasons and to optimize revenues. In addition, it is seen as a long-term investment to future-proof our sites for autonomous driving and parking.

Seamless customer journey with ANPR and APCOA FLOW app
To make full use of the system, customers download the APCOA FLOW app and register a user profile including their credit card data. The app can navigate the driver to the chosen APCOA site. The customer enters the car park seamlessly without stopping at a barrier or pulling a ticket. Instead, ANPR cameras detect the license plate and the parking session is started. The customer receives a notification on his smart phone and can look up information about the current as well as past parking sessions in the app. When exiting the car park, ANPR cameras again detect the license plate and the parking session is ended. The customer again receives a notification on his smart phone and payment happens automatically. In case of any issues a customer service center is available 24/7 at 365 days a year.

"Removing barrier systems, P&D machines as well as traffic islands and introducing new payment methods has significantly improved the user experience. Customers benefit from a constant traffic flow and a ticketless entry and exit as well as automatic payment. So no time is wasted anymore queuing in front of the barrier for tickets or at the payment machine and exposure to harsh weather condition at surface car parks is minimized," said Rune Feltman, Managing Director of APCOA PARKING Norway.

Alternative payment methods available
But payment can also be done without the download of an app and registration. In that case, the ANPR system detects the license plate and puts it on a whitelist. Before leaving the car park, payment is done at the payment machine, entering the license plate. A grace period is granted to leave the car park comfortably and the system again detects the license plate and the parking session ends. If payment at the payment machine is forgotten, late pay can be made online within 48 hours. After that period an invoice is being sent including an administrational fee. That ensures that no customer will receive an unpopular parking fine.

About APCOA PARKING Group
APCOA PARKING Group is Europe's leading parking operator with more than 45 years of industry expertise. With its 5,000 employees, the company manages approximately 1.5 million individual parking spaces at over 9,500 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 the trusted partner who maximizes value for private and public real estate owners.

Via its open digital platform APCOA FLOW, the company connects on-street and off-street car parks with clients, partners, customers and their vehicles. Based on this technology, APCOA is transforming its car parks into mobility hubs, offering innovative services that enable a more convenient mobility experience. The environment also benefits: with its digital services and intelligent Traffic Management System, the company actively contributes to the reduction of emissions in cities by decreasing the volume of traffic searching for parking. By connecting parking and mobility, APCOA is positioned to become an integral part of the Smart City.

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Sebastian Merkle
Flughafenstr. 34
70629 Stuttgart-Airport
T: +49 711-94791-652

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