Category: Parking & Security

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Solutions for Outstanding Parking Fines

Pesky Outstanding Parking Fines – A Headache for Parking Managers. On a quest for information, I allocated some time over the past year and talked to various people who manage parking. What I stumbled across was a common challenge talked about; How do I collect outstanding revenues from tickets? What are others doing to collect these revenues? When managing parking…

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Parking is a revenue source! Stop missing out on this opportunity

Parking an excellent source of revenue โ€œWe do not consider parking to be a revenue source.โ€ I read that quote in a blog post from a Director at a University in the Midwest and wondered if Iโ€™d read it correctly? It got me thinking; how many other educational organizations have the same outlook about parking…

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Taking the Confrontation Out of Parking Enforcement

Parking Tickets, no one likes them or the people who issue them! Letโ€™s face it no one likes to get a parking ticket.  It is expensive and annoying. It feels like itโ€™s a money grab for greedy organizations right? Wrong.  Parking enforcement is actually a resource. Unfortunately, there aren’t unlimited spaces. Allowing people to break…

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LPR Integration Takes Security to the Next Level

The secret is outโ€ฆ Organizations can take parking monitoring to a whole new level. All thanks to the pairing of parking and security software solutions and LPR camera system integrations. Proper LPR integration would combine cutting-edge LPR technology with a parking and security management solution creating a more cost-effective and accurate way to monitor parking permits,…

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Thoughts for the future of OPS-COM

First a bit about the history of OPS-COM… The OperationsCommander (OPS-COM) Parking, Security, and Safety Management software suite originally ParkAdmin parking management. ParkAdmin also had a predecessor though unnamed. That original system we developed somewhere around 2005 was a system for tracking the ownership of parking passes. Not much to it but represented a better way to track…

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Smart Payment Processing For Parking Managers

Managing payment processing for your parking department is a vital part of your operations.  You want to handle the process and data correctly to avoid problems for you or your clients.  We recently rolled out information about using hosted payments for payment processing for parking management clients.  We believe this is a better, more secure…

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Parking Data helps Generate Revenue and Improve Experience

The move to digitally capture parking data can be an essential tool to evaluate your parking operations and find ways to make improvements that help generate revenue and improve the driver experience.  While not everyone looks to parking as a revenue source, they should be evaluating their data to see if they are reaching their…

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Shared parking creates revenue opportunities and reduces space demands

Nobody likes to see spots in a permitted lot sitting empty as they circle looking for an available space.  At least a โ€œGarage full: monthly permit holders onlyโ€ sign tells us someone is either using those spaces or paying for them. By using a shared parking approach, parking authorities can eliminate the empty spots when…

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LPR Enforcement ROI

Parking enforcement ROI is an appealing prospect for many who manage parking.  LPR parking enforcement offers opportunities for improved management with reduced long-term costs. It can also open up opportunities for improved revenue generation.  While the technology is not new, many want to better understand the associated costs and the projected return on investment (ROI)…

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Parking security system: the pros & cons of a single-vendor solution

Full disclosure before we get too far into this.  OPS-COM offers a single-vendor parking security system for related management so weโ€™re clearly biased when it comes to this topic.  We believe the benefits of a single vendor far out way the potential drawbacks.  But, weโ€™ll try to be objective in this blog because ultimately, we…

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Parking Permit Overselling โ€“ Striking the Right Balance

Parking permit overselling is a common practice in the industry. While it may not be popular among the general public, it is fundamentally required for efficient use of parking spaces.  Generating the most revenue from each parking space can translate into keeping prices lower for all permit holders. There is a fine balance between maximizing…

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Clery Act compliance using technology as a valuable ally

The Clery Act has particular requirements about what reporting is required and how crimes are categorized.  In April of this year, the US Department of Education adjusted their civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for any penalties assessed after April 20, 2017, and whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.  The changes are meant to โ€œprovide the 2017…

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A lot to plan planning your lots. Lot and parking allocation planning.

Perhaps youโ€™re embarking on a full-scale parking master plan, or continually revising your plan year-to-year to accommodate changes and improvements. Understanding how to manage your lots and parking allocation planning is fundamental to the process. A good parking plan is well rounded, and allows for both future planning and revenue growth.  At the same time,…