Parking and Security Blog

OPS-COM announces comprehensive LPR system

OPS-COM links LPR for parking, violation and incident management Carleton Place, ON: Ontario-based Tomahawk Technologies Inc. is excited to announce the release of License Plate Recognition (LPR) module. Now included in its existing parking and security software platform OperationsCommander or (OPS-COM). Most noteworthy of OPS-COM is that it consists of ParkAdmin, IncidentAdmin, and ViolationAdmin. Furthermore, the technology,…

Parking Permit Overselling – 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…

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 “provide the 2017…

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

Perhaps you’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,…

Parking garage allocation an important management decision for condos

Parking garage allocations for condos Depending on location and size, a condo parking garage can “bring a lot of coin into a building annually” to quote an article in The Cooperator New York recently.  The article talks about the choices to make around managing parking garage allocation and facilities for co-op and condo buildings in larger centers. …

How are you managing your security and parking system maintenance?

How are you managing your security and parking system maintenance? If you don’t give much thought to your security and parking system maintenance, you’re not alone. A recent article in Campus Safety talked about their survey results around security camera maintenance.  Over half of the respondents felt that their security cameras had “moderate to significant maintenance…

Business process management scenarios for security and parking operations

Parking management software and business process management for parking isn’t just for the big guys.  Smaller businesses or groups like your parking and security department have as much to gain from improvements in how this is accomplished. In 2016, AIIM released survey results where they suggested that 41% of companies who invested in business process management saw…

Building a security or parking system RFP? Ideas to get started

Consider these questions to get started. So it’s time to put together a Request for Proposal (RFP) for your security or parking department.  It might seem daunting, and let’s be honest, it just might be. RFP building can take a lot of time, and effort to pull the pieces together. Some organizations have the benefit…

Why a phased approach to adopting parking or security software works

Why a phased approach to adopting parking or security software works Most parking and security operations eventually decide that technology is the answer to improve how they manage things.  The more difficult question is where to start and how big of leap forward is necessary. Parking security software management systems make life easier for operations of…

Fee collection for parking violations not out of reach

Fee collection for private parking violations not out of reach for companies Not all private parking companies have gone down the road of issuing their parking violations.  Smaller operations, in particular, might operate under a belief that the additional workload to manage violations is beyond their budget or their resources. If a small staff contingent…

New features will make parking management much easier for private companies

New features will make private parking management much easier for companies We recently blogged about how the entry point for private parking operations to manage violations is lower than many think.  Many private parking groups struggle with understanding if the technology used by that campuses and municipalities are viable for their operation.  We feel we’ve always had…

Customer service remains a primary focus as we end the year

Customer service is key to a successful business. As another year has come and gone, we’re looking back on the past 12 months.  Here at OPS-COM, we’ve done some pretty exciting things so far in 2017.  The feedback we’ve received about our customer service team is one we’re most pleased about. Every OPS-COM client has…

Parking Management Systems Make Smarter Cities

Managing parking in cities is challenging to say the least. In today’s fast-paced world, outdated enforcement systems no longer work. They are time-consuming and require many dedicated and expensive resources. Realizing this, more and more municipalities today are switching to smart parking management systems. These systems provide numerous benefits and create a process that’s more…