At Elite Parking, we like to stay informed about industry trends including technology. The challenges the parking industry faces may differ significantly around the globe, but technology is bridging the gaps. The Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit, a group comprised of parking associations from around the world, recently took a survey that involved parking professionals from 21 countries. The results revealed some basic similarities along with a few country-specific differences.

Smart parking lots are the tech hub for the future

Often parking lots are viewed as a vast open space solely made for the purpose of parking vehicles, which may sit for hours, days, even weeks at a time. The parameters formerly set out of what parking lots are useful for have begun to change. In fact, many see them as the technological hubs of the future. Parking lots are invaluable when it comes to use of land and sustainability. City planners and parking professionals are finding ways to make every inch of these open spaces as an opportunity for smart, green sustainable growth.

According to Elite’s Parking’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez, smart technology is found in every area of people’s lives and it’s now making its way into the parking industry.

“Now people in the industry are altering their vision for these open spaces. Garage technology needs to progress past the simple use of smart meters and plate readers, to various encompass sustainable initiatives such as charging stations, smart benches, rainwater collectors and smart trash receptacles,” said Sanchez.

As the parking industry moves into the next decade it will have to rethink the future of parking lot design. There will be a call for the implementation of more green initiatives from landscape buffers to green walls, smart receptacles, traffic lights even recycled water. Investing in smart and sustainable practices in parking lots will promote higher green standards within the community.

Elite Parking is excited to be the valet service provider for Iberostar Berkeley

Iberostar Berkeley sits right in the heart of world-famous South Beach and is the reincarnation of the historic Art Deco Berkeley Shore Hotel. This marks yet another step forward in Elite’s pursuit to extend its “white-glove service” mission to other luxury hotel brands in Miami.

“We are proud to have been chosen by Berkeley’s hotelier chain to represent their service expectations. Our goal will be to uphold the hotel’s standards prior to each guest’s check-in experience” said Elite Parking’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

According to Sanchez, guests who frequent hotels such as Iberostar are used to world-class amenities, impeccable service and spectacular views synonymous with South Beach hotels. That means that all valet team members need to be on-top of their game and go that extra mile for each guest.

Iberostar Berkeley is an Art Deco jewel located at 1610 Collins Avenue, just steps away from SoBe, Miami’s most prestigious attractions. The iconic building was designed in 1940 by Albert Anis, one of the most prolific architects of the Art Deco District. He is responsible for the architectural designs of more than 70 buildings, which played an integral role in shaping Miami Beach’s distinctive style.

A new app debuts that takes the guess work out of street parking rules

Parking in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco can be a nightmare. Parking spaces are extremely hard to find and the rules that govern the city’s available parking can be confusing and many times change depending on the hour of the day and whether or not it’s a weekday or weekend. In a recent study, they found that the average driver may spend as much as 83 hours a year driving up and down crowded streets trying to find a place to park, which adds to a large city’s already hectic traffic jams.

The good news is cities such as San Francisco are seeing a silver lining to this parking epidemic with a new Curb Explorer tool from Coord, a company backed by Sidewalk Labs. The parking app is becoming the perfect solution for drivers trying to navigate busy urban streets and parking lots. The new project is to being deemed “code the curb,” a description used by Coord’s CEO Stephen in a post on Medium.

According to Coord, the company’s team went out onto the commercial corridors of San Francisco, where they took photos of parking signs, bus stops, fire hydrants, and other features that determine how and when a curbside can be used. They then used an app that analyzed each photo to come up with parking information that could then be translated into rules individualized for each area. These rules were mapped out for easy viewing for drivers to access while on the road. The color-coded map includes red curbs, which indicate no-parking areas. Dark blue zones are for paid parking and light blue indicates free parking zones.