Re-Humanize the Bidding Process, Please
We just finished compiling a bid for a mid-sized town in the US, and it was large. Are you ready? Two hundred and sixty pages with six copies required and oh, by the way, is this 2017? Seems to me we just used a tree to convey what we could have done just as effectively electronically. This got me to thinking; how much paper comes out of a tree anyway? (Hint; an “average” pine tree of 1,610 pounds, produces ~80,000 sheets of paper.)
Embracing the Evolution of E-Ticketing
In the more than 41 years I spent in law enforcement, I witnessed countless innovations that vastly improved police practices. When I first put on a uniform in 1972, things were very different; you might even say primitive by today’s standards. Calls for service were recorded in a ledger book. There were no Computer Aided Dispatch Systems in those days, fingerprints were rolled in ink, and traffic tickets were hand-written on paper in ticket books. Yes, that’s right, hand written in ticket books. Can you imagine anything so archaic?
Dollars & Sense
In a fairly short period of time, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with over a thousand municipal departments about their parking operations from enforcement, permit management, monitoring, timed spaces, meters, kiosks, pay to park and so much more. Always with the intent to provide value and benefit to the prospective departments, I strive to determine where United Public Safety’s solutions would fix a problem. I hear about a lot of parking enforcement problems in a day. This can mean uncovering a few critical facts, or really diving in and understanding current processes and what future objectives may exist within a department.
ParkMeta: Welcome to the Land Grab!
Being in the parking business always makes me feel a tad out of place at parties. Dinners with friends of friends seem to be perpetually anchored by the age old minutiae of “So, what do you do?” to the hum of the mundane “Oh, I’m a software developer” or “Oh, I’m an accountant”. I always start my introduction a little differently; “Have you gotten a parking ticket in the last year?”
I am the odd man out in these social settings, and, as a shareholder in a forward thinking parking business, things often interest me that make other people cringe…
UPsafety Product Review of the Nubrella for PEOs
From time to time United Public Safety will test and review equipment that we feel could be beneficial for use by Parking Enforcement Officers in the field. The hope is that the equipment we test and review will be rugged, improve efficiency and bring value to a department.
Recently, United Public Safety purchased a newly introduced product named the Nubrella. Join me while I test and review this product to determine if the Nubrella is a product that we would feel comfortable marketing to our clients.
How to Derive Value & Satisfaction from your Parking Management Provider
I learned two key items from my trip to IPI in NOLA.
- First, and arguably most importantly, the food in New Orleans is fantastic. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it if you are a foodie like myself.
- Many parking companies are changing business strategies. I noticed numerous businesses showing at IPI now offering a “one-stop shop” convenience store approach to Parking Management. Interesting.
10 Critical Points To Consider When Selecting A Ticketing Device For Enforcement
There are a few options available in today’s market for mobile enforcement devices. It comes down to three types:
- an all-in-one mobile device with an integrated printer
- a rugged mobile/handheld or tablet device with a paired Bluetooth printer
- a cell phone with paired Bluetooth printer
Compliance vs. Revenue
The Code Enforcement Conundrum
QUALITY OF LIFE; what do these three words mean to you? For most of us, the answer is pretty clear. Are my basic needs met? Am I feeling physically well? Am I happy? For municipalities, however, there are more questions embedded in Quality of Life than answers.