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Congratulations Byporten!

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Congratulations to Byporten with ANPR launch!

If you go into Google maps and search for “Oslo City Center”, chances are that the pin will land at Byporten. The Byporten Car Park is a frequently visited garage located in the middle of Oslo City Center. The site is in connection to offices, a popular shopping center, a hotel and all the other facilities you would normally find in the middle of a large city. At Byporten, we have now gone live with a complex ANPR installation (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) catering for both short term-, contract-, employee- and hotel parking.

 

Short term parking

The optimal way for the short term parking consumer is to pay on exit. Or to not pay at all, as many of them would probably prefer. Both is possible at Byporten.

As the cameras know when the consumer entered the car park, there is no need to visit the payment machine until the moment you are leaving. Unless you have registered in the app of course, then everything will happen automatically.

If the consumer forgets to pay, “forgets to pay” (in quotes for a reason), or simply overdrew the payment card while buying 5 pairs of designer shoes at Byporten shopping centre, he may do a late payment on web or wait until he receives an invoice.

 

Integrated Hotel Parking Solution

Upon arrival, the hotel guest will pay for his parking duration at the hotel desk. From this point the guest is digitally white-listed in our system. She may enter and exit as many times as she pleases during her stay.

 

Integrated Contract Parking Solution

Contract parking and employee parking allows our frequent visitors to white-list their cars in our system to experience seamless parking and automatic invoicing.

 

With our ANPR system, all segments are cared for at Byporten!

To be continued at www.parke.no

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Congratulations Tromsø Airport!

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Congratulations to Tromsø Airport with ANPR launch!

We have pressed the play-button on our CPMS (Car Park Management System) with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) at Tromsø Airport. After some intensive research, we believe that this is the northern most located ANPR car park in the world, approximately 590 kilometers north of the polar circle.

We are looking forward to connect with all the travelers parking at the airport. Read more about what the connected consumers at Tromsø will experience here. It is a small piece of the future of parking, but they can relax. We are here for them 24/7/365.

And may we also add (being from the south), that we are looking forward to polar bears driving their fancy SUV’s to the airport, every time they are flying over to Svalbard, visiting their friends and family.

Happy parking, Tromsø Airport!

Check out our ANPR-blog by clicking here

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EuroPark Norway enters strategic and long term partnership with Arvato Financial Solutions.

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Arvato Financial Solutions has signed an agreement on handling control fees for EuroPark. The exclusive agreement with Arvato was reached after an extensive procurement process involving several Norwegian service providers.

The agreement includes administration and purchase of parking control fees, complaint-management and appeals, ledger management, debt collection and purchase of the current debt portfolio. A number of employees will also be transferred from EuroPark to Arvato. 

“We are very pleased that EuroPark have chosen to enter a long-term strategic collaboration with us, to ensure continuity and growth for EuroPark. At the same time we take over skilled employees from EuroPark. They know the business-critical services and processes, making sure that we have all the prerequisites for a long-term and good cooperation. This agreement is of great importance to our growth strategy and our objectives, where we invest considerably in parking,” says Karl Otto Aam, Country Manager for Arvato Financial Solutions Norway. “This agreement turns Arvato into the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) supplier of services for the parking industry in Norway.”

«The agreement with Arvato gives us greater opportunity to focus on our core business» says Paul Cremers, Managing Director of EuroPark Norway. «A partnership with Arvato, the leader within invoice processing and debt collection in Europe, makes it easier for us to follow up on breaches of parking regulations and enforcement of control fees in an efficient manner. We have chosen Arvato due to their extensive experience in the parking industry.»

EuroPark is the largest player in parking in Norway and owned by APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH. APCOA Parking is the leading operator of parking facilities in Europe, and offers a complete range of services for the owners of parking facilities. With its European headquarters in Stuttgart, APCOA currently manages around 1.3 million parking spaces in more than 7,500 cities in 12 countries. APCOA operates and monitors car parks, park & control, debt collection and security. It is active in airport parking, city parking, fairs and events, shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and on-street parking.

Arvato Financial Solutions is a global provider of financial services, and part of the German Bertelsmann Group. The company provides professional outsourcing services (Finance BPO) focusing on cash flow in all phases of the customer lifecycle - from risk management to billing, sales of receivables and debt collection. The company has about 7,000 employees in 22 countries. Arvato handles around 10 000 customers, making the Europe's third largest provider of integrated financial solutions.

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New management team to lead APCOA into next growth era

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Philippe Op de Beeck joins as Chief Executive Officer on April 4

Steffen Bätjer joins as Chief Financial Officer on March 1

Ex-CEO Ralf Bender to support APCOA as Senior Advisor

APCOA PARKING Group, Europe’s leading parking services provider, has appointed Philippe Op de Beeck (54) as its new Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Steffen Bätjer (46) joins the company as CFO as of 1 March 2016. 

Mr. Op de Beeck joins APCOA on April 4 and brings 25 years of experience in a range of pan-European and global companies. He joins from international catering company Compass Group, where the last three years he was Group Managing Director for Asia Pacific after two years in a similar role in Europe. Prior to this he was EMEA President at Gategroup, an airline services company, and Senior Vice President at automation manufacturer Swisslog. He has also held senior roles at Renault Credit International, Axus International, Hertz Rent a Car and Unilever. He has considerable experience in leading service business organisations, and a strong track record in driving profitable growth in contracting businesses, enhancing the full potential of the service offering for customers.

Mr. Bätjer joins APCOA from Techem, having spent over six years as CFO at the energy management solutions provider. Before his time at Techem, he held senior finance positions at WestLB and Universal Music, and started his career at management consultants McKinsey&Co. His experience in contract businesses, complemented by a strong commercial, strategic and analytical skill set is perfectly suited to help APCOA deliver its strategic growth plan.

Nick Buckles, Chairman of APCOA, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Philippe Op de Beeck and Steffen Bätjer to APCOA. Philippe has the proven capabilities required to drive exceptional business performance by creating strategic clarity, driving commercialisation and customer focus, while ensuring disciplined execution. Steffen brings a strong track record of delivering operational excellence and business transformations in contract businesses. We believe that their combined experience from leading service and contract business organisations will ensure that APCOA continues to be the European industry leader and deliver on our strategic targets.”

Philippe Op de Beeck said: “I am delighted to join APCOA as CEO and contribute my experience to grow and strengthen the company further. The business is well-positioned to capture new opportunities and I am confident that we have the team and resources to gain a greater foothold in our core European markets. I look forward to working with the APCOA team as we take the company to the next stage of development.”

Mr. Buckles added: “We thank outgoing CEO Ralf Bender and CFO Nicolas Reinhart for their important roles and their contributions to maintaining the stable platform and strong performance that APCOA has seen during the last year. We are grateful that Ralf will remain involved as a Senior Advisor to APCOA and that the company will continue to benefit from his experience. Nicolas will remain with the company until the end of March, ensuring a smooth handover to the new management team.”

Ralf Bender said: “After the successful recapitalization of APCOA in 2014 and the completion of the operational turnaround last year, I hand over a solid platform ready for further growth to Philippe Op de Beeck. Having navigated the company for the past five and a half years, I am now ready to approach new entrepreneurial challenges. At the same time, I am pleased to continue to support APCOA as a Senior Advisor going forward.”

Since its restructuring in 2014, APCOA has seen solid performance in revenues, profitability and cash flow. In 2015, EBITDA grew by about 7% to approx. EUR 59 million while EBIT rose by 20% to more than EUR 35 million. At the end of 2015, the company had a very healthy cash balance of more than EUR 50 million.

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