TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast’s Next Guest is Mayor Marianne Meed Ward of the City of Burlington

We are pleased to announce that Mayor Marianne Meed Ward of the City of Burlington will be the next guest speaker on TheSmartCity.Blog podcast on April 21st, 2021, and will discuss what her formula is for making the City of Burlington the best, how she prioritizes when developing the city’s infrastructure, and the role smart city technology plays.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward was elected as the 29th mayor of Burlington, Ontario in October of 2018. She is also the second woman to hold that position in Burlington’s history.

She is working hand-in-hand with Burlington’s city council, leadership team, staff and community partners to help our city grow and thrive in these extraordinary times.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional focus areas for the Mayor and Council to keep our community safe and healthy, Mayor Meed Ward remains committed to the platform she was elected on: creating an environment of respectful debate and open dialogue with the community and at City Hall, supporting reasonable growth in the places and scale that make sense for our community’s vision, making it easier to do business and grow here in Burlington, and making decisions that support inclusivity, fiscal responsibility, and our environment.

Join Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Co-Hosts Alan Cross & Grant Furlane as they discuss Mayor Meed Ward’s formula for achieving the best city and why it was declared one of the best cities to live in, in 2019 on April 21st, 2021, at TheSmartCity.Blog!

LocoMobi World Inc. Announces Optimized Licence Plate Recognition System

Toronto, ON – LocoMobi World, a leader in Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, has just raised the bar and now has the highest read rates in the industry! Their licence plate scanning technology now reads 99.9% with compliant plates and 99% with non-compliant plates. Most licence plate recognition systems (LPR) work as long as the plates are compliant and are not peeled, blocked, covered, or dirty. Certain markets are plagued with non-compliant plates as they do not enforce ticketing. Approximately 40% of licence plates fall into this non-compliant category. This can cause frustration for the drivers and property managers and owners if the licence plate is registered into the system but cannot gain access. Enter LocoMobi World. LocoMobi World’s cloud-based, optimized LPR solution achieves greater read rates for non-compliant plates. With a 99.9% read rate, there is no need to add secondary manual options such as calling in from a cell phone to gain access after being denied due to a non-compliant plate.

“LocoMobi World continues to be the leader in Licence Plate Recognition technology and this optimization has been key to that success,” said Grant Furlane, Founder and CEO. “Our WorldStream Cloud Portal provides the power for our LPR system, allowing it to be the most secure and safe virtual transportation hub that allows property owners and managers to manage their operations online.”

Grant FurlaneCEO, LocoMobi World Inc.

About LocoMobi World Inc.

LocoMobi World Inc. is a cloud-based Smart City technology company specializing in parking, tolling, transit, storage, asset tracking, fleet and threat management solutions. Our WorldStream cloud portal is the first fully distributed cloud infrastructure management system. In addition, LocoMobi World provides pioneering technology to government, institutional and parking management clients throughout North America and has a growing platform of transportation infrastructure patents. LocoMobi World Inc. has reinvented how people travel throughout the transportation infrastructure in terms of parking, curbside, drive-thru and security.

LocoMobi’s leading cloud-based Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system offers a refined approach for revenue control, virtual permitting, violation and citation management, toll road management, managed traffic lanes, gated lane environments, as well as residential multi-level condominium building parking control and access.

Our Smart City technology is connecting vehicles anywhere they travel.

For more information, please visit our website at https://locomobiworld.com or call Grant Furlane at 416.898.3455.

TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast’s Next Guest is AI Expert, Entrepreneur and Investor, Barney Pell

We are pleased to announce that AI Expert, Entrepreneur and Investor, Barney Pell, will be the next guest speaker on TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast on April 7th, 2021, and will discuss how AI and Machine Learning will affect healthcare, transportation and security in the coming future.
 
Barney is an active start-up investor and advisor with over 200 investments. He enjoys helping bring advanced technology and big ideas into real applications and markets that change people’s lives.
 
He is currently a Fellow in the Creative Destruction Laboratory, one of the world’s top start-up accelerators, an angel investor and VC with his own fund and syndicate, World Changing Ventures, and Venture Partner at Radical Ventures. He also serves as a board member or advisor to world-changing startups including: Streamlit, Ecoation, and Ionomr.
 
Barney has been active in startup companies as founder, executive and advisory roles for over 20 years.
 
He was the Founder and CEO of Powerset, a natural language search engine that Microsoft acquired. He then stayed on with Microsoft as a search strategist and evangelist for Bing, Microsoft’s new consumer search engine, and later as an architect and general manager for Bing’s Local/Mobile Search team. While at Microsoft, he led the company’s long-range planning for semantics and knowledge and co-founded Bing’s Knowledge Graph and Cortana, Microsoft’s conversational assistant. Before starting Powerset, he was at Mayfield VC as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
 
Barney was also the co-founder of Moon Express, a start-up developing a commercial lunar lander; LocoMobi, a leader in smart cities and intelligent transportation systems, and Associate Founder of Singularity University.
 
He was a founding investor and then Chairman of the Science Advisory Board for Figure Eight, a leader in human-in-the-loop machine learning, until successful acquisition by Appen and an early advisor to LinkedIn.
 
Earlier startups included StockMaster.com, a leading online financial content provider and Whizbang! Labs, a leading innovator of web-based information extraction agents. He has also been a long-time AI research leader and managed an 85-person AI R&D organization at NASA. Highlights included flying the first AI system in deep space (on the Deep Space One mission), the first spoken dialog system in space, and supporting the Mars Exploration Rovers mission.
 
Specialties: AI, Machine Learning, NLP, search, e-Commerce, software agents, knowledge management, data mining, information extraction, forms processing, planning and scheduling, robotics, space exploration, financial services, intelligence, government IT, strategic planning, mergers and acquisition, decision analysis, Parking, Space.

Join Barney Pell and Co-Hosts Alan Cross & Grant Furlane as they discuss how AI and Machine Learning will change our future on April 7th, 2021 at TheSmartCity.Blog!

TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast’s Next Guests are Eric Peissel and Lucy Casacia of WSP Global Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Eric Peissel, Executive Vice President, Advisory and Innovation and Global Manager, T&I Networks, and Lucy Casacia, Vice President Smart Solutions at WSP, will be the next guest speakers on TheSmartCity.Blog podcast on March 17th, 2021, and will discuss what transformational events in the past have helped cities prepare for the future? What are the largest obstacles to meaningful change in cities? How has the current pandemic changed the landscape? What are the critical issues? And how do they see the new normal?

Eric Peissel is a graduate of McGill’s School of Urban Planning. His background is in transit and transportation planning having worked on projects throughout Canada, the US and internationally. He has been with WSP for 20 years with varying roles throughout the organization in diverse geographies and is currently the Global Manager, Transportation & Infrastructure and Executive Vice President, Advisory and Innovation. 

Eric is responsible for leading WSP’s team of experts in solving challenges faced by organizations and clients as a result of changing economic conditions, shifting government priorities, and emerging technologies. He also connects the firm’s global subject matter experts in the Transportation and Infrastructure space in order to shape the current state of the practice.

Eric Peissel has guest lectured at McGill University, University of Waterloo, University of Montreal and University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Lucy is an industry leader in creating strategies to adopt technology solutions across multiple sectors including manufacturing, smart cities, mining, and utilities. 

She joined WSP as the Vice President of Smart Solutions to create client support and develop strategy for intelligent and connected infrastructure, smart manufacturing, and sustainability pursuits through digitalization. 

Previously, she held senior roles with Siemens Canada, most recently as VP Cities and Infrastructure Projects, leading the Canadian Smart Cities practice to deliver intelligent infrastructure solutions to major public and private clients in Canada. Additional experience in deploying technology in the industrial sector comes from her superintendent role at an operational mine where she led the engineering and capital projects team. 

Lucy currently sits on the board of directors for the Oakville Enterprise Corporation (including Oakville Hydro), City of Vaughan Smart Cities Task Force and Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Lucy earned her B.Sc. Metallurgy & Materials Science from McMaster University and Strategic Leadership certification from Schulich (York University). Lucy volunteers with the Institute for Electric and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering and is a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

Join Eric Peissel,  Lucy Casacia and Co-Hosts Alan Cross & Grant Furlane as they discuss how Covid-19 has changed the landscape in cities and what the new normal will look like on March 17th, 2021 at TheSmartCity.Blog!

LocoMobi World Inc. Announces Game-Changing Automated WorldStream Truck and Fleet Yard Management System

 March 1, 2021

Toronto, Ont. The future of truck yard management just got a whole lot smarter thanks to LocoMobi World’s launch of WorldStream Truck Yard and Fleet  Management. LocoMobi World, a leader in smart city transportation technology, has developed a seamless automated system that tracks trucks and other fleets entry and exit into a compound using its proprietary WorldStream Cloud Portal and its LetMeThrough System powered by LPR Express

The most outstanding feature of this system is that it allows for dual authentication of both the cab and the trailer. The Licence Plate Recognition system scans the front licence plate of the cab, the driver is contacted via SMS that is registered to that plate, the driver responds to the SMS asking for the trailer identification, and access is then granted if the driver is permitted. 

LocoMobi’s  WorldStream Cloud Portal allows trucking and fleet companies to manage drivers, cabs, and trailers in real-time online. They can control things such as adding and removing drivers, short and long-term permits and updating permission levels for each trailer.

As an added level of security, trucking companies can also register the drivers’ personal vehicles exiting the lot. Upon exit, the system immediately allows the car to exit based on licence plate recognition. The system then sends an SMS to the driver to confirm it is ok to exit, which can ultimately prevent theft. 

“LocoMobi World continues to develop innovative technology for all facets of the transportation industry. WorldStream Truck Yard and Fleet Management is another example of how our Smart City technology is connecting vehicles anywhere they travel,” said Grant Furlane, LocoMobi World CEO. “WorldStream Truck Yard and Fleet Management streamlines operations for both the drivers and the  companies, providing added levels of security and secure cloud infrastructure.”

Grant FurlaneCEO, LocoMobi World Inc.

LocoMobi World Inc. continues to seamlessly connect drivers to the LocoMobi World Inc. transportation network. Soon, users will be linked throughout the city and have exclusive offers as they navigate through our network. 

About LocoMobi World Inc.

LocoMobi World Inc. is a cloud-based Smart City technology company specializing in parking, tolling, transit, storage, asset tracking, and threat management solutions. Our WorldStream cloud portal is the first fully distributed cloud infrastructure management system. In addition, LocoMobi World provides pioneering technology to government, institutional and parking management clients throughout North America and has a growing platform of transportation infrastructure patents. LocoMobi World Inc. has reinvented how people travel throughout the transportation infrastructure in terms of parking, curbside, drive-thru and security.

LocoMobi’s leading cloud-based Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system offers a refined approach for revenue control, virtual permitting, violation and citation management, toll road management, managed traffic lanes, gated lane environments, as well as residential multi-level condominium building parking control and access.

Our Smart City technology is connecting vehicles anywhere they travel.

For more information, please visit our website at https://locomobiworld.com or call Grant Furlane at 416.898.3455.

TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast’s Next Guest is Chris Rickett of MPAC

We are pleased to announce that Chris Rickett, Director of Municipal & Stakeholder Relations for MPAC, will be the next guest speaker on TheSmartCity.Blog podcast on March 3, 2021, and will discuss how Covid-19 has impacted urban living and how smart city innovations can drive a path forwards.

Chris is a proud public servant and civic innovator interested in urban planning, economic development, technology, municipal infrastructure, and political economy.

His past vocations include municipal councillor, economic development professional, environmental planner, eco-business zone creator, publisher, magician, punk rock concert promoter, taxi driver, and community rabble-rouser.

Having worked in several economic development roles, including for the City of Toronto, York Region and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Chris has launched and implemented many regional economic development initiatives, including Digital Main Street, Partners in Project Green, and StartUp HERE Toronto, as well as attracted North America’s fastest-growing technology festival, Collision, to Toronto.

At the start of the pandemic, Chris seconded from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to the City of Toronto, where he led the City’s economic response to COVID-19. As the City’s Director of COVID-19 Business Mitigation and Recovery, he rapidly developed and launched support programs for businesses in Toronto and across Ontario and Canada.

Chris recently returned to his role as the Director of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at MPAC, where he leads a dedicated team of public servants focused on helping Ontario municipalities manage their property tax assessment base to fund the critical services residents and businesses rely upon.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies with Honours in Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, both of which he completed while serving as a municipal councillor in the City of Stratford, Ontario.

Join Chris Rickett and Co-Hosts Alan Cross & Grant Furlane as they discuss how Covid-19 has impacted urban living and how smart city innovations can drive a path forwards on March 3, 2021 at TheSmartCity.Blog!

LocoMobi World Inc. Named 14th in the 25 Top-Funded PropTech Startups in Canada

February 22, 2021

Toronto, ONProptech’s 2021 Inaugural Report has named LocoMobi World the 14th Top-Funded Startup in Canada. LocoMobi World was also ranked in the top ten for commercial storage and logistics. PropTech is a collective of real estate professionals, technologists, city builders, and entrepreneurs who believe technological innovation can change the built world for the better. PropTech’s 2021 comprehensive report examines the Canadian PropTech landscape, including the key players, emerging trends, and insights into how the Canadian real estate industry is transforming and building resilience.

“With Toronto being the fastest growing city and the largest technology hub in North America, LocoMobi World is well-positioned for success. We are contributing to the evolution of smart city technology in the parking and transit sectors and connecting people everywhere they travel,” said Grant Furlane, Founder and CEO. “Seeing our brand in many pages and categories in the report is exciting and only reaffirms our strong position in the marketplace.”

Grant FurlaneCEO, LocoMobi World Inc.

About LocoMobi World Inc.

LocoMobi World Inc. is a cloud-based Smart City technology company specializing in parking, tolling, transit, storage, asset tracking, and threat management solutions. The Worldstream cloud portal is the first fully distributed cloud infrastructure management system. In addition, LocoMobi World provides pioneering technology to government, institutional and parking management clients throughout North America and has a growing platform of transportation infrastructure patents. LocoMobi provides a full line of products including Pay-On-Foot Kiosks, Pay-On-Exit Stations and Barrier Gates for Commercial and Residential Facilities. LocoMobi World Inc. has reinvented how people travel throughout the transportation infrastructure in terms of parking, curbside, drive-thru and security.

LocoMobi’s leading cloud-based License Plate Recognition (LPR) system offers a refined approach for revenue control, virtual permitting, violation and citation management, toll road management, managed traffic lanes, gated lane environments, as well as residential multi-level condominium building parking control and access. Our Smart City technology is connecting vehicles anywhere they travel.

For more information, please visit our website or call Grant Furlane at 416.898.3455.

LocoMobi World Inc. Welcomes Nine Year Park ’N Fly Veteran, Elvis Fernandes

February 16, 2021

Toronto, ON –  LocoMobi World Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Elvis Fernandes as its new Business Development Salesperson. Elvis brings over 36 years of sales and account management experience in various industries, most notably from Park ’N Fly’s corporate head office where he was the Business Development and Customer Success Manager for nine years. At Park ’N Fly he was responsible for negotiating contracts and developing partnerships with large corporations such as Unilever Canada, Co-operators, ToysRus, Glaxco, Sleeman, and Hoffmann-La Roche. 

Throughout his career, Elvis has successfully honed his skills as a leader, negotiator, strategist, communicator and strong account manager. He prides himself in developing strong relationships with his customers by understanding their goals and delivering solutions that are tailored to their specific needs. 

Elvis is known to have an intellectual approach to business with a unique combination of energy, discipline, creativity, along with an infectious attitude.  

“Elvis’ experience and superior customer relationship building will be a great asset to LocoMobi World as we continue with our strong growth plans,” said Grant Furlane, LocoMobi World Founder & CEO. “His experience with Park ’N Fly aligns with our goals to continue to connect customers with smart city parking solutions everywhere they travel. Elvis will assist in launching our advanced solutions that will  benefit airport and off-airport operations and transform the entire business.”

Grant FurlaneCEO, LocoMobi World Inc.

Elvis holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics diploma from St. Joseph’s University and a BAc. English and Economics diploma from Bangalore University. He is currently in the process of obtaining his Supply Chain Management certification.

About LocoMobi World Inc.

LocoMobi World Inc. is a cloud-based Smart City technology company specializing in parking, tolling, transit, storage, asset tracking, and threat management solutions. LocoMobi World produces and distributes pioneering technology to government, institutional and parking management clients throughout North America and has a growing platform of transportation infrastructure patents. LocoMobi provides a full line of products including Pay-On-Foot Kiosks, Pay-On-Exit Stations and Barrier Gates for Commercial and Residential Facilities. LocoMobi World Inc. has reinvented how people travel throughout the transportation infrastructure in terms of parking, curbside, drive- thru and security.

LocoMobi’s leading cloud-based License Plate Recognition (LPR) system offers a refined approach for revenue control, virtual permitting, violation and citation management, toll road management, managed traffic lanes, gated lane environments, as well as residential multi-level condominium building parking control and access. Our Smart City technology is connecting vehicles anywhere they travel. 

For more information please visit our website at https://locomobiworld.com or call Grant Furlane at 416.898.3455.

TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast’s Next Guest is Matt Cole of IDEMIA

We are pleased to announce that Matt Cole, Chief Executive Officer of IDEMIA’s Secure Enterprise Transactions division, will be the next guest speaker on TheSmartCity.Blog Podcast on February 17th and will discuss why IDEMIA is the global leader in augmented identity by providing a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space.

At IDEMIA, Matt is responsible for the physical and digital lines of business for their Financial Institution, Mobile Operator, Biometric Devices and Automotive customers. He has had a global career including experience in Finance and Accounting, Strategy, Corporate and Business Development, Marketing, and Business Leadership.

Join Matt Cole and Co-Hosts Alan Cross & Grant Furlane as they discuss augmented identity and it’s integration into Smart Cities on February 17th, 2021 at TheSmartCity.Blog!

Monetize Your Visitor Parking with CondoPark Revenue Control

CondoPark monetizes parking garages and lots through revenue control and dispatching services. It can reduce costs by auto managing your garage and lots and can substantially reduce hardware replacement. We have the ability to monetize your property with NO Capital expense and can generate substantial revenue for as small as a ten space parking site. There are several ways CondoPark can start monetizing your visitor parking.  

First Come, First Serve

With a First Come, First Serve model, visitor parking works like a traditional parking lot where people pay per use, and park based on availability. Unlike having to reserve, First Come, First Serve allows for spontaneous visits. If a visitor shows up and there is no room, they will have to park elsewhere.

Gated Access

With a gated system (either using an overhead door or barrier gate) access to and from the lot is limited to ensure payment. If residents need to drive through the gated visitor lot to get to residential parking, the LPR Express System or RFID tags can let them through.

  • Benefits – Low enforcement cost (people cannot get out unless they pay)
  • Drawbacks – High equipment costs, and need 24/7 support to help people stuck

Non-Gated Access

Anyone has access to just drive in, and it is up to the enforcement (via ticking / towing) to prevent abuse.

  • Benefits – Low setup costs and low maintenance & support costs
  • Drawbacks – High enforcement costs and more open to abuse

Payment Type

It is possible for a lot to support both hardware and app-based payments.

App Based

Using our PassagePass parking payment application, guests download the PassagePass and set up an account. They can then use the app to pay for their parking session

  • Benefits – No extra cost – included in the Condopark system and no extra hardware to maintain.
  • Drawbacks – Need to download the app and set up an account.

Hardware Based

For traditional parking on a gated lot, drivers pull a ticket when they enter and can pay on exit when they leave. For a larger lot, it is possible to have pay on foot machines. For an ungated lot, drivers can either place their ticket on the dash or enter their license plate (pay-by-plate) when they purchase their ticket.

  • Benefits – Very familiar system and easy to use 
  • Drawbacks – High upfront and maintenance costs

Reservation System

With a reservation system, visitors will know ahead of time if there is a spot or not. No more having to drive to your building and either wait for an empty spot (often blocking traffic) or have to drive around looking for another place to park. Much like having a reservation at a restaurant, hotel or sporting event, knowing that you are guaranteed access leads to a much better user experience.

Tenant Pays

With a tenant based payment system, the tenant invites the guest to pay for the parking amount.

Guest Pays

When the guest pays, an invoice is sent to the guest to pay. If not paid after a certain amount of time, the reservation is cancelled. 

Achieve the highest level of revenue possible for your visitor parking with LocoMobi World! Contact us for a free quote!