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All the news you need! The Q2 Hospital Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter has been posted! If you are a medical professional looking to enforce employee compliance, then our ToCite solution is the answer you need! Other articles highlight the unprecedented N5Print, the new Boot & Tow and Owner License Plate Lookup services, and our custom Press Releases. Once you finish reading the newsletter, please contact us with any questions you have at email@example.com.
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Electronic ticketing a time-saver for police departments
By Amanda Christman
Motorists, mind your manners and the rules of the road because issuing traffic tickets is getting a little easier for municipal police departments.
Sugarloaf Township police is ditching handwritten traffic tickets and replacing them with a computerized system that leaves only a few mouse clicks between a driver and a fine.
Police Chief Joshua Winters said his department is one of a few municipal police agencies in the commonwealth with the electronic ticket system but he sees other departments using the same type of computer program in the future.
The system saves time, is easy to use and has tight security features that keeps a citizen’s private information safe, but, Winters said, the “biggest selling point” for him wasn’t the ease of issuing tickets.
He said his motive to obtain the computer program is it allows for less work in the office and more time handling other police work, and it cuts down on storage space. Previously, officers had to keep hard copies of citations in a file for three years before they could purge them, taking up valuable space in sometimes already small, local police stations.
Sugarloaf Township’s electronic ticket computer application is enhanced by a mobile feature that includes a mounted laptop, scanner and computer in two of the department’s four police vehicles.
Once an officer stops a vehicle, he or she scans the vehicle registration and driver’s license with the onboard scanner to obtain the vehicle and operator information, which is uploaded and stored in the computerized ticketing program.
Once that information is collected, all an officer has to do is click on “issue citation” to print the hard copy for the motorist and simultaneously, deliver copies to the district judge in their jurisdiction and to the police station, where it is kept in a database.
It is also easier for officers on the road to write multiple citations at one time, Winters said, by clicking on a feature that states “add charge.”
In the past, all the driver and vehicle information would have to be handwritten by the officer and the extra work may have prevented the officer from writing multiple citations during an encounter, he said. A ticket contains magisterial district judge information; the driver’s address, birthdate and name; vehicle information; owner information; charges; statutes; fines; and location, date, time and county of offense, along with the officer’s name, badge number and address, Winters said.
Officers can look up ticket information just as easily as filing citations. Law enforcement can log into the system and generate traffic reports or statistical listings by searching tickets by name, age, type of ticket, fine amount, location and time frame, he said.
The program, Winters said, eliminates paper, filing duties, data entry and multiple trips each week to the judge’s office to drop off the citations. After an officer drops off handwritten citations to district court, court staff then has to manually enter the information into the statewide court computer system.
Tickets are also easier to read because it eliminates penmanship issues and clerical errors in handwriting information onto paper tickets.
Magisterial District Judge Daniel O’Donnell, Sugarloaf Township, said his staff is saving time because of the system, too. Staff downloads the information each day instead of typing it from a handwritten citation. He said his office could have more than 100 citations from a weekend traffic detail and, if typing them, it could absorb a lot of a court staff’s time.
Pennsylvania State Police already use electronic ticketing, he said. Winters said because the technology makes traffic ticket issuance more efficient, he also could see the same systems being used to issue non-traffic summary offenses like violations for harassment, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and local ordinance violations.
The cost for the operating system Sugarloaf Township uses is $99 per month, or about $1,200 annually, Winters said.
He said the department purchased the mobile printers, scanners and vehicle mounting equipment for about $1,000 with money it had in its budget this year.
The systems were installed in April and after a one-day training session officers began using it.
Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea said the city will go live with a version of the program the first week of June. Though city vehicles won’t be outfitted with mounted computers, printers and scanners because of the cost involved, officers will electronically enter traffic tickets at the police station.
DeAndrea did say the version the city will use will save officers some time as Hazleton police write more traffic tickets than any other municipality in Luzerne County aside from Wilkes-Barre, and traffic stops in Hazleton often involve a criminal encounter as nearly 50 percent of Hazleton’s traffic stops include a vehicle occupant who is wanted.
Winters began police work in 1999 at a time when officers didn’t have cellphones, let alone electronic tickets. Though not the oldest active officer in the area, he said he has certainly seen technology improve police work.
For example, Winters said, the Luzerne County 911 Computer Aided Dispatch, or CAD system, shows emergency responders, including police, more information about calls. He said 911 can also see where responders are by using global positioning systems and responders can look up locations on a map in their vehicles.
May 10-16 is National Police Week. United Public Safety recognizes the outstanding contributions of every Police officer and would like to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. Your integrity and dedication is inspiring to us all. Thank you for your service and for keeping us safe. #NationalPoliceWeek
As recently announced in our newsletter, we now offer pay-to-park functionality via Parkmobile. Through this partnership, we are now able to serve communities who utilize this pay-to-park method. Fully integrated into our ToCite enforcement solution, an enforcement officer is notified of a vehicle's current parking payment status prior to ticket issuance. Integrating this functionality will further increase efficiency during the issuance process. Contact us to learn more! firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a college or university looking to implement a parking and permitting solution before the start of the fall semester? It's a small window of time, but we can help! Sign up for the FREE United Public Safety informational webinar, and our knowledgable team will be happy to demonstrate the features of our solution as well as a timeline outlining our steps from set-up to installation and training. Your summer implementation starts with a click. Read our new Campus newsletter to learn more, and click here to schedule your webinar!
UPsafety is attending the Chester County Chiefs of Police Command Summit today. We will be demonstrating our ToCite parking and ForCite e-Citation solutions as well as showing off the new N5Print. Bring your questions, we have your answer!
All the news you need! The Q2 Campus Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter is now live! If you are a college or university looking to implement a new parking solution before the fall semester, we have an article to get you started on the right path! Other articles highlight the unprecedented N5Print, the new Boot & Tow and Owner License Plate Lookup services, and our custom Press Releases. After you read about all of the exciting new developments, please contact us with any questions you have at email@example.com.
As announced in our new newsletter, UPsafety now offers Boot & Tow services which work seamlessly within our ToCite enforcement solution. In addition, we also offer Owner License Plate Lookup services in a majority of the USA for a small fee. Read the articles for more information and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to implement these services!
Great News! The Q2 Municipal Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter has been released. The articles highlight the unprecedented N5Print, the new Boot & Tow and Owner License Plate Lookup services, the benefit of new partnerships, and information on getting help with your Press Releases! After you read about all of the exciting new developments, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at email@example.com
UPsafety unveils a free new service for our customers! Once the installation and training is complete, there's still one important step to consider: The Press Release. Properly presenting the UPsafety solution to your constituents is key to eliminating confusion and helping them understand how the process changes will benefit everyone. Because of this, we now offer assistance drafting a custom Press Release for you. We'll create the content, you'll handle distribution. It's that easy.
We are in our second and final day at the New England Parking Council. We thank everyone who visited us yesterday and are looking forward to speaking with many more attendees about our Parking and Permitting Solution. Don't forget to ask the team about the state of the art N5Print!
The UPsafety team would like to thank the Northampton PA Chiefs of Police Association for inviting us to attend their lunch meeting. We enjoyed meeting the Chiefs and answering questions about our ForCite e-Citation solution.
On the heels of parking enforcement implementation in Lewistown, the city of Scranton has announced that they too are now enforcing parking and permitting. Welcome aboard!
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Scranton Begins New Parking Enforcement Program
Just weeks after Scranton began handing out "Quality of Life" tickets, a separate ticketing program has just started in the city.
Starting this week, two police department clerks have been re-assigned.
They will focus solely on parking issues in city neighborhoods.
Besides fighting blight, Scranton's police chief says parking issues are the biggest complaints he gets.
When the mayor of Scranton recently renegotiated the police union contract, officials changed the two clerical positions.
The employees previously sat behind a desk but are now out on the streets full-time looking for violations.
City officials are hoping drivers know they are now on notice.
If you improperly park in a handicap spot, park too close to a fire hydrant or stop sign or even improperly park on a curb, chances are you will get a ticket.
To say the two clerks are busy is an understatement.
"They started their training on Friday and I believe, the last I looked, they were up around 400 tickets in three and a-half days," Scranton police chief Carl Graziano said.
Along Quincy Avenue, drivers who didn't have proper permits got slapped with a fine Thursday.
For Phyllis Wint, who is handicap, she's happy there will most likely be a penalty if someone takes her designated spot.
"It's tough when you come home and you have groceries and I can't walk very well," Wint said. "There's a cane in the car and I use the cane when I come home and there's no place to park."
Along Pine Street near the Commonwealth Medical College, the clerks were also busy ticketing drivers who partially blocked the exit for the Midtown Village Apartment Complex.
Residents like Josh Bastian say it's a daily problem.
"People in the complex can't get out without almost getting T-boned by somebody or you get out and you've got this guy mad at you because you want to pull out of your own parking lot," Bastian said.
Police chief Carl Graziano admits parking issues haven't been consistently enforced enough in city neighborhoods in the past.
While that is the biggest complaint and excuse he's heard this week, he says that doesn't make violations right.
"They've been saying, oh, we understand we're not supposed to park this way but we've been doing this for all this time and nothing happened and now it's happening and that seems to be the biggest complaint," Chief Graziano said.
While the primary goal of the parking enforcement program is to make streets safer, not raise money, the city estimates the new program will bring in an estimated $300,000 each year.
Violations are typically $25 or $50 and can be paid in person or online.
We're back from Chicago. The team would like to extend our thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the PIE 2015 show. Looking ahead in April, we will be attending the New England Parking Council on April 15-17th in Newport, RI and the PA Assoc. of Township Supervisors on April 19-22nd in Hershey, PA. Keep checking our news and social media for more information on future show dates!
The UPsafety team is having an excellent time at the PIE (Parking Industry Exhibition) 2015 show in Chicago. We are demonstrating our Parking and Permitting Solution here until Tuesday and welcome everyone to visit us in booth 309. Also ask to see our exciting new ultra-rugged handheld N5Print!
The UPsafety team extends our sincerest thanks to the Lackawanna Chiefs Association for allowing us to attend their lunch meeting. We enjoyed speaking with the Chiefs and demonstrating our Parking and Permitting solution.
UPsafety is pleased to announce the winner of the Q1 Hospital "Guess the Garage" photo contest. Congratulations to Lt. Pat Noel of University of Virginia School of Medicine! The garage in the photo is Hoover Garage at Stanford University.
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RUGGED N5Print: UNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC SAFETY MOBILITY DEVICE
Cite, Issue, Print and Upload all from the Palm of Your Hand
HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, March 25, 2015 – Data collection technology in the Public Safety sector reaches a new zenith. Today, United Public Safety® unveiled the newest member of their mobile enforcement team: the N5Print. It marks the next generation in a series of ultra-rugged handheld Android® devices specifically designed for Public Safety. With the N5Print, police and parking enforcement officers can enforce parking, manage permits, capture violation images, chalk tires, connect with kiosks, and print tickets all from the same unprecedented device.
Unparalleled in the mobile handheld industry, the N5Print allows users to print 3” tickets directly from the integrated thermal printer. The 13MP color camera and audio and video recording functions combined with UPsafety’s Cloud-based software affords enforcement officers the ability to capture multiple types of evidence. Clear pictures of violations can be printed onto every ticket and citation to eliminate court dismissals. In addition, all of this valuable evidence can be stored on the N5Print’s 16GB internal memory and 64GB MicroSD.
Utilizing a rain resistant 5.7-inch diagonal high-resolution 1080 X 1920 Super AMOLED display touchscreen, the N5Print’s on-screen keyboard delivers full functionality for Law Enforcement and Public Safety no matter the weather. The N5Print is designed to execute critical functions regardless of the primary application (meaning that ticket data will be uploaded to the Cloud even as an officer issues new tickets). Active proponents of officer safety, UPsafety also includes an ALERT button on the N5Print that can be programmed to send an SMS text message while running an unrelated application or no application at all.
The N5Print runs the powerful Android version 4.4.4 (KitKat) and features a hot-swappable battery, 3-channel magnetic stripe reader, NFC, Smart Card Reader, and a dedicated barcode scanner. A drop-in cradle with spare battery charger may be used for desktop or vehicle mounting. The device is IP65 rated and meets or exceeds MIL-STD 810G using method 516.6 and method 514.6 for both shock and vibration. It goes without saying that the N5Print is more than ready to serve Public Safety professionals.
United Public Safety®, a Two Technologies company, was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Suburban Philadelphia. United Public Safety provides a full spectrum, all-inclusive approach to electronic parking and ticketing solutions for municipalities, campuses, corporations, hospitals and property compliance management. Our Cloud-based ToCite®, ForCite®, and CityCite™ software solutions are driving electronic enforcement innovation into the 21st century.
The UPsafety team would like to thank everyone who visited us at the NJ CUPSA & IACLEA (North & Mid Atlantic Regions) Conference. We enjoyed speaking with campus enforcement officials about advances in parking and permitting technology. We hope our ToCite Parking and Permitting demonstration proved just how easy parking enforcement and permit management can be for any college or university.
Word is spreading fast! Here's yet another article highlighting the ease-of-use and process efficiencies that our mobile parking solution has delivered to Lewistown.
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LPD parking tickets are going digital
Issuing, processing violations now faster with new device
By Kathryn Divirgilius | Lewistown Sentinel
LEWISTOWN - Parking violators, beware: Lewistown Police Department has a new device that will make ticket writing much more efficient.
Their rugged handheld gadget uses ToCite software, which was designed specifically for ticket writing.
The software enables officers to not only issue parking tickets, but also to electronically "chalk tires." When an officer locates a rule-violating vehicle, all he has to do is type in a license plate number; select the color, make, and type of vehicle; select the type of violation from a drop down screen; take a picture of the vehicle and print the ticket.
Tickets print on weatherproof thermal paper and are inserted in a small envelope before placed on the vehicle. The printed ticket also includes a photo of the vehicle.
Ticket data is uploaded instantly to the station's desktop computer system when officers carry a portable WiFi device.
Funding for the software and handheld device came from the Lewistown Police Department, Lewistown Borough and Lewistown Parking Authority.
Angela Jones, the parking enforcement officer, said that this software saves her hours from manually entering ticket information into their system from the thousands of tickets the force issues annually.
Police Chief William Herkert said using the handheld will also provide the force with enough time to repair parking meters and change batteries, which is necessary every one to two weeks.
Because tickets are automatically uploaded to their system, violation tickets can now be paid on the department's website, www.lewistownpolice.org.
United Public Safety wishes you a safe, happy and lucky St. Patrick's Day!
UPsafety is pleased to announce that we have added yet another trade show to our busy 2015 schedule. In August, we will be attending the College and University Police and Investigators Conference in Tysons Corner, VA. The full list of trade shows is to the right. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter for the newest additions to our schedule!
United Public Safety would like to thank everyone who attended the Ohio Campus Law Enforcement Assoc. Conference on Friday. It was a pleasure speaking with such a large group of campus enforcement officials about the issues impacting parking and public safety. We hope our ToCite Parking and Permitting demonstration proved just how easy parking enforcement and permit management can be for any college or university.
UPsafety is happy to announce the winner of the Q1 Campus "Guess the Garage" photo contest. Congratulations to Allen Hill of UHCL! The garage in the photo is University Hospitals Parking Garage.
We wanted to share another success story from one of our customers. Displaying photo & GPS evidence on the ticket has transformed the process and resulted in an instantaneous reduction in disputes.
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Days of chalk marks, handwritten notes gone for parking violators
By Cindy Klepper | The Huntington County TAB
The days of chalk marks and handwritten tickets are gone.
The next time your parking job is a little less than legal, you’re likely to find a computer-generated ticket tucked under your windshield wiper — and no indication of how in the world the officer knew you’d been in that two-hour spot for a good three hours (or more).
“You’d be surprised how many times people come out and try to rub the chalk mark off their vehicle,” says Greg Wajer, ordinance officer with the Huntington Police Department.
Besides the manual removal, the chalk mark sometimes disappears after an assault by rain or snow.
Wajer, who writes most of the parking violation tickets in Huntington, now carries a hand-held computer, complete with camera and GPS, and a printer to generate waterproof, snowproof tickets on the spot.
While other officers may occasionally issue a handwritten parking ticket, the tickets handed out by Wajer — who issues the vast majority of tickets — will have an appearance similar to a cash register receipt.
Wajer has some concerns that drivers returning to their cars may not recognize the new-style documents as parking tickets, but he assures them that it’s all legit — and harder to dispute than tickets issued under the old system.
“If someone disputes a ticket, there’s physical evidence,” Wajer says.
Wajer takes a picture of the vehicle’s license plate. If the vehicle is parked on a yellow line, in front of a fire hydrant or in an undeserved handicap parking spot, he’ll take a picture of that, too.
“If I feel like there’s going to be a dispute, I can take a picture of the valve stem position,” Wajer says.
Photos taken several hours apart, showing that the valve stem on the vehicle’s tire has stayed in the same position, indicate that the vehicle has not been moved, he says.
Wajer can also make notes about any unusual circumstance.
The GPS marks the location of the vehicle and the time the location was marked, with that mark visible on the screen of Wajer’s hand-held computer. When the vehicle overstays its two-hour limit, the mark turns red — and Wajer returns to issue a ticket.
“A lot of people like to play the game, see if you can get away with it,” says Wajer, who issues between 10 and 30 tickets a day, mostly in downtown Huntington.
The new system will make that a game difficult to win.
Anyone who receives a ticket can go online to see the photos of the violation.
The photos are accessible by visiting the city’s home page at www.huntington.in.us/city/ and clicking the “Pay Parking Ticket Online” icon on the bottom left corner of the page. That will open a screen asking for the ticket number and the vehicle’s license plate number. Once that information is filled in, the photos pop up.
“Everything is smart technology,” says Wajer, who researched systems used by other municipalities before settling on the system he is now using.
It’s quicker and cheaper to issue tickets with the computerized system than with the old handwritten tickets, Wajer says. Computer generated tickets also solve the problem of difficult-to-read handwriting, he adds.
The system Wajer carries will also keep track of the number of tickets issued to a specific vehicle, something that was previously difficult to track. A third parking ticket within a certain length of time causes the dollar amount of the fine to increase, he says, which may come as a surprise to some people used to racking up ticket after ticket with no increase in the fine.
“That’s never been tracked before,” he says.
The fine can be paid online, Wajer says, but use of a credit card to make an online payment carries an additional fee. The tickets can also be paid by mail or in person at the City Building.
If the tickets are not paid on time, the system will automatically generate a letter to the vehicle’s registered owner about the delinquent fines.
The UPsafety team has returned from a meeting with the Dutchess County Association of Chiefs of Police. We would like to thank each of the Chiefs who spoke with us and watched our ToCite Parking and Permitting demonstration. We are truly grateful for the hospitality the NY Chiefs have continued to show us over these past few weeks!
The Q1 Hospital Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter is live and includes "Fixing Parking Ills," an article discussing parking budgets and fees, a special feature on the upcoming N5Print, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Entries must be received before 3/20. After you read these articles, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPsafety would like to announce the winner of the Q1 Municipal "Guess the Garage" photo contest. Congratulations to Kaitlin Wilkinson of Oxford, MS! The garage in the photo is 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, FL.
Hot off the presses! The Q1 Campus Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter is now ready! This quarter's features include "Building Revenue," an article highlighting parking as an asset, a White Paper on Implementing The Next Generation of Parking Technology, a special feature on the upcoming N5Print, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Entries must be received before 2/25. After you read these articles, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at email@example.com
The UPsafety team offers our sincerest thanks to the Northeastern NY Chiefs Association for allowing us to attend their lunch meeting. We had a wonderful time meeting with the Chiefs and demonstrating our Parking and Permitting solution. These visits to New York have been an excellent experience for us, and we look forward to our next NY Chiefs meeting on February 25!
Yesterday, UPsafety attended the Central NY Chiefs of Police Association in Syracuse. We would like to thank the Chiefs for their warm welcome and for allowing us to demonstrate our ToCite solution. We enjoyed answering their many questions.
United Public Safety would like to thank the Westchester County Chief's Association for allowing us to demonstrate our ToCite solution during their meeting in Rye Brook, NY. We appreciate their hospitality and enjoyed speaking with the Chiefs.
Extra! Extra! The Q1 Municipal Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter is now live! The features include "Cashing In on Parking," an article exposing the fact that most parking providers don't let you keep ALL of your parking revenue, a Case Study, a special feature on the upcoming N5Print, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Entries must be received before 2/13. Be sure to check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org
Printing a violation photo on the ticket really works! We wanted to share a success story from one of our many customers. Having photos on the ticket eliminates disputes resulting in more customers paying their fines.
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Bethlehem Parking Authority revenue on the rise even though tickets are down
By Lynn Olanoff | The Express-Times
The Bethlehem Parking Authority made more money last year but it wasn't because of parking tickets.
The authority increased its earnings by $213,990 from 2013 to 2014 despite ticket revenue dropping $152,927, authority records show.
"The fallacy we're making money on ticketing isn't true – we make money by people paying," authority board Chairman Joe Hoffmeier said at Wednesday's board meeting.
The authority in 2014 saw its biggest gains in off-street and special events parking. Off-street parking, which includes the authority's garages and lots, was up $188,121 from 2013 to 2014. Special event parking, chiefly for Musikfest and Celtic Classic, was up $70,142.
Meter revenue also increased $62,865.
"The numbers are great," authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston said at Wednesday's meeting.
"And the sources are great," Hoffmeier added.
The authority is pushing for a parking ticket increase to get more people to comply with the city's parking laws. Members say the current $10 rates are too low of a deterrent and they've proposed an increase to $25 for most tickets. Bethlehem City Council sets parking ticket rates and is expected to discuss the increase at a Tuesday committee hearing.
The parking authority in 2014 earned $4.76 million and spent $4.1 million, for a gross of $664,265. The 2014 gross was a $213,990 improvement over 2013, when the authority brought in $4.56 million and spent $4.1 million.
The parking authority each year gives the city $525,000, which cuts into its revenue. After the city contribution, the authority grossed $139,264 in 2014 and lost $74,725 in 2013.
Ticket revenues were partially down in 2014 because the authority was short staffed on parking enforcement officers at times, Livingston said. The authority's 2015 budget includes an extra parking enforcement officer.
Special events parking revenue increased because the authority increased garage rates for both Musikfest and Celtic Classic from $5 to $10 from 2013 to 2014.
The second biggest increase from 2013 to 2014 was hourly parking in the Walnut Street garage, an increase of $68,399.
The authority in 2014 decreased the number of monthly permits it issued for the 777-space garage from 850 to 777, Livingston said. That both allowed for more hourly parking – which is good for merchants – and caused fewer complaints from permit holders during Musikfest, Livingston said.
The parking authority in 2012 increased meter rates from 50 cents to $1 an hour while dropping garage rates from $1 to 75 cents an hour with the hope of increasing garage use.
The United Public Safety team would like to thank everyone who met with us at the Rhode Island League of Cities yesterday. It was a pleasure speaking with so many new people. We enjoyed demonstrating and answering questions about our ToCite parking and permitting solution.
The UPsafety team would like to thank the Onondaga County Chief's Association for their hospitality in Fayetteville. We enjoyed meeting the Chiefs and appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate our ToCite solution.
We are pleased to announce that we have signed up for 2 new trade shows in the spring! Our team will be attending the NJ CUPSA & IACLEA show in March to demonstrate our campus parking solution and the PA State Association of Township Supervisors in April to show our municipal parking solution. As you can see, the list to the right is filling up quickly, and we hope to expand the list even further in the coming weeks. Keep checking this page to find out if we're attending a show near you!
1.2.15 Happy New Year! 2014 was an excellent year for us, and we expect even more for 2015 as we plan new trade shows, introduce new products, and welcome new customers. Thank you for being a part of UPsafety as we start another incredible year!
12.19.14 SPECIAL NOTE: The United Public Safety offices will be closed from December 22 to January 5 for the holiday season. However, our excellent customer support will continue without interruption during this period. The entire UPsafety teams wishes you a very happy and safe holiday season!
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United Public Safety Shortlisted for 2014-15 Cloud Awards Program
HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, December 18, 2014 – United Public Safety has been shortlisted in the 2014-2015 Cloud Awards Program in the categories Best Business Intelligence or Analytics Solution & Most Innovative Use of “Big Data” in the Cloud.
With awards for excellence and innovation in cloud computing, the cloud computing awards program accepts entries from across the entire globe, including the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA. Now in its fourth year, entries are accepted from organizations of any size, and include start-ups and government bodies.
United Public Safety’s Executive Vice President Joan Young said: “In light of the competition, it’s an honor for UPsafety to be shortlisted in two categories of the 2014-15 Cloud Awards. Our team has spent a substantial amount of effort perfecting our parking and permitting solution, and we are proud to receive this recognition.”
Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “The standard of entries to this year’s program has been truly staggering – so much so that even after culling hundreds of organizations from our consideration, our shortlist is still longer than ever before.
“We’ve been very impressed with how the Cloud ecosystem has evolved by the end of 2014 and these best-of-breed organizations are knocking it out of the park in terms of performance. These technologies aren’t going away: leverage them now or ignore them at your peril.
“As ever, the US organizations have dominated the submissions process, but we’re seeing more and more applicants from farther afield – Europe, the UK, Australia, Asia – we’re running the biggest and best celebration of excellence in the Cloud and the whole world wants to join the party.
“When the dust has settled on what promises to be the most diverse and dynamic field of candidates yet, nobody knows what the 2015-16 Cloud Awards program will bring next year aside from continued excellence.”
Over 300 organizations entered, with entries coming from across the globe, covering the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Final winners will be announced on Tuesday 27 January 2015. This will not be the end of the process, with a public vote announced on this date to decide who will win the Cloud Computing Organization of the Year Award.
In technology, change is the only constant. And for companies, there are only two options: evolve or become obsolete. Software and hardware improvements are often driven by customer demands. And parking is no different. Technological advancements continue to revolutionize the parking and permitting industry.
For decades, the parking industry languished under the misguided notion that pen and paper was the best method for issuing violations. However, in just a few short years, modern ticket writing has been fundamentally transformed through the precise application of proven technology.
The UPsafety team would like to thank the Allegheny County Chief's Association for their hospitality yesterday. We appreciate having the opportunity to meet the Chiefs and demonstrating our AOPC approved e-Citation solution.
Great news! Our Q4 Hospital Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter has been released! The features include an article on hospital challenges of finding "Your Parking Remedy," a special feature on iCHALK Electronic Tire Chalking, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Entries must be received before 12/12. Be sure to check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at email@example.com
United Public Safety wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the holiday. However, our customer support team will still be available!
The UPsafety team would like to thank everyone who visited our booth at the NJ League of Municipalities in Atlantic City. We demonstrated both our Parking and Permitting solution as well as our ForCite eTicketing system which is approved by the NJ courts!
Our thanks goes out to the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County for welcoming us into their meeting yesterday. We enjoyed speaking with all of the Chiefs in attendance and demonstrating our e-Citation solution.
UPsafety would like to announce the winner of the Q4 Campus "Guess the Garage" photo contest. Congratulations to Donald A. Clark, Director of the Department of Safety and Transportation at Missouri State University! The garage in the photo is the Ohio State University Parking Garage.
UPsafety was honored to be a guest presenter at the Dauphin County Chiefs of Police Association on Wednesday. We would like to offer our thanks to everyone in attendance. We truly enjoyed speaking with you about our e-Citation solution.
The UPsafety team would like to thank the Western PA Chief's Association for their hospitality in Pittsburgh. We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our AOPC approved e-Citation solution to the Chiefs.
UPsafety thanks all of the visitors to our table at the Parking Association of the Virginias. It was our first time in Roseland, Virginia, and it was an amazing experience! We appreciate the level of interest shown in our Parking and Permitting solution and look forward to next year.
11.13.14 The Q4 Campus Edition of the UPsafety Newsletter is now available! The features include an article on "Goldilocks and Demand-based Parking," a Case Study on Bucks County Community College, a special feature on iCHALK Electronic Tire Chalking, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Be sure to check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have: at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new UPsafety Q4 Newsletter-Municipal Edition is now live! This quarter's features include an article on how to stop "Leaving Revenue on the Street," a Case Study on Oxford, MS, a special feature on iCHALK Electronic Tire Chalking, and a brand new Guess the Garage photo contest! Be sure to check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have: at email@example.com
The winner of our "Guess Enter Eat" photo contest at IACP has been selected. Many people correctly guessed that the building was featured in CSI:Miami. From those entries, UPsafety proudly announces that the winner of the $100 Open Table gift certificate is Chief Tim Lentz of Covington, Louisiana. On behalf of the entire UPsafety team, we hope you enjoy a wonderful dinner on us. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Chief Lentz!
UPsafety would like to thank everyone who spoke with us at the IACP 2014 show in Orlando. The turnout was tremendous! We are very pleased with the level of interest in our Parking and Permitting solution. Our team truly appreciates the attendees and the questions they asked during the demonstrations. For those who entered the Guess the Photo contest, the winner will be announced and contacted by Friday.
The UPsafety team offers our sincerest thanks to the Northeast County Chief's Association for allowing us to attend their dinner meeting. We had a wonderful evening meeting with the Chiefs and demonstrating our AOPC approved e-Citation solution.
The UPsafety team extends our thanks to the Bucks County Chief's Association for their hospitality. We had an excellent time meeting, speaking with, and demonstrating our e-Citation solution to the Chiefs.
Two shows, twice the success! We appreciate the support of everyone who visited us at the Ohio Municipal League and NY State Parking Association shows! We met a lot of wonderful people and answered excellent questions during our solution demonstrations. Thank you to everyone who attended!
The UPsafety team would like to thank all of the attendees who spoke with us at the PA Parking Association expo in Lancaster. We never tire of meeting new people and greeting those we know. This week, we will presenting at not one, but TWO conferences. We will be at the Ohio Municipal League in Columbus as well as the NY State Parking Association in Ellenville, NY. Two shows means there's twice the opportunity to come meet us. We hope to see you there!
The UPsafety team would like to thank the Connecticut Police Chief's Association for putting on an excellent Fall Meeting. It was a pleasure speaking to all of the attendees. In fact, we had such a good experience that we are proud to announce that we will be attending Expo next spring!
Great news! The new edition of the UPsafety Campus newsletter is now available! Our feature article outlines proper campus parking expansion assessment. We also have included a case study on a college as well as some interesting facts relating to campus parking. Oh, and don't forget our Guess the Garage photo contest--the deadline for entries is 9/25! Check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new UPsafety Newsletter-Hospital Edition is now live! This quarter features Parking and a Healthier You, a Case Study on Lewisgale Medical Center, Hospital parking factoids, and a Guess the Garage photo contest. Check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have at email@example.com
The UPsafety team would like to thank the South East PA Chief's Association for their hospitality. We had a wonderful time speaking with all of the Chiefs about our e-Citation solution.
UPsafety would like to announce the winner of the "Guess the Garage" photo contest. Congratulations to Chief Frank V. DeAndrea, Jr., Hazleton Police Department! The garage in the photo is the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Garage.
The new UPsafety Newsletter-Municipality Edition is now live! This quarter's features cover AOPC Approval, e-Commerce and mobile payments, and the Hidden Cost of Servers. Check out these excellent articles and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you have: at firstname.lastname@example.org
The UPsafety team wishes to thank all of the attendees at the 2014 FBINAA conference who visited our booth. We enjoyed meeting you and answering your questions about our parking and permitting and e-citation solution.
The PCPA 2014 show in King of Prussia was a success. UPsafety thanks to all of the PA Chiefs who stopped by to talk to our team. The UPsafety parking and permitting and e-citation solutions stole the show. Even Mr. Franklin was impressed!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
United Public Safety Announces PA AOPC E-Citation Approval
HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, July 9, 2014 – United Public Safety announced today that it has been approved by the Pennsylvania AOPC (Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts) to license software to Municipal and State Police Agencies for issuing PA Traffic e-Citations throughout the state. This system will have ability to save taxpayers millions of dollars each year by reducing costs and time associated with issuing and transcribing handwritten paper citations. Most importantly, the software will allow for a significantly shorter traffic stop thereby increasing both officer and civilian safety. This also allows the officer more time to respond to more critical situations throughout the municipality.
According to 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P) research entitled, “Preventing Traffic-Related Line-of-Duty Deaths,” law enforcement officers are four times more likely to be involved in a traffic collision than the average civilian motorist. In fact, 150 law enforcement officers were killed between the years 2000-2009, as a direct result of traffic-related incidents (60% of all officer deaths in that time period). Forty-two percent of those fatal traffic incidents involved officers being struck on the side of the road.
These statistics indicate a fundamental flaw within the current citation process. According to United Public Safety's CEO David Young, “We are excited to offer a means to make traffic stops safer by streamlining the entire process for municipal law enforcement.” United Public Safety is now issuing live PA Traffic e-Citations with the Horsham, PA Police Department.
United Public Safety is a Two Technologies Solutions Company headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania. United Public Safety provides parking solutions to municipalities, universities, hospitals, and private property owners throughout the United States. The company has state approvals for e-Citations and e-Ticketing issuance in NJ and PA. Currently, PA Traffic e-Citations in Pennsylvania State Police patrol cars are issued on 8 ½ X 11 inch paper. United Public Safety has submitted a 4-inch printed form to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee (CPRC) for approval so that officers on motorcycles or bicycles can also take advantage of e-citations. This decision is pending.
Fresh from our successful trip to the IPI 2014 show in Dallas, UPsafety thanks everyone who stopped by to talk to our team. The ultra-rugged N4 and the United Public Safety parking and permitting solution continues to draw crowds!
UPsafety exhibited at the IACP show in Philadelphia this week. The new N4CER was a big hit with attendees, including Chiefs of Police from all over the globe, and a very curious Founding Father.
ULTRA RUGGED MOBILITY TAKES PUBLIC SAFETY TO A NEW LEVEL Key Features Reduce Down Time and Improve Accuracy
HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, October 2, 2013 – Extreme weather conditions and demanding environments no longer need to be limitations for data collection in the Public Safety sector. United Public Safety® announced the introduction of the N4CER today. The N4CER is the first in a series of ultra-rugged devices specifically designed for Public Safety; parking enforcement officers, police officers, fire marshals and building inspectors can finally issue tickets and citations, respond to, and send critical information efficiently in the harshest weather conditions.
The question is seldom asked anymore. Most people recognize that cloud based computing is the future of computing. What If you had to choose between the Internet and post office? It is a fair certainty that the post office will remain in place for a very long time into the future but few would argue that the post office is a better choice. The question may seem absurd but it has come to a point that they are equally relevant.
Servers are cheap and readily available. Both statements are true but take a deeper look. Real costs associated with servers are hidden.
We had a great time at the NPA Expo this year. We got to meet a lot of great people and show them our parking solution. What a great success! Check out just a few photos from the event.
Now you can purchase paper for your remote or integrated printer, styli, carrying cases and batteries directly from our new ticketing supply store. Just visit www.paperfortickets.com and start shopping!
Philadelphia Park(ing) Day 2012
United Public Safety participated in the fifth annual Philadelphia Park(ing) Day, Friday, September 21st. This national day, started in San Francisco in 2005, is when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas.
UPsafety jumped at the chance to sign up and turn a parking spot into a restful oasis among a bustling city. No one knows better than parking officers just how bustling (and stressful) the city can be, so they dedicated their pop-up park to local parking enforcement officers and called it, "Rita's Haven". (Only a few got the "Rita/Meter Maid/Beatles" reference.) With a few hay bales, mums, and cafe tables, the 8x18 parking space was turned into a retreat where passers-by could sit and have lunch, enjoy their coffee and a free donut, listen to live music, or just people watch. Among the participants were Philadelphia Parking Authority (who sponsored the event), Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Some of the designs were complex and artistic, while others were quite simple, using only what was on hand. Check out photos of the parks HERE
A few visitors asked about our business model and why we felt the need to be a part of this pseudo "anti parking spot day". As most vehicle owners would agree, parking enforcement is a necessity, keeping shops and tourist attractions in business by allowing out-of-towners and local drivers to park easily. While they may not like the fines when they misread a sign or forget to feed the meter, and worry about corruption and fraudulent ticketing, they know that without enforcement, parking would be a total nightmare.
A few folks we met who don't own cars said they wish that all of these parking spots would just disappear. They want quieter streets, cleaner air and more bicycle-friendly areas. While more and more people are choosing to live "car free", let's face it...cars aren't going anywhere.
We believe the trick is to strike a balance. With better parking management, smart architecture, creative revenue recirculation, and a hand shake between parking professionals, city planners and environmentalists, we can help create a better city for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
"Affirming the truth of the facts" is what UPsafety is all about. Now that the PPA is forced to explain violations if they are taken to court, perhaps they should consider the ultimate in proof...a photo and GPS time/date stamped violation from UPsafety. Read the article here
'CLOUD COMPUTING'- OLD TECHNOLOGY OR CUTTING EDGE?
By Harald Raetzsch, as seen in the December 2012 issue of Parking Today- While ASP came and went, the cloud has made its inroads into so many aspects of our lives that it will stay. Not only because the infrastructure needed for cloud computing is now widely available, but more important, cloud services are generally accepted and used by many of us.
Announcing the Introduction of ToCite Parking/Law Enforcement
Philadelphia based United Public Safety
PHILADELPHIA, PA - November 20, 2011 - United Public Safety, also known
as UPsafety®, was formed for the sole purpose of providing an efficient and affordable
solution to issuing parking tickets, citations, and permits. The solution options include
ToCite® Ticket and ForCite® Citation software and ToCite Cloud and ForCite Cloud
as well as an American-made ruggedized mobile ticket writer with integrated printer and
various other hardware options.
New Hampshire Chiefs of Police
Public Safety Trade Show
June 4, 2015
Northeast College and Universities
June 21-25, 2015
Police Security Expo
June 23-24, 2015
Atlantic City, NJ
PA Municipal League
June 23-25, 2015
Campus Safety National Forum
June 24-26, 2015
2015 IPI Conference & Expo
June 29 - July 2, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
IACLEA 2015 Conference
June 29 - July 2, 2015
PA Chiefs of Police Conference
July 12-15, 2015
College and University Police and
August 4-7, 2015
Tysons Corner, VA
Fraternal Order of Police
62nd Conference and Expo
August 9-11, 2015
October 24-27, 2015
McCormick Place West
UPsafety is hosting a series of events aimed at bringing your municipality or university up to speed on our cloud based parking enforcement, permitting and e-citation software/ hardware solutions. Let us know you are interested and we'll keep you posted on events in your area!
It is no coincidence that our federal government is turning to public data centers operated by companies like
Microsoft, Apple and Google. The reason is simple and obvious; our government clearly understands that those
companies know more about secure computing and storage than they do. READ MORE