Press release: “ParkJockey and PayByPhone Partnership”

>> PARKJOCKEY and PAYBYPHONE Partner to Help Drivers More Easily Locate, Reserve and Pay for Parking Using Their Smartphones


Partnership offers the industry a comprehensive set of digital services for off-street and on-street parking.

December 21, 2015 Miami, FL and Vancouver, BC PayByPhone, the world leader in mobile payments for parking has joined forces with parking location and reservations provider ParkJockey to deliver a comprehensive set of off-street and on-street parking services to parking authorities, parking operators and consumers.

Through the partnership, PayByPhone will integrate ParkJockey’s off street parking location and reservation services into its paybyphone mobile app. In turn, ParkJockey will integrate PayByPhone mobile payment services into the ParkJockey app. The partnership will initially focus on the US, Canada and the UK and will expand globally accordingly.

“Our goal is to provide consumers with a complete service that helps them find, reserve and pay for parking wherever their travels take them,” said PayByPhone President and CEO Kush Parikh. “Together with ParkJockey we’ll be able to offer consumers the ability to pay for parking using their mobile phone at additional locations as well as reserve a parking space in advance of their trip.”

Added Umut Tekin, co-founder and President of ParkJockey, “The exclusive ParkJockey-PayByPhone partnership forms the world’s largest parking marketplace, which brings on-street and off-street parking together. We look forward to scaling our integrated solution globally and bringing the parking industry to a similar level to that of the taxi/ride sharing industry in terms of 21st century consumer experience.”

The two companies plan to introduce integrated services to their consumers in early 2016.

Experts estimate up to 30 percent of traffic in congested urban areas where street parking is in high demand results from drivers looking for parking. (1) A global survey of commuters in 20 international cities found that nearly 6 out of 10 drivers have abandoned their search for a parking space at least once and drivers often spend an average of nearly 20 minutes in pursuit of a coveted spot. (2) Furthermore, industry analysis has found drivers waste an average of 55 hours a year searching for parking costing them nearly $600M in wasted time and fuel. (3)

Cities Work Better When Parking Gets Smart
With over half of the world’s population living in our largest cities, transportation agencies are increasingly turning to intelligent parking solutions to better manage parking inventory and improve urban mobility. PayByPhone and ParkJockey provide cities with a scalable, cost-effective and immediate way to manage parking inventory as well as improve traffic in urban areas. Key benefits of PaybyPhone and ParkJockey’s services for parking authorities and local operators include:

  • Increase revenue: With the ability to get alerts and extend their time using a mobile app, PayByPhone’s mobile payment solution helps boost compliance which in turn boosts revenues through increased use of available inventory.
  • Improve and optimize capacity utilization: Adjust pricing based on demand to maximize use of available inventory and associated revenues.
  • Better operations & insights at a fraction of the cost. PayByPhone and ParkJockey offer cities, parking operators and building owners with an easier, faster and more cost effective way to manage parking. The two companies’ combined services enable parking providers to offer drivers with better services and greater convenience without having to install and maintain expensive smart meters or pay and display machines.
  • Better insight for urban planning. With a comprehensive understanding of parking inventory through payment transaction data, urban planners can gain insights that help them improve parking conditions and locations, and better locate special purpose lanes for bicycles and public transit on city streets.

Parking is considered the second largest source of revenue in most cities and expert estimates show deployment of smart parking technologies reduces traffic congestion while increasing compliance and revenue through better inventory utilization. (4)


PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payments companies in the world processing more than four million parking, tolling, public transit, bike share and EV charging transactions a month in cities across Europe and North America. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking and other transportation services without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines.

By helping transportation agencies and parking operators tap into the latest advancements in secure mobile payment, Big Data and location technologies, the company helps them reduce infrastructures costs while increasing revenue and compliance through the delivery of services integrated with consumers’ always on the go, mobile digital lifestyle. To learn more, visit us or download our app for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.



ParkJockey is a rapidly growing technology start-up with a focus on helping drivers get the best parking spaces in the off-street market via reservations or on-the-spot payments. With over 100,000 parking spaces under management, ParkJockey is currently operating in Miami, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and all major cities in the UK. To learn more, visit or download ParkJockey app for your iOS and Android device.

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(1)Donald Shoup, The High Cost of Free Parking, Chicago: Planners Press, 2005 and 2011.
(2) IBM Commuter Pain Survey
(3) Frost & Sullivan, 2015,Analysis of parking in London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Washington D.C.
(4) Frost & Sullivan, 2015, Strategic Analysis of Smart Parking Market in Europe and North America
Click here to download the full Press Release in PDF.


For PayByPhone:

Jim Bak


For ParkJockey:

Igal Aciman

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Pride Week 2015!

As the physical and virtual worlds transform into every color of the rainbow, ParkJockey invites all LGBTQ individuals and supporters to #ParkwithPride for Pride Week 2015! We have teamed up with the “It Gets Better” Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the change needed to make it better for them. We encourage all NYC and Chicago Pride Week 2015 attendees to reserve their parking in advance in support of the “It Gets Better” project. For every parking reservation, $1 of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit.

    NYC Pride March   ♥  

One of the most popular NYC parades of the year will paint Fifth Avenue in every color imaginable. For Pride Week 2015, more than 50 floats, 300 marching organizations and thousands of spectators will unify for a celebration of love, equality and PRIDE for one’s’ true color! This year’s grand marshals are actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and artist-educator J. Christopher Neal. Check HERE  for a full list of New York Pride Week events. The march begins at Fifth Ave and 36th St and proceeds south to the reviewing stand at Fifth Ave and 8th St before turning west on Christopher St. to Greenwich Street.

To book your parking for the NYC Pride Week 2015 events, click HERE!

  Chicago Pride Parade   

Chicago’s 2015 Pride Parade will highlight 200 registered performances including floats, decorated vehicles, dance groups, marching bands and walking contingents.The participants represent LGBTQ supporting community programs, clubs, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. As the most historical Pride Week 2015, officials are estimating the crowd to be in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. Extra police officers and parade marshals will be stationed at various points on the street in front of the barricades along the parade route. The parade starts at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

To reserve your parking for the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade, click HERE!


Port Canaveral Parking ACTIVATED!

ParkJockey is proud to announce our newest location 528 Port Parking is now live for all cruises debarking from Port Canaveral, Florida! The lot is conveniently located right off FL-528 E, which brings you straight into the port. The rate is $8.88 per day with a complimentary shuttle to and from the port. The shuttle operates every day from 11am until 3pm and runs every 45 minutes.

ParkJockey makes safety a top priority. Our Port Canaveral parking lot is properly equipped with video surveillance as well as 24-hour security so you won’t have to worry about the safety of your vehicle during your voyage!

Reserve Port Canaveral parking right now at 528 Port Parking and enter promo code CRUISE15 to save $5!

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ParkJockey Miami Says Goodbye to Club Mekka Lot

The Club Mekka lot served as a prime locus for Miami’s top events including Miami HEAT games, Winter Music Conference, Ultra, and other performances at AmericanAirlines Arena and BayFront Park. We are filled with woes that one of our favorite locations with extraordinary staff is closing down due to construction of the Miami World Center.

The construction for the Miami World Center is scheduled to start at the end of April, leaving us with only a few more events at our beloved Club Mekka parking location. ParkJockey’s frequenters of “Mekka” are not to fret, because we have already lined up excellent parking locations for future events in the area!

We would like to thank our affiliated parking operator at the Club Mekka location for making this location an enjoyable experience for our customers. And a big thanks to ParkJockey Mekka customers who have made this location a successful operation!

Team ParkJockey


ParkJockey CEO at Florida Venture Capital Conference 2015

As a way to spark innovation and link professionals together, the Florida Venture Forum hosted their annual capital conference showcasing 20-25 of Florida’s most rapidly growing start-ups. Each start-up had the opportunity to present to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists, and industry professionals. The two day networking event consisted of various panels discussing perspectives on the landscapes of investing, fundraising, and developing strategic operations. The company exhibitions ranged across industries from retractable golf clubs, to payment processing apps, to cutting edge healthcare technologies, and to other market disrupting entities. ParkJockey was honored to present at the largest capital conference in the state of Florida. The opportunity increased ParkJockey’s exposure within Florida’s start-up ecosystem as well providing several prospective investors and customers. The event was covered in several local publications, including The Miami Herald.


10 Things To Consider Before Your Next Cruise

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Ever since my first cruise with Monarch of the Seas, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade along the way.  Here are the top 10 things to consider before your next cruise:

1. Know when and where is the best time to go:

For example, right now is the best time to go to the Caribbean, before the rush of Spring Breakers flock for warm weather cruises.  Travel + Leisure has a great explanation, which you can check out here.

2. If you live in the Northeast, you have two cruise options out of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal until June

If you are interested in taking a cruise out of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, you have two options, both with the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL): the Norwegian Gem Cruise and the Norwegian Breakaway Cruise.  These are the only two options that go out of Manhattan and return to Manhattan until June, when the Carnival Cruise Line comes to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

3. Book your parking ahead of time.

Because parking at the terminal can be a bit tricky, not to mention expensive, on the day of, it is wise to reserve ahead.  You can reserve ahead through ParkJockey here.  Make sure to enter the promo code CRUISING to save $5 off of your booking!

4. Book at the last minute or while onboard another cruise

According to this article, you can really save a lot of money on last-minute cruises.  Speaking from personal experience, if you are a retiree and are interested in Viking River Cruises, advertised on PBS during every episode of Downton Abbey, then there are a couple of tricks to get major discounts. You can really save when they have a boat that has a couple of cabins that haven’t sold, you can get a great deal by calling them up and seeing what’s available within four weeks.  Alternatively, if you’ve already been on a Viking River Cruise, you can ask to be put in the “Viking Explorer Society” and get great deals.  Lastly, if you book your next cruise while on board a cruise ship, you can experience major savings for your next trip.

5. Investigate credit card bonuses that my help you book your cruise for free or help with on-board expenses

I’ve long been a supporter of using credit card points to redeem for travel.  Having redeemed mileage points for flights from Washington, DC. to New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, and Singapore for a grand total of $300 in taxes, using points for free travel is a bit of a hobby of mine, and the cruise industry is no exception.

Like airlines and hotels, cruise lines have co-branded credit cards.  The Carnival Cruise Card is restricted to cruises and on-board expenses with Carnival.  There are other offerings which might be more worthwhile, not being restricted to cruises, but redeemable for cruises as well as other cruise-related expenses such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, and car rentals. One such card is the Barclaycard Arrival, which will let you redeem at 1 cent per point for travel expenses.

According to the Points Guy, the Barclaycard Arrival offers 2 miles per $1 on all purchases and then you can redeem them at 1 cent apiece and get a 10% miles refund on travel redemptions. Another great example is the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which offers 2X points on all travel, including cruises, but also airlines, hotels, car rentals, etc., and whose points redeem normally for 1.25 cents (which means you can redeem 40,000 points for a $500 cruise) or for specfic cruises at 1 cent a piece.

Amex Cruises also enables you to book a cruise and pay with an American Express Platinum Card.  They have a program called Cruise Privilege perks, which include stateroom credits, upgrades, and onboard amenities.  According to the Points Guy, You can book a cruise directly through the website for a redemption rate of 1 cent per point. In other words, a $500 cruise will cost you 50,000 Membership Rewards points.

6. Book Through Airlines For Odd Savings That Earn You Miles

Airlines such as United and American Airlines have joined the cruise business (United Cruises and American Airlines Cruises), and you can earn airline miles on each cruise.  You can even get triple the miles for balconies and suites!

7. Hire an agent to secure a good deal.

According to Budget Travel, agents have access to much better deals that we do.  In fact, each cruise line employs specialists who can offer discounted fares.  You can learn more about that here.

8. Enter a Cruise Auction

Apparently, there are cruise auctions as well that have bargains 90 days or less before sailing.  Vacation To Go has a “90-day ticker” and Sky Auction has cruise auctions as well.

9. Explore a Repositioning Cruise for Extra Savings

According to Frugal Travel Guy, when seasons change, the cruise lines need to reposition the ship to warmer winter destinations and again for summer sailings in the cooler climates. These sailings are discounted, creating bargains for those who find them. When the ship makes this one-way voyage, there are a lot of cabins sold at a significant discount to prevent sailing a cruise without passengers. You can see options here:

10Know the dress code.

Each ship has a different dress code depending on whether it’s high-end or more casual.  Either way, you need to make sure you know what to wear to dress appropriately for the elegant dinners aboard cruise lines.  Just in case, according to the Cruise Critic, one is able to rent tuxes on the luxury liners.

Enjoy the great savings!  I hope this helps some of you on your next cruise!

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Sail Into Easy Cruise Ship Parking

At any given moment on any given day, there are countless cruise ships embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage — all from the same port. If you’re lucky enough to be heading out on one of these floating paradises, there is one last thing you have to do before you can kick back on the lido deck and enjoy that first Piña Colada: Park!  With so many ships leaving port at the same time there are thousands of people flocking everyday to a very concentrated area, making parking a significant incubus for travelers. ParkJockey is here  to ease these parking concerns by providing vacationers with a parking reservation technology system in four of the busiest cruise ports in America!

Port of Miami

Port Everglades

Port Canaveral

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

To book your cruise parking for any of these ports:

  1. 1. Visit
  2. 2. Select your port, departure date, and cruise line
  3. 3. Choose from a list of ParkJockey affiliated lots
  4. 4. Reserve your parking spot!

The New Year in New York

2As the holiday festivities finish up and 2014 draws to a close, there is one more grand celebration that brings people into New York City for the New Year: the dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square.  Come on down This annual tradition began in 1907-1908, when New York Times’ owner, Alfred Ochs, threw a new year’s eve party of massive proportions.  It was his way of bringing people up from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan to what was then Longacre Square. The party began with a street festival that lasted all day. Once it was dark, fireworks were set off, and the ball was dropped for the first time. It was an instant success that suddenly became a New Year’s tradition. Before that, people had gathered at Trinity Wall Street Church, awaiting the bells to chime that would “Ring out the old year, and ring in the new year.” But given the drunken and raucous behavior of the celebrants, the church was glad to hand over the New Year’s celebration to the New York Times.

According to The New Yorker, the origin of using “time balls” to mark a point in time goes back to the early 1800s, when Captain Robert Wauchope thought of the idea of having naval observatories use visual signals to help ships recalibrate their chronometers. Chronometers were clocks used on ships to help approximate distance traveled over time. Although the time balls were ultimately believed impractical due to low visibility, the time ball became a more popular tradition inland. Alfred Ochs had Artkraft Strauss construct a time ball for One Times Square, which, at the time, was the tallest building in New York. But instead of dropping it every day at noon as other time balls had been used for, they just dropped it the once at midnight to celebrate the New Year.

There were only two years that the ball did not drop: 1942 and 1943. During the war, New Yorkers maintained a “dimout” procedure to prevent German submarines from seeing the shore to attack it.  In those two years, the congregated people had a moment of silence and then rang bells in the old tradition.

According to Times Square New York, there have been 7 incarnations of the time ball. The first had one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. The current incarnation has 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs, is twelve feet in diameter, weighs nearly 6 tons, and can create a kaleidoscope of colors to entrance and excite.

So come to Time’s Square and see what the time ball will look like this year given its immense possibilities, and bring in the new year right with the roughly one billion people that come to Time’s Square or tune in on their television. But make sure to book your parking ahead of time, as it will be almost impossible to find parking within Manhattan on the night of the event. ABM Parking Services is now partnering with ParkJockey to provide locations right in the heart of Midtown, just a few steps away from the Museum of Modern Art. And spaces this good will not last long. ParkJockey also has garages available all throughout the Upper East and West sides as well as lower Manhattan. So book your parking for New Year’s now! Wherever you need to go, ParkJockey has you covered!

Sign up now and use the promo code “NEWYEAR”, and new users will receive a discount on your next booking. But act quickly because once the ball drops, so does the promotion!


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting


With all of the shows, musical performances, and holiday events happening all over town in December, it is tough to choose what to go see and it is simply impossible to see everything. However, there are a few holiday traditions in New York that are easy to schedule and don’t even require a ticket to visit.

One such tradition is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The tree lighting has been a nationally televised event for years and has drawn people from all over the world.  According to the Rockefeller Center, this tradition was started in December 1931 when a team of demolition workers at the Rockefeller Center construction site pooled their money together to buy a Christmas tree. It was a mere 20 feet high, nothing compared to the 67-100 feet high trees used today, but during the depression, this tree embodied the hope and determination of an impoverished people. Two years later, after the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza in 1933, the lighting of the tree became an official holiday ceremony.

In following years, multiple trees were erected within a holiday season to commemorate specific events. For example, in 1936, to commemorate the opening of the Rockefeller Center skating rink, two trees were erected and lit for the ceremony. In 1942, to commemorate the war effort, three trees were erected trimmed in red, white, and blue. And in 1945, six ultraviolet light projectors were used to make the tree that year considerably brighter to make up for the years during the war when the tree couldn’t be lit.

In 1951, the tree lighting became nationally televised on NBC as part of The Kate Smith Show. Following years saw other hosts like Howdy Doody from 1953-1955, Barbara Walters, Bob Hope, Lily Tomlin, and Liza Minnelli.

The tree selected each year comes from different places all over the United States. It has been adorned with everything from tin cans and scrap paper, to aluminum and lights of every size and shape. And every year, there is a new star to bring the ceremony to light. Although the ceremony begins on December 3rd, you can still see the tree lit every evening until January 6th.

So make a trip to the Rockefeller Center, see the tree lighting that has become a national event year after year, and make sure to book your parking early with ParkJockey! We have locations near Rockefeller Center in Midtown, as well as the Upper East Side, NoHo, and all throughout New York City. Wherever you need to go, ParkJockey has you covered!

Sign up now and use the promo code “TREES”, and new users will receive a discount on your next booking. But act quickly, just as the holiday tree will have to come down, so will this promotion!


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Art Basel Miami Madness

Every year the beginning of December marks the time when everyone’s mind gears toward the holidays – but not in Miami. The city goes into an “Art Basel” frenzy. As one of the largest international art fairs, Art Basel Miami, attracts 75,000+ visitors throughout the week. The explosive influx of world-renowned artists, pop culture celebrities, public figures, and affluent scions creates a glitzy, “cannot-miss” hype around the seven day event. This year’s pop icon appearances include: Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Usher, Joe Jonas, Kim Kardashian, Usain Bolt, A$AP Rocky, and even Paris Hilton who deejayed at Wall Miami.

Jeremy Scott & Moschino Art Basel Party with Belvedere Vodka at the Thompson Miami Beach

Art Basel is the largest exhibition taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, however, the term is commonly used to describe the week long art fair, formally called Miami Art Week. The fair spans across Miami Beach, Midtown, the Design District, Wynwood, and beyond.

Just at the peak of Art Basel when the sidewalks were overflowing and road congestion was backed up for miles, a protest hit the streets which made driving a nightmare.  But the ParkJockey Team would not be slowed, and assisted drivers to find the most accessible parking locations.  Throughout the week ParkJockey taught visitors and locals alike how to master the art of parking during the chaos of it all.

The ParkJockey team wasn’t content simply solving Basel’s parking problems and was caught in the artistic vibes flowing through the city.  ParkJockey had an interactive Art Basel inspired painting activity in order to stimulate people’s inner artistic ability! Throughout the week ParkJockey customers and Art Basel visitors of all ages stopped to contribute to the Miami HEAT and ParkJockey mural. ParkJockey also handed out Miami HEAT t-shirts to those apart of the HEAT Nation family! At some point, a local artist got ahold of one of our t-shirts and turned it into his own artwork at a live demonstration in Wynwood!

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