Parking Industry Exhibition - The Parking Event for 2018

PIE 2018 Seminar Schedule Announced

Parking Industry Exhibition 2018 Seminar Sessions

Day One: --  PIE 2018 kicks off with Parking 101 and Technology Boot Camps.  Whether you’re new to parking or an experienced parking professional, these Boot Camps bring you up-to-speed on everything parking.

Day Two: -- Two keynoters will discuss the future – Is the industry history, or simply changing – You listen, you decide.

Day Three: -- Focus on Technology – New and improved parking technologies are being developed every day – Do you know what’s coming next?

Day Four – Smart Parking in Smart Cities – Two keynoters discuss “Smart Parking” and how it will integrate into that buzzword we hear daily, “Smart Cities.” Just how can you get a seat at the ”Smart City” table. Is it time to lead or follow.


2018 Brings a new focus to our seminars. There will be general sessions of interest to all attendees, plus specialized tracks designed to inform specific industry sectors.

Municipalities – Yes, we can (and will) discuss citation management and on street fee collection, but we will also feature new technology, apps which reserve and allow on line payment, plus a feature on how to move from on-street “free” to on-street “Pay” without causing riots and other problems. 

University and Hospital Campus Parking – University Parking Managers have unique problems and face daily issues related to student, staff, and visitor parking. These sessions are tailored to fit those concerns and bring clarity to a difficult segment of our industry.

Airports – PIE 2018 takes off with sessions on airport parking. It’s a big number at our nation’s airports, but its under attack from Uber and Lyft. What can be done about these pesky competitors, plus what technology is there to take airport parking to the next level.

Shopping Center and Business Park parking – This track takes you to upmarket valet operations, parking guidance, and wayfinding design. Parking Loyalty programs, reservation apps, and revenue collection technology can make or break your operation.

Commercial Parking Operators – As the list of confirmed speakers expands, you will be treated to the brightest and the best to help you rethink and survive the upheavals that are coming. The goal isn’t to simply survive, its to excel.

Boot Camp & Technology Camp

Monday, March 26, 2018

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Parking 101 Boot Camp

In 2014 Clyde Wilson shocked boot camp attendees by telling them he wasn’t going to talk about gates, spitters, and POF machines. He said they could find out all about that in the exhibit hall. Instead he broke them into groups and had them build a parking garage out of Legos. His ‘students’ told us this was the best session they had attended anywhere. Trust Clyde to bring another program out of left field to Boot Camp 2018.  You will come out of it challenged, enlightened, and well prepared to take on the parking world.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Technology Camp – Tech for newbies and not so new to parking

To understand Parking Technology, you need to know a bit about how technology, the internet, communications, and data storage works. There are buzz words like “ip” or “cloud based” or “on line” that have specific meanings. They are often used and the people who use them don’t know what they mean.  Technology Camp will prepare you for the upcoming sessions, and for your return to a technology laden parking operation.

The Future of Parking is NOW (Tuesday, March 27, 2018)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

KEYNOTE:  Change – Formerly glacial, now coming at light speed.

From 1950 to 2000, change, if it occurred at all, was glacial. since 2000, it's not that change is finally occurring, but rather that it's really accelerating, to the point that everyone can see, within a decade, new technology arises, get deployed, get updated and get superseded. So, change has been with us but as an industry, we need to pick up our feet.


9:15 am – 10:15 am

Urban Density and Parking    

Are our central cities becoming denser? Or is this an urban legend?  Denser central cities mean less need for parking since people are living and working in the same place and can walk, take Uber, or use public transportation. But is the really happening. The facts will surprise you. 


9:15 am – 10:15 am

We need to Make the Parking Customer King (or Queen)

Join us as we take a deep dive on WHY customer experience suddenly truly matters in parking. Understand the shifting power balance in consumerism and what it says about the parker of tomorrow. What does it mean to create an experience and not just a transaction. How you can make YOUR parking facility an active choice for today’s empowered customer because make no mistake, the choice is theirs, not yours.


9:15 am – 10:15 am

Why do People Make Decisions (Where to park? How to get there? ETC)

The psychology of why people make decisions (related to parking or other modes).   It turns out that the reasoning often defied logic.  Let’s talk about the psychology of how people select mode of travel?  A data scientist has some interesting background in analyzing the credit card industry and thoughts about what influences people and how to get data to better understand this. It ties w smart cities and the future theme well.


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Are Uber and Lyft Killing Parking – 

A major operator gives their position, backed up with facts. Is it time to sell out and live on the top of a mountain, or dig in and create a new a better industry. Sure, rideshare affects some aspects of the industry, but others are thriving. Optimist or pessimist, you will love the facts you get in this seminar.


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Managing Change – It is becoming job one

Managing change is the key. We aren’t good in this industry at managing change, by and large.  We need more sophistication in psychology, management, human behavior, etc. to manage the changes that are going to occur.   How do you manage change with your employees, your customers, and yourself.


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Five-Minute Pitches     (EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS - PART 1)

10 Parking Equipment and Systems companies pitch their products and reasons why you should drop by their booths in the exhibition hall. This is unabashed selling, but often a pearl or two comes through all the hyperbole. A good presentation will create enough mystery that you will be dying to see what’s behind the curtain. 

Technology Day (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Technology – Is it Good or Bad – 

A panel of experts take both sides of this topic. Sure, technology is helpful, like airplanes and smart phones, but are we using parking technology properly to receive the commercial result we want. Do we purchase nice to haves, without considering the downside? Listen and consider if the technology you are considering (or just purchased) is going to help, or hurt your organization. 


8:30 am – 9:30 am

Human Capital – Have you invested in your front line?
To be blunt it’s still pretty common in our world to work with operators whose front-line managers couldn’t build an Excel spreadsheet if their lives depended on it.  Companies spend a lot of time figuring out technology at the upper management levels, flip it to marketing to sell to their clients and then when implemented, to whatever degree, actually training/supporting the “doers” within the organization is woefully lacking.


8:30 am – 9:30 am

The Truth about License Plate Recognition – Its better, but is it workable

Clients want LPR. It’s a perfect way to automate citation issuance.  It’s a way to do away with ticket issuance in garages, to replace gates and the like. But is it possible, is it real.  Can 90% or even 95% read rates work in a 100% world. How many mistakes will parkers tolerate. I think we know the answer, or maybe not. Dixon


9:45 am – 10:45 am

The Technology Transition from Foe to Friend

How to make your high-tech choices work for you vs becoming more work for you. What to consider in the vendor selection process. Which bases to you need to cover – separate nice to haves from the critical for your survival. Red flags that your technology partner is the wrong fit. Case Study – other industries that underwent massive and painful tech transitions and what they learned (GE Healthcare).


9:45 am – 10:45 am

Parking Requirements -- Planners aren’t realistic

Zoning – parking ratio reductions that encourage development, but then no parking – planners assume that they can eliminate cars and this is not realistic This seminar discusses the reality versus the theory and the conflict. Can we reach a happy medium?


9:45 am – 10:45 am

Thinking about Charging for Parking – What you need to do to prepare

Cities, Universities, Hospitals, shopping centers, hotels. They all provide parking, and its mostly free. Is that a good tactic? Should you charge to make your parking operation better for your customers? How will you prepare your market for this paradigm shift in providing this critical service. This seminar tells all.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Parking Reservations and the Parking industry. – Are reservation systems more than just for operators?

No one likes to be put in a box. Reservation companies are telling us that they are more than a support system for parking operations, but are on the forefront with smart parking and smart cities. Find out how this technology can benefit more than just a parking operations.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rideshare Programs – Do they cause more Traffic and Safety Problems

Yes, No, Maybe.  This seminar addresses issues dealing with rideshare pick-up locations, drop-off locations, and how they can affect traffic flow and safety. How does this dovetail with Transportation Demand Management and methods of integrating benefits and promotions to promote alternate transportation uses.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Five-Minute Pitches     (TECH AND APPS - PART 2)

10 Technology and Parking Applications companies pitch their products and reasons why you should drop by their booths in the exhibition hall. This is unabashed selling, but often a pearl or two comes through all the hyperbole. A good presentation will create enough mystery that you will be dying to see what’s behind the curtain.

Smart Parking / Smart Cities Symposium (Thursday, March 29, 2018)

A day of seminars focused like a laser beam on this most popular topic. Invitations have gone out to Managers of Smart City Programs, Parking operations that have successfully navigated the Smart Parking/Smart City divide, technology providers, and even those who feel that “Smart City” is a buzz word not worthy of our attention. These sessions will leave you better prepared for what’s coming. Whether you are a Municipality, University, Airport, Commercial Operator or a Developer, this day is for you.

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