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The company aims to provide a physical and digital infrastructure for smart city and mobility services as well as contribute to the sustainable transformation of urban areas.
European parking space operator, Apcoa Parking, is opening its car parks as urban hubs with the aim of providing a sustainable physical and digital infrastructure for strategic partners in mobility, electrification, logistics and on-demand services.
It will provide its customers with an expanded range of services and products, while real estate owners benefit from increased footfall and frequencies due to these additional use cases.
Under the Apcoa Urban Hubs brand, Apcoa is extending the functionality of its car parking facilities, integrating them into a dedicated digital ecosystem based on the company’s proprietary digital platform, Apcoa Flow. It means all car parks are transformed into potential hubs for a broad range of sustainable services.
The company’s initial focus is on multi-storey car parks in inner-city areas. These locations offer the greatest potential for improving the efficiency of last-mile logistics, reducing inner-city logistics traffic and, as a result, achieving substantial reductions in CO2 emissions.
By increasing the provision of electric charging infrastructure, the company is also actively supporting the mobility transition to electric mobility. City dwellers and commuters without their own parking space or charging station will find a suitable offer in Apcoa’s hubs.
“The digital and on-demand economy, especially in the field of mobility and logistics, needs a physical basis and a smart and flexible infrastructure. With more than 11,000 sites we have created Europe’s largest network of digitally connected car parks,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of Apcoa Parking Group. “Our hubs combine parking with logistics and technology services, shared mobility platforms and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles – and are already making a major contribution to creating the smart cities of the future.”
“The digital and on-demand economy, especially in the field of mobility and logistics, needs a physical basis and a smart and flexible infrastructure”
“Over the next few years, we want to continuously expand our network of several hundred Apcoa Urban Hubs throughout Europe. For car park owners, our expertise creates value by diversifying cash flows and enabling a sustainable strategy that has a positive impact on the long-term value of their assets. Currently, we are engaged in promising talks with a large number of potential partners.
“All of them appreciate our high location density and the fact that 230 million consumers are reachable around our properties in European city centres. Consequently, our current and potential partners are keen to take advantage of Apcoa’s advanced digital network to enhance their own business models,” explained Op de Beeck.
Current strategic partners include Bosch, BVG, Daimler, E.ON, Here Technologies, Sixt and UFO Drive.
In 2018, the company launched Apcoa Flow, its scalable platform that provides its partners with integrated, contact-free access to inner-city car parks via individual interfaces. Op de Beeck said: “As a result, we are very well positioned to meet the challenges associated with evolving parking space usage and the requirements of cities and municipalities.
“It is only by anticipating and actively helping to shape fundamental economic and societal processes that we will be able to successfully adapt to and benefit from these changes.”
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