December 22, 2014 – Toronto, Canada
LocoMobi Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Darryl Sittler, a Canadian hockey icon and successful businessman, to LocoMobi’s advisory board.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario on September 18, 1950, one of eight children in the Sittler family, Darryl became a star player of the Ontario Hockey Association’s London Knights.
There are very few players in Toronto Maple Leaf history, that captured both the imagination of hockey fans and a place in their hearts, like number 27, Darryl Sittler. He was selected as the Leafs’ first pick and eighth overall in the 1970 Entry Draft. Sittler’s continuous offensive exploits began to shine during his third-season in the league when he scored 77 points. At the age of 24, he became the second youngest captain in team history.
In 1976, Sittler would achieve legendary status, both in Toronto, and across the Canadian hockey world. It began at Maple Leaf Gardens on February 7, 1976, in a game against the Boston Bruins. While centering a line with Lanny McDonald and Errol Thompson, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists to set an NHL record – one that still stands today – for most points in a game with 10. That record-breaking moment helped Sittler become the first ever Maple Leaf to reach 100 points in a single season.
Two months later in April, Sittler’s sensational scoring streak would continue in the Stanley Cup playoffs, when he scored five goals in one game against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying a playoff record.
Nearly five months later at the Montreal Forum, on September 15, 1976 during the Canada Cup, Sittler cemented his standing in Canadian hockey lore. Taking a pass from teammate Marcel Dionne in overtime, he beat Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla on a partial breakaway, scoring the tournament winning goal for Canada and securing his place as a national hockey hero.
In 1989, Sittler was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was honoured prior to a home game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 8th, 2003, at the Air Canada Centre. It was an unforgettable, touching tribute to an illustrious Maple Leaf career. The entire organization proudly raised a banner to the rafters with his number 27 and his name!
On September 6, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs honoured Darryl again, with the unveiling of his bronze statue outside the Air Canada Centre. He is one of the first three Leaf players to become a member of “Legends Row”.
Today, Darryl spends time working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Inc in areas of Corporate Partners and in community relations. He is an active Member of the Board of Directors of several publicly listed mining companies and is also very supportive of a number of charities. These charities include the Special Olympics Canada, Screen Colons Canada and Colon Cancer Canada in honor of his late wife Wendy who died from colon cancer in 2001.
“LocoMobi is honored to have such a successful individual both on and off the ice,” says LocoMobi President and Co-Founder Grant Furlane. “Darryl will be instrumental in assisting LocoMobi connecting with sports industry, where parking and transportation are key challenges and opportunities and generating awareness of our brand, and giving back to the community.”
“I believe in the company’s vision and technology to transform parking and transportation and I am delighted to join LocoMobi as an advisor,” says Darryl Sittler. “I am excited to help this promising Toronto-based start-up gain visibility in the sports and business communities that I support.”
About LocoMobi, Inc.
LocoMobi, Inc. is reinventing parking and transportation technology in the era of cloud, mobile, low-cost hardware and Internet of Things. LocoMobi was the very first to offer a cloud-based license plate recognition (LPR) system with a complete revenue engine that also provided a management system for virtual permitting systems, violation and citation management. The company also designed and implemented the first LPR-based system incorporating payment stations and barrier gates, which was integrated into a single cloud-based system. A garage using a LocoMobi LPR system knows every vehicle that enters and exits and links all payments to the vehicle’s license plate. For parking owners and operators, this is of immense value as they have full knowledge of and receive payment from every single parker. The revenue gains after deploying a LocoMobi system can significantly increase the value of the parking asset.
LocoMobi’s Mobile payment application, LocoMobi Quickpay™, also complements any parking facility as an alternative to the payment station utilizing the same rate engine and cloud portal. QuickPay can be used standalone, integrated with legacy hardware at low cost, or as part of a fully integrated LocoMobi system to deliver new value for drivers as well as parking owners and operators.
For drivers, the combination of LocoMobi’s QuickPay mobile technology and gate kit with LPR and product set leads to an ideal parking experience: a driver registers one time with the QuickPay app and enters his or her license plate and credit card. The driver then drives into a garage, LPR cameras recognize the vehicle and the gate opens automatically. When the driver is ready to leave, he or she drives to the exit gate, the LPR cameras recognize the car again, bill the credit card saved to the QuickPay account, the gates open and the driver exits–all in a matter of seconds. A similar system works in non-gated scenarios as well. For owners and operators, LPR transactions can now be linked to registered drivers, enabling customer knowledge and communications.
LocoMobi has also recently introduced a full system for in-garage guidance, significantly helping drivers find open spaces and minimizing time spent driving around looking for spaces. The system even helps users locate their car upon return to the facility.
LocoMobi’s product offerings are unique in their level of comprehensiveness, innovation, and price: installations typically have twice the functionality at approximately half the price of competitive systems. LocoMobi’s innovations have recently garnered worldwide attention when the Company was a winner of the award for 2014 TiE50 best new technology in the world, where over 2800 companies from 27 countries were considered. The awards were presented at the Annual TiE50 conference held in the Silicon Valley.
LocoMobi has partnerships with most of the major parking operators in the U.S. and Canada, and is deployed in parking garages and lots, hotels, malls and theme parks and on-street in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For more information please visit our website at www.locomobi.com.