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‘Are you on the Cloud?’

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September 11, 2015 – Toronto, Canada

Grant Furlane, Locomobi’s President and CEO, outlines the benefits of the Cloud and big data in the self-storage industry in this informative and thought provoking article in the August 2015 issue of the Self-Storage Magazine.

The article comes as a prelude to an exciting sponsorship of the Canadian Self-Storage Association (CSSA) coming in November 10 & 11, 2015 at the International Toronto Centre Hotel in Downtown Toronto.

As the proud sponsor of the show Locomobi is bringing in long-time Canadian hockey legend; Daryl Sittler, who now sits on Locomobi’s advisory board. Mr. Sittler will partake as a key-note speaker at a dinner hosted in one of Toronto’s landmarks – the CN tower’s luxurious 360 restaurant.

So take a read and expand your horizons…

 

 

What Makes LocoMobi Inc. Such A Successful Startup

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March 20, 2015 – Toronto, Canada

We sat down with Grant Furlane, co-founder and CEO of LocoMobi Inc. to ask him a few questions about his vision for LocoMobi and what is it that makes it such a successful start-up. Here’s what he had to say.

So Grant, why parking?

When I started developing [the cloud] and how this cloud would interact with everything in the world I said what’s my specialty? Transportation and parking. So why don’t I focus on what I know first since I already have the contacts, I understand the business and I have the experience.

People reading this might not know you have a background in parking, could you give a quick background on what you did before?

I’ve been in the parking & transportation industry since about 1980. I’ve seen every technology evolve that there is and I brought a lot of it to the industry first. Along the way I’ve seen companies struggle with technology. I represented technology companies and what I saw was that in all this time no one has yet provided something that can truly manage the infrastructure of parking. I was one of the founding members of the Canadian Parking Association and I was co-founder of the first World Symposium of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which is now one of the biggest organizations of transportation. I’ve always been in all the different investment areas and 5 years ago I said “Okay, if they can develop the right technology then we could truly change the world of transportation.”

So that goes into the idea of having a fully integrated parking solution?

Well first of all it was never  been about having a fully integrated parking solution and that’s what many still, quite honestly do not understand. It is to have a fully automated transportation, urban and rural system that is fully integrated with the ecosystem. Parking is the first piece. Obviously nobody had this when I started this process; no one had a cloud, no one had all the functionality of what clouds does anywhere and very few have integrated it all in transportation. The idea was that it was only the first piece. We’re now doing tolling and we’re going to do transit and then when you have all three you are truly a smart city application. It’s not about parking, its about  parking needs to be part of something bigger and we’re providing that.

What are some factors that have made LocoMobi a successful start up?

Start ups are really difficult, they really are and people confuse the word entrepreneur with small business owner. Most people fail as an entrepreneur because they’re not an entrepreneur. They think because they ran a four or five company business successfully that that’s entrepreneurship. It’s not in its truest form. That just means you are a good small businessperson(and that is a great strength as well). An entrepreneur has to go out there and think of all the risks and all the different things associated with doing that. For example, a person works for  a million dollar company if the president doesn’t own it, didn’t put the money in, didn’t build it; he’s not an entrepreneur. He’s just a good operator  That’s not what entrepreneur’s do.

You have to take an idea and you cannot give up. Most entrepreneurs who are successful don’t give up. Henry Ford didn’t give up, Bill Gates didn’t give up, and the list goes on. You can never can give up and when people are telling you no, it’s yes. You have to live with the ups and downs and you also have to work with customers who will partner with your vision. If you don’t it fails and we’ve been fortunate to have that great partnership .

Most entrepreneurs only fail because they didn’t know how close they were to success. People think money makes it, but no, the idea makes it; the money takes care of itself. They’re all running around for all the wrong reasons. You’ve got to believe in the vision and sell the vision; the rest takes care of itself if it’s truly good.

When you’re trying to hire people for startups what are the type of people that you look for?

In my view it’s not magic, I talk to them. I don’t just look at the degree and resume, I talk to them. We took a risky route. I decided to hire young people who have open minds. When you go into technology that changes daily your mind has to be uninfected, very open and that’s very difficult. I’m lucky my mind is still open, I don’t know why, but I’m always one to learn. Barney [Pell] has an open mind as well, I have a great partner in him. He is probably the best learner out there as well as a great teacher. What you have to be careful with is hiring people that are experienced enough to have a mind, but inexperienced enough to not develop the bad habits – so they can grasp only one vision. [At LocoMobi] we have all mini entrepreneurs and that’s what I want. I want everyone that takes a stake and wants to be successful. Even to the point that if they left I’d probably invest in them. Once you get good at your craft, you may go out and find senior people that can come in and manage projects. These need more experienced management processes that younger people have not yet learned. Those people become your mentors.

Thank you very much for your time Grant!

Until next time, this is the conversation, signing out!

LocoMobi Once Again Brings Home The Win From Self-Storage Show

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November 21, 2014 – Toronto, Canada

Locomobi Inc. is pleased to announce their latest victory this week while attending the Canadian Self Storage Association Conference! LocoMobi won best booth at the show in their newest venture into The Self Storage business!

LocoMobi, the top new technology company in the world kicked off their commitment in Ontario, Canada yesterday while attending and captivating the attendees of The Canadian Self Storage Association Show which is currently the largest self storage show in Canada, with record attendance this year.  LocoMobi’s latest addition to global markets continues to grow, just as the Company’s award winning cloud-based technology solutions.  “Each new additional market that we emerge into is a strategic, long term decision for the company and its shareholders.”  said Grant Furlane, Co-Founder and CEO of LocoMobi.  “We are aligning our technology amongst the most influential business industries.”

The company will continue to expand into many new diverse enterprises.  LocoMobi Inc has patented a gate-kit application which is perfectly suited for many different gated business solutions, not just parking.  The license plate recognition system was developed for several business models, including self storage.

“We are thrilled to have LocoMobi involved in our organization and excited to see how the LocoMobi products can compliment our industry” says Sue Margeson, Director of The CSSA.

This user friendly technology and software will change the game for self storage.  It can be quickly integrated with existing gates, keeping it affordable. Applications with no gates already exist!   Now, at the touch of a button and LocoMobi’s Quick Pay mobile app and portable kiosk, the customer experience will be seamless.  When the self storage unit is reserved, the license plate will be stored for a more efficient and secure way to enter the facility.  This is beneficial for facility owners, property managers, customers, and the ecosystem.  The solutions and applications are tailored to each specific need.

The cloud-portal reporting system, also ties to the license plate and benefits the owners and operators to manage revenues more effectively, while increasing security.

The self storage initiative was extremely well received! LocoMobi Inc., once again, made a big splash.  They took home the “best booth award”, to add to their recent collection.

About LocoMobi

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.  The company also designs and implements a complete suite of traditional parking systems including the conventional machine readable ticket systems and can combine them with license plate recognition as one single solution for places like airports.

LocoMobi’s Mobile payment application, QP Quickpay™, also complements any parking facility as an alternative to the payment station utilizing the same rate engine and cloud portal. QP 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 QP 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 QP 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’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 contact sales@locomobi.com or 1-888-382-9149.

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