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Politess® Mobile App for iOS available now

Our Politess® Mobile App is not only working on Android devices but also for iOS available now.

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Internship in our USA Branch

We are happy that our trainee Maria-Laura Berini arrived at Schweers Technologies USA on the weekend to start her 3-weeks internship. She will prepare online training videos for our Politess® Software to enable officers to get started with our application easily. Our headoffice in Germany is already excited to receive her first videos and wish her a great time with our USA team. 

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„Digitalization is the solution for efficient law enforcement on a higher security level“

                                                                                                                    

Michael Schweers informs himself about the challenges in police work


Digitalization, Artifical Intelligence and technical Innovations – the main topics of the 25th European Congress of Police organized by the German professional journal “Behörden Spiegel” which took place on 11 and 12 May 2022 in Berlin. These topics are also the main focus of PanStreet/Schweers group offering software solutions for parking enforcement for many cities and municipalities in Germany as well as worldwide.

The company’s customers highly appreciate its focus on future trends not only have in mind the current requirements and challenges. Upon invitation of the company Zebra, the company owner and Managing Director of the PanStreet/Schweers group Michael Schweers took part in the European Congress of Police as a strong partner of selling Zebra mobile devices for recording violations in stationary traffic and General Offences to its customers. At the Congress, Zebra presented the App “Politess Go” of the PanStreet/Schweers group. For Michael Schweers, the professional presentations held at the Congress and the professional discussions were a clear indicator that it is a great competitive advantage that PanStreet/Schweers group had already focused on digitalization at an early stage, In doing so, it addresses the needs of local authorities and security agencies in a very successful way and makes their work much easier. Furthermore, PanStreet/Schweers group gives priority to Artificial Intelligence in order to enable police authorities and local authorities to make use of their valuable working time in the most efficient way. „At the European Congress of Police it became evident that smart and intelligent digital solutions are the decisive factor for implementing an efficient law enforcement and for achieving a higher security level”, emphasized Michael Schweers.

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Minister of Finance and Environment visits project of Schweers and EasyMile in Meerbusch-Büderich

The Areal Böhler owned by the company voestalpine in Meerbusch-Büderich is an industrial park for fairs, exhibitions and other events with a clear focus on the promotion of innovative business ideas. The location offers excellent conditions for start-ups to present themselves and, thus, achieving a value added for their companies. The Areal Böhler is open to new technologies as well as ecological and sustainable business approaches.


For a company giving priority to innovation, sustainability and technological progress like the company Schweers/PanStreet in Meerbusch-Osterath the importance of the long-standing co-operation with the Areal Böhler is not to be underestimated. Being on the pulse of time, Schweers/PanStreet has just started a pilot project in the field of innovative mobility technologies with the company EasyMile at the Areal Böhler. An autonomous electric bus of the company EasyMile is now driving at the site of the industrial park and offers a shuttle service between the exhibition halls for visitors.


On 19 April 2022 the Minster for Finance and Environment of the German federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia Lutz Lienenkämper visited the Areal Böhler. The pilot project attracted his great interest, because it fits very well with the ideas of the federal government of North-Rhine-Westphalia giving technological progress, the promotion of the power of innovation of the enterprises in North-Rhine-Westphalia and sustainability highest priority on its political agenda. Lutz Lienenkämper did not miss the opportunity to drive with the electric autonomous bus. It was a very pleasant driving experience for him. "Based on the biography of Minister Lienenkämper, who has already been Minister of Transport in North Rhine-Westphalia, I am particularly pleased that he is very familiar with the field of innovative mobility technologies. We succeeded very well in demonstrating to Lutz Lienenkämper the synergy effects of the co-operation between Schweers and the Areal Böhler," emphasized Michael Schweers, Owner and Managing Director of Schweers/PanStreet.


As current Minister of the Environment and former Minister of Transport, Lutz Lienenkämper also noticed the green background of the electrically powered buses very positively. The minister also stressed how important it is to think about the future already today. The Level 4 operation planned for the end of the year is the first project of this kind in Germany.

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Intertraffic 2022 in Amsterdam

Intertraffic 2022 – Schweers Group's Optimistic View into the Future


Very Successful despite Pandemic: PanStreet International/Schweers Group Attracts the Attention of Fair Visitors


The scenario was not different from the situation before the pandemic – the fair visitors did not wear any masks, there were no strict safety rules, people greeted each other with handshake. Quite a few visitors from abroad were probably astonished in view of the situation at the Intertraffic 2022 in Amsterdam. In 2020, the Intertraffic was cancelled due to Covid-19 and the whole world was in a depressed mood. Now, we had exactly the opposite situation at the Intertraffic 2022 which took place from 29 March to 1 April. The returned enthusiasm of the exhibitors and visitors was clearly noticeable. 50 years Intertraffic – this anniversary contributed in particular to the optimism at the world’s leading trade fair dealing with the full range of products and services in the mobility sector.


The company PanStreet Int’l/Schweers Group stands especially for this optimism. It is due to the strong team spirit and motivation that the Schweers group mastered the pandemic successfully. The PanStreet Int’l/Schweers team was in the position to convince the fair visitors of the fact that it continues to be extraordinarily ambitious to provide state-of-the-art digital solutions as well as to guarantee innovative and sustainable product development.

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Helping Hand

January 2022 - Helping Hands in Parking enforcement

 

Helping Hand

How did this enforcement device get home safely?

 

Saturday morning and it's cold and snowing in Ottawa. A worried municipal customer calls to explain an officer has lost their enforcement device somewhere in the field. Can we help? Minutes later, while in NJ, we locate the handheld and send screen shots of the location to the concerned officer hundreds of miles away.

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Prestigious award for Stephan Meiser, Project Manager of Schweers

 

The real heroes of everyday life are not primarily prominent people, but rather those people who show a civic commitment that is not to be underestimated for our coexistence and who do not make much fuss about it.

 

Such a modest person is the 63-year-old Stephan Meiser from Langenfeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, who can be called a true "peace ambassador" because of his forty years of commitment to international understanding and exchange. For this reason, the German Federal President has now awarded him the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. This will be awarded to him on November 18 by the Mayor of Langenfeld.

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Internship in Germany

June 2021 - Beckett Welles joins the team at Schweers’ Headquarters in Germany

 

Beckett is on his way to Germany

Viel Glück und Spaß Beckett.

 

Excited to send  Beckett Welles, our long-term intern, to Germany this summer to join his Schweers’ colleagues at our headquarters in Meerbusch. He’s fully vaccinated and eager to meet team.  Beckett interned with Schweers for four years while attending Montclair High School and is now a Junior at The University of Maryland majoring in Computer Science with a specialization in Cybersecurity and a minor in Terrorism Studies and Advanced Cybersecurity.

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Parking Study and Data Protection

 May 2021 – Scalable Parking Study LPR Handheld Tool

 

Parking Study Tool with Data Protection Feature

New flexible parking data capture tool.

 

Excited to share the announcement of our new Parking Study LPR Tool.  Configurable, flexible and scalable.  Fast collection of parking data using our handheld LPR technology.   Captured parking data can be provided in raw form or converted to meaningful analytic reports based on the project goals.  Our colleagues in Germany are working in collaboration with The City of Hamburg, Germany to create studies to identify occupancy rates for short term, non-resident long term and resident parkers for defined areas throughout the city.  In keeping with strict privacy laws in the EU our solution satisfies the requirement to anonymize the plate information while protecting the integrity of the data. The City of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany with 1.8 million inhabitants.

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Walk the Talk - Schweers' commitment to sustainability

 April 2021 - Schweers commitment to sustainability

 

Walk the Talk

Solar panels, E-charging and flower garden.

 

At our Meerbusch headquarters in Germany we invested in multiple way to support sustainability.  The following are some examples.

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Finding Nemo in Parking Services

 January 2021 - Creating a beacon - by turning the flashlight on and off repeatedly - the device was located within minutes.

 

A Happy Ending

How did this enforcement device get home safely?

 

It was Friday night and we got a panicked call from a municipal customer.  An officer had misplaced their enforcement device in the field and it was nowhere to be found.  Could we help locate it?  It was dark, cold and we were 425 miles away.

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Parking Today profiles Schweers’ LPR Inventory Solution

 October 2020 - LPR Inventory solution

 

Parking Today profiles Schweers’ LPR Inventory Solution

Check out Ingo Schweers’ photo on the front cover of Parking Today this month.

 

Happy to see the article profiling our new solution and Ingo’s photo on the front cover. Take a look.

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

 August, 2020 – Ottawa, ON, the Capital of Canada, goes live with Schweers comprehensive Parking Enforcement Solution.

 

Ottawa, ON

New Powerful Parking Enforcement Solution for Ottawa, Canada

 

Faced with an outdated enforcement solution and aging hardware Ottawa, ON turned to Schweers to radically transform their parking operation.  Ottawa, ON will be the first city in Canada to introduce the Schweers’ Politess Android Enforcement Solution.  Schweers has been building parking enforcement solutions for 32 years. A market leader with 1,200 customers, we are proud to collaborate with the Capital of Canada to provide a powerful enforcement solution for this international city of 1.25 million and 11 million annual visitors.  Our flexibility enabled the development and delivery of this progressive solution serving both By-Law Officers as well as multiple Private Property Agencies..

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Memphis, Tennessee

July, 2020 – Memphis, TN, New LPR Parking Inventory Solution.

 

Schweers Delivers Powerful LPR Inventory App

ABM Aviation and Memphis International Airport implement Politess Handheld LPR Inventory Solution.

 

Faced with aging equipment and out of data technology ABM Aviation and Memphis International Airport turned to Schweers to develop a fast, accurate and cost-effective License Plate Inventory Solution.  Previously a labor and time intensive job, but now using our LPR app the airport will drastically increase productivity.

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CBX - San Diego, CA

February 2020 - Schweers introduces powerful handheld LPR Inventory app.

 

San Diego, California

CBX implements Politess Handheld LPR Inventory Solution

 

Cross Border Express is an exclusive pedestrian bridge for passengers from the Tijuana International Airport, allowing passengers to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.  Established in 2015, CBX has seen a 30 – 40% growth since inception, handling 2.9 million passengers in 2019.

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Portland, Oregon

January, 2020 – Portland, OR, upgrade their Parking Enforcement operation.

 

PBOT Goes All In With Politess Android Enforcement

New Parking Enforcement Solution for Portland, OR

 

Once again Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) turns to Schweers Technologies for their enforcement solution.  Faced with major changes to the City’s parking operations, effective immediately, the City of Portland, OR has upgraded their entire fleet of enforcement devices, radically empowering officers and optimizing their solution. Schweers’ handheld LPR technology enables quick scanning of license plates checking against multiple databases for compliance.  In real time, officers are provided with detailed information about the compliance status of the vehicle including pay-by-phone payments, digital permits and pay-by-plate meters.

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Ottawa, Ontario

August, 2019 – Ottawa, ON, the Capital of Canada, selects Schweers to upgrade their Parking Enforcement operation.

 

Ottawa, ON

New Parking Enforcement Solution for Ottawa, Canada

 

Focused on a progressive overhaul of their parking operation Ottawa, ON will be the first city in Canada to introduce Schweers’ Politess Android Enforcement Solution.  Schweers, a market leader with 1,200 customers, is proud to collaborate with the Capital of Canada to provide a powerful enforcement solution for this international city of 1.25 million and 11 million annual visitors.  Providing the officers with our safe, secure and vigorous Politess enforcement APP empowers officers to automatically check digital permits, real time communication with Pay-by-Phone provider Verrus, take unlimited photos and print tickets within seconds.  All ticket data moves seamlessly in real time to ParkSmart’s post processing system. Each ticket is printed in both English and French.  Web based, hosted and in total compliance with the city’s hi level security requirements.

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In the News - Portland, OR Parking Enforcement

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMygvnpxhGk

 

Portland Enforcement Officer Lauren Magnee patrols the streets using Schweers enforcement solution.

 

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Update – Kirkland, WA

April 2018 - Enforcement app with real-time integration to Genetec LPR scan cars, Cale Pay-by-Plate meters and Verrus Pay-by-Phone.

 

Update – Kirkland, WA

How did this enforcement device get home safely?

 

Kirkland welcomes our Politess Enforcement app on Zebra’s TC56 rugged devices.  Complete with real-time integration with the two Genetec LPR scan cars, Cale Pay-by-Plate meters and Verrus Pay-by-Phone.  Hosted web based solution allows authorized administrators full access to their data, reports and ticket data with photos.  Integration with CodeSmart for post processing.

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Huntington, NY

April 2018 - Providing a fully hosted web based parking solution powered by Politess Android.

 

Huntington, NY

Huntington upgrades to the Zebra TC56 rugged smartphone loaded with our powerful Politess Enforcement app

 

Integrated with Parkeon’s multi space kiosks and soon Parkmobile for Pay-by-Space payments.  Real-time ticketing, permit and scofflaw checks.  Hosted web based solution available from any laptop, computer etc for authorized administrators. Integrated with Brekford’s IP360° for post processing.  We are proud to continue our relationship with this Historic town as their needs and population grow.

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