Calgary ParkPlus multi-million lawsuit and ownership settlement – An exclusive inside look at a “key” piece of evidence

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

ParkPlus settlement with Dale Fraser, former CPA General Manager

Background of the “key” piece of evidence

Now that Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) has settled the Parkplus parking management system ownership dispute and disclosed some key information (see endnotes), this reporter feels comfortable in sharing an exclusive inside look at one piece of evidence against Mr. Dale Fraser’s ownership claim without risking harm to the city and CPA’s legal case.

This key piece of evidence (you can judge for yourself to see if you agree it is “key” or not) was an August 2008 video interview with Mr. Dale Fraser conducted by this reporter. In the extensive August 2008 interview (where Alderman Dale Hodges was also interviewed), a variety of ParkPlus topics (including patents) were discussed. This video evidence was almost “lost” at one point as it was originally uploaded and stored on the now discontinued Google Video service!

Fortunately, after some help from a Google engineer friend, the August 2008 interview was recovered along with a few hundred uploaded videos. The video interview was useful enough that Calgary Parking Authority licensed it to help its case which is why I’m claiming this as an “exclusive inside look“.

Unlike the parties involved in the legal settlement (Calgary Parking Authority, City of Calgary, Mr. Dale Fraser, and Mr. Allan Bazar), I am an independent reporter and not bound by any confidentiality agreement.

An exclusive inside look at a key piece of evidence

In the August 2008 interview, former Calgary Parking Authority General Manager Mr. Dale Fraser told this reporter,

”Calgary Parking Authority did create the proprietary approach to this new parking system. And we [CPA] do have a patent-pending on this approach at this time.”

During the 30+ minutes interview, at NO point did Mr. Fraser leave this reporter with the impression the pending Canada/US ParkPlus patent was his (or his & Mr. Allan Bazar’s) personal invention or intellectual property. In fact, Mr. Fraser seemed to me quite clear in explaining the system was developed by MTS Allstream with the funds/resources from Calgary Parking Authority.

As suggested in “The Patents” section in the 2008 August report “ParkPlus by Calgary Parking Authority – Reimagining the Wheels“,

US patent is one of the most important ones to apply for, simply because the US is one of the largest markets and it has a reasonably strong patent protection regime.

Here is my 2008 interview video (pay attention to time code ~3:40 to ~3:50).

[Please note that the interview is protected by copyright. License and use requests (including for press and media) are to be submitted via email and will be handled promptly.]

This article is cross-posted by me to examiner.

Endnotes: Although the settlement agreement has confidentiality clauses, the parties agree to disclose the following information (emphasis added) and I quote from the Media Release – ParkPlus Settlement – April 2013,

(1) The Defendants, Dale Fraser, Allan Bazar and 1707626 Alberta Ltd., (now Intelli-Park Corporation) acknowledge that the City of Calgary and CPA are the exclusive owners of the ParkPlus SystemTM and that none of the Defendants has any right, title or interest whatsoever in the ParkPlus SystemTM;
(2) While the ParkPlus SystemTM is valuable and all necessary consideration for settlement is acknowledged, there is no payment by the City of Calgary or CPA of any money whatsoever to any of the Defendants or any other person;
(3) The claims and counterclaims in the action will be wholly discontinued without costs; and
(4) The parties release each other from all claims and counterclaims in the action including any claims relating to the ParkPlus SystemTM or the employment of Dale Fraser and Allan Bazar with the City of Calgary and CPA.

Advertisements

Fired CPA manager Dale Fraser said, “Calgary Parking Authority did create the proprietary approach to this new parking system. And we [CPA] do have a patent-pending on this approach …” in 2008 interview

Saturday, 21 May, 2011

Fired Calgary Parking Authority manager Dale Fraser in an 2008 interview with Kempton Lam

Newly termindated CPA manager Dale Fraser told me, “Calgary Parking Authority did create the proprietary approach to this new parking system. And we [CPA] do have a patent-pending on this approach at this time.” in an August 2008 interview.

During the 30+ minutes interview, at NO point did Mr. Fraser leave this reporter with the impression the pending Canada/US ParkPlus patent was his (or his & Mr. Allan Bazar’s) personal invention or intellectual property. In fact, Mr. Fraser seemed to me quite clear in explaining the system was developed by MTS Allstream with the funds/resources from Calgary Parking Authority.

As stated in “The Patents” section in my 2008 August report “ParkPlus by Calgary Parking Authority – Reimagining the Wheels“, I suggested “US patent is one of the most important one to apply for, simply because US is one of the largest market and it has a reasonably strong patent protection regime.“.

For those that enjoy reading technical patent, have a read of Mr. Dale Fraser and Mr. Allan Bazar’s US patent application 20100191584.

For your reference, here is my 2008 interview video (pay attention to time code ~3:40 to ~3:50). [Please note that the interview is protected by copyright. License and use requests (including for press and media) are to be submitted via email and will be handled promptly.]


Confession of a ParkPlus addict – A Parking Meter that puts money back in your pocket

Friday, 12 September, 2008
ParkPlus System

ParkPlus System

In my August Reimagining the Wheels article, I blogged in detail (including detailed video interviews) about the ParkPlus System.

Now, after only one use of the mobile phone ParkPlus a few weeks ago, I am officially a ParkPlus addict! It takes like 30 seconds or less to activate a parking session. And then when I finished my meeting early, I simply called the system and it automatically credited me the unused time (for $4.95 that day)! So cool!

In the old days, I probably would have put in the money for the full maximum two hours and then there is simply no way to get the money back for unused time. But now, mobile ParkPlus puts the money back into my account. Very nice, thank you very much!

P.S. Thanks a lot to ParkPlus’ Shelley for setting up a trial account for me.

P.P.S. Just found that there are Chinese instructions (together with English) in the Chinatown ParkPlus machines. Really nice. Good job.


ParkPlus by Calgary Parking Authority – Reimagining the Wheels

Thursday, 14 August, 2008

May 21, 2011 Update: Fired CPA manager Dale Fraser stated in 2008, “Calgary Parking Authority did create the proprietary approach to this new parking system. And we [CPA] do have a patent-pending on this approach …”

Dec 4, 2008 Update: See Privacy Investigation Report concerning Calgary ParkPlus

*******

ParkPlus System

ParkPlus System

In this Reimagining the Wheels article, I will talk about the ParkPlus System, a Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) created state-of-the-art parking system. ParkPlus is much more advanced than the good old parking meters, the newer pay and display system, or even this type of hybrid meter. Regular readers may remember I have previously promised to blog more about ParkPlus here. Well, I’ve finally kept my promise. (big smile)

To provide a deeper insight into ParkPlus, I’ve also taken time to interview CPA’s general manager Mr. Dale Fraser and Calgary Alderman Mr. Dale Hodges, two of the participants in the creation of the ParkPlus system.

The Business of Parking

You may not realize this but Calgary Parking Authority is a completely self-funded operation. In 2007, after expenses, CPA actually *paid* a total of $17.9 million to the City of Calgary (an $1.9 million increase from $16 million in 2006).

Now, observant readers will notice that old style parking meters sometimes got vandalized or money stolen. To give you a rough idea of the monetary impact, CPA’s meter repairs, parts, and overtime costs have totaled more than several hundred thousand dollars since 2006. I will mention how ParkPlus addresses these challenges in “The Technologies” section.

The ParkPlus system can also reduce parking enforcement cost ($6.3 million in 2007) by making parking enforcement more efficient. And ParkPlus has the potential to increase revenue from parking operations and enforcement by increasing tickets purchased (because it is more convenient for people to pay by credit cards or cell phones) and issuing more parking tickets to violators (with photos as proofs). (note: As a driver that doesn’t enjoy being ticketed, I am torn to call “issuing more parking tickets” a “benefit“!)

Read the rest of this entry »


ParkPlus – A Revolution in Parking for Calgary?

Tuesday, 11 December, 2007

I’ve written a few too many blogs about political related stuff in this blog space in the last few days. So here is an older one that I had been thinking about writing for ages. I am posting it here for you to read something different and may be closer to the things I usually write about (some technologies, some business, and a bunch of other things all in one post). Hope you enjoy it.

*******

I have wanted to write about Calgary’s new parking system ParkPlus for weeks now but never got around to. So let me share with you my plans of what to write about and may be you can provide some ideas and even research materials,

  1. The technologies used (I found a few interesting US patents here on the technologies developed)
  2. The Laws (the Calgary city parking by-laws should have been updated for this new system, did they do a good enough job?)
  3. The Economics implication (I am interested in exploring the “Rational Crime of Parking“, something Nobel Economist Gary Becker and I have in common. (big smile))

Here is a video of ParkPlus in action! Enjoy.


%d bloggers like this: