SKIDATA and Kopernikus Automotive forge partnership to elevate Smart Parking solutions

SKIDATA and Kopernikus Automotive forge partnership to elevate Smart Parking solutions

9 January 2024Iris Perz4 Minute Read

  • Pioneering next-generation AI-based innovations in parking, accelerating the transformation from a mere vehicle storage function to an integrated, dynamic customer experience.
  • Commitment to setting new industry standards in efficient parking solutions and enhancing mobility in various locations.
  • Elevating smart city infrastructure with advanced parking solutions that seamlessly integrate into diverse urban environments.


Salzburg/Leipzig, January 9, 2024 – In a significant move towards advancing Smart Parking solutions, Kopernikus Automotive, a forward-thinking startup, has joined forces with SKIDATA, a leader in parking technology. This worldwide strategic partnership aims to harness the potential of AI and innovative technologies to transform the parking industry, catering to the needs of various operators at different locations, customers, and municipalities. 


Technological synergy for advanced Parking Solutions


The collaboration brings together Kopernikus’ innovative proficiency and SKIDATA's extensive experience in parking management. While Automated Valet Parking is among the technologies in scope, the partnership's agreement extends to a variety of AI-based solutions. “These advancements include vehicle and object tracking, revenue optimization, misuse avoidance, space recognition, and enhanced car park surveillance, all aimed at improving the parking experience and management as well as optimizing space utilization,” explains Thomas Pühringer, Head of Solutions Portfolio Management at SKIDATA. "The same AI-based systems will optimize revenues today – and drive cars in the future", adds Stefan Jenzowsky, CEO of Kopernikus Automotive.


Continuously increasing convenience for drivers


For end customers, this partnership promises a host of tangible benefits. "Continuously improving AI technologies ensure more automated and intuitive parking solutions," says Thomas Pühringer. This advanced precision in automation, exemplified by improved license plate recognition, ensures a swift entry and exit process. Furthermore, the decrease in search traffic significantly cuts down on emissions, minimizes traffic congestion, and diminishes waiting times. The partnership fortifies safety and security with upcoming features like car finder information, which contribute to a more streamlined and protected parking experience.




Enhancing urban mobility and sustainability in the Smart City era


The partnership deeply enhances the customer journey and integrates with smart city infrastructure. Stefan Jenzowsky highlights the partnership's potential: "Working with SKIDATA allows us to leverage their expertise and scale our innovative solutions. Together, we're not just improving parking; we're reimagining it for the smart city era." 

Sustainability is a key pillar of this partnership, with both companies dedicated to reducing emissions and optimizing space utilization in congested areas. Thomas Pühringer emphasizes this: "We're building on our expertise in barrierless entry, license plate-based services, and efficient space utilization, improving these technologies with AI-enhanced solutions, all contributing to a seamless customer experience and a more sustainable urban environment."




Innovating and leading the way in Smart Parking


The collaboration also involves engaging stakeholders across Europe and the USA, underscoring the partners' role in driving the industry toward efficient and customer-friendly solutions, and setting new standards. This partnership marks a new chapter in the evolution of Smart Parking, setting the stage for a future where technology and sustainability converge to reshape urban landscapes.


About Kopernikus Automotive

Kopernikus Automotive GmbH is a Leipzig-based start-up company that specializes in Automated Valet Parking (AVP2) in parking garages as well as Infrastructure Orchestrated Maneuvering in automotive production and logistics facilities. Kopernikus Automotive is financed by venture capital. In the last financing round (A-Round), more than €8 million was invested in Kopernikus Automotive by existing investors (including AMAG VW Group Import and TGFS - Technologie Gründerfonds Sachsen) and Continental. The Kopernikus Automated Valet Parking (AVP2) and Infrastructure Orchestrated Maneuvering technology is being tested and implemented by numerous automobile manufacturers such as Volkswagen Group and Ford Motor Company. Kopernikus Automotive GmbH is certified according to ISO 9001:2015.



SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Worldwide, leading companies and operators of airports, shopping malls, cities, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, universities, ski resorts, stadiums and amusement parks rely on the secure, future-oriented and reliable access solutions for people and vehicles. SKIDATA is the reliable partner from first consultations to perfect service. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure for the end customer. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group is part of the Kudelski Group, a publicly traded (SIX: KUD.S) worldwide leader in digital business enablement technologies that encompass digital content security, public access, cybersecurity, and IoT. SKIDATA is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and ISAE 3402. 

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