Capacity, the electromobility platform for B2B environments of ICT Group Cegeka, enters the German market with a new smart parking system installed at art’otel Cologne. This is a first and important step, opening new opportunities in Europe’s biggest market.

Capacity is a smart parking and EV charging platform for smart buildings that offers a modular solution for building owners and property managers that need to automate and digitalize their parking locations. At a time when cities are increasingly reducing parking spaces on public streets, private buildings are being asked to open themselves to semi-public commercial parking, creating additional complexity. With Capacity, building owners can bypass this complexity thanks to smart software, simplifying management and user experience. 

With Capacity, hotel guests at art'otel Cologne have now a user-friendly system, that provides easy access with automatic license plate recognition and contactless, digital payments. Guests have different access rules and preferential treatment based on the hotel’s parking policy. This makes parking an uncomplicated and stress-free experience for all its users.”, says Philip Skitch, Hotel Manager of art’otel Cologne. 

The new Capacity system at art'otel Cologne also integrates with other parking apps, as well as other third-party mobility services such as ParkBee, allowing art'otel to meet parking demand and generate additional revenue from underutilized space, optimized through Capacity. 

art'otel Cologne – the perfect start for visitors to Cologne 

The art'otel Cologne is located directly on the banks of the Rhine at Holzmarkt 4 in Cologne. It has 218 rooms, 400 square meters of meeting space and a sauna area on the top floor. The hotel and the adjoining restaurant art'eat bear the signature of the Korean artist SEO, who lives in Berlin.  Her large-format paintings consist mainly of colored rice paper torn into strips, which she uses for painting-like collages.  The art'otel Cologne has 20 parking spaces in the outside parking area and 33 spaces in the multi-level car park and can also be used by non-hotel guests due to Capacity’s optimized space management. Due to the immediate proximity to the Chocolate Museum and Cologne's old town, it is perfectly located to park any car stress-free when visiting Cologne.

About Capacity   

Capacity by Cegeka is the first electromobility platform that combines Smart Parking & EV charging operations in Europe, built to autonomously operate and manage all types of B2B multitenant environments.

Having a smart building ecosystem in mind, Capacity addresses the challenges that property owners and facility managers are experiencing in real estate:  

  • Generate new revenue streams from underutilized space during and after working hours; 
  • Optimize, manage and redistribute space flexibly, including parking and EV charging spots;  
  • Have a system that autonomously manages all types of users and corner case scenarios with artificial intelligence without any human intervention; 
  • Have parking and EV charging operate as one, combining operations, payments and data insights; 
  • Interconnect multiple smart technologies such as EV charging platforms, virtual receptionists, HR/Fleet management systems, work management systems, access management, MaaS and more to enhance user experience; 
  • Provide seamless, end-to-end, digital journeys;

Capacity provides a complete solution for real estate owners that want to leap ahead into the world of smart parking and electromobility. 

About art’otel Cologne 

art'otel is a dynamic hotel brand that combines art and life. Thanks to the effective combination of world-class art and world-class service, art'otels offer a hotel experience like no other hotel. art'otel wants to set the standard for the future of hospitality by opening its guests' eyes to new experiences and challenging ideas of what a hotel is and should be. Each art'otel is inspired by a signature artist. 

art'otel includes six hotels in some of Europe's most culturally rich cities. Among the formative artists of the brand areAndy Warhol, Georg Baselitz and SEO. 

art'otel is a wholly owned subsidiary of PPHE Hotel Group Limited, which owns, leases, operates, concessions and develops full-service luxury and lifestyle hotels in major metropolitan areas and regional centres, primarily in Europe. PPHE Hotel Group's portfolio comprises 40 hotels with a total portfolio of more than 9,200 rooms. Two new hotels are currently under development in London and one in New York, which will add a further 6,000 rooms to the portfolio by the end of 2022/23. 

The shares of PPHE Hotel Group are admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (standard main listing). 

For more information, see, , or . Follow @artotel on Twitter, on Instagram or like art'otel on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest developments at art'otel. 

art’otel’s hotel brand: