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Doing “new with less”

The programme aims to help cities harness the next era of innovation through a people-first approach

CityNext aims to connect governments and citizens with more efficient services
CityNext aims to connect governments and citizens with more efficient services

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) is to participate in Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative which seeks to help cities harness a new era of innovation and do “new with less”.


Through the initiative, the partners said they will combine the power of technology with innovative solutions to connect governments, businesses and citizens with services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate thriving communities.


The programme will make use of NextCity, Cubic’s coordinated framework for building a smarter tomorrow in the world’s urban centers where increasing populations are resulting in greater traffic congestion, frustrated travelers and lessened productivity – contradicting the very economic excitement cities were designed to inspire.


It integrates all travel information and payment, customer experience as well as operations and analytics in the region for all modes of transportation – and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform provides the hosting environment that manages the back-office data from participating agencies.


“Cubic and Microsoft have been working at full speed for several months to introduce our alliance to existing and potential customers, and we have secured projects in North America and Australia,” said Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems.


“The first is part of our contract with the Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works to modernize the Cubic-supplied EASY Card revenue management system, including migration of their back office to Microsoft’s Azure.”


Cubic also has an agreement with the University of Melbourne in Australia to create the first urban laboratory supporting testing and implementation of connected transport in a real-world and dynamic environment, along with the critical urban analytics that drive change. Cubic’s solution is integrated with Azure, and this will help empower governments and the wider transportation industry to examine different mobility and transport scenarios in preparing for future smart cities.


“We’re thrilled to partner with Cubic on Microsoft CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes a people- and partner-first approach across all our initiatives, and this initiative is no different,” added Trudy Norris-Grey, managing director, business development, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft.


“While cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, Microsoft CityNext ushers in innovative technology solutions to create opportunities for cities and their citizens, enabling them to accomplish what they never thought possible. We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.”


Leveraging a broad portfolio of familiar and security-enhanced consumer-to-business software, partner solutions, devices and services and Microsoft’s history of successful education and social programs, Microsoft CityNext is a collective effort that helps cities anticipate and plan for these changes and challenges, enabling them to meet citizens’ needs, thrive economically and embrace modernity.


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