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Holistic smart transport system launched

System makes use of the Azure cloud platform and claims to be flexible enough for each city’s unique challenges

A 'helicopter view' is required when it comes to smart cities, especially transportation
A 'helicopter view' is required when it comes to smart cities, especially transportation

System claims to be first-of-a-kind by offering a holistic view across all transportation modes

Multi-modal integration capabilities allow transport management centres to control and direct travel networks throughout the city

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) has launched a new smart transport management solution collaboration with Microsoft, which claims to be the first of its kind by providing a holistic view across all transportation modes.


Launched at this week’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the Surface Transport Management solution uses the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. It is designed to sit at the core of the smart city where its multi-modal integration capabilities allow transport management centres to control and direct travel networks throughout the city, and deliver safer, more secure and more reliable journeys.


Both Cubic and Microsoft have long believed that the increasing prominence of the smart cities movement means that collaborative partnering among industry leaders, academia and transportation operators solutions is essential to solutions that recognise the continuing evolution of the mobility sphere. As an example, this has meant designing a solution that is ready for the widespread deployment of fully autonomous vehicles for both passenger and freight movement.


The Smart Cities Readiness Guide produced by the Smart Cities Council in the US recently stated that a “helicopter view” of holistic infrastructure-wide solutions is indicative of the move of cities toward integrated systems. Speaking of Cubic’s Surface Transport Management launch, Jesse Berst, chairman, Smart Cities Council, said: "Interoperability is essential to all aspects of the smart city, and nowhere more so than in transportation. It reduces complexity and costs while allowing cities to still get value from their legacy systems. Kudos to Cubic for tackling this tough challenge."


Chris Bax, CTS vice president, ITS global strategy, said the company was delighted to be unveiling the Surface Transport Management solution in Melbourne, which is regarded as the world’s ‘most livable city’. “And for livability, this includes having an efficient transport infrastructure, and Cubic’s solution delivers that,” he said.


“Our collaboration utilises the massive power of Microsoft technology to deliver a highly flexible solution that will meet the demands of tomorrow’s connected cities. Every city faces a unique set of challenges and as our preferred platform, Azure’s cloud-based flexibility means that each solution can be delivered in the most cost-effective way.”


ITS World Congress is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne until 14 October.


CTS is a business unit of the Cubic Corporation, which designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defence training and secure communications markets.


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