Cubic joins Microsoft’s CityNext initiative to provide innovative technology to cities


At the Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona, Spain, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) announced its partnership with Microsoft CityNext to empower cities to reimagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities by combining the power of technology and innovative solutions.

Through Microsoft’s CityNext global initiative, Microsoft and CTS will help cities do ‘new with less’, by combining 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.

NextCity is Cubic’s own 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. The CTS NextCity system integrates all travel information and payment, customer experience, as well as operations and analytics in the region for all modes of transportation, and the Microsoft 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 CTS. “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 system 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. Using a broad portfolio of familiar and security-enhanced consumer-to-business software, partner systems, devices and services, 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.

Trudy Norris-Grey, managing director of business development for the worldwide public sector at Microsoft, commented, “We’re thrilled to partner with Cubic on CityNext. We prioritize a people- and partner-first approach across all our initiatives, and this initiative is no different. While cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, 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.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).