Cubic’s NextBus system introduces Transit Management as a Service model


Cubic’s Transportation Systems (CTS) business division is releasing the next generation of its cloud-based NextBus platform to selected clients, and will demonstrate it at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting & Expo on October 9-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cubic acquired NextBus from its former parent company, Webtech Wireless, in January 2013, and the real-time passenger information (RTPI) system is now part of its large portfolio of information-based solutions. The new platform is designed for multimodal transit agencies, authorities and operators, and introduces a new Transit Management as a Service (TMaaS) model that uses the latest technologies. These include public cloud architecture and machine learning capabilities for further enhanced RTPI, proactive transit fleet operations and mobile user experience.

NextBus RTPI provides a completely redesigned prediction algorithm and system that enables flexible data sourcing, greater accuracy and richer contextual information across more channels than ever, including mobile, energy-conscious and high-resolution displays at transit stations, bus stops and vehicles, as well as APIs with other applications. Based on the NextBus RPTI core platform, planned new modules will deliver customer experience fully integrated with journey planning, intelligent information analytics, and mobile payment capabilities. The next-generation platform will be available to the broader NextBus customer base during 2018.

“The next-generation NextBus platform is entirely new and built from the ground up by combining NextBus’ experience in RTPI with Cubic’s expertise in urban revenue management, systems integration, and turnkey services for transportation agencies,” said Matt Cole, president of CTS. “Achieving this market launch milestone is very gratifying for our entire team, because it is the culmination of a major commitment and investment, made by us over the last two years, to help move NextBus and its customers forward into the future.”

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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).