Cubic and Microsoft launch new transportation platform at ITS European Congress


A new next-generation, cloud-based transportation and traffic management system that aims to solve the increased demand on city transportation systems and road networks as urban populations rise, is being launched at this week’s (June 6-9) ITS European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) is demonstrating NextTraffic, a new multi-modal transportation platform that uses Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, which combines Cubic’s expertise in transportation payment and information technologies, with Microsoft’s leadership in enterprise systems.

NextTraffic is a flexible and scalable cloud-enabled platform that allows the collection, processing, monitoring, controlling and management of all traffic elements on multiple computer networks in one source, which provides for control of surface transportation and better use of roads and networks. NextTraffic supports system-wide data collection, processing and sharing of information to travelers and cities with a modern and flexible system that can work with the customer’s existing infrastructure and through the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

By replacing out-of-date components with current strategic level technology the CTS-Microsoft system enables the management of all customers’ assets through a single common operating picture. The NextTraffic platform offers:

• More efficient operations, by eliminating the overhead of managing multiple unconnected systems;

• Demand management that provides a higher quality of information to travelers, including personal journey information, to proactively manage demand, and to allow consumers to make better informed travel decisions;

• Improved use of resources, including road networks, infrastructure, and workforce;

• Increased availability of customer assets through faster and better responses, guided by a strategic view of the customer’s road network;

• Better understanding of the network, guiding more informed strategic decisions to assist and support an ever-changing world.

“This collaboration allows us to utilize the full power of Microsoft technology to improve our solutions today, and develop future-proof, scalable solutions for tomorrow,” said Boris Karsch, vice president of strategy at CTS. “This strategic relationship will be beneficial for both companies as we build on our expertise in payment and information systems for public transportation and traffic management, and Microsoft’s world-leading enterprise solutions.”

Toni Townes-Whitley, corporate vice president of the worldwide public sector for Microsoft, commented, “Smart city transportation solutions have the potential to improve traffic patterns, reduce congestion, contribute to economic growth, and revolutionize city planning; all while improving the quality of transportation around the city. We’re excited to work with Cubic, a domain expert in its field, to develop new transportation solutions for our customers.”

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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).