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Cisco to strengthen Singapore's public transport system

Posted Dec 04 2008 5:59am

Singapore: The public transport system in Singapore will get a boost up. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) will get the help of Cisco to explore the potential of technology to deliver innovative services to commuters and transform the country's public transport system.

The company has collaborated with LTA to promote Singapore as a centre for research into world-class urban transport solutions, promote collaboration with leading research and industry partners, and build Singapore's capabilities in the area of urban transport solutions.

The other participants in this initiative include the Economic Development Board of Singapore, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, IBM, Singapore Technologies Electronics and 3M Technologies (S).

"Singapore has been a pioneer in its adoption of information and communications technology, and the Singapore Urban Transport Solution framework is yet another area where the country could set the standard," Cisco's Managing Director for Singapore and Brunei Tom Cheong said.

"With the Next-Generation National Broadband Network and the countrywide Wireless@SG, Singapore is using the network as a platform to change the way people work, live, play and learn. The end goal of it all is to establish Singapore as a great city with world-class infrastructure and services," he added.

The Connected Bus, for example, a landmark prototype developed by Cisco and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), is a hybrid bus with a mobile hot spot that allows citizens to work while they ride.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) gives commuters an updated status of bus routes and connections; LED displays provide information on emissions saved through public transit; and an automated system reduces the environmental impact of the bus through better maintenance.

Cisco is planning to bring an application ' Personal Travel Assistant (PTA)' to LTA's Singapore Urban Transport Solution Framework. Developed with input from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PTA improves the transit experience within urban environments by empowering citizens to make more informed decisions on day-to-day transportation options based on schedule, financial and environmental implications.

Accessible from any Web-based interface such as a mobile phone, PTA is the first service of its kind that provides green route options, integrates with other communication needs such as calendaring, and enables city agencies to predict and manage evolving citizen transportation needs more effectively.
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