The Victorian government will soon start accepting applications from providers interested in operating the state’s smartcard public transport ticketing system Myki. Myki was introduced as a replacement for Metcard in the Melbourne metropolitan area and paper tickets for V/Line commuter services when the contract for the ticketing solution was first awarded in 2005.
Australia’s aviation services body Airservices Australia has partnered with mobile satellite comms provider Inmarsat and two local airlines to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial flights. Airservices started working with Inmarsat, Qantas and Virgin last month to develop the operational concept for the trial, which uses Inmarsat’s automatic dependant surveillance – contract (ADS-C) satellite-based positioning and messaging technology on flights within Australia’s oceanic regions.
Jakarta’s public bus operator TransJakarta will develop a mobile app for people to track the arrival times of buses at bus stops. The app will allow people to track the location of bus drivers and estimate when buses will arrive at the bus stops, said Steve Kosasih, CEO of TransJakarta. The city will work with the makers of a popular delivery tracking app, Go-Jek, and will use the same system for the bus app. Go-Jek allows people to track the location of their deliveries through the GPS on the drivers’ smartphones.
Singapore is setting aside space to test autonomous vehicles (AV) on public roads and has set rules for how this technology can be tested safely. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and industrial estate planner JTC Corporation have selected a 6-km route in the One-North business park where applicants will be able to “test their vehicles’ navigation controls in a real-world environment”.
Chinese New Year starts on Wednesday, but many people are already hitting the road to return to their hometowns. Each year it results in the world’s largest human migration. China’s top search engine is tracking many of those journeys and has created an amazing, real-time heat map showing the exodus from the major cities.
In a shock move, China’s two biggest taxi-hailing apps, Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache, earlier today announced their merger. It’s surprising not only because the new company will have an almost total monopoly on the market, but also because it’s a very rare instance of a partnership between Alibaba and Tencent, two of China’s three biggest web giants.
Singapore Airlines has taken tablet computing to new heights. The cabin crew of the world’s best airline is now using a tablet-based mobile application to deliver more personalised customer service. The application, called TCS CrewCollab Solution, jointly developed through a collaboration project by SIA and Tata Consultancy Services, enables the automation and streamlining of in-flight processes.
South Australia wants to become the first state to pass rules that would allow driverless cars on its roads, possibly within years. Governor Hieu Van Le opened the SA parliament’s 2015 sittings yesterday with a speech outlining the re-elected Weatherill government’s policy agenda. The plans include a review of the state’s Motor Vehicles Act, which Van Le noted was “written when the FB model Holden was being released to the market in 1959”.
Some open datasets are great because they provide a new level of access to government. Others are worthy simply because of the richness and utility of the data. This week’s open dataset of the week comes from Hong Kong, which has released data that doesn’t make the government more transparent, but does greatly assist citizens. Hong Kong publishes a dataset showing traffic speed across the city.
The Malaysia Airlines website has been attacked and the Lizard Squad, one of the groups that claimed responsibility on Monday, threatened to soon “dump some loot” found on the airline’s servers. The airline said in a statement on its Facebook page that its Domain Name System (DNS) was compromised and as a result users trying to access the URL http://www.malaysiaairlines.com were being redirected to a hacker website.
Facebook awarded Air China for its strategic use of the social networking site, despite it being blocked in mainland China. The state-owned carrier had been aggressively using Facebook as a tool for marketing. It uses the networking site to link its booking engine, promote giveaways, and even to share recipes. Facebook praised the airline for its innovative use of the social media platform, amid China’s ban on the site since 2009.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been selected by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), one of the UK’s leading airlines, to provide fully managed services to transform and optimise its IT processes, applications and infrastructure. Announcing this today, the IT services company said it will set up a private cloud for Virgin Atlantic and provide services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, End User Services and Application Support Services across the whole of Virgin Atlantic’s technology landscape.
Trains in most cities are operated by large monopolies or state-owned companies, so how do governments make sure that the trains run on time? FutureGov explains what Singapore and other cities in the region do to get trains to be punctual. Cities have high standards in place for operators to follow. Singapore has just tightened requirements for its two train operators this month, promising to reduce waiting time by 25 per cent during the morning rush hour.
The Japanese Government is to spend US$385 subsidising hydrogen-powered cars and fuelling stations in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, newswires are reporting. Tokyo will get 35 hydrogen stations to fuel a new fleet environmentally friendly cars, which will also be subsidised to reduce the cost for consumers. The government will fund up to 80 per cent of the cost of a filling station to ensure that 6,000 hydrogen fuel cell cars are on the city’s roads by the start of the next decade.
Riders of trains in China, rejoice! China’s state-run 12306 train ticket sales site, which has a total monopoly on online ticket sales despite being buggy and inefficient, has finally consented to team up with a competent ecommerce company (Alibaba). This is something I’ve been begging them to do for years, and now that it’s finally happened, all I can think is this:
Jakarta has announced plans to expand its rail network to satellite cities. The news comes as the city cancels a contract to build a new monorail network within the city. Indonesia’s capital city wants to expand its Light Rail Transport (LRT) network to ease traffic congestion, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said. Many people who work in Jakarta commute everyday to satellite cities where housing is more affordable.
It appears that Seoul’s government doesn’t have a bone to pick with all ride booking apps, after all. While Uber – whose CEO, Travis Kalanick, was charged by Korean officials last month for not having a license to operate – is banned in the country, today authorities in South Korea approved a new taxi app that will launch soon. Daum Kakao’s taxi hailing app, named Kakao Taxi, seems to be in the clear as it will use only registered city cabs.
NEW DELHI: Google has finally introduced flight search in India. Users can search directly for flights on Google or access google.co.in/flights to find, compare and book flights. The service works on mobile devices, tablets and PCs. The flight search gives users options to search for round trip, one way and multi-city flights. When users click on the departure date field, the service also offers a calendar with the lowest fares for the route highlighted for each day.
For our previous open datasets of the week, FutureGov has selected data released on national government portals. But we don’t want to ignore the wealth of data available from state and city governments. This week’s open dataset comes from Melbourne in Australia. The city has released data from its parking sensors across the central business district dating back to 2009. It is comprehensive, accurate and enormously useful.
Singapore will trial a new type of network that offers uninterrupted access to high-speed internet early this year. The heterogeneous network (HetNet) allows users to switch between different types of networks as they move from place to another, while maintaining good connections. Users will receive data at up to 1 gigabytes per second. The network will be trialled at train stations.