Public Transport Victoria is set to release long-awaited real-time arrival APIs for the state’s buses and trams by March 2015, meaning Victorian commuters should soon be able to rely on GPS-based arrival information rather than a static timetable. The transport authority is planning to hand over the information to developers via a series of ‘hackathon’ events in Melbourne promoting the data release. It has set itself a target of fostering at least three new or “significantly improved” digital products before 31 May.
About 12,000 buses in Beijing have completed their Wi-Fi network card upgrades and opened services to all travelers in the nation’s capital. Wireless network bandwidth on the buses can reach 50M per second and the Wi-Fi network on a single bus can be used by at least 40 people at the same time. By accessing the hot spot named “16WiFi”, passengers will be redirected to a website to download a Wi-Fi client.
The next time travelers board an airline in China, they may expect more than just the Chinese government and airline companies to have access to private information as a recently discovered exploit may give flyers more indigestion than an inflight meal. Wooyun.org, a Chinese loophole reporting platform for security manufacturers and researchers, published a loophole in the system of China Eastern Airlines which may cause leaks of customer data to hackers and thieves. According to the platform’s information desk, the hazard rating was high for this exploit.
SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (“SIMI”) and GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd (“GrabTaxi”) today announced a definitive agreement under which SoftBank Corp. will invest US$250 million in GrabTaxi, making it the largest investor in GrabTaxi. Launched in 2012, GrabTaxi has grown to become the largest and most widely used mobile taxi booking application provider in Southeast Asia.
Nearly five months after the initial tie-up in Singapore, today WeChat and EasyTaxi announced that its partnership is rolling out to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Starting today, WeChat users in those three countries can flag a taxi inside the messaging app. People can do this by adding EasyTaxi’s official WeChat account inside the chat app (Malaysia: easytaximy; Thailand: EasyTaxiThailand; the Philippines: EasyTaxi_PH).
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will sign agreements with Administration Commission of Zhengzhou Airport Economic Comprehensive Experimental Area in China by the end of 2014 to establish an airborne logistic hub 2km east of the airport. The hub is set to be fully completed in six years and after the completion, Foxconn’s e-commerce business headquarters will also be set up there.
South Australia’s Public Sector Minister, Susan Close, has publicly apologised for the poor handling of a day-long outage which shut down the state’s vehicle registration system. Close yesterday read out a statement in the state’s parliament acknowledging that the government’s response to the outage “was not adequate” and promised that its communications strategy was “being reviewed so that we have an improved response should a similar event occur in the future”.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Railway passengers can now easily enquire about trains.The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has now launched Android mobile app after it had launched on Windows 8. The new National Train Enquiry System (NTES) mobile app is free to download. The public can now get information regarding arrivals, departures on their Android devices.
To achieve government’s ambitious target, private sector expected to invest aggressively in broadband roll-out. Indonesia’s government has set a target for of 70 per cent of urban households, and 100 per cent of urban office buildings, to have broadband access in the next four years. In the same period mobile broadband in urban areas is targeted to hit 100 per cent.
If you rely on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), Bangkok Metro (MRT), Airport Rail Link and the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) to move through Bangkok each day, this is one handy app to have on your smart device. The featured map shows how different routes connect with one another from Sukhumvit to Ratchaphruek to Suvarnabhumi airport and others. Users can instantly look for the closest station to their current location and work their way from there.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has confirmed that the personal information of up to 750,000 JAL miles club members were leaked following unauthorised access of the airline’s database by an external server this week. The attack affected the data of between 110,000 and 750,000 members of JAL’s miles club, which grants passengers points for flying with the airlines and gives them discounts on future flights. However, the airline has not yet confirmed if the customers’ passwords or credit card details were also leaked, reported AAP.
South Australian motorists can now check an interactive online map showing real-time traffic conditions so they can better plan their route. The site, TrafficSA, highlights traffic accidents, road closures and major events across metro and country areas. Unlike other traffic applications that rely on crowdsourced information, TrafficSA uses officially sourced data by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, that developed the site.
Motorists in Victoria, Australia, will be able to view photographs of their road violation for free online from the first week of December. These photos will provide the motorists with a clearer understanding of their traffic offences, including running the red light, speeding and unregistered vehicle use. Currently, motorists have to visit the government office to view the photographs or pay a fee for the copy to be mailed to them.
Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.
In an industry first, the Dubai-based carrier is introducing an audio description option on part of its in-flight entertainment programming, opening up the content to visually impaired passengers. Travellers who are blind or visually impaired can now take advantage of audio description to follow 16 features, all from Disney, including Frozen, Saving Mr Banks, Cars 2, Monsters University, The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and all four Pirates of the Caribbean films. The selection will be expanded in the future, according to Emirates.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken to cloud computing with its deployment of the Microsfot Office 365 suite of office automation applications for use by its employees. A press statement by the Seattle, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. said the deployment makes PAL part of the list of at least 10 other airlines in the Asia Pacific now using the Office 365 cloud computing suite. A few other airlines in Asia using the suite are Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines and Tiger Airways.
SINGAPORE: SMRT is looking to enhance the commuter experience on its buses by installing real-time tracking devices that can leverage Big Data to analyse the performance of its drivers. The transport operator said on Monday (Aug 4) that it began trials on telematics technology since early 2014 and following their success, SMRT installed telematics devices on its bus fleet from May. Telematics is the branch of IT that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerised information.
Just over two weeks ago, cab-booking app EasyTaxi started taking orders within the WeChat messaging app. How’s that working out so far? Joon Chan, EasyTaxi’s regional manager and director for Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia that 5,000 rides have so far been taken by people who booked in WeChat. Joon describes the WeChat tie-up as a “fantastic partnership.” It’s only available in Singapore at the moment ahead of rolling out across EasyTaxi’s other markets in Asia. To use it, a WeChat user must first search for the EasyTaxi ‘official account’ in the messaging app (called ‘EasyTaxiSGP’).
Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.
Two months after Google unveiled its driverless and steering wheel-less car prototype, it turns out that Chinese search engine giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is working on the same tech as well. A Baidu representative confirmed to Tech in Asia this afternoon that it’s working on a self-driving car, but stated that the program is “at a very early stage.” This came in response to rumors on Chinese tech blogs earlier today. The Baidu driverless car project is being driven by its “deep learning” labs. No other details are available at this time. Baidu has R&D labs in this specialist arena in both China and Silicon Valley.