MobiPrize 2016 winner WhereIsMyTransport launches open platform for integrated transport data in Africa!

The first open platform for integrated transport data in emerging cities launches in Africa.

The platform accepts unstructured (and structured) data on any mode and allows others to develop apps and other endpoints with transport information for South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and beyond.

Launched by Grand MobiPrize winners WhereIsMyTransport, the platform provides multi-modal journey planning, fare calculator, and more. Developers can build this information into their products or create new ones to disseminate transport information.

Launching with data for eleven African cities, the company is adding more every day. They actively partner with others who have transport data to share or want to be part of a collection effort.

WhereIsMyTransport has also launched a new blog around technology, transportation, and urban innovation in emerging regions, Interchange.

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Regional link inaugurated

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INDIA: South Central Railway’s 123 km broad-gauge line between Nandyal and Yerraguntla in Andhra Pradesh has opened for revenue operation, following a formal inauguration by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 23.

The first train was ‘flagged off’ by video link from the Railway Institute in Vijayawada during a ceremony attended by the state’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu.

Running south from Nandyal on the Vijayawada – Guntakal line to meet the Guntakal – Chennai route at Yerraguntla, the new line has eight stations at Madduru, Banaganapalli, Koilakuntla, Sanjanamala, Nossam, S Uppalapadu, Jammalamadugu and Prodduturu. These are served by two DEMUs in each direction per day calling at all stations between Nandyal and Kadapa.

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KfW to Invest 85 Million Euros in CDIA-Supported Water Transport Project in Kochi City, India

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German Development Bank KfW recently signed a partnership agreement with the Kerala Government and Kochi Metro Rail Limited, an agency implementing the Kochi Metro Transport System for the development and modernization of ferry services in Kochi City, India.

An investment of 85 million euros was allotted by KfW to deliver an environment-friendly and sustainable transport system for the residents of Kochi – a first of such level of investment in India for improving its urban water-borne passenger traffic.

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Making the Business Case for Mobility

Connected and self-driving cars are dazzling to consider. But what is the business case for carmakers? What is the value to them to produce such vehicles?

Seeking answers for such questions is an EY team headed by Kristin Schondorf, executive director of Automotive and Transportation Mobility at EY. She says carmakers must begin to view the vehicle as a service. That means determining what customers want and analyzing how carmakers will partner with tech companies and others outside the traditional auto industry.

Schondorf is looking at multi-modal transportation and developing strategies the personal transportation providers can use to help cities ease congestion and improve air quality.

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San Diego smart card has security gaps


San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (CA) has acknowledged that its Compass Card fare collection system does not meet industry security standards.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, or PCI DSS, are designed to reduce credit card fraud. PCI DSS includes standards for encrypting cardholder data, maintaining firewalls, and routinely testing security systems.

The Compass Card was developed about 10 years ago by Cubic Corporation.  The San Diego Association of Governments managed the system until MTS took over in July 2014.

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Code for America pairs teams of technologists with local governments across the country to work in partnership with government officials and the communities they serve. The fellows take a user-centered, data-driven, and iterative approach to redesigning core government services.

The fellowship transforms government from the inside out. Code for America fellows spend 11 months collaborating with government staff, researching user needs, meeting with key stakeholders, and building technology for needs from signing up for food assistance to starting a business to navigating the court system.

While the product of the fellowship is typically an early stage application that improves the delivery of a government service or function, the process acts as a vehicle for driving cultural and structural change inside of government — encouraging innovation, improving tolerance for risk, and increasing the capacity for transparency and engagement.