Friday, 28 January 2011
Cubic Signs $220 Million Contract for Vancouver Smart Card and Faregate System
TransLink, the Greater Vancouver transit authority, has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. a contract valued at $220 million to deliver and operate a new smart card fare payment and revenue management system for the region's rail, bus, ferry and paratransit services.
The base contract for $84 million includes the design, build and installation of the system, which will include new faregates, to be delivered by 2013. Following delivery, a 10-year services contract valued at approximately $13 million per year, plus a one-time $6 million transition cost, will begin. The contract includes an option for five additional years of services.
TransLink's new system will be built on Cubic's Nextfare technology. A major addition to the new system will be smart card and open payment capability to accept bank cards and other media that meet contactless technology standards. In addition, the system will include the faregates specified by TransLink in its quest to reduce fare evasion and increase customer security.
"We are pleased to continue our relationship with TransLink, one that will approach 30 years strong by the end of our initial 10-year services contract in 2023," said Richard Wunderle, senior vice president and general manager of Cubic Transportation Systems. "Our expandable technology will deliver a revenue management and business information system that will serve our customer well into the future."
80% of People Concerned about their Personal details Online
A survey has revealed that 80% of people are concerned about protecting their personal information online, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said today.
In a move to mark European Data Protection Day, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, supported by Lord McNally, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, is urging people to take more care on social networking sites, to think before giving out their personal details online, and to understand what to do when things go wrong.
Research commissioned by the ICO has also found that 92% of individuals surveyed are concerned that organisations do not keep their details secure, and a further 60% believe that they have lost control of the way their personal information is collected and processed.
To help online users understand how to surf safely, the ICO has today re-launched its Personal Information Toolkit. The toolkit includes tips on how to protect personal details online as well as setting out people's rights to access and correct the information that is held about them. The previous version of the toolkit has been requested by over 100,000 members of the public to date.
Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said: "It's never been more important to protect your personal information. Whether you're surfing the net, shopping online or signing up to social networking sites, it's crucial that people are thinking about how their information might be used. From employers looking up potential employees on Facebook to cyber criminals hacking into unsecured wi-fi networks, not protecting your personal information can cause serious harm and distress. European Data Protection Day is about motivating people to regain control of their right to privacy. I hope people of all ages across the UK will do just that."
FBI Issues over 40 Search Warrants in Connection with 'Anonymous' DDoS
The FBI has issued more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organisations. Yesterday the UK's Metropolitan Police Service arrested five people for their alleged role in the attacks.
The distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network's ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, thus denying service to legitimate users. A group calling itself "Anonymous" has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they conducted them in protest of the companies' and organisations' actions. The attacks were facilitated by the software tools the group makes available for free download on the Internet. The victims included major U.S. companies across several industries.
3M Security Systems Debuts World's First Multilateral Border Crossing Program
A novel border security program designed by 3M Security Systems. CARIPASS, is the first multilateral border crossing program in the world, a voluntary travel card program that provides secure and simple border crossings for citizens and legal residents of ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations. With the introduction of CARIPASS, participating governments aim to enhance regional security and support expedited travel throughout the participating Member States.
CARIPASS utilises a number of new technologies sourced and integrated by 3M in response to CARICOM's needs, allowing travellers to move quickly between ten CARICOM nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
To participate in CARIPASS, eligible travellers must pre-enrol at local immigration or designated offices, and have a facial image and two fingerprint images captured. Users are then issued a card with a 2D barcode which they can use to electronically process through self-service border crossing gates. These gates are connected to the system's user database, and after matching the user's biometric data with that on the card, the gates open, allowing the traveller to pass through. The gate prints a receipt for the traveller to document his or her valid entry.
One of the key components of the system is the new electronic immigration gate, the 3M Autogate Solution. Autogates automate the border clearance process, allowing CARICOM to focus its immigration resources on higher risk travellers, while low risk travellers/CARIPASS holders benefit from quick and convenient processing.
"In working with 3M Security Systems, we were able to achieve a customised solution specific to our security needs and goals. We look forward to future phases of the system and extending it to other CARICOM Member States," said Ms. Lynne Anne Williams, Executive Director, CARICOM IMPACS.
Instantly Activated Visa Debit Cards Provides Optimum Service and Convenience to Credit Union Members
Datacard Group announces that HarborOne Credit Union is utilising its Datacard CardWizard software to instantly issue Visa debit cards on demand at the branch level. Activation is immediate, so members can start using their debit cards within minutes of opening a checking account or requesting a replacement debit card.
HarborOne Credit Union has implemented Datacard CardWizard software in all of its 15 United States branch locations around New England, with the goal to drive activation and usage rates up for its debit card program, eliminate the cost, risk and delay of sending cards through the mail and improve overall members' satisfaction levels.
"There are many benefits to offering instantly issued debit cards to our members - first and foremost, the security and convenience of hand delivering the card in the branch differentiates us," said Wayne Dunn, senior vice president and chief technology officer at HarborOne. "In addition, because we now have the ability to instantly activate our debit cards, our members can start using their cards immediately, which increases their satisfaction because they leave the branch with a fully functional card, while increasing card usage rates and helping us achieve that ever so important top-of-wallet status."
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