SOURCE: Bytemark, Inc.

Bytemark, Inc.

August 31, 2015 11:46 ET

Bytemark and HaCon Ink Deal With Capital Metro for Enhanced Real-Time Trip Planning

NEW YORK, NY and HANNOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Aug 31, 2015) - Bytemark, Inc., a pioneer in mobile commerce ticketing and integration for the mass transit industry, and HaCon, the leading European player for planning, scheduling and information solutions, today announced they have been awarded a contract to provide enhanced real-time trip planning for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the regional public transportation provider in Central Texas. The deployment is the first of many expected contract wins in North America resulting from the recently announced partnership between Bytemark and HaCon. Together, the companies will bring powerful new IT capabilities to transit agencies from coast-to-coast, while putting accurate, real-time, door-to-door transit information into the hands and mobile phones of their riders.

"The lines between public and private transportation options are blurring, and commuters are increasingly looking for alternatives and up-to-the-minute status for door-to-door routes that most efficiently get them to their destination," said Micah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark, Inc. "While other mobile applications are handy for quickly accessing bus routes and schedules, riders are looking for much more robust and sophisticated solutions to meet their evolving transportation needs. We are proud to be selected by Capital Metro as the most progressive and robust solution on the market in Central Texas, and we look forward to working with HaCon as we deliver the future of mobile ticketing and enhanced real-time trip planning."

Facilitating multimodal journeys, HaCon's timetable information system, HAFAS, links public and private means of transportation and works as a door-to-door information system with real-time data that helps passengers stay up-to-date on delays, connection status, service alerts or cancellations. 

"We will provide Capital Metro passengers with the ultimate in real-time travel planning and a navigation system so comprehensive that it will leave nothing to be desired in terms of multimodal routing covering everything from buses and trains to bikes and ride-sharing," said Michael Frankenberg, Managing Director at HaCon.

In addition to supporting door-to-door real-time trip planning by shortest walking distance, shortest time, minimal transfers or preferred service mode, key functionalities and features will include:

  • Detailed maps providing accurate route, detour, street stop and points of interests
  • "Next Departure Predictability" based on historical road conditions and distance
  • A live timetable showing animated positions of the vehicles
  • Ability to customize any of the features including but not limited to landmarks, maps, user profiles, etc.

"Capital Metro is continually working to advance the rider experience," said Linda Watson, Capital Metro's President/CEO. "We are looking forward to making the next generation of enhancements to our app, with new state-of-the-art trip-planning capabilities, and we are excited to work with the teams at Bytemark and HaCon, leaders in transit technology."

About Bytemark, Inc.
A New York City startup with offices in the UK, Canada and Australia, Bytemark, Inc. provides mobile ticketing and payment solutions for transit, attractions, and events. In January 2012, Bytemark, Inc. launched the first mobile ticketing app for a major U.S. transit agency with the release of the NY Waterway app. Bytemark, Inc. is focused on providing its partners with the tools they need to navigate the rapidly evolving mobile ticketing industry. Transit has been underserved by the expansion of mobile technology, and Bytemark, Inc. is working to bridge the gap between the transit industry and the world's growing technology sector. For more information, visit www.bytemark.co.

About Capital Metro
Capital Metro connects people, jobs and communities by providing high-quality and sustainable transportation choices to Central Texans. Capital Metro provides enough rides each weekday onboard its buses, trains, paratransit and vanpool vehicles to fill Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and Disch-Falk Field combined. As the regional transportation leader, Capital Metro is driving progress and investing in the region's mobility with high-capacity transit solutions like MetroRapid, which moves more people at less cost and with less impact to the environment. Capital Metro is a financially sound and fiscally responsible agency, winning the highest rating for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller for the fifth straight year. Visit www.capmetro.org for more information.

About HaCon
HaCon creates and develops high-quality software solutions for traffic, transport and logistics. With over 30 years of experience and a dedicated team of 250+ IT and transport planning specialists, HaCon has established itself as a leading European player for planning, scheduling and information solutions. In 2015, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) honored HaCon as one of the "50 Smartest Companies" worldwide. Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, HaCon also has offices in Berlin, Paris and London. www.hacon.de

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