New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a solicitation for a contactless ticketing system that will allow riders to pay fares by tapping a bank card, smartphone or smart credit card over an electronic reader.
Transit riders shouldn’t expect a quick upgrade, however, as the MTA said a fully operational system wouldn’t be up and running until 2021.
The current Metrocard system was rolled out in 1997 and is now considered outdated compared to those for transit systems in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities.
This is not the first time the MTA has experimented with a contactless payment method. The agency signed two deals with MasterCard – the first for a radio frequency ID card payment system in 2006 and then for a PayPass smart card technology in 2010 -- but neither made it to the implementation stage.
Proposals are due June 23.
Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:29 PM0 comments
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is expanding its efforts to crowdsource innovation through a partnership with NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation.
Partnering with NASA to develop new technologies through publicly crowdsourced prize competitions lets DHS S&T leverage the resources of CoECI, which was established to assist other federal agencies in the use of crowdsourced challenges to solve tough, mission-critical problems.
“The partnership allows us to broaden our reach to others in the innovation community, that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to reach,” DHS spokesman John Verrico told GCN.
S&T’s partnership with NASA’s CoECI will provide access to end-to-end solutions on all aspects of implementing challenge-based prize competitions from problem definition to challenge design and administration, DHS officials said.
Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM0 comments
The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network has launched a new website to improve researchers’ and policymakers’ understanding of the connections between marine biodiversity and ecosystems.
The site profiles current projects that are integrating biological and environmental datasets and testing molecular and remote sensing technologies in the Arctic Ocean, in kelp forests off the coast of California and on coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys. It also outlines the network’s future goals, including data integration, animated seascape mapping and new ways for genomic sampling and analysis.
The Marine Biodiversity Observing Network is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 9:41 AM0 comments
Plano, Texas, announced a public-private partnership to bring free Wi-Fi to all major city parks and recreation facilities.
Working with Time Warner Cable, Toyota and American Park Network, Plano is expanding the number of Wi-Fi hotspots to include the city’s recreations centers. Toyota is working with American Park Network to provide additional hotspots in areas outside of the Time Warner Cable coverage area. The hotspots throughout the park system are free to all park visitors at no cost for up to an hour per day.
In addition to providing free connectivity for visitors, these new systems will also help to identify park visitation patterns, generate awareness of upcoming programs and events and promote the support of Plano’s parks.
Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 12:59 PM0 comments
The Government Publishing Office has moved three of its Integrated Library System public websites to the Amazon cloud, delivering faster search results and content downloads for users, especially during peak traffic times.
The three sites are the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the Federal Depository Library Directory and MetaLib.
This move follows GPO’s recent migration of its email system to the cloud; agency official say it was the first legislative branch agency to do so.
“Moving these sites to the cloud demonstrates our ongoing commitment to leverage the best technology tools to support GPO's mission of keeping America informed,” GPO CIO Chuck Riddle said.
GPO produces and distributes information products and services for all three branches of the federal government and provides public access to that information through its website and its partnerships with 1,150 libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program.
Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:38 AM0 comments