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February 3rd, 2014
Alta Bicycle Share and 8D Technologies Forge New
Leaders in Bike Share System Operations and Technology Join Forces to Secure 2014 System Launches and Introduce the Next Generation Bike Share Platform
Portland, Oregon USA, Montreal, Canada – February 3rd, 2014 - Alta Bicycle Share (ABS), the leader in North American bicycle share system design and operations, and 8D Technologies (“8D”), a world leader in the development of unique green urban transportation management and payment solutions, and the original technology provider for the Public Bicycle System Company (PBSC, also known as ‘BIXI’), announced today that they will be working together to launch and operate the next generation of bike share in 2014.
Named “BSSv4”, the next generation of the 8D system has been in development for a few years, and builds upon the award winning “BSSv3” platform developed by 8D and currently deployed successfully in bike share systems in cities such as Washington D.C. / Arlington, Boston, Minneapolis, Melbourne (AUS), London (UK), Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal (CAN).
“This alliance will provide our new clients with excellent solutions for their systems,” stated Mia Birk, Vice President of Alta. “We are charting a new course with a fully integrated supply chain to support our world-class operations.”
“We are very excited about this partnership with Alta, and the perspective of contributing in a positive way to the bike share industry. We are truly committed to designing, developing, delivering and supporting the best possible bike share solutions that answer the needs of cities now, and moving forward,” says Isabelle Bettez, President and CEO of 8D Technologies.
The new system has a sleek design, merges the electronics boards and screens, and has an improved docking mechanism linking the bikes to the stations. Other BSSv4 system enhancements include:
- Key distribution from the kiosk
- Account management and bike reservations through a new mobile application
- Color screens
- Enhanced power management solutions
- Improved docking/undocking mechanism
Alta and 8D currently offer bike share solutions and services to cities on three continents. Their priority is to continue to serve both their existing and new clients, with the goal of expanding existing systems and launching new systems in the summer of 2014.
About Alta Bicycle Share
Alta Bicycle Share is a leader in deploying and managing bicycle share systems around the world. Alta provides solutions for all aspects of bike share, from location assessment and business modeling to system operations, marketing, maintenance and expansion. Alta also brings to their offering the unparalleled design experience of Alta Planning + Design. Alta's comprehensive approach to planning and operating a bike system is proven in the systems they currently manage and are expanding, which include Divvy (Chicago), CitiBike (NYC), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus OH), Bay Area Bike Share (BABS, San Francisco Bay Area), Capital Bike Share (Washington DC, Arlington VA and Montgomery County MD), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, and Brookline, MA), Bike Chattanooga (TN) and Melbourne Bike Share, Australia.
About 8D Technologies
8D is a world leader in the development of the most advanced, intelligent wireless, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), multi-function point of sale (POS) solutions, since 1996. 8D's unique green urban transportation management and payment solutions include the award-winning city parking system (8D APMS™). This solution features 100% solar-powered wireless terminals that can manage both street parking and municipal bike-sharing services. It is the same software and hardware technology platform which is at the heart of 8D's parking solution, that propels award-winning bike-sharing systems on three continents, in the cities of Montreal (CAN), Ottawa-Gatineau (CAN), Toronto (CAN), London (UK), Melbourne (AUS), Washington DC-Arlington VA (USA), Minneapolis (USA) and Boston (USA).
8D's solution features real time secure wireless payment and remote control as well as management of all terminal functions, from payment to enforcement – and full monitoring of terminals and sensors – in wired and wireless environments.
Contact – Alta:
503 805 5560
Contact – 8D:
514.906.1212 x 410