I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Annual Ticketing Innovation Summit in Lisbon, held in the luxurious surroundings of the Pestana Palace hotel.
It was a hugely interesting and informative couple of days for me, focused on the transportation sector. There was access to top-flight thought leadership and some of Europe’s largest transportation operators and suppliers such as Belgian Mobility Card, Czech Railways, Telesoftas and Calypso card networks. Not to mention a slightly crazy amphibious sight-seeing trip which was both entertaining and gave our company insurance policy a healthy stress test.
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We’re expanding Bus Checker to cover trains, trams, metro and more
6 years ago, London Bus Checker became London’s first live bus times app. Gone were the days of leaving to catch a bus and praying to the gods of traffic and timetables that you wouldn’t be out in the cold for too long.
3 million downloads later and it’s been a wild ride. Expanding from London to cover the whole of the UK, major cities in the US and even Santiago, Chile.
Starting today, we’re bringing users the ability to go beyond buses and see live times for rail, underground and more.
London users will be able to boot up the app and see their closest tube, overground and tram stops alongside the usual bus stops.
Naturally, you’ll be able to add the new stops and stations to your favourites to see them in the widget and get live times on your Apple Watch too.
We’re excited to bring this to all of you and we can’t wait for you to try it out. Now Bus Checker has you covered, no matter how you travel.
If you haven’t already, get your hands on it today:
UK Bus Checker: Android, iOS
London Bus Checker: Android, iOS
Our 4th hackathon co-hosted with Bristol City Council was a success! Read all about some of the great ideas our hackers came up with.
First things first, a huge thank you to OVO Energy for hosting us at their beautiful HQ, to Bristol City Council for running proceedings with us and, of course, everyone who turned up on the day to put their app-making skills to the test.
Four teams of developers, designers and hobbyists put their heads together to come up with creative and practical solutions to issues faced by sustainable transport in the area. They had access to The Bristol API and our brand new iOS and Android SDKs, the rest was up to their imagination.
A day’s worth of pizza and beer later and it’s our pleasure to show off what they built.
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Birmingham has been hard at work upgrading its transport network in preparation for HS2, and there are some exciting projects on the horizon. I sat down with Angela Hosford and Chris Lane at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to learn about the City’s upcoming Bus Rapid Transit service, Sprint.
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Design or develop a new app and win prizes worth over £1,000!
We’re excited to announce our next hackathon in partnership with Bristol City Council.
We’ll be at OVO HQ on Saturday the 18th of March.
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It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here. Thanks to feedback from our incredible beta testers, we think we’ve put together a great update for you all. Welcome to version to the new versions of Trip Checker and Bus Checker. Continue reading “The Bus Checker and Trip Checker December Update”
Firsts – SwiftSummit 2016 – Uber – AirBnb
UrbanThings Head of Mobile, Mark Woollard, headed to San Francisco to discover cutting-edge solutions using the Swift Programming language. He shares the highs and lows of his experience – and how a conversation over pastries brought him face-to-face with a coding idol.
A few months ago, I was offered the chance to attend this year’s SwiftSummit in San Francisco and, after some consideration, decided that getting on for 24 hours travelling time from and back to the UK was worth the experience of joining the premier annual conference for the Swift programming language.
So, to my other firsts, as someone who lives outside London and gets around using my own car and uses train / tube / hire cycles in London I’d yet to try out Uber. I decided I should find out what it’s all about and use it for appropriate legs of the trip.
I’d also yet to use AirBnb so, in an effort to discover some of these disruptive services, booked accommodation in San Francisco with a certain ‘Trish’ via AirBnb having checked out type of accommodation, reviews, location and price.
More on these at the end, but let’s turn to the conference itself…
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