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Microsoft CityNext is excited to sponsor the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities 2017 conference in Chicago, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. We look forward to sharing our leading-edge traffic management solutions with leaders focused on advancing the state of transportation in cities.

Safer, more sustainable and accessible cities

Microsoft CityNext and NACTO are closely aligned in helping cities become safer, more sustainable and accessible, with equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. We’re contributing to this mission by working with our transportation partners on an urban mobility strategy aimed at serving all citizens—including those with disabilities. Examples include:

  • Connected vehicles that provide predictive vehicle-maintenance alerts to avoid car breakdowns and related traffic congestion and pollution.
  • Reducing distracted driving by integrating phone calls, emails and text messaging via Cortana’s voice feature.
  • Capabilities that deliver real-time road information to improve safety and vehicle performance.

Join our “WalkShop”

Microsoft will host a “WalkShop”—essentially a field trip—enabling NACTO attendees to tour our Chicago Technology Center and learn about some of the latest transportation innovations from three partners, including:

Amano McGann: As world leaders in manufacturing and distributing hardware and software for the parking industry, Amano McGann has worked with Microsoft technologies since the early 1990s and uses Azure as the cloud platform for its Symphony Analytics and Subscribe API service. They’ll demonstrate technologies that help drivers quickly find parking places and rapidly exit garages, and discuss how they are revolutionizing parking management with the City of Sacramento.


Cubic Transportation Systems: The magnetic ticketing pioneer and leading integrator of payment and information solutions for intelligent travel applications, Cubic will showcase its Azure-based NextBus platform, which is designed to improve multimodal transit agency operations. Cubic also will discuss its work with Miami-Dade County to modernize the EASY Card revenue-management system, which also will run on Azure.


Eastbanc Technologies: Known for its flexible technology solutions, Eastbanc will discuss its powerful TERRAiQ business intelligence platform, which is helping residents of Houston find bus schedules and routes to better plan their day and take advantage of fare and promotional incentives for traveling when traffic is less congested. Eastbanc also will talk about working with Washington, D.C., to tackle the for-hire vehicle challenge through Power BI data analytics and support.

Taking transportation to the next level

For those attending NACTO, please join us from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 1, to participate in our immersive WalkShop experience, titled “Taking Transportation to the Next Level.” You’ll be able to see our solutions with your own eyes, talk to our transportation experts about your specific challenges and really understand how our cloud-powered technologies can transform the way people move through your city—and contribute to greater quality of life. Until we meet in Chicago, please check out these resources to help empower your city to become an even better place to live, work and play!