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01 December 2004

Mott MacDonald develops real-time travel technology to help shoppers

Mott MacDonald, in joint venture with Marconi, and working with software content management developer Comgenic, is providing customers with up-to-date rail information at kiosks in Southampton’s Westquay Shopping Centre.

Using MATTISSE, a multi-modal system that enables transport authorities in the UK to exchange up-to-the-minute travel data, Mott MacDonald will help to gather and display arrival and departure information for the public on large screens and kiosks for Southampton Central and Southampton Airport parkway.

Mott MacDonald developed the interface between MATTISSE and Comgenic using rapid prototyping to implement a SOAP service. SOAP is an open technology which delivers a high level of interoperability between disparate computer systems, and is simple to maintain. This system has previously been used with Comgenic at the Bullring in Birmingham, and provided information on Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street Stations for the public.

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1. The MATTISSE system was originally conceived and developed by a consortium of eight Midlands local authorities: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Leicester, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. This consortium entered a ten-year partnering agreement with Mott MacDonald and Marconi in 2002 to manage the operation and ongoing development of the MATTISSE real time traffic and travel information system. The Midlands has a population of some five million and some of the UK's most severe transport problems. Information provided by MATTISSE will be made available via the media — such as AA Roadwatch's radio broadcasts — the Internet, on street information kiosks, mobile phones and on interactive public telephones.
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