Cubic Transportation Systems

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Cubic Transportation Systems
Industry Public transport
Headquarters San Diego, California, USA
Number of employees
2,300 (2015)
Parent Cubic Corporation

Cubic Transportation Systems is a global company, founded in 1951, and is a leading integrator of payment information and related services for intelligent travel applications.[1][2][3] It is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in North America, Europe, India, and Australia.[4] It is a unit of Cubic Corporation that designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets.

Products and services[edit]

Cubic Transportation Systems' business is centered on contactless smartcard technology.[5] Cubic provides the following products and services.[6][7]

  • Ticket machines
  • Smartcard readers
  • Fare-collection gates
  • Revenue management services
    • Card-based
    • Account-based: Chicago's Ventra and London Oyster Cards are two of Cubic's account-based products.
    • Mobile
    • Devices: NextAgent is a concept in transport ticketing using high-speed video links enabling customers to interact with ticketing staff in real-time. It is a solution for transport operators to respond to significant trends in ticketing and allows them to balance request in a cost-effective manner by locating ticketing expertise in centralized ticketing "hubs".[8]
  • Transit customer support
  • Management services to transit agencies
  • Real-time passenger information
    • NextBus is a cloud-based solution that provides real-time passenger information systems to approximately 135 transit organizations.[9]
  • Operational planning assistance
  • Traffic management
  • Predictive analytics
  • Tolling
    • Cubic created an integrated payment processing, customer service, and financial management platform for the tolling industry.[12]
  • Parking
  • Operational IT services
  • Asset management services
    • Services include field maintenance, device support, depot repair and part supply, spares and obsolescence, and cash collection.[13]


Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 markets on five continents. Cubic first implemented mobile ticketing technology in 2006 (one year prior to the launch of the iPhone and two years prior to the launch of Android) and now produces multiple mobile fare collection options, including mobile ticketing through barcoding, NFC tools, contact and contactless smartcard payments, and traditional automated fare collection systems. As of 2015, Cubic processes more than 24 billions transactions a year.[14]

Fare Collection Projects[edit]


Cubic has received the following industry awards for their products and services:


  • Joint Winner, Best New Innovative Practice-Partnership Deployment, Ventra ITS America Awards 2015[15]
  • Joint Winner, Operational and Technical Excellence, Contactless Bankcard Payment UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Awards 2015[16]
  • Co-Winner, Game Changer category, Contactless and Mobile Awards, for London contactless payment system[17]
  • Co-Winner, Forward Thinking Award, ITS United Kingdom Awards, for London contactless payment system[18]
  • Co-Winner, Best Bank-Card Ticketing Scheme, Transport Ticketing Awards, for London contactless payment system[19]
  • Co-Winner, Outstanding Project, UK Rail Industry Awards, for London contactless payment system[20]
  • Co-Winner, Most Innovative Transport Project, London Transport Awards for London contactless payment system[21]


  • Winner, CONNECT Awards Most Innovative New Product for Communications & IT category, NextBus Fleet Management Application[22]
  • Co-Winner, ITS-NY Project of the Year, New York MTA Bus Time[23]
  • Winner, Best Smartcard Ticketing Service for work with Southern Railway’s “the key” ITSO travel card from 2014 - MasterCard Transport Ticketing Awards[24]
  • BritWeek Innovation Award, Product Design, Multi-Purpose Smart Card Reader[25]
  • Australian Smart Infrastructure Award, Opal card[26]


  • Opal card reader wins Sydney Design Award, Transport Category; on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney[27]
  • Opal card reader wins Australian International Design Award[28]
  • Opal card reader wins Powerhouse Museum Design Award[29]



  • MTA New York City Transit MetroCard Vending Machine made by Cubic and selected for The Museum of Modern Art exhibition "Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects"[33]
  • Aviation Week names Cubic Corporation as top performer in aerospace and defense industry; company ranked first among companies with revenues from $1 billion to $5 billion; Joint winners - Excellence in Technology and Innovation at the London Transport Awards[34]
  • Prestige/Oyster card: Co-winner: Excellence in Technology and Innovation, London Transport Awards, for joint work on Oyster Extension to National Rail (OXNR) project[35]



  • Prestige/Oyster card: Voted #9 in Top 10 Technological Innovations of Last Decade, Telegraph (London)




  • Prestige/Oyster card: Best Private Finance Initiative, Public Private Finance Awards; Best Operational Transport Project; Grand Prix as the Best Operational Project - all sectors; Gold Award for Technology Exploitation by Management Today, Britain's leading monthly business magazine


  • Prestige/Oyster card: Modernizing Government Award by the New Statesman Magazine



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  2. ^ "NVV picks Cubic Transportation for mobile ticketing service". telecompaper. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems wins Oyster ticket machine tender" (Press release). Association of Train Operating Companies. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Us | Cubic Corporation". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems (India) Launches Smart Card Trial". Bloomberg (Press release). 8 December 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  8. ^ "NextAgent Ticket Office Brochure PDF" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "NextBus > Home". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Traffic Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  11. ^ "About Us > Urban Insights". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  12. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Tolling". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  13. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services > Asset Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  14. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems, NextWave Brochure" (PDF). 
  15. ^ "Cubic and Chicago Transit Authority Win Best New Innovative Practice-Partnership Deployment at the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  16. ^ "Cubic and TfL's contactless bankcard payment system wins award at UITP 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  17. ^ "Contactless and Mobile Awards 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  18. ^ Corporation, Cubic. "Cubic Wins Big at the ITS United Kingdom Awards 2015 for Forward Thinking Innovation". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  19. ^ Corporation, Cubic. "TfL and Cubic's Contactless Payment System Wins Best Bank-Card Ticketing Scheme at Transport Ticketing Awards". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  20. ^ "Transport Ticketing & Passenger Information Global 2016 - Welcome". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  21. ^ "Contactless Payment System Wins Big at London Awards Show". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  22. ^ Corporation, Cubic. "Cubic's NextBus Fleet Management Application Receives Most Innovative New Product Award from CONNECT". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  23. ^ Systems, Cubic Transportation. "Cubic Transportation Systems Adds Winning Technology Innovation to MTA Bus Time(R) for ITS-New York Project of the Year". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  24. ^ "Cubic Wins \". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  25. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems Wins BritWeek UKTI Product Design Award". Reuters. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  26. ^ "Sydney's Smart Card Wins Smart Infrastructure Award". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  27. ^ "Opal card reader wins three prestigious design awards | Transport for NSW". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  28. ^ "Opal card reader wins three prestigious design awards | Transport for NSW". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  29. ^ "Opal card reader wins three prestigious design awards | Transport for NSW". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  30. ^ "Winners Press Release PDF" (PDF). 
  31. ^ "Cubic Nextcity Video Wins Prestigious International Competition". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  32. ^ "Press Release PDF" (PDF). 
  33. ^ "MoMA | Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects". Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  34. ^ "Publication: Cubic Circuit - July/August 2011" (PDF). 
  35. ^ "TfL, Cubic & ATOC recognised for bringing Oyster onto the National Rail network in London". Global Rail News. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  36. ^ "Queensland 'go' card crowned best in Australia". iTnews. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  37. ^ "Annual Report, Cubic" (PDF). 
  38. ^ "Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Cubic Transportation Systems for its Pioneering Smart Card Technologies and High Value Proposition for Clients". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  39. ^ "APTA 2006 Awards Program" (PDF). 

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