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iomart Hosting and Ecebs power Smart travel in North East England

30th August 2011 · Press Releases

Smart media company Ecebs is to take advantage of the skills and experience of Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year iomart Hosting, to supply Tyne and Wear’s transport authority, Nexus, with the ability to process thousands of smartcard transactions each day.

Nexus is the first concessionary pass issuing authority in the North East of England to put a Smart processing system in place and will use Ecebs’ Paragon HOPS (Host Operator Processing System).

Ecebs’ technology already forms the backbone of Smart travel in the UK as Ecebs monitors all Smart payment transactions on behalf of the UK’s standardisation body, ITSO.

The system will be hosted by iomart Hosting and will validate and record passengers’ journeys using Smart technology such as cards or phones.

David Burdett, Managing Director of Ecebs, commented: “We have recently won a number of projects that take advantage of our scalable Paragon HOPS technology to deliver efficiency savings and reduce fraud. We felt the support of a specialist hosting company with its own infrastructure, able to grow quickly along with the needs of our clients, was the best way to deliver a technology platform which matched our software capabilities.

Ecebs’ Paragon HOPS includes a vast array of processing and management capabilities and is set to become the backbone of Oyster style travel in Scotland following a recent deal with Strathclyde Partnership for Travel (SPT) to deliver contactless payments across all forms of travel in the SPT region.

iomart Hosting will deliver a secure hybrid server and network infrastructure leveraging their virtualisation expertise and provide a 24/7 fully managed service desk in support of Eceb’s objectives for service performance and availability. As part of the architecture, Ecebs will also benefit from iomart Hosting’s flexible managed colocation services, supporting custom smartcard reader shelves with the hosting company’s on-site staff operating card-reader swap-outs on request.

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