IBM TechWatch: IBM Selected to Deliver Customized e-Payment

Solution to Singapore's Mass Transit Growing Pains

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SINGAPORE, INGAPORE - 04 Oct 2006: Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has tapped IBM's (NYSE: IBM) elite High Performance On Demand Solutions (HiPODS) Labs to build a highly customized, smart card e-payment infrastructure for Singapore's mass transit network of buses and trains.

Dubbed Symphony for e-payment (e-Symphony), the infrastructure will replace the current Enhanced Integrated Farecard System (EIFS).

IBM will help Singapore connect its fare payment systems for its Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems, linking them to a central computer of the transport operators SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Corporation Ltd; card service operator TransitLink; and card manager EZ-Link Pte Ltd.

The IBM HiPODS team will help the group of companies that manage the mass transit network scale from four million transactions today, to more than 10 million transactions in 2010, when a new service line known as the Circle MRT project is completed. The key features of the high-performance infrastructure include fast data processing to support up to 650 transactions per second during peak hour operation, full data transfer among the processing systems; an open technology platform to support transit and non-transit usage for different card applications; and architecture scalability and flexibility to adapt for business growth and new requirements.

The customized high-performance solution for the LTA e-payment infrastructure includes: System p Servers, System x Servers, MPro Workstations, IBM Storage, Tape Libraries and Printers; WebSphere Application Server; WebSphere MQ; IBM DB2 (Viper); Rational Application Design, Development and Testing Tools, Tivoli Tools.

Made in IBM Labs

The HiPODS team allows clients to tap into IBM researchers, engineers, developers and consultants from anywhere in the world. The HiPODS team works with IBM's largest customers including eBay, VISA and Charles Schwab whose project requirements have evolved from high volume Web architectures toward high performance operating environments.

Silvester Prakasam, Deputy Director and Head of LTA's Fare Systems Division Silvester Prakasam, Deputy Director of Fare System, LTA said, "IBM provided a viable value proposition. Thus, we have chosen IBM to provide a backend infrastructure to support the long-term growth of the public transport ticketing system in Singapore."

Patricia Yim, Managing Director, IBM Singapore said, "The IBM team will leverage the best combination of solutions, cutting-edge innovation and business methodologies, including IBM's HiPODS global innovation team in India, to support LTA. The LTA win further strengthens IBM's position as a technology and innovation partner of choice for high value-add, globally integrated on demand capabilities."

While the India HiPODS team in Bangalore will lead the effort, it will collaborate with the global network of labs via the HiPODS Global Innovation Grid (HiGIG), the world's most powerful, specialized business IT network. The HiGIG pools together the power of more than 1,000 servers, 20 terabytes of data, over 200 highly specialized staff and service-oriented architectures that can capture and reuse the best practices of pioneering customers worldwide to accelerate innovation industry-by-industry.

IBM TechWatch is dedicated to driving the development of a wide range of emerging technologies and first-of-a-kind solutions. The HiPODS labs are part of IBM's globally integrated approach to innovation -- a network of 55 Software Development and Research Labs worldwide that develop test and support a wide range of emerging and established technologies that span software and services. These technologies have the potential to one day transform the way we all live and work.

These technologies are not created in a vacuum by IBM alone. They are increasingly the result of collaborative innovation through IBM's R&D engagements with its customers, business partners, universities and other parties. Bringing IBM's R&D-prized resources closer to its customers worldwide is its goal.

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