IBM to Manage Data Center for New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Nation's Largest Transportation Network, Responsible for Subways, Trains, Buses, Bridges and Tunnels, Expects to Lower Costs over Five Years

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 08 Feb 2005: IBM will supply computing power to New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) as part of a $65 million information technology services contract that is expected to lower costs for the MTA Agencies over the next five years, IBM announced today.

From a local data center outside Manhattan, IBM will manage the computer processing operations that help run North America's largest transportation network, including New York City Transit Authority, the largest of the agencies; MTA Bridges and Tunnels; Long Island Rail Road; Metro North Railroad, and Long Island Bus.

IBM systems will manage the data center that handles MTA's fare collection system - one of the largest in the world.

IBM will also manage the systems running other key back-end applications, including the massive database that keeps track of the parts for subways, buses and other equipment; and the applications that oversee crew schedules, procurement, contracts, and many other tasks.

A disaster recovery site will be established at an IBM facility outside New York City.

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The MTA Agencies' key applications will be located in one of the world's most sophisticated IBM data centers - a "lights-out," remotely-managed operation equipped with the latest self-healing computer technology and security measures. To accommodate the variable need for computing power that results from unpredictable changes in demand, the applications will run on IBM computing systems that can add or decrease processing power as needed.

"Nobody moves people like the MTA," said Marianne Cooper, vice president of public sector, IBM Americas and IBM's senior location executive for New York City. "IBM's infrastructure will help enable the MTA Agencies to provide the highest levels of service for millions of commuters and travelers in the New York region."

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