Public Transport Information Data Broker
The Bus Services Act (2017) provides access to live data from all bus operators. This will require Authorities to support more live data feeds before they can provide information to the passenger. The Data Broker provides the necessary functions to simplify the integration with existing real time and display systems.
- Consolidate multiple data feeds to provide a single output
- Integrates with existing RTI infrastructure
- Include supporting information for transport routes.
- Bespoke template creation, Flexible media carousel
- Support for SIRI
- Locates timetable clashes for public transport
- Creates mobile departure boards on the fly
- Integrate rail and air with bus data
- Create audio departure boards
- Upload and publish images and videos to digital signs
- Allows users to publish unified transport information
- Status monitoring for individual data feeds and whole system
- Control multi-asset estates from a single interface
- Ensure transport information in published to branding guidelines
- Schedule publishing to enhance user interpretation of transport information
- Simple to expand and add new operator feeds
- Emergency messaging
- Indicates points of interest and enhanced service offerings
- Makes transport information accessible for the visually impaired
- Status monitoring – for individual screens and entire estates
£2500 per licence per year
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21st Century Technology PLC
|Software add-on or extension||No|
|Cloud deployment model||Private cloud|
|Service constraints||Must have access to public transport feeds|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||SLAs can be negotiated, however our standard SLA is response within 4 business hours, in reality, a response is received within one hour in most events.|
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||No|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Onsite support|
All new purchasers of the system receive full training on the system, its features and how to access the benefits that the system can provide them with.
At licence renewal, 21st Century are also happy to provide a Free of charge "Train-the-Trainer" refresher course, creating a local champion and knowledge resource for the system.
Full documentation will also be provided by the trainer.
|Support available to third parties||Yes|
Onboarding and offboarding
Upon order, all customers are given full and comprehensive training on how to use the platform to customise transport information that is being distributed to different platforms.
Depending upon the IT literacy of the user, training will usually take 1-2 days and can be completed in 1-to-1 or small group sessions.
We are also currently collating a library of training videos, to be released shortly via online channels.
|End-of-contract data extraction||Historical information is available to customers in .xml logs in line with transport standards, additional supporting data uploaded by customers (such as media files) can either be downloaded directly by the customer from the web portal or collated by 21st Century staff and provided to them in a format of their choosing.|
|End-of-contract process||Within 2 months of the end of a customer's contract, they are notified of the approaching end of their service, if they elect not to re-new/extend the contract, they are provided with offloading documentation, which advises users on how to be supplied with held data, or select for it to be provided to a third party, or securely destroyed.|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Application to install||No|
|Designed for use on mobile devices||Yes|
|Differences between the mobile and desktop service||User experience on a mobile device is replicated as much as possible|
|Description of service interface||
Users can see the status of all screens and data feeds.
Screen design and layout are customisation.
Transport data can be imported and edited.
Messages and announcements created and scheduled.
Playlists and content can be created and managed.
Faults and questions can be created and managed.
Full documentation will be provided during implementation and training.
|Accessibility standards||None or don’t know|
|Description of accessibility||The majority of functions are usable, some screen layout and graphic management functions are not fully accessible by those with significant visual disability.|
|Accessibility testing||Audio departure board features have been tested with users with impaired vision, this lead to enhancements in the text to speech engine and the ability for administrators to make manual phonetic adjustments for specific location names to improve pronunciation. Screen layouts are designed with high contrast colour schemes in mind to aid readability.|
|What users can and can't do using the API||
Users can access real time transport information for any data held centrally within EPI4 and publish it through their own wen interface/third-party application.
The API operates on a request/response basis.
The user cannot access customer uploaded data, such as supporting media
|API documentation formats|
|API sandbox or test environment||No|
|Description of customisation||
Users can customise datasets to their locality, altering destination and via information to allow consistent messaging across all platforms on to which the data is published.
Administrators within the purchasing organisation can also set granular permission levels within their organisation - for example, an individual may be given permissions to upload data, but not be granted publishing rights.
|Independence of resources||Users with minimal endpoints are placed on shared infrastructure to ensure that the service can be provided at a cost effective level, however, heavy users are provided their own virtualised environment to ensure they do not impact other users. All infrastructure is hosted with a tier-3 Cloud provider and can be set to automatically scale with the demands of the system.|
|Service usage metrics||Yes|
|Metrics types||21st Century provide reports on the amount of real time data being supplied through the incoming feeds and passed through to the endpoints, the amount of real time information that has been successfully matched to scheduled information and the status of endpoint deliveries the data has been pushed to.|
|Supplier type||Not a reseller|
|Staff security clearance||Conforms to BS7858:2012|
|Government security clearance||Up to Developed Vetting (DV)|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||United Kingdom|
|User control over data storage and processing locations||No|
|Datacentre security standards||Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)|
|Penetration testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Penetration testing approach||In-house|
|Protecting data at rest||
|Other data at rest protection approach||21st Century has taken great care in selecting a trusted partner to hold all customer data that meets global and local compliance for data security. Standards and certifications held by the partner include ISO, SOC, PCI, FeRAMP, DFARS, FISMA, HITRUST, HIPPA and CJIS|
|Data sanitisation process||Yes|
|Data sanitisation type||Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation|
|Equipment disposal approach||A third-party destruction service|
Data importing and exporting
|Data export approach||Dependent upon the data format, it can either be downloaded directly from the user interface (rich media files) or extracted by 21st Century staff upon request and provided in CSV.|
|Data export formats||
|Other data export formats||XML|
|Data import formats||
|Other data import formats||
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||
|Other protection between networks||Data is hosted within private dedicated server space by a hosting company with a proved track record for security. All data connections protected behind authentication routines and are encrypted where necessary. Internal and external communications is handled by secure tunnels or token authentication.|
|Data protection within supplier network||
|Other protection within supplier network||Servers are only accessible via secure VPNs and Windows authentication. A high grade firewall is in place to prevent attacks or unwanted external access.|
Availability and resilience
|Guaranteed availability||21st Century guarantee 99% up-time of our service to our customers|
|Approach to resilience||
Environmental Controls implemented to help mitigate against the risk of service interruption caused by fires, floods and other forms of natural disasters.
• Dual power paths into facilities
• Uninterruptible power supplies
• Diesel generators
• Service agreements with fuel suppliers in place
• Smoke detectors
• Flood detection
• Continuous facility monitoring
By using a centrally hosted cloud server, we have a fully resilient backup and recovery procedure. Resources are monitored every 30 seconds to internal monitoring sites so that we can get a snapshot of server performance on a regular basis. External monitoring solutions are used to ensure availability and performance, external to the hosted network.
The hosting centre is supplied by a “tier 3” provider with no single point of failure and guaranteed power and internet connectivity up-time of 99.9%. High Availability and fail-over measures are installed as standard. RTO for all priority 1 infrastructure incidents is 4 hours.
Each component has also been reviewed to eliminate all possible weaknesses, with high availability options as standard for the hosting infrastructure, making the hosting environment for our customers redundant and resilient. This includes three separate power feeds, dual diverse Internet feeds and high availability networking infrastructure
|Outage reporting||Service outages are reported to customers via email notification which will contain, as a minimum the time the outage began, any known causes of the outage and an expected resolution time. If that resolution time elapses without a suitable resolution being located, customers are provided regular updates until a resolution is located.|
Identity and authentication
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|User authentication||Username or password|
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||When a user account is created or when a password changed, the 21st Century system puts the password through a proprietary hashing algorithm and stores the resulting output in a database|
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Management access authentication||
|Description of management access authentication||Management access to our service is only available over secure VPN, and requires the user have the necessary credentials to both access the management environment and the platform on which changes can be applied|
Audit information for users
|Access to user activity audit information||Users contact the support team to get audit information|
|How long user audit data is stored for||Between 6 months and 12 months|
|Access to supplier activity audit information||Users contact the support team to get audit information|
|How long supplier audit data is stored for||At least 12 months|
|How long system logs are stored for||Between 1 month and 6 months|
Standards and certifications
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||No|
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Other security certifications||No|
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||No|
|Security governance approach||
21st Century employ an in-house specialist to be responsible to ensure that we operate to security best practices
Currently undergoing ISO 27001 certification and are committed to a customer contract requiring certification to be complete by September 2019.
|Information security policies and processes||All processes are based upon ISO27001 policies, with a board level commitment to achieving the accreditation within 2019|
|Configuration and change management standard||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Configuration and change management approach||All change management is controlled through issuing Change Control Notices, completed to best practice. Once a system change has passed testing our ISTQB-certified testers, a CCN is issued and the change is applied. Once complete the CCN is reviewed to ensure the changes applied had the desired effect.|
|Vulnerability management type||Undisclosed|
|Vulnerability management approach||
We undertake regular review of published statements for any threats to core IT systems.
We review IT bulletins and CERT notifications on a regular basis.
We are members of specialist transport trade groups for domain specific awareness.
Security forms part of regular customer reviews to enable customer specific threats to be identified.
Security updates to operating system and related components including off the shelf software are configured to automatically install.
The information governance process includes risk assessment of security threats.
|Protective monitoring type||Undisclosed|
|Protective monitoring approach||
Regular reviews of system usage incl user logins, system automatically reports above defined levels of increased system use.
Any potential or actual compromise becomes a critical incident with immediate response with customer and Director involvement. Critical incident management is available 24/7.
Regular reviews of system usage incl user logins, system automatically reports above defined levels of increased system use.
Any potential or actual compromise becomes a critical incident with immediate response with customer and Director involvement.
Critical incident management is available 24/7.
First response is to make system inaccessible, where possible leaving it running for any forensic analysis needed.
|Incident management type||Undisclosed|
|Incident management approach||
Common incidents have FAQ and standardised responses in place.
All customers have access to a fault management system which is the preferred route for reporting.
Incident updates are published through the fault management system.
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||No|
|Price||£2500 per licence per year|
|Discount for educational organisations||No|
|Free trial available||No|