Consortium combines forces for next generation E-hail and smart meter taxi system;
announces first install in DC with USA Cabs
Washington, D.C. – MobilityWire® – June 24, 2013
From the headquarters of USA Motors and its affiliate USA Cabs, airsMobile Inc. today announced the first install of TaxiRadar™, a next generation E-hail and smart meter taxi system designed to meet the DC Taxi Commission (DCTC) regulations for Payment Service Providers. A consortium composed of USA Cabs, airsMobile Inc., and PayAnywhere have combined resources to provide the DC taxi industry with this state-of-the-art mobile system.
USA Cabs is a DC taxi company providing 30-years of service and expertise to DC passengers. PayAnywhere is a leading mobile credit card processing company whose parent company is North American Bancard (NAB), a multi-billion dollar credit card processor. airsMobile Inc is the developer of the TaxiRadar™ full spectrum taxi system that implements mobile inventions addressed in a US Patent for E-hails.
For passengers, the TaxiRadar E-hail smart phone app allows users to see the GPS location of available taxis in real-time and to hail one with one-touch. The taxi “sees” the users’ location and the user continuously “sees” the taxi’s location as it approaches. For drivers, the TaxiRadar system allows drivers to see E-hails from passenger smart phones and, within seconds, to send a message directly to a passenger’s smart phone confirming a pickup. At drop-off, both passengers and drivers will benefit from the credit card payment capabilities that are now mandated by the new DCTC regulations.
“We are pleased to be one of the first companies to meet the stringent DCTC requirements for smart meter technology and our passengers will be the winners,” said Balwinder Singh, owner of USA Cabs.
“USA Cabs is one of the finest taxi companies in DC and, in addition to the installed smart meter features, we will bring patented E-hail capabilities to DC passengers in short order,” added John Hall, vice president of marketing and co-founder of airsMobile Inc.
“With the free developer tools offered by PayAnywhere, companies with solutions like TaxiRadar’s can easily bring the significant efficiencies of mobile processing to their industry,” said Gene Schenberg, vice president of sales at PayAnywhere. “TaxiRadar is the first product to bring these efficiencies to the transportation industry and we believe customers are going to love this innovative technology, setting a new higher standard for what to expect from a cab ride in DC.”
The integration of PayAnywhere into the TaxiRadar system provides a level of comfort for passengers who know their credit cards are being securely encrypted as their payment is processed by North American Bancard, an experienced payments company with more than $13 billion in processing volume.
“We are fully engaged with the DCTC and its forward-looking professional staff to bring the latest mobile technologies to the DC market,” said Olaf Lubeck, CEO and co-founder of airsMobile. “Shortly, customers will see the positive difference this advanced technology will bring to the entire experience of hailing, riding, and paying for a cab ride.”
About airsMobile and TaxiRadar
Financed by industry and strategic investments, airsMobile was founded by two award-winning Los Alamos National Laboratory computer scientists to provide innovative mobile gateways to real-time metropolitan transportation information. airMobile’s first product, TaxiRadar, is a full end-to-end taxi system that integrates E-hails for passengers, smart meter systems for taxicabs, POS payment systems for drivers and customers, and regulatory control/reporting for governmental bodies. TaxiRadar implements the technology described in a fundamental patent for E-hails issued by the US PTO. The airsMobile leadership team includes the former CTO of Nokia, three founders of previous successful startups and leading corporate and IP attorneys. For more information, visit http://www.taxiradar.com.
Created by a multi-billion dollar credit card processing company with more than two decades of merchant payment processing experience, PayAnywhere is powering a payments revolution with its enterprise-grade, “pay-as-you-go” mobile payments system. PayAnywhere’s mobile point of sale (mPOS) technology and payments industry expertise delivers the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise-grade mPOS features with live customer support. For more information, visit www.payanywhere.com.
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