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Transit App on Tbaytel Digital TV Wins National Award

June 5, 2013 – Thunder Bay Transit has received the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s (CUTA) Corporate Leader Innovation Award for a partnership with Tbaytel to develop a new app for riders.
The new Transit app provides real-time schedule and vehicle location information directly to the rider’s television through Tbaytel Digital TV.
“This is a great example of how local businesses can partner to provide a unique service to the community,” said Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities, Fleet & Transit Services, City of Thunder Bay. “We are honoured to receive this award and proud to offer a new, useful tool for riders that is currently not available anywhere else in Canada.”
The CUTA Awards Program recognizes excellence within Canada's public transit industry. The Innovation Award recognizes transit innovations that break with conventional processes and extend beyond marginal improvements in products and services.
Tbaytel’s Consumer Applications team created an app for NextBus on their digital TV software. NextBus uses satellite technology and advanced computer modeling to track buses on their routes, and can estimate arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. In addition to the new app, riders can also get transit bus information on a computer, a smartphone or a landline.
“At Tbaytel, we continually strive to provide new and innovative telecommunications solutions for our customers,” said Dan Topatigh, interim President and CEO at Tbaytel. “To be recognized by CUTA for the NextBus app demonstrates that we are providing cutting-edge technologies, which are relevant not only to residents of Thunder Bay, but on a national scale as well.”

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Contact:     Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities, Fleet & Transit Services, 684-2774
                  Katie Crowe, Manager, Corporate Brand Communication – Tbaytel, 684-3702,
About Tbaytel:
Tbaytel is dedicated to delivering telecom solutions that ensure people, businesses and communities in Northern Ontario have multiple points of access to the global communications highway. Tbaytel offers the region’s largest 4G HSPA+ digital cellular coverage area with extensive products and services in many neighbourhoods that include data, voice, wireless, internet, security and Digital TV. With over a century of contributing to the quality of life, infrastructure and economic health of the north, Tbaytel’s understanding and commitment to Northern Ontario is unparalleled.