Alta, the company that operates Capital Bikeshare for the local transportation departments that own it, announced today that they signed a deal with 8D Technologies, the original provider for Bixi to launch and operate the next generation of bike share in 2014.
The next genereation of the 8D system, named BSSv4 builds upon the current BSSv3 platform that CaBi uses now.
The new system has a sleed design, merges the electronics boards and screens, and has an improved docking mechanism linking the bikes to the stations. Other BSSv4 enhancements include.
- Key distribution from the kiosk
- Account management and bike reservations through a new mobile application
- Color screens
- Enhanced power management solutions
- Improved docking/undocking mechanism
So it seems Alta wasted no time adjusting to the Bixi bankruptcy.
Update: More here
On Monday, as news spread that Bixi had laid off its interim CEO and 11 other employees, 8D and Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Ore., another company with ties to Bixi, announced they were forming an alliance to sell bike-sharing systems to cities around the world.
Under the deal announced Monday, 8D will provide software, electronics and docking stations, while Alta will operate the systems. They have not decided which bikes to use, 8D CEO Isabelle Bettez said in an interview.
She said 8D will consider making an offer to buy Bixi’s operations.