Boston Taxis Get Self-Swipe Credit Card Readers, Media Touch Screens in Backseat

January 16, 2008 3 Comments by Stuart Elliott

 


NYC-Based Creative Mobile Technologies Inks 10-year Deal with Boston Cab Dispatch, Boston's Largest Taxi Radio Association

New York, NY, USA, January 8, 2009 - Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT), the nation's largest comprehensive taxi technology services provider, has inked a ten-year deal with Boston Cab Dispatch, Boston's largest radio affiliation service with nearly 500 member taxis comprising over 25% of the Boston taxi industry. The deal will bring Boston taxi passengers a quick and easy rear-seat, self-swipe credit card payment system as well as multi-channel, interactive media screens and additional technologies designed to enhance the passenger experience and drive new efficiencies into taxi service offerings. The technology will also bring Boston Cab members into compliance with the City of Boston's mandate that by April 2009, all taxis must provide rear-seat credit card acceptance capability.

This is the second major American taxi company in the last nine weeks to announce the implementation of CMT's state-of-the-art taxi technology. In December 2008, CMT struck a 10-year deal with Chicago's Yellow, Checker and Blue Diamond family of 2,600 taxicabs. CMT is currently operating in more than 5,500 New York City taxicabs.

These new service offerings are based on CMT's "FREEdom Solution," developed in New York City by leading technology professionals and recognized leaders of the taxi industry. CMT's signature Passenger Information Monitors (PIMs) feature credit card acceptance functionality enabling passengers to securely swipe their own credit card and complete wireless transactions in seconds. The CMT PIM, which features a uniquely tailored news and entertainment network as well as GPS-powered maps passengers can control with state-of-the-art touch-screen technology, has revolutionized and redefined the modern rider's taxicab experience.

"CMT is very excited about bringing our award-winning product to the great City of Boston whose exceptional taxi system is exemplified by Boston Cab Dispatch and its forward-thinking CEO, Brett Barenholtz," said Ron Sherman, CEO of Creative Mobile Technologies.

Jason Poliner, CMT's Chief Operating Officer also commented, "Boston taxi passengers will now have the quickest, safest, and most reliable credit card payment process available while the Boston taxi industry will benefit from higher passenger volumes and larger tips. Our completely re-engineered, state-of-the-art touch screens feature entertaining media content and important local information that will provide a value-added service previously unavailable to Boston riders."

Boston Cab Dispatch is a well-respected innovator in the Boston taxi industry. The company has remained ahead of the curve, having implemented the first computerized dispatch system in Boston - 12 years before any other taxi company. Boston Cab currently has the greenest taxi service in New England with over 70 hybrids and is on course to operating a 100% green fleet within the next three years.

"While our mandate is simply to provide credit card access in the back seat, we have chosen to go a step further and embrace the latest technology available to the taxi industry," said Brett Barenholtz, CEO of Boston Cab Dispatch. "After an exhaustive and thorough research process, we are convinced that CMT's excellent record of safe, reliable credit card processing, coupled with its superior media screen product, provides a perfect match for Boston Cab which always strives to provide our members and customers with the best possible service."

Boston Cab Dispatch's drivers will also benefit from the implementation of CMT's advanced solution. The technology will vastly improve credit card transaction reliability, efficiency, and ease-of-use in both the driver and passenger components of the transaction process, and the seamless integration with Boston Cab Dispatch's existing host dispatch technology will increase the fleet's geographic coverage capabilities and eliminate the need for redundant in-vehicle data communications appliances.

About Creative Mobile Technologies Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT) began providing New York City taxicabs with credit and debit card processing, media and advertising content, text messaging, interactive passengers maps, GPS, and electronic trip sheets in 2007. In New York, CMT, which gained a reputation as the "by the industry, for the industry" taxi technology solution, partnered with Bank of America, World Line Communications, Feeney Wireless and Mobile Knowledge. CMT's media partner, Clear Channel Taxi Media developed the exclusive NY10 Taxi Entertainment Network with content by NBC Universal. CMT is now the nation's leading provider of total taxi technology solutions, operating in over 5,500 New York City taxicabs and soon to be in over 2,600 Chicago taxicabs. CMT's "FREEdom Solution" received one of VISA's highest honors for its commitment to credit card security and privacy protection. To learn more, visit www.cmtnyc.com.

About Boston Cab Dispatch, Inc. Boston Cab Dispatch has been the taxi industry leader in Boston for the last 50 years, relying on its four generations of experience. Boston Cab's premier radio association boasts almost 500 taxis as members. For over a decade, the company has featured computerized dispatching and continues its commitment to update, improve, and advance its dispatch system to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Creative Mobile Technologies Contact: Jason Poliner
Chief Operating Officer
Creative Mobile Technologies LLC.
Tel: (718) 937-4444
info@cmtnyc.com

Boston Cab Dispatch Contact: Brett Barenholtz
Chief Executive Officer
Boston Cab Dispatch, Inc.
Tel: (617) 536-5010
brettbarenholtz@aol.com

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