September 27, 2006 By News Report
The company also announced in-car Wi-Fi access that will give customers Internet access as they travel to/from Boston's Logan Airport and between other locations.
PlanetTran, which is committed to leveraging technology to improve the public transportation experience, is a sponsor of the 2006 Emerging Technologies Conference -- an event that brings together innovators and leaders in technological change.
"I have always believed that technology, when used wisely, can be used to improve the quality of people's lives," said R. Seth Riney, president and founder of PlanetTran, LLC. "A year ago at this conference, the first hand-crank $100 laptop was announced -- a locally pioneered product with global reach. We also espouse a 'think globally, act locally' perspective. By bringing environmentally friendly public transportation to consumers and corporate customers, we can contribute in some small way to the health of our planet."
"We are an old-fashioned business with new-fashioned technology," Riney added. "From the start, PlanetTran has provided value to our customers by bringing fuel-efficient hybrid cars to an industry that views fuel consumption as a pass-through surcharge. We continue to add customer value by utilizing vehicle-based geolocation and wireless communication technology, increasing efficiency and enhancing the customer's experience. For all these reasons, our mission is nicely aligned with the Emerging Technologies Conference."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.