Real-time public transport timetable information provider Connexionz has taken a swipe at the Greater Wellington Regional Council over the awarding of a contract to provide real-time passenger information for the capital’s trains and buses to UK firm ACIS.
In Connexionz’s latest investor newsletter, posted on the NZ Stock Exchange today, CEO Roger Carruthers slams the Wellington authority, which announced on June 30 that the tender had been awarded to ACIS.
After noting a recent win for Connexionz in California, Carruthers says “Our delight was tempered when we recently learned that the tender for the Wellington real time passenger information (RTPI) system was awarded to a foreign company and a competitor in our export markets.
“Connexionz has proved repeatedly that we have a system that is reliable, effective and durable, and in Christchurch we have successfully operated a system of a similar size to Wellington for close to ten years.
“Connexionz uses local components wherever possible and employs New Zealand staff to develop, implement and operate our systems. Therefore we are extremely disappointed that a New Zealand-based supplier was not selected for Wellington and that the significant beneficial ripple effect that would have resulted in terms of cash and knowledge to the New Zealand economy has been lost.
“We will continue to actively pursue business opportunities as they arise in New Zealand and hope future supplier selection decisions better consider the impact of local content, local support and the flow-on benefits of supporting local companies,” Carruthers concludes.
However, while the Greater Wellington Regional Council selected ACIS, a local company will still be involved in the project – Kordia is ACIS’ implementation partner and will supply the network and infrastructure components.
On its website, the Greater Wellington Regional Council notes “Eight conforming tenders were received from both New Zealand-based and international companies.
“Real time passenger information systems are a highly specialised area with all tenderers requiring at least some system components and/or technology from outside New Zealand.
“No tenderer offered a 100% New Zealand-sourced solution.”
The Wellington system is expected to be operating for buses by the middle of next year, with trains to follow.
Meanwhile, the Greater Wellington Regional Council has announced that it is the first such authority in New Zealand to adopt Google Transit.