Passenger Technology Group Ltd

Customer Experience Platform, Mobile App & Website - Cities

Customer experience platform for public transport operating companies and local authorities, delivered via one-network / multi-operator, transport information mobile apps and websites. Passenger's platform centralizes complex transport data, both from BODS and operators themselves, and transforms it into an intuitive end-user experience, including journey planning, real-time information and micromobility integration.

Features

  • Travel information, for multiple transport modes, including bus and tram
  • Journey planning, travel departure and timetable information
  • Live vehicle tracking
  • Customer Support - View tickets and feedback from bus users
  • Promotion of local attractions and events
  • In app customer feedback
  • Network Planning - Upload bus route and timetable data
  • Administration - Manage staff roles and view history for users
  • Configuration - App store link(s) and payment service provider setup
  • Share disruptions on your network and create personalised travel alerts

Benefits

  • Increasing customer satisfaction levels through an easy to use interface
  • Fast track development and testing of marketing initiatives
  • Quick and easy communication of travel disruptions
  • One data source for a consistent experience across all media
  • Digital content management for websites and mobile apps
  • Provision of travel information to external systems via APIs
  • Get direct feedback from your customer base
  • Publish network updates once and share them everywhere
  • Integrated customer experience

Pricing

£30,000 a licence a year

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 13

Service ID

8 8 8 4 3 4 3 2 9 7 7 3 2 3 4

Contact

Passenger Technology Group Ltd Tom Quay
Telephone: 0330 460 9998
Email: sales@passengerteam.com

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Yes, but can also be used as a standalone service
What software services is the service an extension to
This can be used in conjunction with Passenger's "Customer Experience Platform - Commerce", also available through G-Cloud.
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Not applicable
System requirements
  • Web browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge
  • JavaScript, cookies and TLS v1.2 must be enabled
  • Broadband internet connection

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Our standard contractual response time for support requests, during standard office hours, is 4 hours. However, we aim to provide an initial response to support requests within 1 hour during standard office hours. Our response time for Critical (P0) and Major (P1) incidents is 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Our standard support package provides 24 hour Help Desk cover, 7 days a week. Our Help Desk Manager reports weekly analysis to the business management team, including support requests received and response times to ensure optimum performance by our Help Desk agents. Our first line support agents have varying levels of technical expertise and are backed by a team of second line support agents.
Support available to third parties
No

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We have a defined onboarding process that we follow with all customers to capture all the information we need to deliver the service. This includes: 1) Key staff roles and their contact details to identify responsibilities for sign off and training needs for admin users. 2) Collation of material to enable design and artwork to be completed. 3) Review of relevant company policies and procedures so relevant links can be provided. 4) Agreement on copy to make sure we have the right information to promote the service. 5) Assessment of the datasets and feeds we will need to set up the service. 6) Review of GDPR requirements for the service. 7) Access to the relevant app store accounts where applicable 8) Provision of relevant contact information to be provided as part of the service. For example, email addresses for, in-app, user feedback to be sent to.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Typically when a contract is terminated, the service will no longer be accessible to users. If required, at the end of the contract, data may be held within the system and made accessible for 3 calendar months following the termination date of the contract. The iOS and Google Play Store accounts are set up using the customer's contact details as the main user and owner of the account. Therefore the ownership of these accounts and the associated analytics will remain accessible to the customer even though the app will have been removed.
End-of-contract process
The contract price includes: 1) The termination of relevant services. For example, SIRI-SM and SIRI-VM services. 2) The removal of the iOS and Android apps from the Apple and Google Play stores. 3) Deletion of customer data from our supporting cloud-based hosting infrastructure.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Supported browsers
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
Application to install
Yes
Compatible operating systems
  • Android
  • IOS
Designed for use on mobile devices
Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
Passenger employs Responsive Web Design (RWD) for all user interfaces accessed via the browser. This means that they automatically adapt to the size and format of the screen on which they are being viewed, whether that is a desktop, mobile or tablet device. This makes for a clear, accessible viewing experience whatever device or platform is currently being used.
Service interface
Yes
User support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 A
Description of service interface
Passenger Cloud is our easy to use, web-based service interface. Designed specifically for public transport operators and authorities managing transport services, Passenger Cloud enables all departments to deliver an integrated customer experience on mobile apps and websites, through one integrated platform. Passenger Cloud is responsible for the transport data and digital content management that underpins all Passenger's web and mobile app-based deployments.
Accessibility standards
WCAG 2.1 A
Accessibility testing
Testing of the service interface has been completed using online tools.
API
No
Customisation available
Yes
Description of customisation
The following items can be customised: 1) Mobile app and website branding can be customised to provide a bespoke look and feel. This customisation can only be completed by Passenger. 2) The following additional features can be provided on request: micromobility discovery, showing locations of vehicles and docks/bays. 3) Users can save favourites such as bus stops, journey plans and timetables, to get quick and easy access to the information they care about the most.

Scaling

Independence of resources
We use a range of industry-leading suppliers that provide reliable and scalable cloud computing services. We have designed and scaled our infrastructure to deal with current and forecasted demand based on historic data. We have automated monitoring of our infrastructure that enables us to forecast future demand and scale our infrastructure, if required within minutes, to manage peaks in demand. This is reflected in the availability metric of our Customer Experience Platform which is 99.9%. In addition, our iPhone and Android apps typically deliver a 99.5% crash free user experience.

Analytics

Service usage metrics
Yes
Metrics types
There are numerous metrics provided by industry recognised services. The metrics include but are not limited to: 1) Number of active users per day. 2) Number of new users each day. 3) Crash free usage (%). 4) Adoption rates for new builds (%). 5) Median total time spent in the app per user.
Reporting types
Real-time dashboards

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
None

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency
Less than once a year
Penetration testing approach
In-house
Protecting data at rest
Scale, obfuscating techniques, or data storage sharding
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
The Customer Experience Platform allows users to download their network data in various formats.
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data export formats
  • TransXChange
  • GTFS
Data import formats
Other
Other data import formats
TransXChange

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
The website and Customer Experience Platform that provides underlying data to the website(s) has a service level agreement of 99% and a service level objective of 99.99%. The Passenger iPhone and Android mobile apps typically deliver a 99.5% crash free user experience. There is no refund mechanism for guaranteed levels of availability.
Approach to resilience
We use a range of industry-leading suppliers that provide reliable and scalable cloud computing services. With guaranteed levels of service and support. We have designed and scaled our infrastructure to deal with current and forecasted demand based on historic data. We have automated monitoring of our infrastructure that enables us to forecast future demand and scale our infrastructure, if required within minutes, to manage peaks in demand.
Outage reporting
There are a number of ways that outages could be reported. For example: 1) Automated outage reporting - We monitor our key infrastructure and automatic error reports are provided. For example, if the demand on our infrastructure that is used to process mobile ticket purchases exceeds a fixed threshold an alert is generated and provided on to the relevant member(s) of our team. 2) User outage reporting - The mobile apps include a feedback form for users. Typically users will provide feedback when an outage occurs. All feedback is automatically reported to our internal systems which are pro-actively monitored by staff during normal working hours. 3) Customer outage reporting - Customer(s) may report an outage, in which case, this will be dealt with by our Help Desk Team.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
No
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Access is granted via web portal and email. Web portal access is restricted to authorised users (user name and password). Strong passwords are enforced. Email requests are authorised by receiving an email at a pre-agreed domain or via a pre-agreed out-of-band mechanism such as SMS or phone.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
No
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Cyber essentials
No
Cyber essentials plus
No
Other security certifications
No

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
No
Security governance approach
1) Communication Security - Valid TLS connections are used for communication and are tested against SSL Labs SSL Server Test. Communication with external systems is via TLS wherever possible. 2) System Configuration - Server software is kept up to date at least quarterly, with security patches typically being applied within 48 hours. All server software is configured and provisioned automatically with asset management tools. Test and development systems and applications are kept separate from production. Test systems are restricted to authorised users. 3) Database security - Parameterised queries are always used. Applications access databases with the lowest required credentials.
Information security policies and processes
Ultimate responsibility for information security rests with the Chief Executive Officer of PTG, but on a day-to-day basis the Chief Technology Officer shall be responsible for managing and implementing the policy and related procedures. Line Managers are responsible for ensuring that their permanent and temporary staff and contractors are aware of: information security policies applicable in their work areas, personal responsibilities for information security and how to access advice on information security matters.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
All infrastructure is managed as code in git source control management. Changes require peer review from a senior developer and output from runs are added to an append-only log.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
Software components in configuration management are automatically tested against security lists at frequent intervals. Threat information comes from Canonical's Ubuntu Security Notices, AWS security bulletins and Symfony Security Monitoring. Patches are deployed within 48 hours, with a target of 24 hours for any CVE with a base score over 5. Service provider security responsiveness is reviewed annually.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Compromises are identified from network ingress/egress alerts and extensive application event monitoring alerts. Response process includes review from a senior developer with a target response time of 1 hour.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
Users report incidents email (optionally with PGP), documented via the well-known security.txt standard. Reports are provided to impacted users via email within 1 week of incident. Processes are in place for incidents such as DDoS, personal or confidential data exposure.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks
No

Social Value

Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Accessibility, equity and equality are fundamental to Passenger's culture, so much so that in 2021 representatives from across the business formed Passenger's Inclusion Guild. Tasked with making sure that our products, culture, and offices don’t just meet the legal requirements but go as far as possible to close any accessibility or equality gaps. The guild meets quarterly to report, discuss and action ideas that define how our team and suppliers design, deliver and communicate. Our inclusion guild is made up of diverse voices and is both open and welcoming to all employees.

Our digital products incorporate accessibility best practices for impaired vision and hearing and highlight on-bus facilities such as wheelchair or buggy spaces to support our vision of shared mobility for all. To make sure we stay on top of the evolution of the tech stacks we build on, these practices are also embedded into our programming guidelines. To audit our products and make sure there's nothing further we can offer to help those that may need it we are currently undergoing an accessibility accreditation by The Digital Accessibility Centre.

Passenger is a committed member of the National Equality Register (member no: 9191), as well as having corporate policies in place, offers training through its dedicated training platform for staff on best practices for the modern workplace. Our pay banding project aimed at providing pay transparency will roll out in 2022 and be reviewed quarterly keeping us in line with industry averages.

Through internal training, four recent staff have been promoted to newly created positions offering clear progression opportunities and creating further opportunities for new staff to enter the workforce. When we advertise for positions we give consideration to minority specific job boards, newsletters and recruiters actively seeking to engage with as diverse a range of applicants as possible.
Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Passenger has carried out a complete review of employee well being in the aftermath of Covid 19 and the unique personal pressures that this created.

A program called 'LIFT' has been established which aims to maximise support for mental and physical wellbeing in hybrid working conditions.

The main thrust of this is:
- 'Buddy' scheme for new starters - carefully selected individuals that complement new employee personal qualities and with relevant product and process experience.
- 'Time Together' initiative - maximising the opportunity to spend time with members of your team or outside of your team. This includes virtual and physical, regular, formally and informally arranged events and opportunities to attend and/or participate in social development events.
- Formal well being with Medical Insurance to allow regular physical and mental health checkups.
- Mental health training program for line managers - along with supporting material and learning videos accessible 24/7.
- Funded fitness tracker to encourage personal fitness health awareness
- Cycle to work scheme to encourage active travel behaviour.

As an employer in Bournemouth and Dorset, Passenger actively promotes engagement with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council, local schools and Bournemouth University. This takes the form of regular school and University visits to promote active travel concepts, as well as joint initiatives with the local council to promote better local journeys.

Pricing

Price
£30,000 a licence a year
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
No

Service documents

Request an accessible format
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