The Mercuriades awards, presented by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), celebrate the visionary and enterprising spirit as well as the know-how of Quebec businesses and their contributions to the economic development of the province and its regions.
The award was announced Monday night at a gala in Montreal, attended by over 900 business and civic leaders. 8D was selected in the category of Web and Mobile technology development for small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in Quebec for the development of the OPUS for BIXI transit integration. The on-going project, a collaboration between 8D, BIXI Montréal, and the Société de Transport de Montréal, is the first of its kind in Canada and one of the first in North America. The integration allows BIXI users to rent a bike using their OPUS cards at select stations and use the BIXI Montreal website and mobile application to locate OPUS enabled stations.
“I’m extremely proud of the great honour endowed to us by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec,” says Isabelle Bettez, 8D Technologies co-founder. “It’s a wonderful recognition of our 8D team that has been generating innovations for now over 20 years. By recognizing our efforts, it helps strengthen and reinforce the role of bike share in public transport.”
“Bike share is an exciting new form of urban transit,” says Jay Walder, President and CEO of 8D Technologies – Motivate. “It complements transit and extends its reach. And this award recognizes the importance of integrating bike share even more fully with traditional transit, making it a more seamless experience for the tens of thousands of BIXI riders and the millions of people around the globe who are making bike share a part of their daily lives.”
The Mercuriades award for Web and mobile technology honours initiatives taken in the development or integration of a digital platform that improves a business process, service or a product.
About the FCCQ
The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) is a network of over 140 chambers of commerce, representing more than 60,000 businesses and 150,000 business people involved in all sectors of the economy throughout Québec.
As the largest network of business people and businesses in Québec, the FCCQ supports its members’ interests in matters of public policy, thus promoting an innovative and competitive business environment. The FCCQ’s Board of Directors is representative of its diversity, both in terms of member companies as well as local chambers of commerce across Québec.
For more on the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, visit http://www.fccq.ca.
Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate powers over 56,000 bikes across four continents. Motivate systems, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area and BIKETOWN in Portland, OR were responsible for over 80% of bike share trips taken in 2016. Motivate also operates Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area which is beginning a ten-fold expansion to 7000 bikes later this year. www.motivateco.com
About 8D Technologies
8D Technologies, a member of the Motivate family, is a world leader in the development of the most advanced, intelligent wireless, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), multi-function point of sale (POS) solutions, based in Montreal, Canada. The company recently merged with Motivate, the global leader in bike share operations, to provide best-in-class bike share systems and accelerate future innovation.
8D’s unique green urban transportation management and payment solutions include the award-winning city parking system (8D APMS™) and bike share systems deployed on four (4) continents, in the USA (Boston, Jersey City, Minneapolis, New York City, Seattle, Washington DC area), UK (London), Australia (Melbourne), Canada (Montreal), and in the UAE (Abu Dhabi).
This solution features 100% solar-powered wireless terminals that can manage both street parking and municipal bike-sharing services. It also features real time wireless payment, remote management and monitoring of all terminal functions and components in wired and wireless environments.