Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), today announced its participation in Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to reimagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities. Through the Microsoft CityNext initiative, Microsoft and CTS will help cities do "new with less," by combining the power of technology with innovative solutions to connect governments, businesses and citizens with services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate thriving communities. Cubic and Microsoft's partnership for the CityNext initiative will be on display at the Smart Cities Expo held in Barcelona, November 15-17. NextCity™ is Cubic's coordinated framework for building a smarter tomorrow in the world's urban centers where increasing populations are resulting in greater traffic congestion, frustrated travelers and lessened productivity - contradicting the very economic excitement cities were designed to inspire. NextCity integrates all travel information and payment, customer experience as well as operations and analytics in the region for all modes of transportation - and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform provides the hosting environment that manages the back office data from participating agencies. "Cubic and Microsoft have been working at full speed for several months to introduce our alliance to existing and potential customers, and we have secured projects in North America and Australia," said Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. "The first is part of our contract with the Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works to modernize the Cubic-supplied EASY Card revenue management system, including migration of their back office to Microsoft's Azure." Cubic also has an agreement with the University of Melbourne in Australia to create the first urban laboratory supporting testing and implementation of connected transport in a real-world and dynamic environment, along with the critical urban analytics that drive change. Cubic's solution is integrated with Azure, and this will help empower governments and the wider transportation industry to examine different mobility and transport scenarios in preparing for future smart cities.