Roundup: Lima transport tender, Colombia legislation, cloud for Peru's public sector

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Lima's transport authority Protransporte is to release the tender rules for a contract to provide e-payment services for the Peruvian capital's public transport system within the next two weeks, the organization said in a release.

Protransporte hopes to conclude the tender process in the second half of 2014, the release added.

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The e-payment service will involve a payment card with an integrated tariff for Lima's metro and bus service.

The payment card will not be introduced until the second half of 2015, and must include the possibility for users to check their balance via smartphone, state news agency Andina reported.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has approved legislation to guarantee ICT access for the blind and visually impaired, according to a release.

The law also stipulates that both national and local government agencies and the institutions under their control - such as public schools, cultural centers and airports - must install screen reading software.

Public institutions must also meet ICT accessibility requirements for the blind and visually impaired established by ICT ministry Mintic.

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Peruvian congressman Fernando Andrade led a forum on cloud computing with the aim of achieving a consensus between different public institutions regarding the use of the cloud to improve the quality of public services, the country's congress said in a release.

The forum is aiming to promote the application of cloud technologies in different sectors of public administration, including the ministry of education and national water authority ANA.