- Inform operators if they are running early, on time, or late compared to the schedule;
- Send and receive text messages when a bus is stationary. This frees up the two-way radio for emergency use;
- Trigger discrete alarms to ETS control if they believe they need immediate emergency assistance,
There are many ways that these tools will assist riders. These include:
- Access to real-time bus departure information for each bus stop in the city, which will tell riders if their bus is running early, on-time, or late. That way, they will know exactly when to be at the bus stop.
- automated stop announcements to notify riders of approaching stop locations.
- Activated discrete alarms to ETS control if they believe they need immediate emergency assistance.
- Integrated Smart Bus security cameras provide transit security with a live look-in view of activities on the bus, allowing Transit Control to better assess the situation and muster appropriate resources.
- The automated vehicle location (AVL) provides the current bus location (including the speed and direction of travel) so the appropriate resources can be dispatched to the correct location.
- Informing operators if they are running early, on-time, or late by enabling them to monitor their progress along a route.
- Notifying Transit Control of routes not on schedule, allowing them to take appropriate action to keep buses as close to schedule as possible.
- Informing transit riders of real-time bus departures for each bus stop, enabling customers to make informed decisions and adjust their travel plans accordingly.
The Smart Bus is known as a proven technology. Similar technology has been in use in other cities and service providers for at least five years. For example, ETS’ Dedicated Accessible Transit Service (DATS) began using this technology in 2005. DATS has improved its efficiency and effectiveness using Mobile Digital Terminals (MDTs), automated scheduling and computer-aided dispatch.