AVL upgrade on the buses
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has launched a new voice and data communications system, which is bringing a number of benefits to passengers and operations.
Based on a TaitNet MPT 1327 trunked radio network, the system includes automatic vehicle location (AVL), an on-board integrated information system and voice and data communication to keep the 340 buses in close contact with their control room.
"Just one year after the system's implementation, a market research poll in 2010 indicated 76•9 per cent user satisfaction for public transport, and Nottingham was named as England's least car-dependent city", commented David Astill, commercial manager of NCT.
"A large benefit for the public is the vast amount of real-time passenger information (RTPI) available on routes and on buses", he added. "RTPI is provided at more than 800 bus-stops, via web and mobile information for cellphones, and over ‘next stop' signage aboard buses."
With the AVL data, NCT control room staff can receive anticipate potential delays, allowing them to alter services as required. At the same time, the city-wide dedicated radio voice channel allows drivers to communicate directly with control room staff at any time.